Thai lab rushes tests of suspected coronavirus samples | AFP

A laboratory at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn university is racing against time to test samples of suspected coronavirus patients as the virus originating from China has already infected 25 people in Thailand so far.

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Free handouts of cannabis oil at Bangkok medical marijuana clinic | AFP

A medical clinic in Bangkok opens offering free cannabis oil to hundreds of Thais seeking relief from cancer, insomnia and muscle pain as the government drives home the economic and health benefits of marijuana.

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Traditional Thai massage gets UNESCO heritage status | AFP

The body-folding, sharp-elbowed techniques of Thai massage were added Thursday to UNESCO’s list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage”. From upscale Bangkok spas and Phuket beach fronts to modest street-side shophouses, “nuad Thai” — or Thai massage — is ubiquitous across the kingdom, where an hour of the back-straightening discipline can cost as little as $5. REFILE – IMAGES AND SOUNDBITESN°1MU921

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam meets Thai premier in Bangkok | AFP

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, who suffers record-low approval ratings, meets Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha during an official visit to Thailand. Lam has been struggling to handle anti-government protests which have been roiling the key financial hub for almost six months. IMAGES

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PETA protests against controversial Thai rooftop zoo | AFP

Animal rights campaigners on Monday painted their bodies in bright colours to protest outside a Bangkok mall where the controversial Pata Zoo has been operating on its top floors for over 30 years and known for housing ‘Bua Noi’ the only gorilla in Thailand. Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) urged the owner to retire dozens of primates and other wild animals and move them to sanctuaries.

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Pope Francis holds a mass at Assumption Cathedral | AFP

Pope Francis leads a mass for young Catholics at Bangkok’s 109-year-old Cathedral of the Assumption on the last day of his visit to Thailand. He heads to Japan on Saturday for the second and final leg of his Asia tour, which will include visits to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, both devastated by atomic bombs by the US during World War II.

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Pope kicks off final day of Thailand visit | AFP

Pope Francis meets with Catholics at St Peter’s Church in Bangkok on the final full day of his visit to Thailand. IMAGES

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Pope urges respect for prostitutes at crowded Bangkok mass | AFP

Pope Francis leads an impassioned mass for tens of thousands of emotional worshippers at a packed Bangkok stadium, urging respect for prostitutes and trafficking victims in a part of the world where sex work is rampant.

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Pope Francis begins Asia tour in Bangkok

Pope Francis had a busy schedule Thursday on his first full day of activities of his weeklong Asia tour, including meetings with Thailand’s prime minister and the Supreme Patriarch of Buddhism. (Nov. 21)

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Pope Francis meets Thai Prime Minister in Bangkok | AFP

Pope Francis meets Thailand’s prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha. The pontiff arrived in the country on Wednesday, the first leg of an Asian visit which will also take in Japan. +IMAGES CONTAIN THAI COMMENTARY FROM HOST BROADCASTER+ IMAGES

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Thailand: Cheering faithful gather to glimpse Pope Francis | AFP

Pope Francis’ visit to Thailand has stirred excitement among the country’s Catholic community who gathered along Bangkok’s streets near the Vatican City embassy to catch a glimpse.

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Bespoke robes await Pope Francis on Thailand visit

Seamstresses in Bangkok are studiously snipping and sewing, fashioning robes for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. (Nov. 12)

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Chef Gaggan Anand opens new restaurant in Bangkok | AFP

Soon after killing his golden goose – a two-Michelin-starred Bangkok restaurant ranked among the best in the world, self-proclaimed “culinary rock star” Gaggan Anand opens a new venture under his full name. The Calcutta born chef learnt the ropes of molecular gastronomy at the ten-number one restaurant in the world — Adria’s El Bulli in Spain –but prefers to present his cuisines as “progressive”. The new restaurant offers a “G’s spot” where guest are seated around the kitchen, engaging with the cooks while been served a tailored menu designed by Gaggan.

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Giant air purifier installed in central Bangkok to improve air quality | AFP

Local authorities in Bangkok have installed a giant air purifier in front of a shopping mall in the city centre in a bid to improve air quality. The 4-metre tall air tower is said to be able to process some 17,000 cubic meters of air per hour over a range of 1,000 square metres. The device will operate over a 3-month trial period, and was developed by Thailand’s Kasetsart University and the air-con company Mastercool Inc.

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Fridays for Future: Climate protest in Thailand | AFP

People in Bangkok hold a protest as part of the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement to demand faster action to tackle climate change. More than 5,000 events are planned worldwide, culminating in a massive rally in New York, where 1.1 million students from around 1,800 public schools have been given permission to skip classes. IMAGES

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Lilly, Thailand’s Greta Thunberg, wages ‘war’ on plastic | AFP

Skipping school to glide through a dirty Bangkok canal on a paddleboard, Lilly fishes out rubbish in her mission to clean up Thailand, where the average person uses eight plastic bags every single day. The US-Thai youngster started campaigning at the age of eight after a seaside vacation in southern Thailand where she was horrified by a beach covered in rubbish.

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Bombs rattle Bangkok during ASEAN summit | AFP

Two men from Thailand’s insurgency-hit “Deep South” have been arrested linked to several small bomb attacks which have rattled Bangkok as it hosts a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, leaving four people wounded but not disrupting the diplomatic event.

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ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting kicks off in Bangkok | AFP

Foreign Ministers from 10 Southeast Asian countries meet at the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Bangkok. US-China rivalry is set to be sharpened at the summit where Washington’s top diplomat will insist his nation remains a key Asia-Pacific power in the face of Beijing’s military machinations in contested seas and airspace. IMAGES

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Southeast Asian leaders attend ASEAN summit | AFP

Southeast Asian leaders gather in Bangkok to attend the opening ceremony of the 34th ASEAN summit to drive forward the world’s largest commercial pact, with the trade war between the US and China clouding the outlook for their export-led economies. IMAGES

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Thai campaigners urge ASEAN leaders to halt garbage import | AFP

Campaigners call on Southeast Asian leaders to ban trash imports from more developed countries at a protest in Bangkok where demonstrators dump a pile of plastic garbage in front of a government building.

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Thai Muslim family keeps silk weaving heritage alive | AFP

Over the click-clack of the teak loom, Niphon’s family laments the lack of apprentice weavers at his Bangkok silk shop, as modernity lures young Muslims away from a trade their community has dominated for generations.

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