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Thai red shirt activist shot dead in Bangkok

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 6:26PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand’s capital say a pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of the monarchy has been shot dead. Police Col. Thanawat Watthanakul says Kamol Duangphasuk was shot by unidentified gunmen Wednesday in a restaurant parking lot in northern Bangkok. The victim, a poet also known as Mainueng Kor Khuntee,...

Poll: Indians view rape as big problem, say laws too lax

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 3:54PM UTC Comments Off Indian students carrying placards shout slogans against the brutal gang-rape of a woman on a bus in December 2012. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll shows that Indians view rape as a big problem in their country and the criminal justice system as inadequate to deal with it. The national survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center one year after the December 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi unleashed a wave of public anger about sexual violence in India....

Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 11:00AM UTC Comments Off Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

As Thailand's political crisis lingers on, the country's draconian lèse majesté law is still being applied, as two related cases show. Moreover, a new online vigilante group is making sure it stays that way....

Group concerned for activist missing in Thailand

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 2:06PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — An international human rights group is calling on Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of a prominent environmental activist. Human Rights Watch says Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen, known as “Billy,” has been missing since he was detained last week in Petchaburi province’s Kaengkrachan National Park. Park chief Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn says Billy had...

Thai police: 2-year-old killed in southern attack

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:39AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Police in southern Thailand say suspected insurgents shot dead three people, including a 2-year-old girl, in a drive-by shooting. Police Col. Chartchai Chanasit says two gunmen riding on a motorcycle carried out the attack on Sunday in the Bannang Sata district of Yala province....

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