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US condemns Thailand over human trafficking

A recently issued US government report on people trafficking has offered a damning assessment on Thailand. <br>It found the Thai government failed to investigate, prosecute or convict those responsible for trafficking and slavery.<p>Al Jazeera's Veronica Pedrosa is in Samut Sakorn, Southern Thailand.

Brides for sale: trafficked Vietnamese girls sold into marriage in China

A shortage of brides in China is putting young women in neighbouring countries at risk of being trafficked<p>When Kiab turned 16, her brother promised to take her to a party in a tourist town in northern Vietnam. Instead, he sold her to a Chinese family as a bride.<p>The ethnic Hmong teenager spent …

US blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over trafficking

WASHINGTON (AP) — Failure to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking has landed Thailand and Malaysia on a State Department blacklist, a move that could strain relations with two important U.S. partners in Asia.<p>The department, however, improved its rating of strategic rival China, …

US blacklists three nations over trafficking

The United States has blacklisted Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela, accusing them of failing to stop human trafficking, opening them to possible sanctions, and putting them in the same category as North Korea and Syria.<p>The three countries were all downgraded to the lowest "Tier 3" status in the …

Cambodia blames Thailand as 220,000 migrant labourers cross border

Exodus follows fears of crackdown on illegal labour, with Thai army saying anyone without papers will be deported<p>• Revealed: Asian slave labour produces prawns for UK and US<p>Cambodia has blamed Thailand's military junta for a mass exodus of migrant workers that has seen 220,000 labourers flee the …

Cambodian migrants in 'exodus' from Thailand

Tens of thousands of Cambodians are fleeing neighbouring Thailand to return home, fearing a crackdown on migrant workers under Thailand's new military government, a senior Cambodian official has said.<p>More than 110,000 workers have returned this month through the border crossing at the western …

Thai protesters defy ban on political gatherings to demonstrate against military coup

Hundreds of demonstrators angry at the military coup in Thailand clashed with soldiers on Saturday outside a military TV station in Bangkok.<p>They defied a ban on political gatherings, to denounce Thursday’s takeover by army generals. Some protesters are understood to have been arrested.<p>Earlier on …

Google Street View lets users explore Angkor’s 1000-year-old temples

From student backpackers traveling on a shoestring to retirees crossing off another place on the bucket list, Angkor in Cambodia is on the itinerary of just about every keen globetrotter. And now it’s on Google Street View, too.<p>The historic location, famous for its prominent role in the nation’s …

Scores Fall Sick in Mass Faintings at Cambodian Factories

Scores of garment workers have fallen sick this week at factories in Cambodia including two that produce clothing for sportswear giants Puma SE and Adidas, police and workers said on Thursday.<p>A total of 118 employees passed out at work on Thursday at the Shen Zhou and Daqian Textile factories in …

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Thai court takes on new case as PM Yingluck's legal woes mount | Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai Court accepted a new case against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday over her removal of the security chief three years ago, compounding her legal problems after months of sometimes violent anti-government protests.<p>Thailand's Finance Ministry officers stand …

Japan hold 'island defence' drill as China ships enter territorial waters

The Japanese Self Defence Force has held a drill with the theme of island defence as tensions continue with China over a range of disputed islands.<p>The Japanese Self Defence Force held a public drill to simulate recapturing an island from an enemy nation for the second year in a row, as Chinese …

Cambodian police shoot garment workers demanding $7 a day to make your T-shirt

At least three garment workers in a suburb of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, have been killed by police while demonstrating for an increase in minimum wage to $160 a month. A human rights group, Licadho, says about 23 people have been injured during the protests on Jan. 3.<p>Cambodia’s garment …

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China's military presence is growing. Does a superpower collision loom?

Who holds the key to the future of East Asia? As US influence recedes, arch-enemies China and Japan are flexing their muscles<p>Generally speaking, Japanese bureaucrats are not much given to exaggeration. So when a senior government insider in Tokyo, speaking off the record, recently compared the …