Thai PM survives no-confidence vote amid more planned protests

The vote marks the second no-confidence test Prayuth’s government has faced since taking office in July 2019. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a no-confidence motion in parliament after a four-day censure debate with protests calling for his resignation set to resume. “The vote shows that there is confidence,” said Chuan Leekpai, […]

Thai-developed COVID vaccine to proceed to human trials

Announcement that human trials will begin by early May comes amid criticism of Thailand’s COVID strategy. Thailand’s second domestically developed vaccine will soon undergo human trials, officials say, adding that the plan was to produce up to five million doses by the end of the year. The vaccine, developed by Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University, had been […]

Thailand finds South African COVID-19 variant in quarantine

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1613369103823378800 Mon, 2021-02-15 05:55 BANGKOK: Thailand reported 143 new coronavirus infections on Monday and in quarantine detected its first case of the highly contagious COVID-19 variant first found in South Africa, its coronavirus taskforce said. Two new deaths were reported, taking fatalities to 82, with overall cases at 24,714, […]

Thai protesters scale monument, renew calls for royal reforms

Protesters demanding release of activists held under laws forbidding insult to king briefly clash with police after draping Bangkok’s Democracy Monument in red cloth. Pro-democracy activists in Thailand have scaled a massive monument in the capital, Bangkok, draping it in crimson cloth and calling for an end to the kingdom’s draconian royal defamation laws. The […]

Thailand legalises early abortions; pro-choice groups want more

Thailand’s parliament has passed changes to the country’s criminal code, giving women full abortion rights in the first trimester of their pregnancy, almost a year after a top court ruled that existing curbs ran counter to the constitution. Pro-choice groups have met the move with muted praise. They say the amendments do not go far […]

Thailand Legalizes Early-Term Abortions but Keeps Other Restrictions

BANGKOK — Thailand’s Parliament has voted to make abortion legal in the first trimester, while keeping penalties in place for women who undergo it later in their pregnancies. Lawmakers in the Senate voted 166 to 7 on Monday to amend a law that had imposed prison terms of up to three years for anyone having […]

Thai court hands out record 43-year jail term for insulting king

Woman sentenced for posting audio clips to Facebook and YouTube with comments deemed critical of the monarchy. A court in Thailand has sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country’s strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said. The Bangkok Criminal […]

Thailand reports 157 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

Thailand reports 157 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths /node/1791706/world Updated 3 min 17 sec ago January 13, 2021 04:42 Thailand reports 157 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths Thailand has recorded 67 coronavirus-related fatalities so far Updated 3 min 17 sec ago Reuters January 13, 2021 04:42 BANGKOK: Thailand on Wednesday reported 157 new […]

Thailand’s PM urges people to ‘stay home’ to contain COVID surge

Prayuth Chan-ocha says government wants to avoid strict lockdown after country reports record daily cases. Thailand’s prime minister has urged people to stay at home to help contain a surging coronavirus outbreak that began in a seafood market, and to avoid a strict lockdown. Prayuth Chan-ocha, speaking after the health authorities confirmed a daily record […]

Thailand mulls tougher curbs amid fears of second COVID wave

Authorities recommend tighter restrictions on businesses and people’s movements in 28 provinces, including capital Bangkok. Health authorities in Thailand have recommended tougher restrictions on businesses and people’s movements in 28 provinces, including the capital, Bangkok, as the number of new coronavirus cases rises. The measures, which need final approval from Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, include […]

Thai women gold panners find bright spot in COVID-ravaged economy

Many women who used to sell vegetables and food to tourists have turned to panning as gold prices near an all-time high. As the yellowish mud swirls away in the waters of Thailand’s Sai Buri river, Sunisa Srisuwanno lifts her wooden pan with a cluster of gleaming specks caught in the centre. “That’s 100 baht,” […]

Anti-Myanmar hate speech flares in Thailand over spread of COVID

“Wherever you see Myanmar people, shoot them down,” read one Thai comment on YouTube after a surge of coronavirus cases among workers from Myanmar. The outbreak, first detected at a seafood market near Bangkok, has prompted a surge in online hate speech as well as questions over Thailand’s treatment of millions of migrant workers. “Myanmar […]

After Bars and Beaches, Gibbons Await a New Home in Thailand

KHAO PHRA THAEO WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, Thailand — The white-handed gibbon, captured as an infant by poachers, was rescued from a grim life amusing inebriated visitors in tourist bars, then spent eight years in a cage at a rehabilitation center. Now, this survivor of abuse and trauma lives in the jungle on Thailand’s Phuket island, where […]

Thailand confirms 427 new coronavirus infections

WASHINGTON: The House easily passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package Monday night that would finally deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.Lawmakers tacked on a $1.4 trillion catchall spending bill and thousands of pages of other end-of-session business in […]

Thai king pardons, issues amnesty to tens of thousands in prison

At least 30,000 to be pardoned, 200,000 others to receive shorter jail term as the country marks birthday of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Saturday. At least 30,000 prisoners in Thailand have been pardoned, and 200,000 others will have their sentences reduced following a royal decree issued on the eve of the birthday of the […]

Thai PM wins crucial legal battle amid renewed protests

Top Thai court rules in favour of Prayuth Chan-ocha in conflict-of-interest case over living arrangement. Thailand’s constitutional court has unanimously ruled in favour of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in a conflict-of-interest case brought by opposition politicians that could have resulted in his removal from office if found guilty. Prayuth has remained in military housing despite […]

Twitter suspends Thai royalist account tied to influence campaign

Twitter has suspended a Thai pro-royalist account linked to the palace that a Reuters analysis found was connected to thousands of others created in recent weeks that spread posts in favour of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and the monarchy. Reuters News Agency found tens of thousands of tweets that an expert said appeared to be from […]

Pro-democracy protests can help bring peace to Thailand’s south

In Thailand, what started some months ago as a seemingly minor student movement against the oppressive and anti-democratic practices of the military-led government has developed into a full-blown, nationwide uprising demanding a major upheaval of the predominantly Buddhist Southeast Asian nation’s political system. Despite strict COVID-19 protocols restricting the right to peaceful assembly and extensive […]

Thai protesters practise ‘coup prevention’ in latest rally

Thailand PM and army chief have dismissed the possibility of another coup, but this has only increased speculation that one could be on the cards. Thousands of pro-democracy activists have blocked an important junction in Bangkok to rehearse “coup prevention” strategies in the latest round of Thailand’s anti-government protests. The country has for months been […]

Iran detained Moore-Gilbert because of Israeli partner: Report

Iranian authorities detained British-Australian university lecturer Kylie Moore-Gilbert after discovering she was in a relationship with an Israeli, which fuelled baseless suspicions that she was a spy, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Friday, citing multiple diplomatic and government sources. The newspaper said that once Iran found out about her partner, officials moved to arrest […]

Money, money, money: Thais rally in Bangkok over royal fortune

Thousands of Thai protesters took to the streets of Bangkok on Wednesday night to call on King Maha Vajiralongkorn to give up control of a royal fortune valued in the tens of billions of dollars, turning their protest movement directly on the once-untouchable monarchy’s vast wealth. The protesters have already broken a long-standing taboo by […]