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PROMOTING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS
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PROMOTING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS

PROMOTING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS Under its development target of becoming an international healthcare and medical hub by 2036, Thailand is currently aiming to reach the next level of medical and wellness services by promoting precision medicine for the treatment of more complex illnesses, such as cancer and genetic-related diseases. The action plan focuses on improving R&D and skill training technology, with the local medical device industry also expected to benefit from the cutting-edge innovations and R&D facilities in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) which covers the three provinces of Chachoengsao, Chonburi and Rayong in the country’s Eastern Region. As Thailand’s pilot industry 4.0 special economic zone, the EEC provides support for all of the country’s target high-tech i
Cambodia to examine ‘Angkor Wat replica’ in Buri Ram
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Cambodia to examine ‘Angkor Wat replica’ in Buri Ram

Cambodia to examine 'Angkor Wat replica' in Buri Ram An aerial shot of the Sihanakhon temple complex under construction at Wat Phu Man Fah in Nang Rong district of Buri Ram, in July. (Photo: Surachai Piraksa) The Cambodian government will send officials to view a new temple complex in Buri Ram province said to be a copy of structures at the famed Angkor Wat ruins, a Cambodian Culture Ministry official said. Culture Technique Department director Hab Touch said archeologists and architects from the ministry will visit Wat Phu Man Fah to inspect one of the chedis in the new Sihanakhom complex, the Khmer Times reported on Wednesday. “We are unsure of when we can go because of the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine situation, which makes things difficult,” Touch was quoted as saying. The off
Reviving a regional approach to the Rohingya
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Reviving a regional approach to the Rohingya

Reviving a regional approach to the Rohingya A Rohingya refugee man pulls a child as they walk to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip. (Photo: Reuters) More than four years have passed since Myanmar security forces began "clearance operations" targeting ethnic Rohingya in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State. Purportedly a response to attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), an ethnic insurgent group, these operations were the culmination of mounting rights abuses and restrictions disproportionately directed at Rohingya communities. More than 40% of area villages were partially or completely destroyed, and Rohingya were displaced on a scale not seen since the 1970s. In the two weeks following the start of cl...
Myanmar military convoy hit by roadside bomb near Yangon: junta
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Myanmar military convoy hit by roadside bomb near Yangon: junta

Myanmar military convoy hit by roadside bomb near Yangon: junta People attempt to extinguish a fire as houses burn in Namg Kar village in Magwe region's Gangaw township on Saturday, as fighting continues between the Myanmar military and protesters against the military coup. (AFP PHOTO / ANONYMOUS SOURCE) Myanmar anti-junta dissidents have carried out a bomb attack on security forces near Yangon, with several killed in an ensuing firefight, the military and media said. The neighbouring nation has been in turmoil since the military toppled Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government in February, sparking mass pro-democracy protests and a bloody crackdown by the military. Various townships across Myanmar have formed so-called "people defence forces" to fight back against the junta, although the...
Texas man gets execution delay over pastor’s touch request
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Texas man gets execution delay over pastor’s touch request

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate won a reprieve Wednesday evening from execution for killing a convenience store worker during a 2004 robbery that garnered $1.25 after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked John Henry Ramirez’s execution about three hours after he could have been executed. He is condemned for fatally stabbing 46-year-old Pablo Castro, who worked at a Corpus Christi convenience store. Ramirez was in a small holding cell a few feet from the Texas death chamber at the Huntsville Unit prison when he was told of the reprieve by Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark. “He was quiet when I let him know,” Clark said.
‘WeThe15’ stresses rights of 1.2 billion with disabilities
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‘WeThe15’ stresses rights of 1.2 billion with disabilities

TOKYO (AP) — The opening next week of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo is being used as a stage to launch a human-rights movement aimed at the world’s 1.2 billion people with disabilities. The campaign is called “WeThe15”and gets its name from World Health Organization estimates that persons with disabilities represent 15% of the global population. The campaign is being spearheaded by the International Paralympic Committee, UN Human Rights, the International Disability Alliance, and others. The IPC is also hooking up in the campaign with other sports bodies including the Special Olympics, the Invictus Games Foundation, and the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf. Andrew Parsons, president of the IPC, told The Associated Press that “WeThe15” aims to put persons with disabilities
India, Castellanos homer to back Gray; Reds beat Brewers 5-1
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India, Castellanos homer to back Gray; Reds beat Brewers 5-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan India hit a three-run homer, Nick Castellanos also went deep and the Cincinnati Reds beat the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep. Sonny Gray allowed three hits in six scoreless innings for the Reds, who still trail the Brewers by 8 1/2 games. Cincinnati does hold the second NL wild card spot. “It’s huge for us,” India said of Cincinnati’s 70th victory this season. “That’s a really good team over there so it was good to get this one and hope for the best. Hopefully they go cold and we can stay hot.” Gray (6-6) struck out six while walking only two batters and didn’t give up his first hit until Avisail Garcia’s two-out single in the fourth. In the sixth, he loaded the bases with two outs but got Rowdy Tellez to ground
S’pore, US to launch climate partnership, collaborate on sustainable development and low-carbon solutions
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S’pore, US to launch climate partnership, collaborate on sustainable development and low-carbon solutions

SINGAPORE - Singapore and the United States will strengthen collaboration on climate action, environmental governance, sustainable development, and low-carbon solutions. This will create opportunities for businesses and workers in green growth sectors, including in energy transitions, clean energy infrastructure development, sustainable transport, sustainable finance, and quality carbon credits markets, said the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Monday (Aug 23). Announcing a new Singapore-US climate partnership during US Vice-President Kamala Harris’ visit to Singapore, MTI said climate change is a critical global challenge and a top priority for Singapore and the US. It added that both countries support global efforts to address this key challenge, and are fully committed to impl
‘We left part of our soul there’: What soldiers turned political opponents agree on about Canada’s war in Afghanistan
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‘We left part of our soul there’: What soldiers turned political opponents agree on about Canada’s war in Afghanistan

OTTAWA — As defence minister in the Liberal government, Harjit Sajjan insists Canada is doing all it can do rescue Afghans who fear for their lives. Conservative MP Alex Ruff insists he’s failed at every turn. It would be easy to peg their respective positions as partisan, except that their feelings are not just political but also personal: both are military veterans of the war in Afghanistan. So although they see the current crisis in that country — and Canada’s ongoing response — from different perspectives, what they’re feeling comes from the same place: they’re hurting. Sajjan and Ruff are but two of the 40,000 soldiers who fought for Canada in Afghanistan, and have watched in horror — although not surprise — as the Taliban have retaken control of the country with breathless speed s
Broadcasters urged to cancel plans to cover Beijing Olympics
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Broadcasters urged to cancel plans to cover Beijing Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Some of the world’s largest broadcasters including American network NBC are being asked by human rights groups to cancel plans to cover next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Winter Games are scheduled to open on Feb. 4. The request comes in an open letter from rights groups representing minorities in China, including Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kong residents and others. The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, was sent Tuesday to NBC Universal chief executive officer Jeff Shell and other international broadcast executives. NBC is paying $7.75 billion for the rights to the next six Olympics and works closely as a partner with the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee. Those payments are estimated to account for up to 40% of the IOC’s total income. The let