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FRESH NEWS

Panel by Panel, New Book Explores Vibrancy, Art of Thai Comics

BANGKOK — Before 1968, the phi krasue ghost in Thai culture only existed in oral traditions and whispers. But with cartoonist Tawee Witsanukorn’s drawings that year, he was the first to give her the iconic floating female head and dangling entrails – and that ghastly appearance haunts to this day.

POLITICS

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

Thai Volunteers Aid COVID Patients in Need of Care, Testing

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — As Thailand‘s medical system struggles beneath a surge of coronavirus cases, ordinary people are helping to plug the gaps, risking their own health to bring care and supplies to often terrified, exhausted patients who’ve fallen through the cracks.

Thailand to Join COVAX, Acknowledging Low Vaccine Supply

BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand’s National Vaccine Institute apologized Wednesday for the country's slow and inadequate rollout of coronavirus vaccines, promising it will join the U.N.-backed COVAX program to receive supplies from its pool of donated vaccines next year.

As COVID-19 Patients Dying at Home, Gov’t Says No One Must Die at Home

BANGKOK — The head of a COVID-19 volunteer aid group said Wednesday that the government should quickly provide more beds, or risk seeing even more people dying at home or on the streets. 

Bangkok Tightens Restrictions to Fight COVID-19

BANGKOK (AP) — Officials in Thailand further tightened coronavirus restrictions on Monday in response to an alarming rise in cases and deaths that is stressing the country’s health care system.

Foodpanda Faces Boycott After Calling Anti-Gov’t Protester ‘Terrorist’

BANGKOK — A major food delivery service is facing a boycott after it said on Twitter that an anti-government demonstrator dressed as a food delivery man was captured on video trying to set fire on a large image of the King as committing an act of “terrorism.”

Police Use Tear Gas Against Anti-Government Protesters

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thai police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters who held a rally in Bangkok despite coronavirus restrictions banning gatherings of more than five people.

ASEAN & WORLD

Without the Crowd’s Roar, Tokyo Olympians Search for Spirit

TOKYO (AP) — The beloved American gymnast Sam Mikulak flipped off the parallel bars, stuck the landing and blew a kiss toward the camera. Those watching the men’s Olympics gymnastic competition on television back home knew they’d seen magic.

Naomi Osaka Eliminated From Tokyo Olympics Tennis Tournament

TOKYO (AP) — The host country’s superstar is out of the Tokyo Olympics.

California’s Largest Fire Burns Homes as Blazes Scorch West

INDIAN FALLS, Calif. (AP) — California's largest wildfire merged with a smaller blaze and destroyed homes in remote areas with limited access for firefighters, as numerous other fires gained strength and threatened property across the U.S. West.

Pandemic Leaves Indians Mired in Massive Medical Debts

NEW DELHI (AP) — As coronavirus cases ravaged India this spring, Anil Sharma visited his 24-year-old son Saurav at a private hospital in northwest New Delhi every day for more than two months. In May, as India's new COVID-19 cases broke global records to reach 400,000 a day, Saurav was put on a ventilator.

Tokyo Olympics Begin With Muted Ceremony and Empty Stadium

TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set a striking tone to match a unique pandemic Games.

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