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Cambodia activists say conservation group a frequent government target

Jun 30 2021

Bangkok The founder of a Cambodian conservation group that saw three of its activists jailed this month says the government is taking aim at them for their work exposing corruption and environmental abuse - an allegation the government denies.

UPDATE 1-Thailand's first AstraZeneca vaccine exports to Philippines delayed, government adviser says

Jun 01 2021

MANILA, June 1 Delivery to the Philippines of the first batches of a promised 17 million doses of Thai-made AstraZeneca vaccines has been delayed by several weeks and reduced in size, a Philippine presidential adviser said on Tuesday.

Far-flung U.S. citizens clamor for vaccines from embassies

May 12 2021

BANGKOK Americans living abroad are asking Washington to send surplus coronavirus shots to overseas embassies so they can get a vaccine in countries where the pace of inoculations is slow and travelling home is difficult.

Analysis-On Myanmar, ASEAN pushes boundaries of "non-interference"

Apr 26 2021

BANGKOK Few had high hopes that a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which counts Myanmar among its members, would produce any serious initiative to end the bloodshed after Myanmar's coup, with the junta leader himself in attendance.

After outcry, VICE removes images adding smiles to Khmer Rouge victims

Apr 11 2021

PHNOM PENH Cambodia condemned images published by U.S. media group VICE featuring newly colourised photographs of the Khmer Rouge "killing fields" victims, saying the images were an insult to the dead because some mugshots had been altered to add smiles.

Analysis: Myanmar's neighbour Thailand unlikely to toughen stance on coup

Apr 02 2021

BANGKOK Thailand has slightly hardened its language on Myanmar by saying it is "gravely concerned" about escalating bloodshed since a Feb. 1 coup, but close military ties and fears of a flood of refugees mean it is unlikely to go further, analysts say.

Mekong River at 'worrying' low level amid calls for more Chinese dam data

Feb 12 2021

BANGKOK Water levels in the Mekong River have fallen to a "worrying level" in part due to outflow restrictions from Chinese hydropower dams upstream, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said on Friday, calling on Beijing to share all of its water data.

China notifies Mekong River neighbours it is holding back waters

Jan 06 2021

BANGKOK China has notified downstream neighbours it is holding back the Mekong River flow at a hydropower dam on the waterway's upper reaches for 20 days, as part of a new data-sharing pact, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and Thailand said on Wednesday.

Special Report-The last taboo. A new generation of Thais is defying the monarchy

Dec 18 2020

BANGKOK Songphon "Yajai" Sonthirak had been a boxer for most of his young life and knew how to face down a stronger opponent: Keep your guard up, stand tall, stay focused. So he was shocked to discover, on the day of his arrest, how little his training mattered and how fear seized him. | Video

Timeline: Thailand's Coups, Kings and Protests

Dec 18 2020

BANGKOK Below is a brief history of Thai protest and coups.

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'Pingdemic' puts Britain's food supply under strain

LONDON (Reuters) -British supermarkets said on Thursday that some products were in short supply and petrol stations had been forced to close after the official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate following contact with someone with COVID-19.