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Thai cycle of instability looks hard to break

/ | Jan 24, 2014

Thai cycle of instability looks hard to break

Just before the start of an anti-government rally that paralyzed the heart of Bangkok four years ago, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban issued a stern message to demonstrators then converging on the city en masse. "If they violate the laws, such as blocking roads ...

Agony flows from unwatched threat: a wall of water

Nov 14, 2013

Agony flows from unwatched threat: a wall of water

Two days before the typhoon hit, officials rolled through Tacloban with bullhorns, urging residents to get to higher ground or take refuge in evacuation centers. Warnings were broadcast on state television and radio. Some left. Some didn't. Residents steeled themselves for the high winds, floods and ...

Hardships, suffering in earthquake zone

Mar 15, 2011

Hardships, suffering in earthquake zone

TAKAJO, Miyagi Pref. — Rescue workers used chain saws and hand picks Monday to dig out bodies in devastated coastal towns, as the nation faced a mounting humanitarian, nuclear and economic crisis in the aftermath of a massive earthquake and tsunami that likely killed ...