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This Funky Retro Bar is Stocked With Vinyls, Cocktails

BANGKOK — Retro vinyls, playful cocktails inspired by James Dean, and groovy lighting are the name of the game at Bar Marco, a newly opened hangout spot in Thonglor.

POLITICS

EC Accused of Not Doing Enough to Promote Local Elections

BANGKOK — Election Commission sec-gen Jarungvith Phumma on Thursday denied the criticism that the agency appears to be neglecting the local elections for administrative posts across Thailand, set to take place on Dec. 2.
Anti-government protest at Lat Phrao Intersection on Dec. 2, 2020.

Rift Grows Between Activists Over Guard Misconduct at Protest

BANGKOK — The split between the protesters’ security network deepened after one of the guards was caught on camera kicking a vehicle close to Wednesday’s anti-government protest.

CRIME & CALAMITY

2 Thai Teens Travelled Nearly 24,000km in Pandemic to Get Back Home

BANGKOK — Two Thai exchange students were dancing the tango to Latin beats and visiting a lake at Argentina’s southernmost tip when they were told to drop whatever they were doing, pack their bags, and head back to Thailand.
Security officers patrol the Thai-Myanmar border in Prachuap Khiri Khan province on Dec. 3, 2020.

Anutin: ‘Selfish’ Returnees Pose Risk Of Renewed Outbreak

BANGKOK — Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Thursday slammed a group of returnees who snuck across the Thai-Myanmar border and later found infected with the coronavirus, calling them “selfish.”

I (Don’t) NEED U: K-Pop Fans Move Ads From Skytrains to Tuk-Tuks

BANGKOK — Some K-pop fandoms are no longer posting ads on two of Bangkok’s most popular transit systems in retaliation for shutting down their services during pro-democracy protests last month.

‘WeVo’ Protest Guards Withdraw Amid Infighting, Assault

BANGKOK — One of the largest groups of protesters’ security details on Tuesday announced they will no longer provide their service after one of their members was assaulted by another guard unit.

New Budget To Assist Rice Farmers Approved as Price Plummets

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — Thailand's cabinet approved the National Rice Policy Committee's proposal on Tuesday to raise the budget for the rice farmers' income guarantee scheme from 28.711 billion baht (948 million U.S. dollars) to 46.807 billion baht (1.54 billion U.S. dollars).

No Suspects So Far in Shooting That Wounded 6 Protesters

BANGKOK — Police said Tuesday they have yet to identify the individuals who fired shots at protesters during skirmishes between two rival groups near the parliament last month, injuring six people.

ASEAN & WORLD

Beijing’s Silent Cafe Makes Hearing-Impaired Baristas Easy on the Ear

BEIJING (Xinhua) — Chen Zizhong, 27, clad in a brand-new black apron, won the coveted title of "coffee master" among his colleagues in Beijing's one and only Starbucks signing store.

AP Exclusive: China Testing Blunders Stemmed From Secret Deals With Firms

WUHAN, China (AP) — In the early days in Wuhan, the first city struck by the virus, getting a COVID test was so difficult that residents compared it to winning the lottery.

Britain OKs Pfizer Vaccine and Will Begin Shots Within Days

LONDON (AP) — Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday and could be dispensing shots within days — a historic step toward eventually ending the outbreak that has killed more than 1.4 million people around the globe.

In Video, Trump Recycles Baseless Voter Fraud Claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Increasingly detached from reality, President Donald Trump stood before a White House lectern and delivered a 46-minute diatribe against the election results that produced a win for Democrat Joe Biden, unspooling one misstatement after another to back his baseless claim that he really won.

Coronavirus Robs Biblical Bethlehem of Christmas Cheer

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace at the height of the normally cheery holiday season.

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