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Thai monks make virus masks from recycled plastic

Samut Prakan - A Buddhist monk scrawls a prayer on an orange face mask beseeching "an end to the suffering" caused by the deadly coronavirus -- a finishing touch to the facial covering weaved out of recycled plastic at one Thai temple.

Thousands rally in Asia for International Women's Day despite virus fears

Bangkok - Thousands took to the streets across Asia for International Women's Day on Sunday even as the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of events in the region.

Meet Thailand's secret weapon in climate change battle

Bangkok - Bangkok's future hangs in the balance.Rising sea levels, unchecked development, groundwater extraction, and rapid urban population growth has left millions vulnerable to natural disasters -- scientists warn the city itself may not survive the century.

Glamour and equality in Thailand at world's top transgender pageant

Pattaya - After her friends were killed in transphobic attacks at home in Brazil, Ariella Moura's aim was to make a statement against gender discrimination on Saturday at the world's top transgender pageant in Thailand.

No compulsory quarantine of visitors to Thailand: Health Ministry

Bangkok - Thai health authorities on Friday said they would not order the compulsory quarantine of visitors from countries hit hard by coronavirus, as the kingdom struggles to balance health fears with the needs of its flatlining economy.

Rhymes to riches: Def Jam banks on Southeast Asia rap stars

Chon Buri - When Singapore's Yung Raja remixed "Gucci Gang" by US rapper Lil Pump, he swapped the original's flashy cars and a prowling tiger for a beer can and Tamil food in a viral YouTube video that reeled in hip-hop label Def Jam.

Thai quarantine flip-flop throws holidays into doubt

Bangkok - Thailand threw possibly tens of thousands of holiday plans into confusion after the health minister ordered any new arrivals from eight countries to undergo quarantine for the coronavirus, before swiftly reversing the decision.

Thailand denies PM aided Malaysia 1MDB graft scandal

Bangkok - Thailand's government threatened legal action on Monday against a banned opposition party which claimed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha aided in the cover-up of Malaysia's 1MDB graft scandal by harbouring a fugitive financier.

Thai court dissolves key pro-democracy party

Bangkok - A stridently anti-military Thai party was dissolved Friday and its key members banned from politics for a decade over a $6 million loan by its billionaire founder, a withering blow to the kingdom's pro-democracy movement.

All-at-sea cruise ship finally gets permission to berth

Pattaya - Aboard a US cruise ship that was rejected at Asian ports over coronavirus fears, stoic passengers kept their spirits up with poolside yoga, spin classes, comedy shows and a few drinks.

Tearful Thai general says 'don't blame army' for soldier's rampage

Bangkok - An emotional Thai army chief on Tuesday urged a nation in mourning over a mass shooting "not to blame the army" after a soldier gunned down at least 29 people in a rampage linked to a debt dispute with a senior officer.

Guns and social media: the soldier behind Thailand's mass shooting

Nakhon Ratchasima - The 'pings' from the metal targets at a gun range ring out as a baby-faced shooter smiles for the camera -- a chilling prelude to the mall massacre by a Thai soldier who shared his prowess as a marksman on social media.

Grief swells as Thais mourn 29 killed in mass shooting

Nakhon Ratchasima - Grieving relatives of 29 people murdered by a rogue soldier in Thailand held tearful Buddhist prayer ceremonies Monday, as fresh details emerged of shoppers cowering in terror while the gunman stalked the mall.

Thai mall shooting survivors tracked killer via CCTV

Nakhon Ratchasima - In a fourth-floor toilet of the Terminal 21 mall, shoppers jammed cubicle doors against the entrance to keep out a Thai soldier on a shooting spree, tracing his movements through fragments of CCTV passed on by friends on the outside.

Thai mall gunman shot dead after deadly rampage

Nakhon Ratchasima - The Thai soldier who killed at least 20 people and holed up in a mall overnight was shot dead Sunday morning by commandos, ending a near-17-hour ordeal which left dozens wounded and stunned the country.

Thai soldier kills at least 17 in mass shooting

Bangkok - A Thai soldier remained holed up in a shopping mall late Saturday after gunning down at least 17 people, in an attack on a normally sedate town centre relayed through Facebook posts.

Thai minister says kick out 'Western' tourists not wearing face masks

Bangkok - Thailand's health minister lashed out at "Western" tourists on Friday for not wearing face masks and suggested they be expelled from the country for putting others at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.

HIV drugs touted as weapon in war on coronavirus

Bangkok - As doctors scramble to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, a potent brew of anti-retroviral and flu drugs has emerged as a possible defence against the disease that has killed hundreds.

HIV drugs touted as weapon in war on coronavirus

Bangkok - As doctors scramble to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, a potent brew of anti-retroviral and flu drugs has emerged as a possible defence against the mysterious sickness that has killed hundreds.

Thailand sees apparent success treating virus with drug cocktail

Bangkok - A Chinese woman infected with the new coronavirus showed a dramatic improvement after she was treated with a cocktail of anti-virals used to treat flu and HIV, Thailand's health ministry said Sunday.
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