Thai man confesses to killing a second Japanese

Oct 25, 2014

Thai man confesses to killing a second Japanese

The Thai man who admitted to killing Yoshinori Shimato, a 79-year-old Japanese teacher who had been missing since late September, has confessed to killing another Japanese man, a Thai police official said Friday. The confession was made by Somchai Kaewbangyang, 47, who is thought ...

Soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

Oct 17, 2014

Soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

by Jocelyn Gecker

In a famous scene from Thailand’s award-winning soap opera “The Power of Shadows,” the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and they live happily ever after. Boy meets girl, boy rapes girl, boy marries girl. The ...

Sep 18, 2014

Slain Britons get Thai autopsies

Police in Thailand said Wednesday they had conducted autopsies on two British tourists whose bludgeoned bodies were found on a scenic resort island this week. DNA samples have also been collected from several people who were among those in the area where the killings ...

New Thai PM uses holy water, feng shui to ward off occult

Sep 9, 2014

New Thai PM uses holy water, feng shui to ward off occult

As he prepares to move in to Bangkok’s Government House this week, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is going to great lengths to sweep away any occult challenge. Prayuth, 60, has left nothing to chance since leading a military coup to topple a democratically ...