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FRESH NEWS

‘Lisa Blackpink’ MV Turns Ancient Headgear Into Pop Icon

BANGKOK — Vendors at wholesale markets in Bangkok report a surge in the sale of traditional golden headgears after Thai-born K-pop star “Lisa Blackpink” wore one in a recent hit music video.

POLITICS

Parliament Approves Election System Charter Change

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.

Prayut Sacks 2 Cabinet Members Suspected of Disloyalty

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sacked two Cabinet members on Thursday, including one who was widely reported to have unsuccessfully plotted for him to lose a parliamentary no-confidence vote last week.

CRIME & CALAMITY

Gov’t Aims to Vaccinate 1 Million People, Starting on Mahidol Day

BANGKOK — The government said it will administer up to 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines per day from Friday onward, in honor of King Rama X’s grandfather.

Police Say Austrian Expat Falls to His Death on Phi Phi

KRABI — An Austrian general manager of a resort on Phi Phi Island appeared to have died in an accident during his hike in a forest, police said Thursday evening.

Bangkok Tourism Reopening Delayed to Oct. 15

BANGKOK — The government’s proposal to reopen Bangkok to vaccinated foreign tourists will be postponed from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 due to the low number of vaccinated residents inside the capital city, a top tourism official said Wednesday.

Japan to Donate 300,000 More AZ Shots to Thailand

BANGKOK — The Japanese government said on Monday it will donate 1.3 million AstraZeneca vaccines to several Asian countries and territories, including 300,000 doses to Thailand.

Next 2 Weeks ‘Crucial’ in Lockdown Lifting Decisions

BANGKOK — The question of whether to lift or reimpose coronavirus restrictions in Bangkok would depend on the situations in the next two weeks, a health official said.

Fire Damages Pattaya Nightclub Popular With Indian Tourists

PATTAYA (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.

ASEAN & WORLD

Body Found in Wyoming Believed To Be Gabrielle Petito

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a body discovered Sunday in Wyoming is believed to be Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, who disappeared while on a cross-country trek with a boyfriend who has been identified by authorities as a person of interest and is now being sought within a Florida nature preserve.

Emmys: ‘Crown,’ ‘Lasso,’ ‘Queen’s Gambit,’ Streaming Triumph

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix’s “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit” combined with Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” to win top series honors at the Sunday’s Emmy Awards, a first for streaming services that cemented their rise to prominence in the television industry.

Taliban Officials in Kabul Order Female Workers to Stay Home

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan’s capital said Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers.

Indonesia’s Most Wanted Militant Killed in Jungle Shootout

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s most wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State group was killed Saturday in a shootout with security forces, the Indonesian military said, in a sweeping counterterrorism campaign against extremists in the remote mountain jungles.

Myanmar Court Sets Oct. 1 for Suu Kyi Corruption Trial

BANGKOK (AP) — A trial of Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on corruption charges is set to begin on Oct. 1, a member of her legal team said Friday.

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