Kerry in Laos to plan Asean summit

Laos is chairing Asean this year. Source: Wikimedia US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Laos, where he will lay the groundwork for a...

Thais expect more tourists, despite floods 

Thais are used to flooding but not normally in January. Source: Flickr The Thai authorities expect revenue from foreign tourism to rise 8.5 per cent...

Unanswered Thai crime

This week southern Thailand has seen another bomb attack specifically targeting civilians.  Violence has gripped the three Muslim-majority provinces on the Malaysian border since 2004. It...

Junta admits ‘drug war’ failure

Thailand’s prison population has exploded since the Thaksin years. Source: Pixabay Thailand’s repressive junta is beginning to admit that the kingdom’s 13-year hard-line narcotics policy...

Thailand called to respect Pakistani refugees 

Thailand has been urged to ensure recently arrested Pakistani asylum seekers are not returned to face persecution, torture and Islamist mobs in Pakistan.  Human Rights...

Junta bans exiled critics

Thailand’s junta has announced a ban on all online interaction with three exiled critics. The Digital Economy and Society Ministry said citizens could be prosecuted...

Thai rappers target junta rule

Thailand’s police are investigating a viral hip-hop video condemning the military junta as the generals begin to relax their grip ahead of a possible...

Gay couple win Thai surrogate custody battle

A kathoey or transgender Thai on Soi Bangla in Phuket. Thailand is generally extremely tolerant. Source: Flickr A gay couple from the USA have won...

Animal ‘smuggler’ held in Thailand 

Thailand’s police have arrested an alleged animal-smuggling boss who they say ran an international network that trafficked elephant ivory, rhino horn and wildlife, threatening...

Baht bounces after king’s death 

Thais are dressing largely in black. Source: YouTube Thailand's currency has strengthened against the US dollar for a second day running as the stock market...

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