Politics

Thailand’s Senate will not be elected, charter drafters say

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 3:58PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A committee appointed by Thailand’s military rulers to draft a new constitution says a 200-member Senate will be nominated and not elected in what critics call a setback for Thai democracy.

UN rights chief warns Burma risks faltering on reform path

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 7:45AM UTC

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nation’s top human right official says Burma/Myanmar is “headed in the wrong direction” amid a crackdown on dissidents and minorities.

UN: North Korean company renames ships to evade sanctions

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 7:42AM UTC

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new report says a North Korean shipping company tried to evade U.N. sanctions by renaming most of its vessels in an attempt to hide their origins.

Former Thai PM Abhisit could face political ban over 2010 crackdown

By Tue, Feb 24, 2015 11:52PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s state anti-corruption body has ruled that a former prime minister may have abused his power in overseeing a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010, a decision that could lead to a 5-year ban from political office.

Hairdresser gaffe lands Malaysian PM’s wife in hot water

By Tue, Feb 24, 2015 11:21PM UTC

“We have to make beautiful clothes to attend functions, but the prices are way too high. For those who can afford, it’s all right. But what about housewives like us, with no income?” So says Rosmah Mansor, the free-spending wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is not happy