2 senior officers sentenced to jail in Thai police scandal

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 9:27PM UTC Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has sentenced two top police officers embroiled in a high-profile corruption scandal to six years in prison on charges of insulting the monarchy and running a gambling den.

Philippines warns ASEAN over China reef reclamation

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 8:50AM UTC A Chinese vessel, top center, is used to expand structures and land on the Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines and Chigua by China, at the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to jointly demand that China stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs.

Thai junta blocks forum on media censorship

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 8:41AM UTC Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s junta has forced the cancellation of a prominent civic forum examining its repressive media policies since the military toppled an elected government last May.

Tongue-Thai’ed! – Tough week for Prayuth ends in another tirade

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 7:30AM UTC Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

This is part XXIX of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, an ongoing series where we collect the most baffling, ridiculous, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures. Check out all past entries here. It’s been quite an eventful week in Thailand and a challenging one for the military government. Not only did

Opinion: Thailand-US diplomatic spat a sign of cracks in junta’s confidence

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 10:50AM UTC American charge d’affairs in Bangkok, W. Patrick Murphy, left, talks with Thai Deputy Foreign Minister Don Pramudwi during a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday. Pic: AP.

Frankly speaking, I did not expect to be writing about this topic so quickly following my blog post from yesterday, but here I am again further musing on the delicate art of international diplomacy.

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