Politics

Thailand revokes former PM Thaksin’s passports

By Wed, May 27, 2015 6:02PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have revoked two passports belonging to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra following an interview he gave in South Korea last week.

Controversial Philippines Mayor Rodrigo Duterte hits back at critics

By Tue, May 26, 2015 6:51PM UTC

Days after a New York-based human rights group issued a call for the Philippine government to investigate him, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte dared his critics to directly file criminal cases against him in court.

A lèse majesté law for Singapore’s king, long live Lee Kuan Yew!

By Tue, May 26, 2015 9:04AM UTC

Singapore isn’t a monarchy, but if the ruling party has its way, it may soon become one. And the king will be none other than the late Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Lee is Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, a highly controversial figure who is nonetheless widely respected by Singaporeans. With this law, the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) hopes to make him less controversial and more widely respected—by fiat if not by rewriting our history. Yet if Thailand’s experience is anything to go by, the plan is more likely to backfire. It is in any case, ill-conceived and legally unsound.

China-Taiwan talks seek to maintain momentum for closer ties

By Sun, May 24, 2015 2:45PM UTC

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Negotiators from Taiwan and China have met for talks on a range of issues in an attempt to maintain momentum for the forging of closer ties in the face of a skeptical Taiwanese public.

US envoy on NKorea heads for talks in Seoul, Beijing

By Sat, May 23, 2015 3:25PM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. envoy will hold joint talks about North Korea next week with Japan and South Korea, and then with China.