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Virus Restrictions: Gov’t to Debate Extending Dine-In Hours

BANGKOK— Dine-in services may be soon extended beyond the current closure time of 9pm mandated by the government’s coronavirus response center, pending a Cabinet approval.

POLITICS

Only 1 Party Plans to Highlight Lese Majeste in Censure Debate

BANGKOK — Only one opposition party is planning to raise the issue of the excessive use of the royal defamation offense when the Parliament reconvenes for a censure debate next month.
A photo dated Nov. 3, 2019 obtained from Mongkol Santimethakul’s Facebook showing him in army uniform, left, Mongkol during his visit to Samut Prakan City Police Station on Jan. 17, 2021, right.

Police Still Looking For Activist Who Filed ‘False’ Abduction Report

SAMUT PRAKAN — Police on Tuesday said a pro-democracy campaigner who filed a false report that he was abducted by security officers appears to have gone into hiding.

CRIME & CALAMITY

Coronavirus Patients Say BMA Misprinted Their Travel Timelines

BANGKOK — The City Hall on Wednesday said four coronavirus patients would not reveal their travel history, an offense punishable by jail terms under epidemic laws, but two of them disputed the allegations.

Vaccine Registration Pushed Back, 1st Sign of Delay in Inoculation Drive

BANGKOK — Thailand’s ambitious plan to vaccinate its population against COVID-19 already ran into a delay, while a new virus fatality and more than 800 fresh infections were reported on Wednesday.

Rural Pupil Who Braves Scorching Sun for Internet Signal Goes Viral

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN — To attend her online classes, high schooler Sirilak Ritbua had to stake a clear spot in a field, armed with only an umbrella against the relentless heat, for the internet signal.

Gov’t to Thanathorn: Current Vaccine Plans Are ‘Best Choice for Thailand’

BANGKOK — The government on Tuesday defended its vaccination program as “the best choice” for Thailand amid renewed criticism from an opposition leader that the doses will only be enough for a fifth of the population.

Recruits Say Commander Beat, Tortured Them For Smoking Pot

CHONBURI — Police on Tuesday said they are investigating a claim by two army recruits that they were assaulted by their commanding officer after they were caught with marijuana at their base.
Activists stage a rally in front of the Parliament to call for abortion rights on Jan. 25, 2021.

As Abortion Reform Nears Reality, Backlash From Catholic Church Begins

BANGKOK — The Senate on Monday endorsed a bill that would legalize abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy in compliance with a historic court rule – a move condemned by the Catholic Church leadership as “an immoral law.”

ASEAN & WORLD

UK’s ‘Tsunami’ of Grief as Coronavirus Deaths Pass 100,000

LONDON (AP) — For nine months, Gordon Bonner has been in the “hinterlands of despair and desolation” after losing his wife of 63 years to the coronavirus pandemic that has now taken the lives of more than 100,000 people in the United Kingdom.

Japan PM Apologizes Over Lawmakers’ Hostess Bar Visits Amid Virus Emergency

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologized Wednesday in parliament after executives of the ruling coalition were reported to have visited hostess bars in Tokyo's posh Ginza district, defying a state of emergency that urges people to avoid unnecessary outings.

U.S. Announces Restoration of Relations With Palestinians

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration announced Tuesday it was restoring relations with the Palestinians and renewing aid to Palestinian refugees, a reversal of the Trump administration’s cutoff and a key element of its new support for a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

Japan Virus Surge Linked to Gov’t Travel Campaign, Study Finds

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The number of travel-associated novel coronavirus cases in Japan increased by nearly seven times after the government began a subsidy program aimed at promoting domestic tourism in July, a recent study found.

‘This Is Me’: Rioters Flaunt Involvement in US Capitol Siege

WASHINGTON (AP) — These suspects weren’t exactly in hiding.

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