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10 die in China coal mine heist

By Fri, Oct 30, 2009 1:16PM UTC

Ten people suffocated during a botched robbery at a coal mine in northern China, the country’s work safety watchdog said Friday. Fourteen people allegedly broke into the shuttered mine in China’s Shanxi province on Monday, with two managing to escape the underground tunnels Tuesday, the State Administration of Work Safety

Saxena to face BBC Bank fraud charges in Thailand

By Fri, Oct 30, 2009 12:52PM UTC

The Thai press is hot on the Rakesh Saxena plundering of BBC bank story. The Canadian courts just cleared the way for Saxena, former head of the now defunct BBC bank, to return to Thailand to stand trial on bank fraud. Security is tight. The Thai Attorney General Office has


By Fri, Oct 30, 2009 12:29PM UTC

This photo is on the ABC News (Australia) home page. It’s a cropped version of the original attached to a story about “male body issues”. Click here to discover that all is not as it seems.

Foreigners to get government jobs in the provinces?

By Fri, Oct 30, 2009 11:33AM UTC

So, which foreigners-slash-North Koreans get to be the glamorous interpreters, and which get to be the litter grabbers? – The door is opening for permanently and temporarily resident foreigners and resettled North Koreans to obtain provincial government employment. The Ministry of Public Administration and Security (행정안전부) announced on October 21

Succession: The issue that won’t go away

By Fri, Oct 30, 2009 10:48AM UTC

The issue of succession is viewed as core to the ongoing political tensions in Thailand. It has been speculated that it was one of the real reasons for the coup. Many a Shawn W Crispin article has raised the issue of succession see here and here. BP’s most recent post