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Religious Artifacts Returned to Thailand After Decades

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two stolen hand-carved religious artifacts, sandstone lintels dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries, were returned to the Thai government on Tuesday in a ceremony more than 50 years overdue.

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David Streckfuss at Khon Kaen Immigration Office on Apr. 16, 2021. Photo: Hathairat Phaholtap / Facebook.

Immigration Renews Visa for American Academic Who Writes About 112

KHON KAEN — The immigration bureau on Monday said it has issued a new work permit and visa for an American academic who faced expulsion after his documents were suddenly revoked by his previous employer.
David Streckfuss at Khon Kaen Immigration Office on Apr. 19, 2021. Photo: Hathairat Phaholtap / Facebook.

Immigration Postpones Visa Decision of Outspoken American Academic

KHON KAEN — The immigration bureau on Monday deferred the decision to extend the work permit and visa of an American academic who wrote about the country’s draconian lese majeste law.

CRIME & CALAMITY

A woman receives a shot of COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center at Bangkok Bank Sport Club in Bangkok on June 10, 2021.

Officials Deny Vaccine Shortage for Delay of Private Employee Inoculations

BANGKOK — The mass vaccination program for registered workers under the social security system was put on hold until the end of this month in just four days after the launch, officials said Friday.

Thai Lawmakers Approve 500 Billion Baht in Borrowing To Fight COVID-19

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would allow the government to borrow up to 500 billion baht ($16 billion) to deal with the economic fallout and medical costs of the coronavirus.
A vaccination center for expats at Vimut Hospital on June 7, 2021.

Foreigners Vaccine Registration Kicks Off With Chaos and Confusion

BANGKOK — An agency tasked with giving centralized information on the COVID-19 pandemic sowed more public confusion on Monday as it contradicted itself on how foreign nationals can sign up for inoculations.

Journalists Who Fled Myanmar Find Third-Country Refuge

BANGKOK (AP) — Three journalists from military-ruled Myanmar who were convicted of illegal entry after they fled to Thailand have been sent to a third country where they are safe, their employer said Monday.

The Pandemic Has Slowed Tourism to Thailand’s Buddhist Temples, but the Impact Is More...

(THE CONVERSATION) Buddhist temples that relied heavily on donations from foreign tourists are now struggling to outlast the pandemic.
A health worker administers a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to a woman in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, May 31, 2021. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP

Thailand Reports Record Virus Cases; Delays Bangkok Easing

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is redoubling efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus in labor camps, factories and markets as the number of new reported cases surged Monday to the highest level so far.

ASEAN & WORLD

Prime Peke! Wasabi the Pekingese Wins Westminster Dog Show

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The flavor of the year at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show: Wasabi.

Photos Show Chinese Rover on Dusty, Rocky Martian Surface

BEIJING (AP) — The dusty, rocky Martian surface and a Chinese rover and lander bearing small national flags were seen in photos released Friday that the rover took on the red planet.

Myanmar Anti-Corruption Body Files Cases Against Suu Kyi

BANGKOK (AP) — The Anti-Corruption Commission in military-ruled Myanmar has found that ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi accepted bribes and misused her authority to gain advantageous terms in real estate deals, government-controlled media reported Thursday.

Belarus Opposition Leader Urges International Probe of Govt

PRAGUE (AP) — A Belarusian opposition leader called Wednesday for the creation of an international tribunal to investigate and prosecute crimes reportedly committed by her country's government and its longtime authoritarian leader, President Alexander Lukashenko.
In this aerial photo taken June 7, 2021 and released by the Yunnan Forest Fire Brigade, a migrating herd of elephants rests near Xinyang Township in Jinning District of Kunming city in southwestern China's Yunnan Province. Photo: Yunnan Forest Fire Brigade via AP

China’s Wandering Elephants Becoming International Stars

BEIJING (AP) — Already famous at home, China’s wandering elephants are now becoming international stars.

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