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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.

Thai drug smugglers dodge death penalty in Bali

Denpasar - Two Thai women convicted of smuggling methamphetamine into Bali have escaped a possible death sentence on the Indonesian holiday island after a court sentenced them to 16 years in jail.

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.

General Motors pulls out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

General Motors has decided to pull out of Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments.

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.

Thai taxi driver is kingdom's first human-to-human transmission of virus

Bangkok - A Thai taxi driver has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, health officials said Friday, in the kingdom's first case of human-to-human transmission of the deadly sickness which has sparked a global health alert.

Fugitive giraffe found dead in Thai canal

Bangkok - A giraffe whose daring escape from convoy en route to a Thai breeding station won hearts online was found dead in a lotus-clogged canal on Thursday after a two-day search using drones and hang gliders.

Long road to freedom: fugitive giraffe legs it in Thailand

Bangkok - A giraffe that bolted from a convoy destined for a Thai safari park was on the run Wednesday, as vets scoured farmland near the escape zone in an almost 24-hour search gripping the public.

Thai prosecutors drop murder charge in case of disappeared activist

Bangkok - A Thai park official implicated in the alleged killing of an environmental activist will not face prosecution for murder due to "insufficient evidence", the attorney general's office announced Monday -- a move condemned by rights groups decrying impuni...

Key insurgent group joins peace talks for Thailand's restive south

Kuala Lumpur - The key rebel group behind a 16-year insurgency in Thailand's Muslim-majority south has met the kingdom's head negotiator for the first official meeting in their peace talks.

Anti-establishment Thai party survives first dissolution bid

Bangkok - A stridently anti-military Thai party survived a first legal attempt to disband it Tuesday over alleged sedition -- including links to the Illuminati, a secret group conspiracy theorists say is seeking global domination.

Thais find second case linked to China mystery virus

Bangkok - Thailand detected its second case of a mysterious SARS-linked virus in a visitor from China, health officials said Friday, as authorities ramp up airport screenings ahead of an expected surge in arrivals for Chinese New Year.

First case of mystery SARS-like virus found outside China

Geneva - A new virus from the same family as the deadly SARS disease has spread beyond China's borders for the first time with a case emerging in Thailand, UN and Thai officials said on Monday.

Thai royal motorcades will no longer shut down Bangkok

Bangkok - Royal motorcades will no longer completely shut down Bangkok's roads, a rare concession by the unassailable Thai king to public opinion.
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