KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – When thousands of Malay Muslims marched through Kuala Lumpur last week to support his scandal-wracked government, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak kept his distance.
He neither attended nor officially endorsed the racially charged rally by members of Malaysia’s majority community.
BANGKOK (Reuters) – He repeatedly presents himself as a reluctant leader, and yet Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is now on track to become his country’s longest-ruling strongman since the 1970s.
Prayuth seized power in May 2014 to, as he put it, rescue his turmoil-racked nation and “return happiness to the people”.
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Eleven days after Thailand’s deadliest bombing police have yet to review CCTV footage taken minutes after the blast which features a man dressed like the chief suspect, Reuters has found.
The blast tore through the crowded Erawan Shrine on Aug. 17, killing 20 people, most of them tourists, and injuring scores. Within minutes of the blast, say police, the suspect was dropped off by a motorcycle taxi at a nearby park and disappeared.
BANGKOK (Reuters) – The investigation into a deadly bombing in Bangkok’s tourist heartland is led by a U.S.-trained officer with close ties to Thailand’s powerful military, who oversaw a high-profile tourist murder case in which the conduct of Thai police was questioned.
Chakthip Chaijinda was chosen as the country’s next police chief on Aug. 14, just three days before a blast tore through the crowded Erawan Shrine in the Thai capital, killing 20 people, mostly foreigners. The current chief retires next month.
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Forty-eight hours after a bomb blast tore through a shrine teeming with tourists in central Bangkok, Thai police appear to have few firm clues about who was responsible for the bloodiest attack the city has seen.
Making their job all the harder, crucial forensic evidence may have been lost or compromised in the chaotic aftermath of Monday evening’s blast.
BANGKOK, Aug 17 (Reuters) – A bomb planted at one of the
Thai capital’s most renowned shrines on Monday killed 19 people,
including three foreign tourists, and wounded scores in an
attack the government called a bid to destroy the economy.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast
at the Erawan shrine at a major city-centre intersection. Thai
forces are fighting a low-level Muslim insurgency in the
predominantly Buddhist country’s south, but those rebels have
rarely launched attacks outside their heartland.
BANGKOK (Reuters) – A bomb planted at one of the Thai capital’s most renowned shrines on Monday killed 16 people, including three foreign tourists, and wounded scores in an attack the government called a bid to destroy the economy.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast at the Erawan shrine at a major city-centre intersection. Thai forces are fighting a low-level Muslim insurgency in the predominantly Buddhist country’s south, but those rebels have rarely launched attacks outside their heartland.
BANGKOK (Reuters) – The ouster of a powerful political rival less than three months before a landmark election in Myanmar was dramatic confirmation of President Thein Sein’s desire for a second term in office, analysts said.
Shwe Mann was removed as chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) on Thursday after security forces surrounded its headquarters in the capital, Naypyitaw.
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Sheltering in the backroom of a provincial Thai police station is a 35-year-old street vendor who triggered a human trafficking investigation that has reverberated across Southeast Asia.
He is a Rohingya Muslim, a mostly stateless group from western Myanmar. He had scraped a living for the past decade selling fried bread, or roti, from a push cart in Nakhon Si Thammarat, a city in southern Thailand.
MEIKTILA, Myanmar (Reuters) – When religious violence erupted in Meiktila in central Myanmar two years ago, local politician Win Htein spoke up for the minority Muslims who bore its deadly brunt. Many of his fellow Buddhists have never forgiven him.
At least 44 people were killed in March 2013 after a rampage by Buddhist mobs that Win Htein, a lawmaker for the National League for Democracy (NLD), tried to stop.