Viewers of any content insulting the royal family could now be jailed for up to 15 years in Thailand.
There was no claim of responsibility for the blast that took place on the third anniversary of Thailand’s military coup.
If the river islands are bombed away and if the riverscape is engineered into something more like a large artificial canal, then endangered species face extinction.
The removal of the plaque and the start of a fourth year under military rule marked a bleak chapter in Thailand’s history.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility and security forces said they did not know who was to blame.
The government has decided to move to an ‘explicit’ process of priority setting for health expenditure, which looks at cost effectiveness and equity concerns.
Drug resistant malaria superbugs have appeared in parts of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and are threatening to undermine all progress made against the disease.
While the move is meant to ensure safety and reduce violence and discrimination, some have said that it will increase social segregation.
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The Wat Phra Dhammakaya Temple commands a huge following and is supported by influential Thai politicians and business folk, but critics say it exploits people and religion for money.
Thailand’s new king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, will pardon a number of inmates, including some jailed under one of the world’s toughest laws against royal insult.
The UNESCO World Heritage site located near Bangkok, was once among the world’s wealthiest cities and a major trading port from the 14th to 18th centuries.
There are fears among government critics that the military would delay a general election planned for 2017 until several months after the end of the mourning period for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
A roundup of this week’s news from the northeast.
The clinic has developed into a health facility providing inpatient services, surgery, trauma and dental care, vaccinations and HIV prevention.
After years of living in legal limbo, nearly 3,000 stateless people in the southern Philippines have been granted nationality by Manila and Jakarta.
Most complaints of child sexual abuse in Malaysia do not lead to successful prosecutions, largely due to weaknesses in the nation’s criminal justice system.
As the global quest for an HIV vaccine continues, Linda-Gail Bekker explains the significance of the latest large-scale trial underway in South Africa.
The UNHCR has said that it won’t shut the camps down or push people out, and the people will return ‘of their own volition’.
The death of King Bhumibol, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, had raised questions over whether a return to civilian rule could be delayed and elections planned for 2017 might be pushed back by the military-led government.
The heir to Thailand’s throne, Maha Vajiralongkorn, enters his reign with no authority other than that of the office he now holds.
Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died at the age of 88, reigned for seven decades after ascending the throne in 1946.
Protesters marking World Habitat Day outside the regional Asian UN headquarters said they would hand a petition to UN to demand land reform.
The crackdown comes amid fears that anti-immigrant sentiment is rising as Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy stagnates.
Thailand’s deputy prime minister and defence minister Prawit Wongsuwan rejected the police report linking Muslim insurgency with the August 2016 bombings in Thai towns.
The explosions happened ahead of a public holiday to mark the birthday of Queen Sirikit in Hua Hin, a popular upscale Thai resort south of Bangkok.
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Thailand was downgraded to the lowest ranking in June 2014 just weeks after the military seized power.
The ruling junta has already banned criticism of the draft charter in the run-up to the vote.
Many say the repeated failure to arrest the abbot is further proof of Thailand’s culture of impunity – the ease with which the rich and powerful can get away with nearly anything.
The authorities have filed complaints against 22 people, including six monks, whom police will investigate for illegal possession of wildlife and wildlife trafficking.
Officials have moved 61 live tigers from the temple since Monday, leaving 76 still there. The raid is the latest move in a tug-of-war since 2001 to bring the tigers under state control.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida made the pledge to help the Southeast Asian economies in Thailand’s capital, where on May 1 he began a week-long visit to the region in which Japan competes with China for influence.
World rice production is expected to decline for the first time this year since 2010, as failing rains linked to an El Nino weather pattern cut crop yields in Asia’s rice bowl.
The military has ruled since a May 2014 coup and has banned political gatherings, censored media and tried dissenters in military courts.
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Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Friday expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of discussions between India and Thailand on a number of issues as he concluded his three-day visit to the South East Asian country, which he described as a close neighbour in which New Delhi had some permanent interests. […]
Bilateral cooperation between the two countries, which have civilisational links, can be increased in several areas.
India is looking to also set up a fertiliser plant in the tiny, oil rich nation
India and the Indian Navy must move quickly with other regional players to bring an end to the humanitarian crisis in the Bay of Bengal.