Jun 1, 2015

Ailing Thai king returns to hospital

Thailand’s revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej has returned to hospital in Bangkok for medical tests, the palace said Sunday, amid deep public concern over his health in the politically turbulent country. The 87-year-old king, the world’s longest-serving monarch, is treated as a near-deity ...

May 28, 2015

Japan to cooperate on Bangkok-Chiang Mai high-speed rail link

Transport minister Akihiro Ota and his visiting Thai counterpart, Prajin Juntong, signed on Wednesday a memorandum on the two nations’ cooperation on a planned high-speed rail link between Bangkok and the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. Based on the memorandum, the Japanese and ...

Smugglers in Thailand getting rich off Rohingya

May 24, 2015

Smugglers in Thailand getting rich off Rohingya

Around $1,100 should have secured passage for each of the Rohingya migrants who were found adrift in the Andaman Sea — victims of a dark trade in humans that pivots around smuggling kingpins in Thailand’s south. From the heaving bow of a wooden boat ...

Lese majeste brings despair to Thai families

May 24, 2015

Lese majeste brings despair to Thai families

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When Natnicha’s husband was jailed for insulting Thailand’s monarchy under the country’s lese majeste laws, she didn’t just lose a partner. She lost her friends and place in Thai society — joining the growing ranks of outcasts since royalist generals seized power a year ...

May 23, 2015

Thai police detain student protesters 'for talks'

Dozens of Thai students who were dragged away and held overnight by police after they staged an anti-coup protest in Bangkok on Friday evening were “merely invited for talks,” a senior police officer said Saturday. The student protest was one of a handful of ...

Malaysia, Myanmar begin searching for migrants at sea

May 22, 2015

Malaysia, Myanmar begin searching for migrants at sea

Malaysian Navy ships have begun searching the seas for stranded boat people in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing onto Southeast Asia’s shores. Meanwhile, Myanmar on Friday carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat. Thousands of Bangladeshis and ...

May 22, 2015

Thailand, Vietnam seek more Japan investment in medical, other fields

Senior government officials of Thailand and Vietnam urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday to encourage Japanese investment in their growing industries, including in the medical and farming sectors, on top of existing railway and infrastructure development projects, Japanese officials said. In a brief ...