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The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS

Thailand reports new daily record of nearly 10,000 coronavirus infections

Thailand hit a new daily record with the discovery of nearly 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: The mothers of anti-government protest leaders facing lese majeste charges, Malai Nampha, Sureerat Chiwarak, Yupin Maneewong and Suriya Sithijirawattanakul attend a demonstration demanding the release of their sons outside Remand prison, in Bangkok, Thailand April 28, 2021. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

Thai mothers fight for activist children charged with insulting king

Sureerat Chiwarak sat with calm resolve in front of a Bangkok court as her head was shaved in a protest to support her activist son, jailed for weeks without bail on criminal charges of insulting Thailand’s powerful king.
FILE PHOTO - A screen grab from Myanmar state television broadcast from February 3, 2021 shows General Min Aung Hlaing speaking during a meeting. MRTV-Handout via REUTERS

Myanmar junta chief to attend ASEAN summit on first foreign trip since coup

Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing will attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Indonesia on April 24, a Thai foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, for his first known foreign trip since he staged a Feb. 1 coup.
FILE PHOTO - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong leave the opening ceremony of an ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 6, 2016. REUTERS-Soe Zeya Tun-File Photo

Southeast Asian nations weigh aid mission to Myanmar

Southeast Asian countries are considering a proposal to send a humanitarian aid mission to Myanmar as a potential first step in a long-term plan to broker a dialogue between the junta and its opponents, diplomats familiar with the discussions said.
Junta spokesman Brig. Gen. Zaw Min Tun told a news conference in the capital, Naypyitaw, that the country was returning to normal and government ministries and banks would resume full operations soon.

Myanmar: 19 people sentenced to death by military court

Nineteen people have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for killing an associate of an army captain, the military-owned Myawaddy TV station said on Friday — the first such sentences announced in public since February 1 coup and crackdown on protesters.
FILE PHOTO - Demonstrators are seen before a clash with security forces in Taze, Sagaing Region, Myanmar April 7, 2021, in this image obtained by Reuters. Photo obtained by REUTERS.

Myanmar junta says protests are dwindling as at least 10 reported killed by troops

Myanmar’s junta said on Friday that a protest campaign against its rule was dwindling since people wanted peace, and that it would hold elections within two years, the first timeframe it has given for a return to democracy since its Feb. 1 coup.
Villagers attend a protest against the military coup, in Launglon township, Myanmar April 4, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. Dawei Watch-via REUTERS

Five killed in Myanmar as troops open fire on protesters

Myanmar troops fired at anti-coup protesters on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding several, media said, as activists defied a bloody crackdown and internet blockade by the ruling junta.
Villagers attend a protest against the military coup, in Launglon township, Myanmar April 4, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. Dawei Watch-via REUTERS

Bloodshed in Myanmar as troops open fire on protesters

Myanmar troops stormed an anti-coup protest camp on Wednesday, a resident said, in a pre-dawn operation that local media said killed and wounded several demonstrators, as activists defied a bloody crackdown and internet blockade by the ruling junta.
FILE PHOTO: Thailand's banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit speaks during a news conference after the Digital Ministry filed a criminal complaint against him for defaming the monarchy after he criticised the country's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine strategy at the party's headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Thai police charge politician for insulting king over vaccine remarks

Thai police on Tuesday charged banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit with defaming the monarchy, after he accused the government of relying too much on a royal-owned company to produce its supply of coronavirus vaccines.

