National Nov 20, 2019

Pope heads to Asia in search of Buddhist ties and nuclear arms ban

Pope Francis departed Rome on Tuesday for Thailand and Japan, majority Buddhist countries where the Jesuit pontiff is to plead for interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament. The pope's third trip to Asia, and his 32nd trip abroad, takes him to two countries with minority Catholic ...

158 kg of meth bound for Japan seized in Thailand

National / Crime & Legal Nov 15, 2019

158 kg of meth bound for Japan seized in Thailand

A 44-year-old Thai man was arrested Thursday after 158 kg of methamphetamine were seized from treadmills bound for Japan, according to Thai authorities. Police called it the largest single seizure of "ice," as the drug is known, headed for Japan. A tipoff led the Central Narcotics ...

Malay Muslim militants kill 15 in southern Thailand, army says

Asia Pacific Nov 6, 2019

Malay Muslim militants kill 15 in southern Thailand, army says

At least fifteen people were killed in attacks by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand's violence-racked south, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, the latest incident in the 15-year bloody insurgency. Thailand's three southernmost provinces have been in the grip of a conflict that has killed ...

ASEAN leaders hope for breakthrough in talks on RCEP trade deal

Business Nov 3, 2019

ASEAN leaders hope for breakthrough in talks on RCEP trade deal

Southeast Asian leaders meet for a second day in Thailand on Sunday, hoping for a breakthrough in talks over the world's largest trade deal to help throw off the torpor that has gripped the global economy since the U.S.-China tariff war began. The 10-member Association ...

Thai cave where boys were rescued reopens for tourism

Asia Pacific Nov 2, 2019

Thai cave where boys were rescued reopens for tourism

Thailand has reopened the cave where 12 young soccer players and their coach were trapped last year in a saga that captivated the world. The Tham Luang cave had been closed to visitors since the Wild Boars team was rescued alive after nearly three weeks ...

Thai king creates boot camp-style 'unity' courses

Asia Pacific Nov 1, 2019

Thai king creates boot camp-style 'unity' courses

by Panu Wongcha-Um

Thousands of civil servants, police and teachers are being sent to a military camp in Thailand for intensive training in community service and loyalty to the monarchy, according to the royal palace and interviews with trainees and organizers. The program, established last year, highlights the ...

Puppies related to late Thai king's dog shown off

Asia Pacific Oct 14, 2019

Puppies related to late Thai king's dog shown off

As Thailand marks the third anniversary of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death, officials showed off eight puppies related to the pet dog of the late monarch. The black, brown and white puppies were born from two royal dogs artificially inseminated with semen from two male ...