Burma: Troubled Rakhine state invites aid groups to return

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Tropical storm Matmo batters eastern China

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2 planes with more flight MH17 victims to leave Ukraine

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Obama hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent Southeast Asia

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At least 47 dead after plane crashes in typhoon-hit Taiwan

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Thai interim constitution gives absolute power to the junta

Last night, the 2014 interim constitution was gazetted (the original in Thai is available from......

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Australia readies 50 police to send to Ukraine for MH17 investigation

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 5:43PM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has sent 50 police to London in anticipation of deploying them to the Ukraine to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a United Nations team....

Thailand to re-launch women-only train carriages after horrific rape-murder

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 5:31PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's railway authority is planning to re-launch women-only carriages after a 13-year-old girl was raped and killed in her berth on an overnight train....

China city lifts quarantine after man dies of bubonic plague

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 4:39PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have lifted a nine-day quarantine in parts of a northern city that was imposed after a man died of bubonic plague. A total of 151 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province. Authorities determined they had come in contact with a man who died of...

Philippines deports Australian Islamic preacher

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 4:33PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine immigration authorities say they have deported an Australian Islamic preacher on suspicion of links to terrorists....

Thai junta defends unlimited powers under interim constitution

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 5:51PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A new temporary constitution gives Thailand’s military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned 2015 election, and a senior army official says the junta leader could serve as interim premier. Thailand adopted the charter following the May 22 coup to allow an interim legislature and Cabinet to begin governing the...

Prabowo to challenge Indonesia election result

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 2:32PM UTC

Former general Prabowo Subianto will challenge the results of Indonesia's presidential election in the Constitutional Court after his rival Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo was declared the winner yesterday....

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Every year, students all over the world research colleges and universities abroad where they can continue their education and gain a rich experience away from home. Around 110,000 people from outside the UK apply each year to join the cohort of international students who recognise the value a qualification from the UK will have around...

Thai interim constitution gives absolute power to the junta

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 2:45PM UTC View Comments

Last night, the 2014 interim constitution was gazetted (the original in Thai is available from here).* The interim constitution comprises 48 clauses that will be in use until the new constitution is drafted. See Saksith’s post here for his take on the interim constitution. If anyone spots any mistakes, please e-mail bangkokpundit@gmail.com or point out on...

Cambodian parties break deadlock, CNRP to take seats in Parliament

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Leaders of Cambodia's ruling and opposition parties say they have reached an agreement to end a political deadlock since last year's contentious election....

Media and Malaysian tragedy: A look at coverage of MH17 and MH370

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 1:44PM UTC View Comments

Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian people suffered two shocking tragedies this year. The disappearance of flight MH370 continues to be a painful mystery, and the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine came as a another brutal shock, leaving many in Malaysia to ask "Why is this happening again?"...

Thailand introduces tough new overstay rules

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Thailand’s immigration crackdown continued today with authorities confirming that tough new rules on foreigners overstaying their visa or entry permit have now been put in place. ...

Analysis: Can Malaysia Airlines survive double tragedy?

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The tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 on July 17 with 298 passengers and crew aboard, coupled with the mysterious disappearance of a second Boeing 777-200 into the Indian Ocean with the loss of 239 on March 8, could well doom the airline....

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Rohingya refugees at Da Paing camp in Rakhine State in April. Many were cut off from vital aid supplies after aid groups were forced to leave earlier this year. Pic: AP.