400 undocumented migrants test coronavirus positive in Thailand

No fewer than 400 undocumented migrants tested COVID-19 positive and have been transferred to a field hospital in Bangkok on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO - Demonstrators clash with riot police during an anti-government protest in Bangkok, Thailand, March 20, 2021. REUTERS-Chalinee Thirasupa-File Photo

Dozens of Thai protesters injured after rally near king’s palace

More than 30 civilians and police were injured in Thai anti-government protests, an emergency medical centre said on Sunday after police used water cannon, teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the rally the night before.
FILE PHOTO - A view of Thailand's parliament during a special session to discuss the current political situation and the ongoing anti-government protests, in Bangkok, Thailand October 26, 2020. REUTERS-Chalinee Thirasupa

Proposal to rewrite Thailand’s military-backed constitution fails

Thailand’s parliament has failed to pass a bill that would have allowed changes to a military-backed constitution enacted after a 2014 coup, stalling a move by lawmakers to address a key demand of mass street protests last year.
Anti-government protesters leaders Panusaya Rung Sithijirawattanakul, Panupong Mike Jadnok, and Jatupat Pai Boonpattararaksa arrive to report themselves over royal insult charges, at the Attorney General's office in Bangkok, Thailand, March 8

Thai prosecutor indicts 18 over anti-government protests

A Thai prosecutor on Monday indicted 18 activists for their roles in anti-government rallies last year by a protest movement that has brought unprecedented challenges to the royal palace and military-dominated establishment.
A journalist and a police officer take pictures of each other as people protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar February 23, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar: The revolution will be Facebook-lived

When he heard soldiers had taken power in Myanmar again, Thar Lon Zaung Htet hurried to the office of his news agency in Yangon, grabbed a few essentials and carefully locked up.
A protester steps on an image of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha during a rally after he and nine ministers survived no-confidence debates, outside the Parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, February 20, 2021. REUTERS-Athit Perawongmetha

Thai protests outside parliament after PM survives vote

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Thailand’s parliament after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a parliamentary no-confidence motion on Saturday after a four-day censure debate.
FILE PHOTO - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha at Government House, in Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2020. REUTERS-Chalinee Thirasupa-Pool

Thai premier survives no-confidence vote as protests planned

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Saturday after a four-day censure debate, with protests calling for his ouster set to resume.
All public and private schools as well as educational institutions in the 27 provinces, including the capital Bangkok, are allowed to resume onsite classes from February 1, according to a directive issued by Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan.

Thailand to reopen schools outside coronavirus outbreak epicentre

Thailand on Wednesday said that from next week, it will reopen most schools, excluding those in Samut Sakhon province, the epicentre of the country’s latest COVID-19 outbreak.
FILE PHOTO: Warong Dechgitvigrom speaks during a protest by a group of royalists in front of parliament as they counter protest pro-democracy demonstrators and show support to the monarchy in Bangkok, Thailand September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo

Thai royalists launch political party to protect monarchy

An ultra royalist group in Thailand launched a new political party on Wednesday to defend King Maha Vajiralongkorn, amid unprecedented calls for reform of the monarchy by a youth-led protest movement.
FILE PHOTO - Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit gives a speech at the party's headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand February 21, 2020. REUTERS-Soe Zeya Tun-File Photo

Thai government files royal insult complaint against opposition figure over vaccine criticism

Thailand’s ministry of digital economy and society will file a criminal complaint of defaming the country’s monarchy against banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the ministry said on Wednesday.

Thai woman sentenced to 43 years in jail for insulting monarchy

A Thai court on Tuesday sentenced a 65-year-old woman to more than 43 years in jail for sharing online posts criticizing the royal family, her lawyer said, the country’s harshest ever sentence for insulting the monarchy.
A protester covered in red paint she poured on herself kneels in front of a heap of stationery and bamboo canes during a “Bad Student” demonstration outside the Ministry of Education in Bangkok on January 16, 2021, on the occasion of Teachers’ Day in Thailand. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Thai students mark Teachers’ Day with paint-soaked protest

Students piled bamboo canes and stationery in front of Thailand’s Ministry of Education and splashed crimson paint on it to protest corporal punishment, one of several protests that took place across the capital on Saturday.
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge during downsized New Year's Eve celebrations due to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, January 1, 2021. REUTERS-Loren Elliott

Fireworks explode over empty streets as 2020 slinks away into history

The Sydney Opera House fireworks soared into the sky, but the harbour below was empty as a ghost town, a fittingly creepy send-off for a year that will not be missed.

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