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‘Justin Bieber’ Coming to Bangkok in November

BANGKOK — Get ready for some “Peaches” because Canadian pop icon Justin Bieber is coming back to the capital this November.

POLITICS

Civil rights lawyer and activist Arnon Nampa at an anti-government rally on Aug. 10, 2020.

Arnon: Monarchy Reform Movement Still on Track Despite No Street Protests

BANGKOK — Co-leader of the monarchy reform movement Arnon Nampa is out on bail for the second time. He faces multiple lese majeste charges, around thirty lese majeste cases, so many that Arnon said he does not know the exact number. That could see him return to prison for a very long time if found guilty.
Ukrainian Charges d’Affaires Oleksandr Lysak speaks at a press conference at the Pullman G Hotel in Bangkok on Apr. 28, 2022.

Ukrainian Envoy Urges Thai Gov’t To Waive Visa Extension Fees for Stranded Ukrainians

BANGKOK — Ukraine’s top diplomat to Thailand on Thursday said the Thai government has yet to finalize the decision to exempt visa extension fees for Ukraine nationals marooned in Thailand due to the ongoing war in their homeland.

CRIME & CALAMITY

Displaced people from Myanmar carry donated lunch boxes to their tents along the Thai side of the Moei River in Mae Sot, Thailand on Feb. 5, 2022. Photo: AP

Despite Risk of Death, Thailand Sends Fleeing Myanmar Refugees Back

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The young woman from Myanmar and her family now live amid the tall grasses of a riverbank on the Thai border, trapped in limbo between a country that does not want them and a country whose military could kill them.
Pakistan and Australia cricket team players pay tribute to Shane Warne at the start of 2nd day play of the first cricket test match between them at the Pindi Stadium, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Saturday, March 5, 2022. Photo: Anjum Naveed / AP

Cricket Great Warne Begins Final Journey Home to Australia

BANGKOK (AP) — The body of Australian cricket great Shane Warne has started its final journey home.
A man places a set of cricket stumps and a photos at the statue of Shane Warne outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, March 5, 2022. Photo: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake / AP

Autopsy Says Cricket Star Warne Died of Natural Causes

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Monday that an autopsy conducted on the body of Australian cricket star Shane Warne has concluded that he died of natural causes.
A still from CCTV footage showing one of the suspects leaving Thailand at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Feb. 6, 2022.

Interpol Issues Red Notice for Phuket Hitmen

BANGKOK — Police on Monday said a request for the arrest of two Canadian nationals who gunned down a compatriot a week ago on the resort island of Phuket was issued by the Interpol.
FILE - Cathy Hummels, wife of Germany defender Mats Hummels, applauds prior to the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Northern Ireland and Germany at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Photo: Michael Probst / AP File

Police Probe Robbery Reported by German Celebrity

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Thursday they were looking for a suspect in the robbery of German celebrity Cathy Hummels, who reported that her mobile phone was stolen during a nighttime attack on a southern beach.
In this photo taken by a camera trap, a three-legged tiger walks through the jungle Feb. 6, 2022, in the Khao Laem National Park in Kanchanaburi, western Thailand. Photo: Freeland / IUCN via AP

Wildlife Group Says Tiger Missing a Leg Needs Help

BANGKOK (AP) — Forest rangers in western Thailand are searching a remote jungle on the Myanmar border hoping to rescue a wild tiger with a missing leg from an area where poachers have recently been operating.

ASEAN & WORLD

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, a doctor visits a family during an activity to raise public awareness of the COVID-19 prevention measures, in Pyongyang, North Korea Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Photo: Korean Central News Agency / Korea News Service via AP

North Korea’s Suspected COVID-19 Caseload Nears 2 Million

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday reported 262,270 more suspected COVID-19 cases as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and scrambled to slow infections in its unvaccinated population.
A woman wearing a mask to curb the spread of coronavirus sits inside a bus in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Photo: Dita Alangkara / AP

Indonesia Lifts Outdoor Mask Mandate as COVID-19 Wanes

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia is lifting its outdoor mask mandate because its COVID-19 outbreak is increasing under control, President Joko Widodo said Tuesday. However, a mask mandate remains in place for indoor activities and public transportation, he said.
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto signs a petition for NATO membership application in Helsinki, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Photo: Annti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva via AP

Sweden, Finland Push Ahead With NATO Bids as Turkey Objects

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden and Finland on Tuesday pushed ahead with their bids to join NATO even as Turkey insisted it won’t let the previously nonaligned Nordic countries into the alliance because of their alleged support for Kurdish militants.
This image released by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, Thursday, May 12, 2022, shows a black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The Milky Way black hole is called Sagittarius A*, near the border of Sagittarius and Scorpius constellations. Photo: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration via AP

Astronomers Capture 1st Image of Milky Way’s Huge Black Hole

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's first image of the chaotic supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy doesn't portray a voracious cosmic destroyer but what astronomers Thursday called a “gentle giant" on a near-starvation diet.
Finland's President Sauli Niinisto makes a point during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Photo: Frank Augstein / Pool via AP

Finland’s Leaders Call For NATO Membership ‘Without Delay’

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s leaders said Thursday they’re in favor of rapidly applying for NATO membership, paving the way for a historic expansion of the alliance that could deal a serious blow to Russia as its military struggles with its war in Ukraine.

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