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  1. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai PM to visit Myanmar on first official trip

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 01:33pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... of this month or early October. “The prime minister is scheduled to visit Myanmar as his first foreign country because Myanmar currently chairs Asean,” Don said, referring to the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations of which Thailand is also a member. Prayuth is next expected to visit other Asean member states beginning with Malaysia, he added. For decades, former military-ruled Myanmar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590815/thai-pm-visit-myanmar-first-official-trip
  2. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai police question three Myanmese men over murder of British tourists found dead on beach

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 01:42pm

    ... travelled with Miller, contrary to UK media reports. “All of the British nationals are now on their way home,” provincial police chief Kiattipong Khawsamang said, adding they had been “cleared” ... hotspots, visitor numbers have yet to rebound and martial law remains in place. Military leaders have vowed to restore the nation’s reputation as the “Land of Smiles” with a clean-up targeting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1593786/thai-police-question-three-myanmese-men-over-murder-british-tourists
  3. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai police hunt British man after backpackers murdered with hoe and left naked on beach

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:17pm by AFP

    ... to in connection with the murders. “There are three possible suspects,” southern regional police commander Panya Maman said, without confirming their nationalities. “We have set up a coordination centre ... of British nationals in Thailand in the year to March 2013 – about one for every 2,400 British visitors or residents – although that figure includes natural causes. But it is rare for tourists ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1593136/naked-bodies-two-murdered-british-tourists-found-thailand-beach
  4. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Toxic waste mountains threaten Southeast Asia's booming megacities

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 09:40pm by AFP

    ... are an environmental and health time bomb. Open dumping "offers a quick and easy solution in the short run", the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific says in a study, ... to the heart of a national debate over rubbish. Bangkok- a sprawling city of 12 million and counting- produces around 10,000 tonnes of waste a day, a substantial portion of the 27 million tonnes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583114/toxic-waste-mountains-threaten-southeast-asias-booming-megacities
  5. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai PM Prayuth uses holy water and feng shui to ward off the occult

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 10:55pm by Reuters

    ... a coup, for example," said Kan Yuenyong, an analyst at Siam Intelligence Unit think tank. "It's not just Prayuth, it's all Thai leaders, and it can be a dangerous [course ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1588925/thai-pm-prayuth-uses-holy-water-and-feng-shui-ward-occult
  6. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Your government needs you: Thai leader says reform council open to all

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 11:43pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Bangkok Military PM sets out criteria for joining body that will redraw policies and Thai constitution National reform council open to all, Prayuth says Thai Prime Minister ... walks of life would be included. Prayuth was speaking in Bangkok to mark the beginning of a selection process for the National Reform Council. It would draft political and economic reforms, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1585341/your-government-needs-you-thai-leader-says-reform-council-open-all
  7. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Murder charges against former Thai premier Abhisit Vejjajiva dismissed

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 11:20pm by AFP

    ... The National Anti-Corruption Commission is now expected to consider whether the pair abused their power with the crackdown. If it believes there is sufficient grounds, the panel can forward the case ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581559/murder-charges-against-former-thai-premier-abhisit-vejjajiva-dismissed
  8. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai king endorses junta leader Prayuth as prime minister

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 11:35am

    ... members of the military-dominated national assembly. He was the sole candidate for the post. Approval from King Bhumibol Adulyadej is a formality. The interim government will be set up ... as army chief in September, moved quickly to silence dissent and deployed troops to quell protests in the weeks after the coup. The junta, formally known as the National Council for Peace ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580518/thai-king-endorses-junta-leader-prayuth-prime-minister
  9. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai junta leader appointed new prime minister by hand-picked parliament

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 11:51am by AP

    ... influence and benefit an elite minority that has failed to win national elections for more than a decade. Prayuth has effectively served as de facto prime minister since staging the May 22 coup. ... passport was revoked after he criticised the coup and refused to respond to a junta summons ordering him home. Prayuth's appointment by the National Legislative Assembly must be approved ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1578345/thai-junta-leader-general-prayuth-chan-ocha-voted-prime-minister
  10. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Four couples barred from taking surrogate babies home from Thailand

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 11:17pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Couples barred from taking surrogate babies Four couples from the United States and Australia have been prevented from leaving Thailand with babies born to surrogate mothers as part of a government crackdown on the burgeoning commercial surrogacy industry, an Australian broadcaster reported yesterday. The move follows publicity over a Thai surrogate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1574485/four-couples-barred-taking-surrogate-babies-home-thailand

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