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Popular Night Market Loses Chinese Tourists, Avoided by Thais

BANGKOK — One of Bangkok’s most popular night markets is not only struggling with disappearance of Chinese tourists, but also the perception among some Thais that it is a place to avoid amid coronavirus fears.

Families of Korat Shooting Victims Wait for Answers, Bodies

NAKHON RATCHASIMA (AP) — Sirirat Nualraksa blinked back tears as the ambulances delivered gurneys bearing cloth-shrouded bodies to the morgue of a public hospital after a vengeful Thai soldier killed 29 people and wounded dozens of others in a shopping mall rampage.

Korat Mass Shooting: Army to Revise Security Protocols

KORAT — Army officials on Sunday said they will implement additional security measures at military bases to prevent another mass shooting like the one that left 30 people dead in Nakhon Ratchasima over the weekend.

Police, Army Besiege Shopping Mall to Search for Soldier Who Kills 20

KORAT — A combined operation of army and police is laying siege to a shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima where a gunman who shot dead at least 20 people is believed to be hiding.

No Tourists, No Buyers: Pratunam Vendors Hit Hard by Coronavirus Phobia

BANGKOK — Business owners and vendors at the once-bustling Pratunam Market say they are bearing the brunt of a massive drop in tourism amid the coronavirus epidemic.

Anutin: Farangs Who Don’t Wear Masks ‘Should Be Kicked Out’

BANGKOK — Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Friday slammed foreign tourists who refused to wear face masks handed out by the government, saying they “should be kicked out.”
A rendering of the proposed Chao Phraya broadwalk.

Court Halts Controversial Chao Phraya Promenade Project

BANGKOK — Opponents of the government’s plan to build a concrete promenade along the Chao Phraya River on Thursday welcomed the news that a court ordered the project to be halted.

Beset by Tourism Woes, Bank of Thailand Slashes Policy Rate

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — The Bank of Thailand (BoT) on Wednesday slashed its policy rate by 25 basis points to a fresh record low of 1 percent in the year 2020's first meeting.

‘I Don’t Hate Chinese,’ Taxi Driver Speaks Out After Coronavirus Recovery

BANGKOK — One of the Thais infected with coronavirus was declared safe by the health ministry at a news conference on Wednesday, where he also spoke to the media about his ordeal.
A sign posted in front of a drug store near Siriraj Hospital telling customers that face masks and hand sanitizers are sold out on Feb. 5, 2020.

Following Criticism, Cabinet Puts Price Control on Face Masks

BANGKOK — The government on Tuesday placed face masks and hand sanitizers on the price control list in response to complaints of retailers profiteering from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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