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Nonnnn! Thai Mythical Temple Creatures are Reborn as Virtual Pets

BANGKOK — Feed, play with, and pet a little tua mom as it grows and evolves – right from the comfort of your phone. 

POLITICS

Thanathorn Claps Back at Lese Majeste Accusation, Bail Denied in Historic 112 Case

BANGKOK — Opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said on Thursday the public has every right to question the government’s efforts to secure a coronavirus vaccine through a company owned by the palace.

Trump-Appointed US Ambassador to Thailand Quits Post

BANGKOK — The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand appears to have left his post on Thursday after less than a year in office.

CRIME & CALAMITY

In a First, Thai FDA Clears COVID Vaccine From AstraZeneca

BANGKOK — British pharmaceutical AstraZeneca became the first company to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration to sell and distribute coronavirus vaccine for domestic use in Thailand.
A screenshot of a CCTV footage released by police shows a man investigators said to be Mongkol Santimethakul walking down the street near his residence on Jan. 16, 2021.

Police Say ‘Abduction’ of Protest Guard Was a Hoax

SAMUT PRAKAN — Police on Wednesday said they will charge a pro-democracy campaigner for filing a false report that he was the victim of an abduction by security officers.
People wash hands before entering Wat Mangkon Kamalawat in Bangkok on Jan. 11, 2021.

48-Yr-Old Dies From COVID-19 as Bangkok Mulls Business Reopening

BANGKOK — Thailand recorded a new death from the coronavirus on Wednesday, just as the authorities were planning to ease business restrictions in the capital.

Foreigners Still Have to Pay More for COVID Tests in Some Hospitals

BANGKOK — At least five hospitals in Bangkok apply a “dual pricing” policy on their coronavirus tests, charging foreigners more than their Thai counterparts, a survey by Khaosod English has found. 

IconSiam Says It’s Investigating Guard for Slapping Student Protester

BANGKOK — A security guard at IconSiam luxury shopping mall was fined 1,000 baht by the police on Tuesday after he was filmed slapping a university student who was holding a lone protest in front of the department store.
James sits in the living room, which regularly hosts English lessons for children in the community.

‘We Never Know What Tomorrow Brings:’ COVID Strands Thousands of Refugees in Thailand

BANGKOK — From his hideout in northern Bangkok, James could hear roars of jet planes taking off from Don Mueang Airport. They gave him hope. He counted down the days until he could finally board one of them, away to safety and a new home.

ASEAN & WORLD

Analysis: Biden Faces a More Confident China After US Chaos

BEIJING (AP) — As a new U.S. president takes office, he faces a determined Chinese leadership that could be further emboldened by America’s troubles at home.

Foreign Visitors To Japan in 2020 Plunge 87.1%, Biggest Drop on Record

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Foreign visitors to Japan in 2020 plunged 87.1 percent from a year earlier, the biggest drop since 1964 when comparable data became available, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday, as the coronavirus pandemic threw cold water on the country's inbound tourism boom.

China Hits Trump Officials With Sanctions on Their Way Out

WASHINGTON (AP) — China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday.

Jack’s Back: Chinese E-Tycoon Ends Silence With Online Video

BEIJING (AP) — China’s highest-profile entrepreneur, Jack Ma, appeared Wednesday in an online video, ending a 2 1/2-month absence from public view that prompted speculation about the future of the e-commerce billionaire and his Alibaba Group.

London 2012 Official Says Tokyo Olympics “Unlikely” To Happen

GENEVA (Kyodo) —  Keith Mills, deputy chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games, told the BBC Tuesday he would be preparing for cancellation if he was in charge of the Tokyo Games.

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