Jul 18, 2014

Thai junta seeks Japan's support to restore democracy

Thailand’s acting foreign minister said Thursday that last May’s military coup was undertaken as a “last resort” to avoid bloodshed, while he sought understanding and support from Japan and other countries that have frowned on the army’s seizure of power from a democratically elected ...

Jul 14, 2014

Thai activists decry junta vow to deport Myanmar refugees

Thailand’s military government said Monday it would send home 100,000 refugees who have been living in camps for two decades and more along the border with Myanmar, a move rights groups say would create chaos at a tense time for both nations. Thailand’s military ...

Jun 28, 2014

Thai military junta sets 2015 poll date

Thailand’s military junta will install an interim constitution next month, and elections will be held around October 2015, its leader announced Friday. Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in a coup last month, said the temporary constitution will allow an interim legislature ...

U.S. blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over human trafficking

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over human trafficking

Failure to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking has landed Thailand and Malaysia on a State Department blacklist, a move that could strain relations with two important U.S. partners in Asia. The department improved its rating of strategic rival China, citing Beijing’s steps ...

Jun 16, 2014

Bridgestone puts Thai unit on hold

Bridgestone Corp., the world’s largest tire maker, will postpone the start of production at a new tire plant in Thailand because global demand for coal-mining vehicles is less than expected. The company will announce a new output start date “when demand comes back,” Chief ...

Southeast Asia now biggest global danger zone for piracy: U.N.

Jun 13, 2014

Southeast Asia now biggest global danger zone for piracy: U.N.

Southeast Asia has overtaken the Horn of Africa as the world’s hot spot for pirate attacks after concerted international efforts to police the waters off Somalia, the U.N. said Thursday. Last year 28 boats were attacked in the western Indian Ocean but none taken ...

'Skinny' Southeast Asia starts to battle growing bulge

Jun 12, 2014

'Skinny' Southeast Asia starts to battle growing bulge

Many Southeast Asian countries are rolling out measures so people can make healthy choices before obesity turns into the full-blown epidemic seen in many Western countries. Obesity is a priority for Singapore’s government, said Zee Yoong Kang, chief executive of the city-state’s Health Promotion ...