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Floods in Thailand’s northeast kill 23

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The flash floods disrupt air travel, inundate rail tracks, and swallow farmland across the rice-farming region of Isaan, affecting more than one million Thais

BANGKOK, Thailand (Aug. 2, 2017) — Heavy rains have brought some of the worst floods for years to Thailand’s rural northeast where 23 people have died over the past month, officials said on Wednesday, August 2. Continue reading Floods in Thailand’s northeast kill 23

Car bomb hits Thailand’s troubled south, injures 51

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The latest attack hit the town of Pattani around 2 pm, with two bombs going off outside the Big C, a busy supermarket near the town center

PATTANI, Thailand (May 9, 2017) — More than 50 people including children were injured on Tuesday, May 9, when a car bomb exploded outside a supermarket in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south, police said, the largest attack for months on a civilian target there. Continue reading Car bomb hits Thailand’s troubled south, injures 51

Myanmar migrants abandoned by smuggler in Thai south – police

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The migrants are bound for Malaysia where they had been promised work on rubber and palm plantations

BANGKOK, Thailand (May 6, 2017) — Thai police said Saturday, May 6, they were hunting for suspected human smugglers who deserted 35 Myanmar nationals in southern Thailand, a key stop on a regional trafficking route. Continue reading Myanmar migrants abandoned by smuggler in Thai south – police

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

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FIGHTING ZIKA. A municipal worker fumigates a residential area against the Aedes aegypti mosquito as a preventive measure against the spread of the dengue fever in Bangkok on February 5, 2016. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

The World Health Organization has earlier said any confirmed cases in Thailand would be the first identified in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK, Thailand (Sept. 30, 2016) — Thai health authorities said Friday, September 30 that microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect.  Continue reading First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

A year on, Rohingya trapped in desperate limbo

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IN LIMBO. This picture taken on May 14, 2015 shows Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman. Christophe Archambault/File/AFP

One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution

BAYEUN, Indonesia (May 3, 2016) — One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, Sonamia and hundreds of other desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee Continue reading A year on, Rohingya trapped in desperate limbo

ASEAN wages war against illegal wildlife trade

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Southeast Asia has long been regarded as a hub for illegal wildlife trade because of its wealth in biodiversity and proximity to major markets for wildlife products

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 19, 2016) — When a boat hiding dozens of endangered scaly anteaters or pangolins was found parked in Palawan in 2013, officials discovered most of the animals came from other parts of Southeast Asia, not from the Philippines.

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Chemical fire extinguisher leak kills 8 in Thai bank

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DEADLY LEAK. Fire suppression chemicals were accidentally released at the Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) building in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA
Initial autopsy results show the victims suffocated due to lack of oxygen

BANGKOK, Thailand (Mar. 14, 2016) — Eight people died and 7 were injured when they accidentally triggered a fire extinguisher system inside the vault of a major Thai bank and released a suffocating cloud of chemicals, officials said Monday, March 14.

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60 hospitalized after boat engine explosion in Bangkok

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The director of the company running the service says he does not know the explosion’s cause and adds that he had been using gas-powered engines for 8 years

BANGKOK, Thailand (Mar. 5, 2016) — 60 people were hospitalized Saturday, March 5, mostly for burns, after the engine on a Bangkok commuter boat exploded and sent passengers leaping to a nearby pier or into the water, officials and reports said.

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Irradiated mosquitoes to help zap Zika’s power

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IRRADIATE. Scientists use a radiation to render male mosquitos sterile as a possible technique to combat the Zika virus. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA
Scientists say that by zapping male mosquitoes’ private parts with a radioactive source, they can reduce the population of the Aedes aegypti

SEIBERSDORF, Austria (Feb. 20, 21016) — The atmosphere inside the laboratory on the outskirts of Vienna is literally buzzing with armies of male mosquitoes locked up inside net-covered boxes. Their sole mission in life: stop females from breeding.

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Thailand says man contracted Zika virus domestically

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HEALTH THREAT. Members of the Dominican Republic’s army fumigate an area as they provide information during a move to prevent propagation of the ‘Aedes Aegypti’ mosquito, believed to be the carrier of the Zika virus, Dengue fever and other diseases, in Guerra, Dominican Republic, January 30, 2016. Photo by Orlando Barria/EPA
Authorities say the 22-year-old Thai man is likely to have caught the same strain of the virus that has caused panic in countries such as Brazil and Colombia

BANGKOK, Thailand (Feb. 6, 2016) — A man has contracted the Zika virus in Thailand, officials said Tuesday, February 2, as a global alert intensifies over the mosquito-borne infection blamed for a surge in serious birth defects in South America.

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