28 weeks later: Thailand tourism down, but not out

Earlier this month Thailand’s Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that about 25 million foreign visitors......

Arrests, cancellations mark ‘The Hunger Games’ opening in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — Police have detained three student activists at the opening of the latest......

Ferry firm head jailed for 10 years over Sewol sinking

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A court has sentenced the head of a South Korean......

28 weeks later: PDRC myths and Thailand’s privileged ‘new generation’

It has been a full six months since the coup and roughly a year since......

Burma’s Kachin rebels say 22 dead in attack

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Ethnic Kachin rebels in northern Burma say the army has killed......

How the Burmese military perpetuates its own myth

A heated debate broke out in Burma’s lower house Monday over efforts by the opposition......

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Sri Lanka president calls early presidential polls

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 5:35PM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called early elections, seeking a third term in office two years before his current term expires....

Japanese millionairess suspected of killing husbands

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 11:59AM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police have arrested a 67-year-old woman whom they suspect poisoned her husband late last year, one of about half a dozen former husbands or partners of the woman who have died....

China blocks websites as Internet conference begins

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 9:57AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — An Internet service company says Chinese censors have newly blocked access to several popular websites as they target content delivery networks that serve much of the Internet....

Indian man cured of Ebola isolated at New Delhi airport

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 10:41AM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Health Ministry says a 26-year-old Indian man who was cured of Ebola in Liberia has been placed in isolation at the New Delhi airport after traces of the virus were found in his semen....

Burma parliament head rules out charter change ahead of election

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 10:25AM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The influential speaker of Burma's parliament says the military-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president will not be changed before next year's general election....

Thai Cabinet approves tougher rules on protests

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 10:15AM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military-installed Cabinet has approved a bill curbing public gatherings after years of political demonstrations led to violence and often paralyzed the country's capital....

28 weeks later: Thailand tourism down, but not out

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:53PM UTC View Comments

Earlier this month Thailand’s Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that about 25 million foreign visitors are expected to visit the country this year, down from 26.7 million in 2013. This seems optimistic, considering that Thailand has suffered a tumultuous year marred by months of violent political protests and a military coup on May 22....

How the Burmese military perpetuates its own myth

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 7:34PM UTC View Comments

A heated debate broke out in Burma’s lower house Monday over efforts by the opposition to overhaul the constitution prior to the 2015 elections. As per previous debates, the military contingent – which takes up a quarter of seats and thereby wields effective veto over such matters – resisted the idea that charter reform, and allowing Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president, might benefit the country. "I would like you all to remember that the constitution is not written for just a person but for the future of everyone," Colonel Htay Naing, one of the uniformed MPs, told...

28 weeks later: Thailand’s junta and the war on corruption

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 5:52PM UTC View Comments

The premise for the junta taking control of Thailand in May 2014 was to avoid civil conflict and to once and for all rid the country of corruption. The promise to clean up the country isn’t exactly new, it’s been used by successive governments and it’s generally welcomed because this is one problem which most Thais would like to see solved. As the junta came to power those people who supported the coup had high hopes Prayuth and the generals would be able to deliver on this promise....

28 weeks later: Are Thai people really happy after the coup?

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 11:55AM UTC View Comments

Earlier this year in Thailand, protest mobs took over the streets, violence mounted, and politics hit a deadlock. That was before the military, led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, seized power on May 22, giving a rather abstract promise to bring back happiness to Thai people. ...

Reactions to Japan’s new whaling target

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 8:50AM UTC View Comments

In hopes of resuming its controversial Antarctic whale hunt, the Japanese government has announced that it will slash its yearly quota for minke whales by nearly two thirds, down to 333. Last year the Japanese Fisheries Agency had a goal of harpooning 855 minke whales, 50 humpback whales and 10 fin whales, though their efforts fell far short, at least partly due to the efforts of anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd....

Change on the menu for Hospitality students

By Tue, Nov 18, 2014 3:49PM UTC View Comments

During the same week that the ruling military banned a British book about Thailand’s struggle for democracy, another has been penned that highlights the demise of the country’s tourist intake. “Thailand: Deadly Destination”, which is to be published imminently, explains why a million fewer tourists- largely from the west- are predicted to visit the once-popular...