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Thailand Shuts Down News Agencies amid Protest ‘Emergency’

Ongoing anti-government protests in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, forced authorities to declare a “severe” state of emergency in the city on October 15. The emergency decree allowed the government to order the shutdown of news agencies supporting the protest movement on October 19

BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 19: Protesters arrive on motorbike to a rally outside Nonthaburi police station on October 19, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. This rally marks the latest in a string of anti-government protests that began in late July where students and anti-government protesters call for governmental reform. (Photo by …

Facebook Plans Legal Action Against Thai Government for ‘Chilling Effect’ on Free Speech

Facebook recently blocked access within Thailand to a group with over 1 million members that criticized the country’s monarchy, now the social media site plans to take legal action against the government’s demands that Facebook block the group. Facebook, which has censored posts by President Donald Trump, complains that the Thai government has a “chilling effect on people’s ability to express themselves.”

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million …

Anti-Government Protests Attract Thousands Across Thailand

Thousands of people gathered on Saturday in Bangkok to demand Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-o-cha “step down and dissolve the parliament” amid accusations his government’s stringent lockdown measures and “sweeping power” have compromised citizens’ democratic freedoms, local news outlet Coconuts Bangkok reported on Monday.

A protester wears a face mask as he takes part in a demonstration in front of the army headquarters in Bangkok on July 20, 2020. (Photo by Vivek PRAKASH / AFP) (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH/AFP via Getty Images)

Angry Chinese Woman Causes Chaos by Coughing on Flight Attendant

An angry Chinese passenger unleashed chaos aboard a Thai Airways flight on Friday by coughing on a flight attendant to vent her displeasure at the long wait for a coronavirus check after arriving in Shanghai. The passenger had to be “subdued” by other flight attendants after a scuffle ensued.

A Xiamen Airlines plane flew 73 passengers from Bangkok back to Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak

Death Toll from China Mystery Virus Doubles Overnight

Chinese officials confirmed the death toll of a mystery coronavirus spreading from central China doubled to six people from Monday into Tuesday, insisting that Beijing is prepared to screen potential carriers as Asia prepares for Lunar New Year, one of the continent’s biggest travel days.

A mask-clad commuter rides a bus in Beijing on January 21, 2020. - The number of people in China infected by a new SARS-like virus jumped to 291 on January 21, according to authorities. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP) (Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)

U.N. to Hear Demand of ‘Special Status’ and Global Respect for Thai Massage

A selection of delegates from the COP25 climate conference in Spain have now flown to Bogota, Columbia, to join a separate U.N. meeting. They will spend seven days helping to decide if Thai massage should be added to UNESCO’s heritage list of Intangible Cultural Heritage as the committee seeks to enshrine “cultural diversity” as a global necessity.

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Elon Musk ‘Pedo Guy’ Defamation Trial Begins

The Defamation lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk begins today in Los Angeles. The case is based on Musk’s social media posts calling British cave rescuer Vern Unsworth, who was instrumental in the rescue of a trapped Thai youth soccer team, a ‘Pedo Guy.’

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Lawsuit: Elon Musk Demanded an Apology from Thailand – Before Soccer Team Was Rescued

Recently released lawsuit documents claim that Tesla CEO Elon Musk called himself a “fucking idiot” in an email to an outside public relations consultant for emailing unverified information about British cave diver Vern Unsworth to a reporter for BuzzFeed News. According to the lawsuit, Musk and SpaceX also demanded an apology from the government of Thailand over comments made by officials — while the trapped soccer team was still awaiting rescue from the cave.

Tesla chief Elon Musk, pictured in March 2019, will take part in presentations of the new technology at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters

Reports: North Korea May Accept Talks with Pompeo After Demanding His Firing

South Korean news outlets reported Wednesday that North Korea’s foreign minister and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may hold an informal meeting on the sidelines of a conference in Thailand next month, a potential humiliation for Pyongyang after declaring it would cease negotiations with the United States if Pompeo kept his diplomatic post.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to members of the media at the State Department, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)