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Museum Explores Contested History of Bangkok’s Most Political Avenue

BANGKOK — Perhaps no road in Bangkok is as contested in politics and in history as Ratchadamnoen Avenue, which runs for 1.2 kilometer in what used to be Bangkok’s city center in its older years.

POLITICS

Members of the "Four Sons" faction announce their resignation from Phalang Pracharath Party on July 9, 2020.

Gov’t Won’t Comment on Reshuffle Amid Party Strife

BANGKOK — Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam on Friday said there is currently “no sign” of a cabinet reshuffle, even though three of the Cabinet members resigned from the ruling Palang Pracharat Party earlier this week.
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Government House on July 9, 2020.

Prayut on Tour: PM to ‘Gather Opinions’ in Visits to Newspapers

BANGKOK — PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is meeting three major media groups in an effort to gather public opinion on coronavirus social policies, his aides said.

CRIME & CALAMITY

Visa Amnesty Extension Unlikely, Immigration Spox Says

BANGKOK — Another round of visa amnesty for foreigners residing or stranded in Thailand is unlikely, an immigration spokesman said Friday. The amnesty, extended back in April, will expire at the end of this month.
A monkey plays with a coconut on Samui island.

European Diplomats to Inspect Coconut Farms for Monkey Labor

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — Diplomats at the European embassies in Bangkok will visit plantations of short-stemmed coconut trees in southern Thailand where humans, and no monkeys, do the picking of coconuts, a government official said on Thursday.

US Army Chief Welcomed to Thailand With Coronavirus Test

BANGKOK (AP) — A U.S. Army delegation led by chief of staff Gen. James McConville on Thursday became the first official visitors to Thailand since entry rules were eased as part of the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

Thais Stranded In UK by Virus Missing Medical Appointments, Family Funerals

BICESTER, United Kingdom — A doctor in Britain on Wednesday night urged the government to immediately repatriate stranded Thai citizens, especially those who have serious medical and financial issues.

Health Official Declares End of Virus 1st Wave in Thailand

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — A health expert from Thailand's Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday told the media that the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand has come to an end, after Thailand has not seen any new local COVID-19 case for 44 consecutive days.

Bubble Bursts: Aviation Chief Balks at Virus Travel Zones

BANGKOK — The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand on Wednesday postponed the much publicized proposal to allow foreign tourists to visit the country during the pandemic without having to go through quarantine.

ASEAN & WORLD

Reporter at White House Briefings Tests Positive for Coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Xinhua) — A reporter who attended White House briefings this week has tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) said on Thursday.

WHO: Indoor Airborne Spread of Coronavirus Possible

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is acknowledging the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions — after more than 200 scientists urged the agency to do so.

U.S. Official: Trump Rally ‘Likely’ Source of Virus Surge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests “likely contributed” to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

In Risky Bid, Trump Stokes Racial Rancor to Motivate Voters

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is wielding America’s racial tensions as a reelection weapon, fiercely denouncing the racial justice movement on a near-daily basis with language stoking white resentment and aiming to drive his supporters to the polls.

Japan Raises ‘Deep Concern’ Over Hong Kong Security Law

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan, the United States and Australia on Wednesday expressed "deep concern" over China's recent implementation of a sweeping security law in Hong Kong that is feared will restrict human rights and freedoms in the territory.

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