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Thailand: Kingdom in Southeast Asia
Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country in Southeast Asia. Located at the centre of the Indochinese Peninsula, it is composed of 76 provinces, and covers an area of 513,120 square kilometres, and a population over 69 million people. Thailand is the world's 50th-largest country by land area, and the 22nd-most-populous country in the world. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, a special administrative area. Thailand is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India on the Andaman Sea to the southwest. Nominally, Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy; However, in recent history, its government has experienced multiple coups and periods of military dictatorships.

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Thailand lockdown: Jobless and trapped migrant workers in limbo [Video]

Thailand lockdown: Jobless and trapped migrant workers in limbo

Thailand's migrant workers face a precarious future as the country emerges from coronavirus restrictions.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:12Published
Thai cabin crew switch trade amid coronavirus crisis [Video]

Thai cabin crew switch trade amid coronavirus crisis

As Thailand's tourist economy suffers a near-total shutdown from travel restrictions due to the new coronavirus, employees in the industry have been forced to improvise to make ends meet.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:36Published
Booze bonanza for shops masks drinking downturn [Video]

Booze bonanza for shops masks drinking downturn

Store sales of alcohol have boomed during lockdowns, but with bars and restaurants shut the drinks industry isn't celebrating. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:47Published
Scruffy dogs head to groomer as Thailand goes back to work [Video]

Scruffy dogs head to groomer as Thailand goes back to work

Two-year-old schnauzers Chewy and Miley got a long-awaited haircut at the Modern Dog Grooming and School salon in Bangkok, Thailand, one of several businesses in the city which reopened on Monday after..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:57Published
Most businesses resume operations in Thailand [Video]

Most businesses resume operations in Thailand

As Thais enjoy the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, many remain reliant on food handouts from charities and local communities.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:44Published
Olympics future uncertain for Thai boxer after coronavirus throws jab at plans [Video]

Olympics future uncertain for Thai boxer after coronavirus throws jab at plans

35-year-old Thai boxer training still hoping for Olympic chance

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 05:13Published
Children in lockdown draw what they miss most [Video]

Children in lockdown draw what they miss most

Children confined to their homes under lockdown are drawing what they miss most - friends at school, grandparents, football and green open spaces.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:28Published
Thailand virus curbs: Tourist industry hit as visitors stay away [Video]

Thailand virus curbs: Tourist industry hit as visitors stay away

Thai officials estimate that tourism industry will be badly affected in 2020 due to global coronavirus lockdowns.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published
Wild animals wander abandoned streets amid lockdowns [Video]

Wild animals wander abandoned streets amid lockdowns

From wild boars patrolling the Israeli city of Haifa to deer venturing into London suburbs, virus closures are drawing wildlife into the abandoned streets of many cities.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published
Thailand has record sea turtle hatches with no tourists [Video]

Thailand has record sea turtle hatches with no tourists

Thailand is seeing a record number of sea turtle hatches this year as the country's tourist numbers dwindle, leaving usually bustling beaches nearly empty and undisturbed. Gloria Tso reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:03Published
Two Dozen Rohingya People Died Adrift At Sea [Video]

Two Dozen Rohingya People Died Adrift At Sea

Bangladesh Coast Guard officials confirmed that at least two dozen ethnic Rohingya died on a ship. Reuters reports that 382 people were rescued from the ship that had been drifting at sea for weeks...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published
Robots help to keep medical staff safe from coronavirus [Video]

Robots help to keep medical staff safe from coronavirus

To cope with the shortage of masks, robots help Thai doctors and nurses reduce their risk of exposure to infected COVID-19 patients. View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published
Rabbi claims monkeys in Thailand are a sign of a biblical plague [Video]

Rabbi claims monkeys in Thailand are a sign of a biblical plague

A rabbi has claimed that monkeys roaming the streets of Thailand are a sign of impending plague.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 00:47Published

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Thailand on Tuesday reported three new coronavirus cases and no new deaths, bringing its total to 3,045 confirmed cases and 57 fatalities.
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Thailand: Elephants on 'great migration' to survive coronavirus starvation

With the collapse of the tourism industry because of the coronavirus, Thailand's captive elephants are now at risk of starvation.
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Thai researcher eyes affordable, accessible coronavirus vaccine for SE Asia

