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An armed police officer guards as Rohingya Muslims stand behind him at a refugee camp in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State, western Burma. Pic: AP.

Reuters duo win Pulitzer for Rohingya coverage

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:54AM UTC Comments Off An armed police officer guards as Rohingya Muslims stand behind him at a refugee camp in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State, western Burma. Pic: AP.

Reuters journalists Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall have won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for their coverage of the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Burma and Thailand....

Thai rice subsidy program ends with a whimper

By Sat, Apr 12, 2014 6:15PM UTC 2 Comments 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....

9 Cambodians killed in Thai road accident

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 4:04PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say nine Cambodians on their way home for a holiday break were killed when their van crashed into a tree and burst into flames in eastern Thailand. Police Col. Somchai Treesukhon said Friday the van took a sharp turn, veered off the road and smashed into a tree in Thamai district in Chanthaburi province....

Thai police arrest British drug smuggling suspect

By Thu, Apr 10, 2014 10:34AM UTC Comments Off Michael Alan France. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police have arrested an Englishman whom French police accuse of masterminding a gang that sought to smuggle cocaine and heroin through France into England six years ago. Immigration police chief Lt. Gen. Panu Kerdlarppol said Michael Alan France, 53, was arrested Wednesday in the seaside resort town of Cha-Am, where he had purchased a luxury condominium after fleeing to Thailand in 2008....

Thai workers clean up oil spill after small tanker sinks

By Wed, Apr 09, 2014 4:57PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities are working to clean up an oil spill from a small tanker that sunk just southwest of Bangkok. Arthit Boonyasophat, the provincial governor of Samut Sakhon, said Wednesday that the oil slick had reached a fishermen’s village and mangrove forest on the coast 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Bangkok....

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