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Experts Denounce Religious Censorship on Modern Arts

BANGKOK — A group of academics and experts told a Parliament committee on Monday that crackdowns on arts deemed inappropriate to Buddhism is a danger to Thailand’s creativity.

POLITICS

Matichon Group president Khanchai Boonparn and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on July 10, 2020.

Cabinet Reshuffle Coming in Sept, Prayut Says in Matichon Meeting

BANGKOK — Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday told Matichon Group executives that he planned to reshuffle his Cabinet after the annual budget debate concluded in September.
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.

CRIME & CALAMITY

Activist Cages Himself to Protest Animal Captivity in Pandemic

PHETCHABURI — The founder of an animal welfare organization is locking himself in a cage for a week to raise money for his effort to rescue caged animals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Airport workers on July 9, 2020, disinfect luggage carried on a plane carrying Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. James McConville to Thailand.

Colleagues of Pilot Found With Virus Were Allowed to Leave Quarantine

BANGKOK — An Egyptian airman who tested positive for the coronavirus was part of a group who was permitted to leave their quarantine facility and visit public venues in Rayong province, officials said Monday.
Makeshift classrooms at Ban Ta Puan Sang Saeng on July 13, 2020.

School Holds Class in Tents After Losing Funds in Pandemic

MAHA SARAKHAM — Students in the northeastern province of Maha Sarakham on Monday had to take their lessons in tents after their school’s funds were slashed due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

Gov’t Urged to Reopen Checkpoints as Border Trade Falls in Pandemic

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — Thailand's Ministry of Commerce said on Friday that it is urging government leaders to allow nine border checkpoints to reopen, as border trade has fallen nearly 10 percent amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

ASEAN & WORLD

China Bans Cruz, Rubio, Smith Over Xinjiang Criticism

BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday said it will ban entry to U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Representative Chris Smith and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback over their criticism of the ruling Communist Party’s policies toward minority groups and people of faith.

How Many More Americans Will Die From Coronavirus?

The number of Americans dying from COVID-19 is surging again.

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.

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