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Thailand’s Blue Diamond affair and the PDRC connection

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 10:00AM UTC Suthep Thaugsuban at Lumpini Park on Saturday, March 1, 2014 (Photo: Casey Hynes)

Saudi Arabia downgraded its diplomatic relations with Thailand in 1990 after the murder of four Saudi diplomats, the murder of a Saudi businessman, and the theft of jewellery from the Saudi royal family. The latter is known as the Blue Diamond affair – see post here for more details. In

WORLD: Putin hopes no need to send troops to Ukraine

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 5:48PM UTC Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pic: AP.

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won’t have to send Russian troops into Ukraine.

Rights groups ask Nepal to scrap amnesty bill

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 4:59PM UTC A Nepalese man sits with a Nepali flag near a polling station in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday. Pic: AP.

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — International rights groups say parts of a bill proposed by the Nepal government should be rejected because it could provide amnesty to people who committed serious human rights violations during the country’s Maoist insurgency. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said

Journalists in Thai Navy defamation case ‘disappointed’ in Reuters’ response

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 4:08PM UTC Phuketwan journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian. Pic: Phuketwan.com.

Two Phuketwan journalists were charged today with defaming the Thai Navy, and face seven years in prison and a $3,000 fine if convicted. A Thai Navy captain brought charges against Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian after they republished a paragraph from a Reuters story accusing Thai officials of being involved in a human trafficking operation that exploits Rohingya refugees from Burma.

Phuketwan journalists charged with defaming Thailand’s navy

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:21PM UTC Phuketwan journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian. Pic: Phuketwan.com.

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities have charged two journalists with defaming Thailand’s navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Burma. The Australian editor of the Phuketwan website Alan Morison and his Thai colleague Chutima Sidasathian appeared at a court Thursday on the southern island of Phuket to hear charges of defamation and violation of the computer crime act.

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