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In a First, Thai FDA Clears COVID Vaccine From AstraZeneca

BANGKOK — British pharmaceutical AstraZeneca became the first company to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration to sell and distribute coronavirus vaccine for domestic use in Thailand.

Massage Spas, Gyms Among Venues to Reopen in Bangkok

BANGKOK — Starting Friday, a number of business venues including spas and fitness centers will be allowed to open in the capital after closing down for three weeks in a bid to curb the pandemic.

Thanathorn Claps Back at Lese Majeste Accusation, Bail Denied in Historic 112 Case

BANGKOK — Opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said on Thursday the public has every right to question the government’s efforts to secure a coronavirus vaccine through a company owned by the palace.

Trump-Appointed US Ambassador to Thailand Quits Post

BANGKOK — The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand appears to have left his post on Thursday after less than a year in office.

Analysis: Biden Faces a More Confident China After US Chaos

BEIJING (AP) — As a new U.S. president takes office, he faces a determined Chinese leadership that could be further emboldened by America’s troubles at home.

Foreign Visitors To Japan in 2020 Plunge 87.1%, Biggest Drop on Record

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Foreign visitors to Japan in 2020 plunged 87.1 percent from a year earlier, the biggest drop since 1964 when comparable data became available, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday, as the coronavirus pandemic threw cold water on the country's inbound tourism boom.

China Hits Trump Officials With Sanctions on Their Way Out

WASHINGTON (AP) — China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday.
Former leader of the now-defunct Future Forward Party Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit during his Facebook Live about the vaccination program on Jan. 18, 2021. Photo: The Progressive Movement / Facebook

Questioning Vaccine Transparency? That’s Royal Insult, Gov’t Says

BANGKOK — The government on Wednesday filed a royal defamation charge against opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit for his comments about the involvement of a palace-owned company in the bid to secure a coronavirus vaccine.
A screenshot of a CCTV footage released by police shows a man investigators said to be Mongkol Santimethakul walking down the street near his residence on Jan. 16, 2021.

Police Say ‘Abduction’ of Protest Guard Was a Hoax

SAMUT PRAKAN — Police on Wednesday said they will charge a pro-democracy campaigner for filing a false report that he was the victim of an abduction by security officers.

It’s Munch Time: Elephant ‘Invades’ BBQ Restaurant, Snacks on Fruits

NAKHON NAYOK — In a surreal scene that unfolded Tuesday night, diners at a barbecue buffet restaurant were grilling their meat to slow country songs when a large male elephant burst out of the jungle, stepped around human cars, and began eating his own dinner.





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