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 Thursday, May 26 2005 @ 02:24 PM EDT

Lives of fishermen in southern Thailand

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General NewsLives of fishermen in southern Thailand have undergone great changes since the Dec. 26 tsunami, which not only washed away fishing boats but also marine resources on which they depend, local press reported Tuesday.

As marine animals depleted sharply after the tsunami, some fishermen opted to work on farm or construction sites, while others have no choice but to continue fishing.


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Thailand launches campaign against dengue fever

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General NewsThe Thai government plans to launch a "major campaign" across the country to increase public awareness of dengue fever. Southeast Asia is facing a serious threat from Dengue fever, with cases found in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.

The Thai campaign against dengue fever will be launched on May 29, Public Heath Minister Dr. Suchai Charoenratanakul was quoted by the Thai News Agency as saying Saturday.


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Blazing fire in Bangrak, Bangkok

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General NewsFirefighters try to contain a fire yesterday morning that affected four houses in Bangkok’s Bangrak district, causing millions of Baht’s worth of material damage.


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Health fears over secret study into GM food

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General NewsRats fed GM corn due for sale in Britain developed abnormalities in blood and kidneys

Rats fed on a diet rich in genetically modified corn developed abnormalities to internal organs and changes to their blood, raising fears that human health could be affected by eating GM food.

The Independent on Sunday can today reveal details of secret research carried out by Monsanto, the GM food giant, which shows that rats fed the modified corn had smaller kidneys and variations in the composition of their blood. According to the confidential 1139-page report, these health problems were absent from another batch of rodents fed non-GM food as part of the research project.


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Endangered Crocodiles Discovered in Laos

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General NewsA nest of baby Siamese crocodiles (Crocodylus siamensis) has been found in southern Laos, raising hopes that the nearly extinct species may yet survive, conservationists said Friday.

Lao and international wildlife specialists found seven hatchlings and an old crocodile nest in a small swamp in the southern Lao province of Savannakhet in March, the Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Program announced in a statement.


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KYLIE "Show Girl" Tour Live in Bangkok postponed

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General NewsAsian Kylie Minogue “Show Girl” tour proponed or canceled

Singer Kylie Minogue has been diagnosed with breast cancer, leading her to postpone and maybe cancel her 20 July Bangkok appearance.


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Strong earthquake hits North Sumatra islands

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General NewsA strong earthquake has erupted in the north of Indonesian’s island of Sumatra with the epicenter 240km west of the town of Sibolga in North Sumatra, at a depth of 33km, on Thursday morning. But Thai officials said it was not strong enough to cause another tsunami.


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Bangkok slum fire destroys over 50 homes

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General NewsA fire broke out this afternoon at a Bangkok slum community, burning down over 50 houses and killed one elderly resident.


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Priceless Buddha fragments found in southern temple

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General NewsThe abbot of a temple in Thailand's southern Prachuap Khiri Khan Province's Bang Saphan Noi district has unearthed what are thought to be priceless fragments of an ancient bronze Buddha image.


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Oil tanker sinks off southern coast

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General NewsThe marine ecosystem in Thailand's upper southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan has been put jeopardy by an oil tanker which capsized a week ago in fierce seas, just four kilometers from the coastline of a national park.


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