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Thailand sets mid-October to reopen to vaccinated visitors

Jun. 16, 2021 21:07 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand plans to fully reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors by mid-October as the government seeks to restart the crucial coronavirus-devastated tourism industry, the prime minister announced Wednesday. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said fully...

The Latest: COVID-19 cases rise in Missouri tourist areas

Jun. 16, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

O’FALLON, Mo. — A swath of southern Missouri is seeing a big rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations at just the wrong time — as tourists eager to get out after being cooped up for a year make their way to popular destinations like Branson and Lake of the Ozarks. ...

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,...

Cambodia limits US diplomat's scrutiny of controversial base

Jun. 11, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Efforts by Cambodia to assuage U.S. concerns about China's right to use a naval base on the Gulf of Thailand suffered a setback Friday when an American diplomat invited to inspect it was allowed only limited access, according to the U.S. Embassy. ...

China's children may be next in line for COVID-19 vaccines

Jun. 11, 2021 06:48 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — If China is to meet its tentative goal of vaccinating 80% of its population against the coronavirus by the end of the year, tens of millions of children may have to start rolling up their sleeves. Regulators took the first step last week by...

Thai lawmakers approve $16B in borrowing to fight COVID-19

Jun. 10, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would allow the government to borrow up to 500 billion baht ($16 billion) to deal with the economic fallout and medical costs of the coronavirus. About 300 billion baht ($9.6 billion)...

UN expert says Myanmar attacks risk humanitarian tragedy

Jun. 09, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — At least one-quarter of the people in Myanmar's smallest state have been forced to flee their homes because of combat with the military junta that seized power in February, raising fears of a possible humanitarian tragedy including thousands of civilian deaths, a U.N. expert...

Journalists who fled Myanmar find third-country refuge

Jun. 07, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Three journalists from military-ruled Myanmar who were convicted of illegal entry after they fled to Thailand have been sent to a third country where they are safe, their employer said Monday. The three staff members of the Democratic Voice of Burma,...

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...

Asia-Pacific trade ministers mull vaccine access, supply

Jun. 05, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Improved access to coronavirus vaccines and other tools needed to fight the pandemic are vital to crushing the pandemic and hastening a recovery, officials said Saturday in an online meeting of Pacific Rim economies. The unprecedented crisis brought on...