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A file photo of Songkran celebration.

Songkran in the Rain? Festival May be Held on July 7

BANGKOK — Officials on Tuesday said the festivals and three-day holidays associated with the Thai New Year, which was cancelled earlier due to the coronavirus, might be held next month instead.

POLITICS

Sgt. Narongchai Intharakawi, left, submits his petition to Seri Ruam Thai MP Sereepisut Temiyaves, second from the right, on April 27, 2020.

Whistleblower Soldier Says He Is Ready to Face Trial

BANGKOK — A soldier who spoke out about the alleged corruption in the army said Tuesday he’s willing to face any legal repercussions for his actions.

Police Say They Blocked Tiananmen Rally Because of Coronavirus

BANGKOK — A police spokesman on Tuesday said officers banned an activist’s plan to stage a protest in front of the Chinese Embassy this week due to fears of coronavirus infection.

CRIME & CALAMITY

A quarantine officer screens passengers at the arrival hall of Suvarnabhumi Airport on March 4, 2020.

Army to Evac More Thais Stranded Overseas in Pandemic

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — Thailand's Ministry of Defence on Tuesday said it aims to bring back more Thais stranded in other countries, from 400 a day to 500 from June 5.
Tourists wait for a ferry on Koh Chang.

Tourists Trickling Back to Thailand’s Empty Beaches

TRAT — With the threat of coronavirus declining each day, tourists are now making way back to Thailand’s beaches and islands.
Passengers wait for intercity buses at Korat Bus Terminal on April 8, 2020.

Gov’t May Lift All Pandemic Travel Restrictions This Weekend

BANGKOK — Travel restrictions might be completely lifted this weekend as the country’s coronavirus caseload continues to wane, a senior official said Tuesday.
A file photo of Songkran celebration.

Songkran in the Rain? Festival May be Held on July 7

BANGKOK — Officials on Tuesday said the festivals and three-day holidays associated with the Thai New Year, which was cancelled earlier due to the coronavirus, might be held next month instead.

1 New Virus Death Reported Amid Reopening Fervor

BANGKOK — One more COVID-19 death was reported on Tuesday in Thailand just as the country moves ahead with more business reopening.
In this photo of a mural at Wat Nong Tao in Uthai Thani province taken on June 1, 2020, internet celebrity Sitang Buathong is depicted pointing at an orange, resembling her famous punchline.

Temple Ordered to Repaint Mural Depicting Meme Celeb

UTHAI THANI — Officials on Monday instructed a temple in the central region to remove a picture of a celebrity on its religious murals, saying it was “inappropriate.”

ASEAN & WORLD

US Protests in Top 25 Virus Hot Spots Ignite Fears of Contagion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As demonstrators flooded streets across America to decry the killing of George Floyd, public health experts watched in alarm — the close proximity of protesters and their failures in many cases to wear masks, along with the police using tear gas, could fuel new transmissions of the coronavirus.

Separate Autopsies Indicate Floyd’s Death Is Homicide

WASHINGTON (Xinhua) — Two separate autopsies of George Floyd, the Minneapolis black man who died in police custody last week, released Monday both indicated his death was a homicide, although they differed in details.

Tear Gas, Threats for Protesters Before Trump Visits Church

WASHINGTON (AP) — It began with Attorney General Bill Barr standing with his hands casually in his pockets, not wearing a tie, surveying the scene at Lafayette Park across from the White House, where several thousand protesters had gathered for more demonstrations after the police killing of George Floyd.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC) at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, capital of China, May 15, 2019. Photo: Ju Huanzong / Xinhua

Armenian PM and His Family Infected With Coronavirus

YEREVAN (Xinhua) — Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced via Facebook on Monday that he and his family had tested positive for COVID-19.

Japan Eyes Easing Coronavirus Ban on Entry From Thailand

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Japanese government is considering easing its entry ban on visitors from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand currently in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, a government source said Monday.

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