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Thailand to extend coronavirus emergency to end of June

Thailand will maintain its state of emergency over the coronavirus until the end of June, its COVID-19 task force said on Friday, in an effort to keep infections under control as the government..
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Global COVID-19 trial of hydroxychloroquine, which Trump takes, begins

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Look, no hands! Thai mall puts pedals in lifts to keep coronavirus at bay

A mall in Thailand has swapped lift buttons for foot pedals in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as well as help restore normalcy and get shoppers spending again.
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Thailand detains 15 Rohingya migrants for illegal entry

Police in Thailand have arrested 15 Rohingya Muslims on charges of illegal entry and are investigating the possibility that they could be victims of human trafficking.
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Thailand says it expects coronavirus vaccine next year after tests in mice

Thailand expects to have a vaccine for the novel coronavirus ready next year, a senior official said on Wednesday, after finding positive trial results in mice.
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Thai anger unabated, banned politician says, 10 years after deadly army crackdown

Thailand marked the 10th anniversary of a bloody army crackdown on protesters on Tuesday, with a banned opposition politician saying anger was unabated, especially after last year's disputed election..
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Thai government approves plan for bankruptcy court-led restructuring of Thai Airways

Thailand's cabinet approved a plan to restructure troubled Thai Airways International Pcl's finances through a bankruptcy court, the Southeast Asian country's prime minister said on Tuesday.
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Empty middle seat? Depends on which country you are flying in

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Thailand marks 10 years since deadly army crackdown

Survivors of a deadly army crackdown in Thailand that killed more than 90 people were to observe the 10-year anniversary mostly in private on Tuesday amid a state of emergency prompted by the..
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Thailand opens malls after nearly two months amid coronavirus outbreak

Thailand on Sunday opened malls and department stores for the first time since March in its second phase of relaxing measures as the number of new coronavirus cases slowed.
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Thailand extends ban on incoming international flights until end June

Thailand on Saturday extended a ban on international passenger flights until the end of June, the country's aviation regulator said, as new cases in the country dwindle.
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A 'Panda' Sits With Diners Eating Alone At This Thailand Restaurant

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Thailand reopening more businesses as coronavirus eases

Thailand will begin allowing department stores, shopping malls and other businesses to reopen from Sunday as new coronavirus cases dwindle, the government said.
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Out-of-work Thai chefs cook for others made jobless by virus crisis

Professional chefs on Wednesday started cooking up around 40,000 lunches in Thailand's capital for communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Panda dolls kick pandemic blues for Thai diners

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Thailand reports no new coronavirus cases for first time since March 9

Thailand on Wednesday reported no new coronavirus cases for the first time since March 9.
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Chili paste to haircuts: Thai tourism workers improvise as virus hits travel

As Thailand's tourist economy suffers a near-total shutdown from travel restrictions due to the new coronavirus, employees in the industry have been forced to improvise to make ends meet.
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Dozens of local food banks spring up in Thailand as virus hits incomes

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Plastic piles up in Thailand as pandemic efforts sideline pollution fight

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Clawing back normality: Bangkok cat cafe reopens after virus shutdown

As Thailand's capital cautiously reopens many restaurants shuttered over coronavirus fears, the feline "employees" of the Caturday Cafe are back at work.
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Thailand to expand coronavirus testing as new cases dwindle

Thailand plans to expand coronavirus testing for critical groups as the number of new cases is dwindling into single digits and some business are reopening, a senior official said on Thursday.
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Thailand's pet groomer reopens as new coronavirus cases slow

Chewy and Miley, both two-year-old Schnauzer dogs, are getting their hair cut at a groomer in Bangkok for the first time since the new coronavirus outbreak began in Thailand in January.
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Bangkok's street food hub of Chinatown comes alive as lockdown eases

Thailand has loosened restrictions on some businesses after progress in containing the coronavirus, bringing life back to the streets, including the hawker-food heaven of Bangkok's Chinatown.
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Thailand will end a ban on the sale of alcohol on Sunday when it lifts other restrictions following progress in containing the coronavirus outbreak, two officials said late on Friday.
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Twelve Tablighi Jamaat members, including nine from Thailand, were sent to a temporary jail in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur district after they completed their quarantine, police said on Friday.
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