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FRESH NEWS

The Votes Are In: Thailand Chooses Their 2021 Vegan Faves

BANGKOK — Want to keep off the meat and dairy for even just one day a week? Here are some certified vegan crowd-favorite places in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.

POLITICS

Two-Ballot Election System Formally Approved

BANGKOK — A constitutional amendment on elections system to reduce the number of party list MPs and increase that of constituency-based MPs with two ballot papers was announced in the Royal Gazette on Sunday night.

Constitutional Court Says Calls for Royal Reform May Be Seditious

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that three pro-democracy activists who called for reform of the monarchy were attempting to overthrow the nation’s system of government with the king as head of state.

CRIME & CALAMITY

UN Decries Thailand’s Deportation of Cambodian Activists

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency has condemned Thailand's deportation of three Cambodian political activists back to their home country, describing it as part of a “trend” of returning Cambodian refugees across the border where they face the risk of persecution.

Gov’t Threatens to Fine Foreigners Who Don’t Wear Facemask

BANGKOK — The government’s pandemic response center said the country is at the risk of another coronavirus outbreak because some foreign visitors are failing to follow disease control measures, like wearing facemasks in public.

Gov’t: 50,000 Travelers Entered Thailand Since Reopening

BANGKOK — More than 50,000 international arrivals have been logged since the country formally reopened to tourists on Nov. 1 -- making up half of all reported arrivals throughout the year 2021.

Thailand to Secure 65 Million COVID Shots Next Year

BANGKOK — PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced that Thailand is setting its goal of obtaining up to 65 million vaccines for next year as part of the government’s long term effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Many Provinces Not Seeing Surge in Foreign Tourists

BANGKOK — Two weeks after the reopening, business operators in major tourist destinations outside Bangkok say they still have to rely more on domestic travelers than foreign tourists.

Migrant Workers to Enter Thailand, Get Vaxxed Under New MOU

BANGKOK — Facing labor shortage, the labor ministry said it will soon sign new agreements to allow job seekers from neighboring countries to enter Thailand again and get vaccinated upon their arrival.

ASEAN & WORLD

World Races to Contain New COVID Threat, the Omicron Variant

BRUSSELS (AP) — Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world raced Friday to contain a new coronavirus variant potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled relentless waves of infection on nearly every continent.

US Lawmakers Meet With Taiwan President in Surprise Visit

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Five U.S. lawmakers met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Friday morning in a surprise one-day visit intended to reaffirm the United States' “rock solid” support for the self-governing island.

Some Fear China Could Win From US Spat With Marshall Islands

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For decades, the tiny Marshall Islands has been a stalwart American ally. Its location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has made it a key strategic outpost for the U.S. military.

3 Men Charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s Death Convicted of Murder

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Three men were convicted of murder Wednesday in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, the Black man who was running empty-handed through a Georgia subdivision when the white strangers chased him, trapped him on a quiet street and blasted him with a shotgun.

German Parties Reach Deal for Government to End Merkel Era

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's would-be governing parties vowed Wednesday to modernize Europe’s biggest economy and step up efforts against climate change as they announced an agreement that leaves center-left leader Olaf Scholz poised to replace longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel within weeks.

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