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Thai capital to lift more restrictions against virus spread

Jun. 12, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Some restrictions to protect against the spread of COVID-19 will be lifted in the Thai capital of Bangkok beginning early next week, the country's prime minister announced Sunday. Enterprises allowed to reopen Monday are museums and historical sites,...

Thais debut locally made AstraZeneca but supplies are tight

Jun. 07, 2021 03:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Health authorities in Thailand began their much-anticipated mass rollout of locally produced AstraZeneca vaccines on Monday, but it appeared that supplies were falling short of demand from patients who had scheduled vaccinations for this week. Hospitals...

Thai court grants bail to 2 pro-democracy activists

Jun. 01, 2021 07:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Tuesday agreed to release on bail two key leaders of the anti-government protest movement on condition that they refrain from activities deemed to defame the monarchy. Arnon Nampha and Panupong Jadnok must also wear electronic...

Thai villages isolated over variant find amid vaccine worry

May. 24, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand placed barbed wire and checkpoints in several southern villages along the Malaysian border Monday after identifying a cluster of infections with a coronavirus variant that's believed to spread faster. The lockdown came as Prime Minister Prayuth...

Thai PM tells UN envoy he won't push back Myanmar refugees

May. 14, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha promised a United Nations special envoy on Friday that he will not force back people fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar, where the military ousted a democratically elected government in February. U.N. Special...

COVID-19 infections surge among prisoners in Bangkok

May. 12, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Nearly 3,000 inmates at two prisons in Thailand’s capital have tested positive for COVID-19, the Corrections Department said Wednesday, as the country battles a new wave of the coronavirus. The department said 1,785 of the 3,274 inmates tested positive...

2 Thai pro-democracy activists released on bail

May. 11, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Two jailed leaders of a student-led pro-democracy movement that attracted both support and controversy last year when it called for reform of Thailand’s monarchy were released Tuesday after repeated requests for bail. The Criminal Court freed Parit...

Thailand wants to buy more vaccines as surge worsens

May. 07, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister said he wants to secure more vaccines for his country and give as many first doses as possible, as it battles a surge of the pandemic with Bangkok reporting a record number of cases. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration...

Thai court grants bail to pro-democracy protest leader

May. 06, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Thursday allowed the release on bail of one of the top leaders of the country’s pro-democracy movement who is awaiting trial on charges of defaming the monarchy. Panusaya “Rung” Sitthijirawattanakul was released on 200,000...

Thai court says key official can stay despite drug case

May. 05, 2021 06:40 AM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A Thai court ruled on Wednesday that an influential politician and deputy agriculture minister could keep his job and continue as a lawmaker, even though he was convicted and jailed in Australia in 1994 for smuggling heroin. Under Thai law,...