24 Jan 2020

Spreading Chinese Coronavirus Death Toll Rises as More Cities Are Locked Down

China has been combatting the spread of a new strain of coronavirus over the Lunar New Year. On Friday morning, China’s National Health Commission confirmed 830 cases of infection, a 250 person increase since the last count was released by officials a day earlier. 26 men and women have since

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22 Jan 2020

China is trying to stop the spread of a deadly new virus at the worst possible time of year

A new coronavirus has hit China as hundreds of millions prepare to travel during the Lunar New Year period, which marks the largest annual human migration on Earth. Last year, almost 7 million Chinese tourists traveled abroad for the Lunar New Year. The holiday comes at a critical time for

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13 Dec 2018

Thailand to go to the polls on Feb 24 as govt lifts ban on political activities

Since taking power through a 2014 military coup, the Thai army has outlawed political activities. This position has now been reversed, however, and elections are being prepared for February 24, 2019 as the military junta coordinates a limited return to citizen participation. Regardless of the outcome of the election, the

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01 Oct 2018

New army chief takes over as Thailand prepares for return of civilian rule

Thailand has a complex and regularly shifting political arrangement between the military, the monarchy, and a political class. Some have characterized this arrangement as a symbiotic relationship of the military and the monarchy, with a growing civilian bureaucracy. Since a coup in 2014, the Thai military has held the reigns of

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30 Aug 2018

Thailand’s Muslim insurgency roars back to life

“A new surge in lethal attacks in Thailand’s southernmost region has underscored the lack of progress in resolving the insurgent conflict after four years of military junta rule. The restive region had seen a lull in violence, including over a year-long national period of mourning from October 2016-17 for deceased

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08 Mar 2012

Attack kills four Thai soldiers in restive south

“Four soldiers have been killed in southern Thailand after suspected militants detonated a roadside bomb.” Source: BBC News – Attack kills four Thai soldiers in restive south

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16 Feb 2012

Thailand: Iranians planned to attack Israelis

“Thailand’s police chief said the Iranians who were arrested after accidentally setting off explosives at their rented home in Bangkok were plotting to attack Israeli diplomats, bolstering claims by Israel that the group was part of an Iranian-backed network of terror.” (Source: The Associated Press: Thailand: Iranians planned to attack

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14 Feb 2012

Thai bombs raise fears, questions in Israel

“A series of bombs rocked the Thai capital on Tuesday and police worked to see if there were ties between these explosions and bombing attacks in India and Georgia the day before that Israel squarely blamed on Iran.” (Source: Thai bombs raise fears, questions in Israel – CNN.com.)

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13 Jan 2012

U.S. Warns of Thailand Terror Attack

“Thailand said it arrested a Lebanese terror suspect less than three hours after the U.S. warned of a possible attack in Bangkok and urged citizens to exercise caution in public areas. Thai police arrested a suspect linked to Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung told reporters. Prime

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15 May 2010

Death toll climbs in Bangkok as Thai PM warns of civil war

“At least eight people have been killed as Thai security forces declared a ‘live firing zone’ in downtown Bangkok on Saturday following days of deadly clashes with anti-government protesters. Saturday’s fatality takes the total number of deaths to 25 since a government-backed clampdown on protesters exploded into violence on Thursday.

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