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Patpicha Tanakasempipat

Thailand defends its strict royal insults law at U.N. rights review

Nov 10 2021

BANGKOK Thailand defended its controversial law criminalising criticism of its powerful monarchy on Wednesday, as United Nations member states expressed concern over its rights record and arrests of youth protesters pushing for royal reforms since last year.

Heirs step up as COVID deaths rock Bangkok's famous street-food stalls

Oct 29 2021

BANGKOK Each morning, Adulwitch Tangsupmanee brings a cart of crispy pork belly to a run-down cinema in Bangkok's Chinatown and sets up the same street-food stall his internationally renowned father ran for nearly 50 years before dying of COVID-19 in July. | Video

Thailand to allow quarantine-free travel from 46 countries, PM says

Oct 21 2021

Oct 21 Thailand will allow visitors from 46 countries vaccinated against COVID-19 to forgo quarantine from next month, up from 10 previously announced, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday.

Thai monks' livestream mixes Buddhism and jokes but not all are laughing

Oct 13 2021

BANGKOK Two Buddhist monks in Thailand have become social media stars with Facebook livestreams that combine traditional teachings with non-traditional jokes and giggles. Some of the country's religious conservatives, however, are not so amused. | Video

Exclusive-Thailand's elderly lag behind in COVID vaccination drive, data show

Aug 31 2021

BANGKOK (Reuters) -Just two weeks before her long-awaited vaccine appointment in Bangkok, Anyamanee Puttaraksa's 62-year-old mother became feverish. Three days later, her mother tested positive for COVID-19. Four hours afterward, she died.

EXCLUSIVE-Thailand's elderly lag behind in COVID vaccination drive, data show

Aug 31 2021

BANGKOK, Aug 31 Just two weeks before her long-awaited vaccine appointment in Bangkok, Anyamanee Puttaraksa's 62-year-old mother became feverish. Three days later, her mother tested positive for COVID-19. Four hours afterward, she died.

Residents return as toxic chemicals from Thai factory dissipate

Jul 08 2021

BANGKOK Evacuated residents warily began returning to their homes on Bangkok's outskirts on Thursday after a chemical factory went up in flames earlier this week, as experts called for air and water to be thoroughly tested for any lingering toxic chemicals.

K-pop activism a lifeline for Thailand's hard-hit 'tuk tuk' drivers

Jun 28 2021

BANGKOK Bangkok "tuk tuk" taxi driver Samran Thammasa, 39, had never heard of K-pop star Jessica Jung before the coronavirus pandemic, but now the singer's Thai fans are helping him survive the loss of tourist customers. | Video

Coronavirus curbs shutter thousands of Bangkok restaurants

Jun 11 2021

BANGKOK When restaurant owner Chirayu Na Ranong heard the Thai government announce new coronavirus restrictions in Bangkok in April, he burst into tears.

AstraZeneca commits to 1.8 million Thai vaccine doses amid supply anxiety

Jun 02 2021

BANGKOK Drugmaker AstraZeneca said on Wednesday it would soon provide Thailand with 1.8 million doses of locally manufactured COVID-19 vaccine, the first of multiple batches this month, just days away from the launch of the country's vaccination drive.

World News

WHO chief scientist urges people not to panic over Omicron

The World Health Organization's (WHO) chief scientist told the Reuters Next conference on Friday that people should not panic over the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant and said it was too early to say if vaccines would need to be reworked.