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Thailand revokes former PM Thaksin’s passports

By Wed, May 27, 2015 6:02PM UTC 0 Comment

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....

Malaysian police find body at abandoned border trafficking camp

By Tue, May 26, 2015 6:03PM UTC 0 Comment

Malaysian forensics teams given the grim task of exhuming 140 suspected graves say they have found one body at an abandoned jungle trafficking camp on the border with Thailand. ...

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

By Tue, May 26, 2015 9:04AM UTC 1 Comment

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....

Monk mauled at Thailand’s infamous ‘Tiger Temple’

By Mon, May 25, 2015 8:25PM UTC 0 Comment

Animal rights activists have long pushed for the closure of Thailand's infamous 'Tiger Temple'. However, a new and unrelated incident may lead to the tourist attraction's closure more than those detractors' critiques ever could: the temple's abbot was mauled by one of the very creatures that he has fought so steadfastly to keep. ...

The profitable and problematic Thai lottery

By Mon, May 25, 2015 2:08PM UTC 1 Comment

While Saraphee Rukthong was looking at a termite hill in her house, a black cobra snake popped its head out from the hill [http://www.dailynews.co.th/regional/303791]. Many would have fret and called for help, but Saraphee felt lucky and instead made the snake an altar. ...