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Health fund freezes payments to China amid dispute

By Tue, May 24, 2011 10:15AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A high-profile global fund for fighting diseases is freezing payments of grants to China worth hundreds of millions of dollars over suspected misuse of the money and the government’s reluctance to involve community groups in the projects. The decision by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis

Thaksin: Democrats will ‘destroy’ Yingluck if she becomes PM

By Tue, May 24, 2011 9:00AM UTC

The original is in Thai here. BP has excerpted the first part of The Nation‘s translation which is headlined “Yingluck may not be my PM’s choice: Thaksin”: Following are excerpts from his interview given to Matichon: Yingluck is Pheu Thai’s No-1 party-list candidate. So, you have decided to make her

Banned UN envoy slams Burma on human rights

By Tue, May 24, 2011 12:21AM UTC

Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar (Burma), held a press conference Monday at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) following the conclusion of his one-week mission to Thailand. A United Nations commission of inquiry should be set up to address Burma’s human rights

Suan Dusit Poll shows Puea Thai in the lead

By Mon, May 23, 2011 7:07PM UTC

UPDATE: The chart in Q4 appeared in “preview” when wrote the post, but for some reason was not appearing in the “post”. It seems to be okay now… On Sunday, Suan Dusit released a poll that surveyed 3,584 voters nationwide. The survey was conducted between May 19-22, 2011. An html

UN envoy: Burma does little to stop rights abuse

By Mon, May 23, 2011 6:59PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — The United Nations’ human rights envoy to Burma said Monday that the country’s nascent civilian government has done little to address widespread abuses, including forced labor and extrajudicial killings, since replacing the ruling junta in March. Elections last year for a new parliament and the installation of