Jun 24, 2015

China says 'Golden Triangle' source of most dangerous drugs

Southeast Asia’s lawless “Golden Triangle” region remains the overwhelming source of the heroin and methamphetamine sold in China, the country’s Cabinet said in a report issued Wednesday. The report said 90 percent of the 9.3 tons of heroin and 11.4 tons of methamphetamine seized ...

Jun 19, 2015

Thailand took four days to confirm its first MERS case

Thai authorities took nearly four days to confirm the country’s first case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), the health ministry said on Friday, a time lag likely to raise fears of a further spread of the deadly virus in Asia. Thailand confirmed its ...

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

by Marion Thibaut

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 ...