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Mar 6, 2014

Prominent Indian in Thailand faces expulsion over protests

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A prominent member of Thailand’s Indian community is fighting efforts to force him out the country for joining anti-government protests and appealed on Thursday to King Bhumibol Adulyadej for help in finding justice.

Publishing company owner Satish Sehgal was born in what is now Pakistan in 1943 and came to Thailand as a five-year-old boy. Thailand has been his home ever since but he has never taken citizenship.

Dec 5, 2013

Thai king urges people to do their duty, declines comment on crisis

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej called on his people to do their duty for the good of the country in a birthday address on Thursday, but avoided direct reference to the latest political turmoil roiling the capital.

Protesters are attempting to bring down the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and five people have been killed in clashes over the past week. The two sides reached a truce to mark the king’s birthday.

Apr 23, 2013

U.S. rejects North Korean demand for nuclear status

SEOUL/GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korea insisted on Tuesday that it be recognized as a nuclear weapons state, a demand the United States promptly dismissed as “neither realistic nor acceptable”.

After weeks of tension on the Korean peninsula, including North Korean threats of nuclear war, the North has in recent days begun to at least talk about dialogue in response to calls for talks from both the United States and South Korea.

Apr 16, 2013

North Korea issues new threats over protests in South

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea issued new threats against South Korea on Tuesday, vowing “sledge-hammer blows” of retaliation if South Korea did not apologize for anti-North Korean protests the previous day when the North was celebrating the birth of its founding leader.

On Monday, the North dropped its shrill threats of war against the United States and South Korea as it celebrated the 101st anniversary of the birth of its first leader, Kim Il-Sung, raising hopes for an easing of tension in a region that has for weeks seemed on the verge of conflict.

Nov 29, 2011

Gangs from Africa, Iran muscle in on SEAsia drugs – UN

BANGKOK (Reuters) – International drug gangs from Africa and Iran are muscling in on Southeast Asia’s booming methamphetamine business which has shown a staggering increase and is spreading through the region, the United Nations said in a report on Tuesday.

Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), including amphetamine and methamphetamine, have become the drugs of choice in many parts of Southeast and East Asia since the 1990s, replacing plant-based drugs such as heroin, opium and cannabis, the U.N. drugs office said.

Nov 29, 2011

Gangs from Africa, Iran muscle in on South East Asia drugs: U.N.

BANGKOK (Reuters) – International drug gangs from Africa and Iran are muscling in on Southeast Asia’s booming methamphetamine business which has shown a staggering increase and is spreading through the region, the United Nations said in a report on Tuesday.

Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), including amphetamine and methamphetamine, have become the drugs of choice in many parts of Southeast and East Asia since the 1990s, replacing plant-based drugs such as heroin, opium and cannabis, the U.N. drugs office said.

Nov 28, 2011

“Serious abuses” in Myanmar despite reforms: group

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Myanmar soldiers are committing serious human rights abuses including extra-judicial killing and rape in a campaign against guerrillas in the north of the country despite reforms aimed at ending harsh military rule, a relief group said Monday.

The abuses could amount to war crimes and Hillary Clinton should bring up the issue in talks this week when she becomes the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Myanmar in five decades, the group Partners Relief and Development said.

Nov 3, 2011

Waterlogged Thailand will struggle to prevent future floods

BANGKOK, Nov 3 (Reuters) – As waterlogged Thailand struggles
to contain the worst floods in decades, it faces a simple truth:
not a whole lot can be done to avoid a repeat disaster in the
short term even with a new multi-billion dollar water-management
policy.

City dwellers and farmers displaced since the floods began
in July, killing 427 people, and foreign investors waiting to
pump out factories could face the same thing when the rainy
season rolls around again in the middle of next year.

Nov 2, 2011

Flood gate in Thai capital focus of fear, rivalry

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Authorities in the Thai capital repaired on Wednesday a damaged flood gate that has become the focus of the city’s fears and rivalry between political factions battling the country’s worst floods in decades.

The floods began in July, at the beginning of a particularly heavy rainy season, and months later the water is still rising and anger is boiling over.

Nov 1, 2011

Thai flood frustration grows, cabinet eyes recovery

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Anger mounted among victims of Thailand’s catastrophic floods on Tuesday as water flooded new neighborhoods as it made its way to sea and the government plotted a recovery aimed at securing the long-term confidence of investors.

The floods began in July and have devastated large parts of the central Chao Phraya river basin, killed nearly 400 people and disrupted the lives of more than 2 million.