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Samples of cannabis edibles are offered during The 1st Phuket Cannabis Cup in Phuket, Thailand, in March 2023. Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said marijuana should soon be classified as a narcotic again and its use limited to medical and health purposes.
May 17, 2024
Thailand’s cannabis U-turn is a cautionary tale
Banning the drug outright will no doubt cause a lot of pain to farmers, small business owners and consumers. A middle-ground approach to return to medical usage would be wise.
Visitors walk along the ground-level pathway at the newly expanded Benjakitti Park in central Bangkok, where trees and wetlands now thrive on the site of a former cigarette factory.
May 17, 2024
Big, smoggy Bangkok gets a badly needed breath of fresh air
In the heart of a megacity, an industrial site has been turned into an oasis for residents, as well as birds, bats and mosquito-eating dragonflies.
Projections consistently show that low-lying Bangkok risks being inundated by the ocean before the end of the century.
May 16, 2024
Climate change could force Thailand to relocate its capital, official warns
Projections consistently show that low-lying Bangkok risks being inundated by the ocean before the end of the century.
A police box set up on a road in Bangkok. Thai police have obtained arrest warrants for two Japanese men suspected of being involved in the death of another Japanese man.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 25, 2024
Body parts of Japanese man found in Thailand
Police believe that the man was a member of a fraud organization.
Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin (center) shakes hands with Stefano Domenicali, president and CEO of the Formula One Group, in Bangkok on Monday.
MORE SPORTS / Auto Racing
Apr 23, 2024
Thailand keen to host F1 race on streets of Bangkok
Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin hosted F1 boss Stefano Domenicali on Monday.
Countries in Southeast Asia have implemented a range of counterterrorism policies and measures, each with their strengths and challenges. However, the effectiveness of such policies remains a subject of debate.
Apr 18, 2024
Southeast Asia needs to step up its counterterrorism game
While Islamic State and al-Qaeda have lost ground in the region, they are still capable of recruiting and inspiring local groups to join extremist causes.
A rebel fighter of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) raises Karen's national flag after burning Myanmar's national flag in Myawaddy, a Thailand-Myanmar border town, on Monday.
Apr 16, 2024
Rebels raise flag at seized Myanmar base as commander vows to retain control
The celebrations by the rebel fighters came less than a week after the capture of a key trading town on Thailand's western border.
Military personnel stand guard as hundreds of refugees crossed over the river frontier between Myanmar and Thailand on Friday, following the fall of a strategic border town to rebels fighting Myanmar's military junta, in Mae Sot, Tak province, Thailand, on Saturday.
Apr 15, 2024
Myanmar rebels say they have repelled junta push to take back border town
A resistance group fighting Myanmar's military rule said its fighters had repelled an attempt by junta troops to advance on the key town of Myawaddy.
Thai military personnel stand guard overlooking the Moei river near the Tak border checkpoint with Myanmar, in Thailand's Mae Sot district on Monday.
Apr 11, 2024
Thai soldiers patrol border town in second day of clashes nearby in Myanmar
Hundreds queued to enter Thailand at the immigration checkpoint in Mae Sot, many fleeing the newest round of fighting.
Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra gestures while flanked by his son Panthongtae Shinawatra and daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok in August 2023.
Apr 10, 2024
Thailand yet to decide on indicting former PM Thaksin, lawyer says
The royal insult complaint against the former leader and tycoon stemmed from an interview he gave to foreign media in 2015.
Tourists visit Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan in Bangkok in January.
Apr 8, 2024
Thailand leads push for six-nation visa to attract more tourists
The plan is meant to ensure seamless mobility for travelers among neighboring countries.
Thailand has taken its first step toward legalizing casinos, as the government looks to attract high-spending tourists to support the nation's economy.
Mar 29, 2024
Thailand takes first step to legalize casinos to aid economy
Thailand is the latest nation to consider entering the global casino industry, which is estimated to have generated $263.3 billion in revenue last year.
Thailand's parliament passed a same-sex marriage bill on Wednesday, paving the way for the kingdom to become the first Southeast Asian nation to recognize LGBTQ marriage equality.
Mar 28, 2024
Thailand passes bill to legalize same-sex marriage
Legalizing same-sex marriage could also have positive impact on tourism, which contributes about 12% to the nation’s $500 billion economy.
Thailand Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin's administration has made LGBT marriage a signature issue.
Mar 27, 2024
Bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Thailand heads to parliament
Taiwan and Nepal are the only places in Asia that currently recognize same-sex marriage, and efforts elsewhere in the region have had mixed results.
Festivalgoers sit at dining tables next to food stalls at the Tomorrowland electronic dance music festival in Boom, Belgium, last year. The event is set to take place in Thailand in 2026.
Mar 26, 2024
Thailand to host two major music events after Taylor Swift miss
The Southeast Asian country plans to welcome two foreign music festivals, one of them Japanese, to help boost tourism.
Visitors view a BYD Dolphin EV car at the 44th Bangkok International Motor Show in Bangkok in 2023.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 25, 2024
Chinese EV makers to take center stage at Bangkok motor show
The popularity of Chinese EVs in Thailand underscores the growing challenge Japanese auto giants face in a vehicle market they have long dominated.
Myanmar's junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted the elected government in a coup on Feb. 1, 2021, presides over an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on March 27, 2021.
Mar 25, 2024
Thailand starts aid deliveries to Myanmar under plan aimed at managing conflict
The first batch of 4,000 relief bags carrying rice, dried food, and other essentials for 20,000 people was delivered in a convoy by the Thai Red Cross.
Travel agents from Thailand make matcha tea in the town of Wazuka, Kyoto Prefecture, on Feb. 27, during a tourism promotion program organized by the Kansai Bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Mar 20, 2024
Japan hoping wealthy Asians will visit rural areas near 2025 expo
While Japan sees the expo as a chance to attract foreign tourists, the event has yet to gain recognition.
Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra takes a photo with a supporter alongside his daughter, Paetongtarn Shinawatra (right), in Chiang Mai on Thursday.
Mar 14, 2024
Former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra makes first appearance after jail release
The controversial billionaire, ousted in a 2006 military coup, prayed at a Bangkok shrine before flying to Chiang Mai to meet family and supporters.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim hold a joint press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 12, 2024
Scholz meets with ASEAN leaders, looking to reduce China dependency
China still dominates the supply of raw materials needed to make electric-vehicle batteries, solar panels and other high-tech products.


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