One vine day: Sisters produce award-winning wine in tropical Thailand | AFP

Sisters Mimi and Nikki have braved Thailand’s tropical climate and exceeded expectations to produce award-winning wine and be at the forefront of viticulture in the face of climate change.

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Here’s the latest for Sunday, July 5: Christopher Columbus statue toppled in Baltimore; India sees another record jump in coronavirus cases; Rio’s Catholic church reopens for mass; baby Hawksbill turtles born on nearly empty Thailand beaches. (July 5)

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Myanmar burns piles of seized drugs | AFP

Anti-drugs police in Myanmar burn huge piles of narcotics to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Drugs from remote Myanmar labs are trafficked along Thailand’s ‘meth superhighway’, destined for the local market or overseas as far as Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

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Food deliveries during virus lockdown fuel Thailand plastic usage | AFP

Single-use plastic waste in Thailand ballooned during the coronavirus lockdown as demand for home food deliveries soared, activists say, setting back efforts to reduce the country’s dependency on the environmental scourge.

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Food deliveries during virus lockdown fuel Thailand plastic usage | AFP

Single-use plastic waste in Thailand ballooned during the coronavirus lockdown as demand for home food deliveries soared, activists say, setting back efforts to reduce the country’s dependency on the environmental scourge.

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Thai entrepreneur connects Michelin bistros to those in need

When a nationwide lockdown stranded her thousands of miles from her business and career in Paris, Natalie Bin Narkprasert turned her focus to a new venture: building a network of volunteers โ€“ including Michelin-starred chefs – to help feed those in Thailand most affected by the pandemic and its restrictions. (June 14)

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Thai elephants’ mass migration to village brings new stress | AFP

As the coronavirus pandemic paralysed global travel and closed many of the parks in mid-March, Thailand’s some 3,000 domesticated elephants have been unemployed. Many — at risk of starvation — have been brought home, but their presence risks creating problems in the villages, where food supply is limited.

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Thailand trials coronavirus vaccine on monkeys | AFP

Thailand is conducting tests on macaque monkeys as it races to produce a cheaper, alternative coronavirus vaccine it hopes will be ready by 2021. More than 100 candidate vaccines are currently in various stages of development around the world, at least eight of which are in clinical trials with humans, according to the World Health Organisation.

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Myanmar migrant workers return from Thailand | AFP

After weeks of waiting at the border, large numbers of Myanmar migrant workers are returning from Thailand as the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic sees factories close and tens of thousands of people lose jobs across Southeast Asia.

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Thailand sees unexpected gains in virus lockdowns | AFP

Emergency workers usually busy attending accidents on Thailand’s roads mill around ambulances parked at a service station — fewer crashes and crimes a welcome outcome during a time of coronavirus restrictions.

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Thai malls reopen after virus shutdown | AFP

Shoppers have begun returning to Thailand’s top-end malls, eager for retail therapy as shopping centres reopen in a gradual easing of restrictions to revive a virus-ravaged economy.

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People queue to enter Siam Paragon mall as shopping centres reopen in Thailand | AFP

Shoppers line up to enter the popular Siam Paragon mall in Bangkok where they get disinfectant sprayed automatically at their feet and temperatures taken before being greeted by staff donning masks with smiley face designs. IMAGES

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From confinement to cuddles: Bangkok cats welcome customers back to their cafes | AFP

Cat cafes are reopening across Bangkok with the felines refusing to maintain the one metre social distance after a month locked inside away from humans. Outside Caturday, the cafe staff take the temperature of the customers before welcoming them inside. The establishment is cleaned several times a day to comply with Thailandโ€™s strict measures for the gradual reopening of the economy. [Burin Janchai, a personal trainer, feels like he is “in another world” when he visits the cafe after a stressful month staying at home.]ca

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Thousands queue for government aid in Thailand as pandemic destroys the economy | AFP

Thousands queue in sweltering heat at the Thai Finance Ministry in Bangkok to apply for a three-month cash hand-out totalling 450 USD (5000 Thai Baht per month). Thai authorities have already approved 13.4 million people – half of the applicants – for the programme, which should benefit around a third of the population.

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Thai authorities test for COVID-19 in Bangkok’s largest slum | AFP

Residents of Khlong Toei, Bangkok’s largest slum, are tested for COVID-19 by Thailand’s Disease Control Department. Home to some 100,000 people, social distancing measures are all but ignored in the slum’s crowded streets. Anyone found to be infected with the virus is transferred to a nearby temple which has been converted into a quarantine facility.

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Stylist gives free haircuts to Thai health workers

A hair stylist in Thailand is boosting the morale of frontline medical workers fighting the new coronavirus by giving free haircuts at hospitals in Bangkok. (May 1)

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Bangkok night curfew leaves city highways deserted | AFP

Bangkokโ€™s streets are left eerily empty as the cityโ€™s nightly curfew – from 10pm to 2am – takes effect. Thailandโ€™s capital is normally jam-packed with traffic stuck in long tailbacks.

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Novice monks in Thailand given faceshields during study | AFP

Bangkok’s Molilokkayaram temple is providing its young monks with faceshields as a precaution amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus KO: Thai fighters struggle as rings fall silent | AFP

Training in masks, two metres apart, Thailand’s professional fighters are battling a new reality — shuttered gyms and cancelled tournaments after the coronavirus pandemic left them suddenly out of work.

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Then and now: Thailand’s Songkran festival | AFP

Empty streets without a beer or a water gun in sight. Bangkok is unusually quiet as the annual water festival – Songkran – is cancelled by Thai government and the city is under lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Alcohol sales are currently banned in the Thai capital, and public holidays have been postponed in order to discourage the wild water fights which usually fill the streets over Songkran.

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Then and now: Thailand’s Songkran festival | AFP

Empty streets without a beer or a water gun in sight. Bangkok is unusually quiet as the annual water festival – Songkran – is cancelled by Thai government and the city is under lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Alcohol sales are currently banned in the Thai capital, and public holidays have been postponed in order to discourage the wild water fights which usually fill the streets over Songkran.

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