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Football and Mowgli-Themed Protests Next in the Roster

BANGKOK — With a Harry Potter-themed protest in the rearview mirror, pro-democracy activists across Thailand have more pop culture-themed protests scheduled throughout the next week.

POLITICS

Lawyer Arrested, Charged After Calling For Reforms

BANGKOK — Civil rights lawyer and activist Arnon Nampha was arrested Friday afternoon for sedition and breaching the emergency decree, an attorney said.

Bye Somkid! Cabinet Reshuffle Installs New Economic Team

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has reshuffled his Cabinet, with an experienced banker taking over the post of finance minister.

CRIME & CALAMITY

Up to 31 May be Targeted in Latest Protest Crackdown

BANGKOK — A large police operation appears to be underway on Friday to arrest the leaders behind ongoing anti-government protests, with at least two campaigners already in custody.

Noodle Shop Waiter in Hot Water for Fat-Shaming Customer

SONGKHLA — Police are investigating whether a waiter from a noodle shop in Songkhla province could be charged for defamation after he mocked one of his customers online.
Workers inspect the fallen concrete structure of Pink Line monorail on Aug. 6, 2020.

Monorail Structure Collapsed, Injuring 5

NONTHABURI — Five people were injured Thursday morning when a monorail line under construction in the northwestern suburb of Bangkok collapsed, officials said.

Gov’t Official Files Royal Defamation Over ‘Harry Potter’ Protest

BANGKOK — A senior government official on Wednesday filed a police complaint accusing a leader of a recent Harry Potter-themed political rally of defaming the monarchy.

Deadly Shootout: Cops to Determine If Gambling Den is a Gambling Den

BANGKOK — Bangkok police commander said it was too early to say whether the gambling den where four people, including a policeman, was killed in a shootout can be classified as one – to the widespread mockery of netizens Wednesday.
Officials greet tourists at Chiang Mai Airport on Jan 27, 2017.

‘No Immediate Plan’ to Permit More Foreigners Into Thailand

BANGKOK — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said there is currently no plan to expand the list of foreigners allowed to enter the country, including retirees with homes and families in Thailand.

ASEAN & WORLD

Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S.

UN Discusses Kashmir for 3rd Time Since India Ends Statehood

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council discussed disputed Kashmir at Pakistan’s request Wednesday for the third time since India’s Hindu nationalist government decided to end the Muslim-majority region’s semi-autonomy a year ago.

U.N. Chief Says Risk of Nuclear Weapons Rising, Urges Action

HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) — U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in a message for Thursday's 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, warned that the risk of nuclear weapons being used is growing and urged all nations to renew their commitment to achieving a world free of them.

Facebook, Citing Virus Misinfo, Deletes Trump Post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for violating its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

TikTok Saga: China Opposes ‘Bullying’ of Non-U.S. Enterprises

BEIJING (Xinhua) — China firmly opposes the U.S. side's blatant bullying of certain non-U.S. enterprises in violation of market economy rules and the WTO principles of openness, transparency and non-discrimination, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.

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