Teachers brave tough terrain to deliver milk to children in Kanchanaburi

Teachers brave tough terrain to deliver milk to children in Kanchanaburi

A group of about 20 dedicated teachers and volunteers braved four hours of rain, mud and flooded dirt roads in Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary, in Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi, to deliver milk to 55 children at a remote school. Although the Ban Koh Sadoeng School is only about ten kilometres from its parent school, Ban Kong Mongtha, the journey is treacherous, especially during the rainy season when the only…

ASEAN to Exclude Myanmar’s Leader From Summit in Key Rebuke

ASEAN to Exclude Myanmar’s Leader From Summit in Key Rebuke

Phuket, Thailand and Asia News Southeast Asia’s foreign ministers decided at an emergency meeting Friday not to invite Myanmar’s military leader to an annual summit for refusing to let an envoy meet ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a senior regional diplomat said. The move by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is the biggest rebuke for Myanmar so far since the February 1 military takeover toppled a civilian government…

Seven Hong Kong activists jailed over unauthorised protest in 2020

Seven Hong Kong activists jailed over unauthorised protest in 2020

HONG KONG (REUTERS) – Seven Hong Kong democracy campaigners, including former lawmakers, were sentenced on Saturday (Oct 16) to up to 12 months in jail for their role in a protest last year against a sweeping national security law imposed by China. The seven had pleaded guilty to charges that included organising the unauthorised assembly on July 1, 2020, when thousands of protesters took to the streets. Police, who had…

11 Indonesian scouts die in river trek

11 Indonesian scouts die in river trek

BANDUNG (AFP) – Eleven students have drowned and two more are in critical condition after a trekking accident in Indonesia, an official said Friday (Oct 15). Some 150 members of an Islamic scouts group, aged from 13 to 15 years old, were walking along the Cileuleur river when 21 are thought to have attempted to ford the water. Nearby locals managed to pull ten to safety, said Supriono – who,…

U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers – official

U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers – official

Travelers queue in a security line limited to every other lane for social distancing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington, U.S. April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The White House will announce on Friday it will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov. 8, at land borders and for air travel, a White House official said. Curbs on non-essential travelers at land borders have been in place since March 2020 to address the…

Bitcoin tops $60,000, nears record high, on growing U.S. ETF hopes

Bitcoin tops $60,000, nears record high, on growing U.S. ETF hopes

LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Bitcoin hit $60,000 for the first time in six months on Friday, nearing its record high, as traders grew confident that U.S. regulators would approve the launch of an exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on its futures contracts. Cryptocurrency investors have been waiting for approval of the first U.S. ETF for bitcoin, whose recent rally has been fuelled in part by anticipation of such a move, which is seen as speeding up the mainstream adoption of…

Two Indian soldiers killed as Kashmir tensions escalate

Two Indian soldiers killed as Kashmir tensions escalate

SRINAGAR (AFP) – Suspected rebels killed an Indian army officer and a trooper during a manhunt in Kashmir, where 22 people have died in spiralling violence in the past two weeks, officials said Friday (Oct 15). The soldiers were chasing rebels in a forested area in southern Kashmir when a gun battle erupted late Thursday, Colonel Devendar Anand told AFP. The hunt in the Mendhar region had been intensified since…

Cambodian PM Orders Authorities to Hunt Down Exiled ‘Extremist’ Poet

Cambodian PM Orders Authorities to Hunt Down Exiled ‘Extremist’ Poet

Phuket, Thailand and Asia News Just days after its snap amendment of the constitution over an errant line in an international newspaper report, the Cambodian government is doing everything it can to reinforce its reputation for hair-trigger overreactions. Earlier this week, the country’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the authorities to track down the owner of a Facebook account, believed to be in Thailand, who posted a poem with…

Why Vaccine Hesitancy is Rising Among Thailand’s Youth

Why Vaccine Hesitancy is Rising Among Thailand’s Youth

Phuket, Thailand and Asia News Since Thailand kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination program for middle and high school students, the country has seen a rise in anti-vax sentiments among its youth. On October 4, Thailand started giving students aged 12 to 17 the mRNA vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech. Approximately 3.6 million out of 5 million eligible students have signed up to receive the shots nationwide. However, within days, netizens started…


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