Thai rice subsidy program ends with a whimper

By Sat, Apr 12, 2014 6:15PM UTC Workers unload rice from a truck in northeastern Thailand. Pic: AP.

Thailand has largely ended its disastrous scheme to subsidize rice farmers, having lost the country’s position as the world’s biggest exporter and left it an estimated US$2 billion in the hole with vast amounts of rice deteriorating in warehouses. The prime minister faces corruption charges and rebellion from angry farmers who form the backbone of her party’s rural support.

Rainsy: Cambodian parties close to breaking political deadlock

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 12:17PM UTC Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy at Thursday's press conference. Pic: Daniel Quinlan.

PHNOM PENH- Cambodia’s political deadlock is close to resolution according to opposition leader Sam Rainsy. Addressing the press at the CNRP party headquarters on Thursday he said while there was not yet a comprehensive agreement the two sides had moved forward on “several important points”.

Students end 24-day siege of Taiwan Parliament

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 10:43AM UTC A protester holds a banner depicting Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou as Hitler while shouting slogans denouncing the controversial China Taiwan trade pact during a massive protest in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan, last month. Pic: AP.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Student protesters are planning to end their 24-day occupation of Taiwan’s Parliament.

Suu Kyi, Germany’s Merkel discuss Burma’s future

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 10:07AM UTC German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, welcomes Burma Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, for a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday. Pic: AP.

BERLIN (AP) — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is discussing Burma ‘s future with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, a city Suu Kyi describes as a symbol of success in achieving unity.

Thai government plays legal hardball, delays opening of Senate… for now

By Thu, Apr 10, 2014 2:05PM UTC

The Bangkok Post: The caretaker government is using the Council of State, its legal arm, to delay the next meeting of the Senate. Apparently, the delay is a bid to block the removal of Nikhom Wairatpanich as Senate Speaker, and Somsak Kiatsuranon retroactively as parliament president, by the National Anti-Corruption

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