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Thailand reports 'likely' case of omicron

Dec. 06, 2021 11:17 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai health official said Monday that the country’s first suspected case of the new omicron variant had been detected but authorities would withhold confirmation ahead of further test results. Head of the Department of Medical Sciences, Supakit Sirilak, said at a...

3 injured as Thai protesters rally for reform of monarchy

Nov. 14, 2021 12:01 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Three pro-democracy activists were injured during a rally in Bangkok on Sunday that criticized a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court that said the protesters’ demands for reform of the monarchy were tantamount to attempts to overthrow the system of government. ...

Thai court says calls for royal reform may be seditious

Nov. 10, 2021 11:46 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that three pro-democracy activists who called for reform of the monarchy were attempting to overthrow the nation’s system of government with the king as head of state. The ruling banned any similar...

Thais launch campaign for repeal of royal defamation law

Oct. 31, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Thailand on Sunday announced a campaign to gather 1 million signatures to support the abolition of the law that makes defaming the monarchy a crime. About 3,000 people turned out in central Bangkok for a rally urging the end of...

Party close to Thai ex-PM Thaksin names his daughter adviser

Oct. 28, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The youngest daughter of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose ouster by a military coup in 2006 triggered years of political instability, has taken a post with a party closely associated with her father. Thailand’s largest opposition...

Thailand easing tourist quarantine rules in November

Oct. 22, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is accelerating plans to reopen the country to foreign tourists, slashing mandatory quarantines beginning Nov. 1 for fully vaccinated visitors arriving by air from 46 countries and territories, officials announced Friday. The Center for COVID-19...

Thai prime minister plans to drop required virus quarantines

Oct. 11, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand plans to no longer require international visitors from at least 10 low-risk nations to quarantine beginning next month if they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, the prime minister said Monday. In a televised speech, Prayuth Chan-ocha said the...

Thailand police seeking protesters in shooting of officer

Oct. 07, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Thursday they are seeking four suspects in connection with the shooting of a policeman in the head during a violent street protest in Bangkok. The Wednesday night incident, in which the policeman was badly injured, was a major...

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...

Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia

Sep. 13, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Foreign Ministry urged its citizens on Monday to stay away from religious facilities and crowds in six Southeast Asian nations, warning of a possible attack. The ministry said it had obtained information that “there are increased risks such as...