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Thai campaign to vaccinate schoolchildren makes progress

Sep. 21, 2021 04:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Health officials in the Thai capital made headway Tuesday in their effort to vaccinate children against the coronavirus, giving shots of the Pfizer vaccine to students aged 12 to 18 with underlying diseases. Vaccinations for that age bracket were first...

Idled Thai taxis go green with mini-gardens on car roofs

Sep. 16, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Taxi fleets in Thailand are giving new meaning to the term “rooftop garden,” as they utilize the roofs of cabs idled by the coronavirus crisis to serve as small vegetable plots. Workers from two taxi cooperatives assembled the miniature gardens this...

Fire damages Thai nightclub popular with Indian tourists

Sep. 13, 2021 03:53 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A fire in Pattaya, the Thai seaside resort city southeast of Bangkok known for its racy nightlife, has badly damaged a large nightclub catering to Indian tourists, officials said Monday. There were no injuries or deaths in the Sunday night blaze, said...

Thai Parliament approves election system charter change

Sep. 10, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Parliament on Friday approved a constitutional amendment changing how lawmakers are elected, a move expected to allocate more seats to big parties at the expense of smaller ones. The change, passed at a joint session of the House and Senate...

Myanmar opposition calls for national uprising against army

Sep. 07, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The main underground group coordinating resistance to Myanmar’s military government issued a sweeping call for a nationwide uprising on Tuesday, raising the prospect of spiraling unrest. The National Unity Government, which views itself as a shadow...

Volunteers help poorest survive Thailand's worst COVID surge

Sep. 06, 2021 01:23 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — For two months, carpenter Tun Nye hasn’t been able to send any money home to his parents in Myanmar to help them care for his 11-year-old son, after authorities in Thailand shut down his construction site over coronavirus concerns. No work has meant no...

Thai protesters keep up fight to oust prime minister

Sep. 05, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Protesters gathered Sunday in the Thai capital Bangkok, seeking to rejuvenate their movement to oust the country’s prime minister and institute political reforms. More than 1,000 people gathered peacefully at central Bangkok’s busy Asoke intersection,...

Restaurants, malls reopen as Thai virus restrictions eased

Sep. 01, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shopping malls, restaurants, parks and schools reopened in Thailand's capital on Wednesday after the government eased restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus. A surge that began in April sent new cases and deaths soaring, and...

Thai lawmakers' no-confidence debate focuses on pandemic

Aug. 31, 2021 02:37 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai lawmakers on Tuesday began a no-confidence debate targeting Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and five of his Cabinet members, with the opposition focusing on charges the government bungled its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The debate is...

Protest on wheels in Thai capital seeks government's ouster

Aug. 29, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A long line of cars, trucks and motorbikes wended its way Sunday through the Thai capital Bangkok in a mobile protest against the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The protesters on wheels hope their nonviolent action, dubbed a “car mob,” can help force the...