Your Monday Briefing

Tension in Israel ahead of key vote. By Amelia Nierenberg Good morning. We’re covering tension in Israel ahead of a key vote, Thailand’s third wave, and tense diplomacy before the G7 summit. Fears over Israel’s coalition Israel’s internal security director issued a rare public warning on Saturday night about what he called rising levels of […]

Pro-democracy protests continue in Thailand for 5th straight day

Pro-democracy activists in Thailand launched their fifth straight days of protests on Sunday, scheduling demonstrations not just in the capital but also at several other locations around the country. The demonstrators received a new warning from police that they are violating the law. On Saturday, however, few people were arrested as peaceful rallies were held […]

'Over our hearts': confiscated plaque becomes emblem of Thai democracy push

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Authorities removed it swiftly, but a brass plaque proclaiming Thailand belongs to the people and not the king has rapidly become the emblem of a pro-democracy protest movement – appearing everywhere from t-shirts to key rings to tattoos.FILE PHOTO: Student protest leader Panupong Jadnok, also known as Mike Rayong, places a sticker […]

Timeline: Thailand's turbulent politics since 2014 military coup

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai protesters, led by student groups, are returning to the streets calling for the ousting of the government less than two years after a general election was held. One group has openly criticised the monarchy, in a rare show of defiance. Here are the major events that have led up to these […]

Schools reopen across Thailand with temperature checks, masks

SAM KHOK, Thailand (Reuters) – Thai schools reopened on Wednesday for the first time since mid-March, with precautions in place to guard against the coronavirus, ranging from temperature checks to installing makeshift cubicles for social distancing in classrooms. At Sam Khok school, about 50 km (31 miles) north of Bangkok, nearly 5,000 students were told […]

Thais head for movies and massage as virus lockdown eases

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thais took in a movie and enjoyed foot massages in a welcome return on Monday to some pampering and popular pastimes as coronavirus restrictions further eased and new infection numbers remained low. Shopping malls stayed open later, a curfew was shortened and more businesses reopened, among them fitness clubs, spas, traditional massage […]

Thailand reopening more businesses as coronavirus eases

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand will begin allowing department stores, shopping malls and other businesses to reopen from Sunday as new coronavirus cases dwindle, the government said. Stores selling electronics, furniture and office supplies will be among the businesses allowed to resume operations, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration. […]

Thailand reports one new coronavirus case, one new death

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand on Wednesday reported one new coronavirus case and one new death, a senior health official said. The death was of a 69-year-old Australian male who was a hotel manager in the southern province of Phang-nga, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, spokesman for the government’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration. The new case of […]

Thailand reports six new coronavirus cases, no deaths

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand reported six new coronavirus cases and no new death on Friday, taking its tally to 2,960 infections while fatalities remained at 54 since the outbreak began in January. New daily infections have stayed in the single digits for five consecutive days. The six cases also marked the lowest new daily infections […]

World's biggest water fight cancelled as Thailand combats coronavirus

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thais will have to find another way to cool off this year after the government called off the annual water festival that celebrates the Buddhist New Year to curb the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Thailand usually celebrates its traditional new year or Songkran from April 13 to 15, when crowds pack […]