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LOS ANGELES — Growing up in Thailand, Fawn never got to see her culture represented in Hollywood films. But today, the film she worked on – full of colorful water markets, zesty herb-filled dishes, and benevolent water dragons is on screens worldwide.

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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.
A file photo of former PM Yingluck Shinawatra.

Court Overturns Order to Fine Yingluck 35.7 Billion Baht Over Failed Rice Scheme

BANGKOK — The Administrative Court on Friday repealed the military government’s order to fine former PM Yingluck Shinawatra for 35 billion baht over her loss-ridden rice subsidy program.

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A health worker checks the temperature of a man falling in line for a COVID-19 swab test in Khaosan Road in Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Photo: Somchai Chanjirakitti / AP

Bangkok Nightlife Clusters Expose Thailand’s Virus Stumbles

BANGKOK (AP) — When Thailand's transport minister was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, it was Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha who got a headache.
A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to a Buddhist monk at Nak Prok Temple in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, April 9, 2021. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP

Thailand Faces Growing Outbreak Ahead of New Year Travel

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities were struggling Friday to contain a growing coronavirus outbreak just days before the country's traditional Songkran New Year’s holiday, when millions of people travel around the country.
A file photo of Saksayam Chidchob.

Transport Minister Tests Positive for COVID-19

BURIRAM — Transport minister Saksayam Chidchob on Wednesday said he tested positive for the coronavirus.
In this April 21, 2020, file photo, a security guard is seen walking a round of patrol in the empty interior of Mulligan's, a popular Irish bar on Khaosan Road. Photo: Sirachai Arunrugstichai

Bangkok Orders Bar Closings To Stop Virus Spread

BANGKOK (AP) — Officials in Thailand's capital on Monday ordered a two-week closure of all entertainment venues in three districts to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus from nightspots there.
A surfer catches a wave as the sun sets over Kata Beach on the resort island of Phuket, Thailand on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Photo: Adam Schreck / AP

Thailand Reduces Quarantine, Paperwork for Vaccinated

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand on Thursday began halving the quarantine time for vaccinated visitors as a first step to allowing inoculated people into the country without the need to isolate.

5 Activists Indicted Over Alleged Attempt To Harm Queen

BANGKOK (AP) — Prosecutors in Thailand indicted five pro-democracy activists on Wednesday on changes of attempting to harm the queen during a street demonstration last October in which some protesters shouted slogans critical of the monarchy.

ASEAN & WORLD

Japanese Businessmen Brighten Makeup Industry Amid Pandemic

TOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has pushed many businesses in Japan to the edge of financial ruin, but Takumi Tezuka, who owns a makeup and hair salon for men in Tokyo, has seen his customer base expand.

Older Korean-Americans in LA Fearful Amid Anti-Asian Attacks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yong Sin Kim, an 85-year-old Korean immigrant living in a senior apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles, says he rarely leaves home these days. When he does, he carries a whistle with him; at least he could call for help if he's attacked.

Myanmar Junta Cracks Down on Celebrations of New Shadow Govt

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Security forces in Myanmar used violence on Monday against demonstrators who sought to celebrate last week’s formation of a shadow government to serve as an alternative to the military junta that has held power since a February coup.

Half of Us Adults Have Received At Least One COVID-19 Shot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves.

Police: FedEx Shooter Legally Bought Guns Used in Shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally bought the two rifles used in the attack despite red flag laws designed to prevent such purchases, police said.

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