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Thais 'cast a spell' for democracy in Harry Potter-theme protest

Bangkok - Dozens of mostly young Thais wearing striped "Harry Potter" scarves rallied Monday against the government, vowing to "cast a spell" for democracy as the nascent movement grows increasingly bold in targeting the powerful elite.

Thai youths resort to subversive anime in pro-democracy protest

Bangkok - Sporting animal ears and stuffed hamster toys, hundreds of young protesters gathered Sunday at Bangkok's Democracy Monument to call for the government's dissolution, the latest subversive show of creativity from the kingdom's nascent pro-democracy move...

Thai premier 'worried' as pro-democracy student protests grow

Bangkok - Thailand's premier said Tuesday he was "worried" about a burgeoning student movement calling for the dissolution of his government, as pro-democracy protesters plot rallies and other creative displays of dissent across the kingdom.

Fair and unlovely: India confronts dark-skin bias

New Delhi - When Chandana Hiran was a child, strangers would urge her to lighten her skin. Today the Indian student is leading a campaign against whitening creams as global anti-racism protests highlight the obsession with fair complexions for many in Asia.

Thailand to ease nightlife lockdown, allow some entry to foreigners

Bangkok - Thailand's nightlife will restart with some restrictions this week, the kingdom announced Monday, part of a return to normalcy as it prepares to welcome business travellers and medical tourists after a ban on foreign entry.

Thailand targets narco millions hidden in gold, steel and crypto

Bangkok - The downfall of a meth syndicate laundering tens of millions of dollars of drug money through Thai gold shops, oil and construction firms has cast rare light on the staggering scale of Asia's narco profits -- and the ruses used to hide them.

Video shows abusive taming of baby elephant for Thai tourism

Bangkok - Footage of a distressed baby elephant jabbed by bullhooks at a Thai camp to tame it before joining the tourist industry has been released by conservationists in an appeal to end the practice.

Pro-democracy protests mark anniversary of Thai revolution

Bangkok - Thais on Wednesday marked the anniversary of a 1932 revolution which ended absolute monarchy with heavily symbolic events, demanding reforms to a political system dominated by the arch-royalist army.

Cambodia to probe Thai democracy activist's alleged disappearance

Phnom Penh - Cambodian police said Tuesday they will investigate the alleged disappearance of a self-exiled Thai activist, denying any involvement in what a rights group claimed was an abduction.

Protesters demand answers on missing Thai activist

Bangkok - Protesters on Monday demanded a probe into the disappearance of a Thai pro-democracy activist last seen in Cambodia, defying state of emergency laws as anger and fear for his safety mounted online.

Family of missing Thai activist pleads for 'release'

Bangkok - The family of a self-exiled Thai democracy activist pleaded Sunday for his release, three days after he was allegedly abducted in neighbouring Cambodia.

Cambodia police refuse probe into Thai activist 'disappearance'

Phnom Penh - Cambodian police on Friday ruled out a probe into the alleged disappearance of a self-exiled Thai democracy activist after a rights group said he had been abducted in broad daylight from outside his Phnom Penh apartment.

Walls close in on Thailand's poorest as virus shrivels economy

Bangkok - Shuffling around their tiny slum home which is too small to stand up in, Thanapat Noidee and his wife Papassorn share donated noodles with their sons and worry about bills, as the coronavirus pushes Thailand's poor deeper into penury.

Thailand enters global race for vaccine with trials on monkeys

Saraburi - Thailand is conducting tests on macaque monkeys as it races to produce a cheaper, alternative coronavirus vaccine it hopes will be ready by 2021, a top researcher said Monday.

Lives not lost: Asia sees unexpected gains in virus lockdowns

Pathum Thani - Emergency workers usually busy attending accidents on Thailand's roads mill around ambulances parked at a service station -- fewer crashes and crimes a welcome outcome for several Asian countries during coronavirus lockdowns.

Lives not lost: Asia sees unexpected gains in virus lockdowns

Pathum Thani - Emergency workers usually busy attending accidents on Thailand's roads mill around ambulances parked at a service station -- fewer crashes and crimes a welcome outcome for several Asian countries during coronavirus lockdowns.

Long queues as Thai malls reopen after virus shutdown

Bangkok - Shoppers flocked to Thailand's top-end malls on Sunday, eager for retail therapy as shopping centres reopened in a gradual easing of restrictions to revive the virus-ravaged economy.

Queues for food as pandemic causes pain for jobless Thais

Bangkok - Long lines of unemployed relying on free food across Bangkok, scrambles for cash handouts and fishing in fetid canals -- Thais are getting increasingly desperate as the pandemic destroys the economy and the government struggles to respond.

Thai man trampled by elephant from park closed by pandemic

Bangkok - A Thai farmer was trampled to death by an elephant foraging for food, a police officer said Friday, as the kingdom's controversial animal parks struggle to feed the giant mammals during the pandemic.

Poles apart: Thais find novel way to mark virus hit Songkran

Nonthaburi - Thai temple-goers poured water into the hands of monks Wednesday using a bamboo pole decorated with mangoes and bananas -- a novel hack to enforce social distancing while honoring the country's New Year traditions.

Gold glitters as cash-strapped Thais sell jewellery

Bangkok - Thais are flocking to Bangkok's Chinatown to sell their gold jewellery as the price of the precious metal spikes and the economy tanks due to the coronavirus pandemic.Gold surged to a seven-year high on Tuesday to $1,731.

Overcrowded Thai dog shelter blames coronavirus for drop in donations

Bangkok - Cramped tooth and claw in vast cages, hundreds of dogs pass the day sleeping, fighting, or waiting to be fed at a controversial Thai shelter that does not believe in adoptions and blames a drop in donations on the coronavirus.

Scared but desperate, Thai sex workers forced to the street

Bangkok - A shutdown to contain the coronavirus has killed Thailand's party scene and forced sex workers like Pim out of bars and onto desolate streets. She's scared but desperately needs customers to pay her rent.

Thailand imposes nationwide curfew to curb virus spread

Bangkok - Thailand will introduce a six-hour night curfew in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus, authorities said Thursday, warning anyone who breached the order faced a two-year jail term.

Hungry and in chains, Thailand's tourist elephants face crisis

Bangkok - Underfed and chained up for endless hours, many elephants working in Thailand's tourism sector may starve, be sold to zoos or be shifted into the illegal logging trade, campaigners warn, as the coronavirus decimates visitor numbers.

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.

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.

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.
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