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The politics of Thailand's Buddhist Supreme Patriarch

BANGKOK: Thailand will soon welcome a new Supreme Patriarch. Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong, 89, was appointed last week by King Maha Vajiralongkorn and …

Soccer

Why Thailand just voted on another constitution — and why this matters to democracies elsewhere

A man walks into a bookstore and asks for a copy of the constitution. “We don’t sell periodical literature,” replies the manager. This joke dates to 1958, when France passed the Fifth Republic constitution.<p>So spare a thought for Thai voters, who on Aug. 7 approved the country’s 20th constitution …

Political Science

Repatriation fears mar Refugee Day in Thai border camps

<b>Tha Song Yang, Thailand -</b> An organisation representing the ethnic Karen minority in Myanmar has warned against the hasty repatriation of more than 130,000 refugees currently residing in Thai border camps.<p>Issuing a statement to coincide with World Refugee Day on Saturday, the Karen Women's …

Asia Pacific

Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra proclaims innocence as criminal trial starts

Supporters shout ‘Yingluck, fight, fight!’ as she arrives at Thailand’s supreme court for corruption trial which could see her jailed for 10 years<p>Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra insisted on her innocence at the start of a trial on Tuesday that could see her jailed for a decade, …

Thai authorities threaten sky lantern fans with death penalty

Loy Krathong festival falls flat after ruling junta launches crackdown on wayward lanterns and misfiring fireworks<p>Thai festivalgoers could face the death penalty if they release sky lanterns too close to airports, the ruling junta has warned.<p>The crackdown on the annual Loy Krathong event is …

Thailand Proposes Tourist Wristbands After Murders Prompt Safety Concerns

Thailand’s tourism minister said Tuesday that visitors to the country will receive identification wristbands listing emergency contact information, a …

Myanmar confirms controversial Rohingya plan at United Nations

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar has confirmed to the United Nations it is finalizing a plan that will offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they change their ethnicity to suggest Bangladeshi origin, a move rights groups say could force thousands into detention camps.<p>Most of Myanmar’s 1.1 …

Kosovo Albanians torch cars, police fire rubber bullets in divided town

MITROVICA Kosovo (Reuters) - Police in Kosovo fired teargas and rubber bullets on Sunday at ethnic Albanian rioters burning police cars and lobbing rocks in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, in protest at the blockade of the main bridge by ethnic Serbs.<p>A Reuters reporter saw Polish special …

John Kerry: Human Trafficking Is The Greatest 'Assault On Basic Freedom'

Secretary of State John Kerry released on Friday the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, which measures and grades on a tier system the efforts governments are making around the world to crack down on human trafficking.<p>At the press conference to release the report, Kerry was direct about his hope …

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 …

Revealed: Asian slave labour producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK

Thai 'ghost ships' that enslave and even kill workers are linked to global shrimp supply chain, Guardian investigation discovers • Trafficked into slavery on Thai trawlers to catch food for prawns • Thailand's seafood industry: state-sanctioned slavery? • Ask your questions - live chat as it …

Thai Coup Leaders Are Suddenly Not Fans of Protesting

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Days after the Thai military ousted the government in a coup, the self-appointed leaders are working …

Argentina Scientists Are Now Attaching Backpacks To Collect Cow Farts

Scientists in Argentina may have just the answer to combat global warming.<p>With cows being responsible for up to 25 percent of the methane gas released in the US each year, a group of scientists at Argentina's National Institute of Agricultural Technology is now attaching backpacks to cows to …

Associated Press News

Bangkok scrap workers cut into live World War 2 bomb, explosion kills seven

Thai scrapyard workers accidentally detonated a suspected World War II-era bomb Wednesday, killing seven and injuring 19 after attempting to cut into it with a blowtorch.<p>The device was discovered at a construction site in Bangkok, and moved to a scrapyard before workers tampered with it, in an …

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McGowan says she wants to put a stop to what she calls "the system."<p>The two married in 2014 and have a son and a daughter.<p>She watched her career …

Michelle Obama

For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope'

This Thursday, three Native American tribes are changing how they administer justice.<p>For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has barred tribes from prosecuting non-American Indian defendants. But as part of last year's re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a new program …

What Are Ukrainians Fighting For? 5 Things to Know About Unrest

Having become the latest battleground for a fight between Russia and the West, protests have been simmering for almost three months in Ukraine — but fiery mayham has erupted in Kiev, and was spreading to other cities.<p>With at least 25 dead and scores injured, Tuesday marked the deadliest day in a …

Russia

Thai rice farmers demand pay for harvest

Report: Global Freedom Has Been Declining for Nearly a Decade

A third of the world's population lives in countries without political rights and civil liberties, according to a new study.<p>In 2013, for the eighth year in a row, more countries registered declines in political rights and civil liberties than gains. Even as the number of electoral democracies in …

Thailand: State Department issues travel alert after violent protests

The<p>U.S. State Departmenthas issued a travel alert for Thailand, warning visitors about demonstrations sparked, in part, by elections next month.<p>"The situation is unpredictable and ongoing demonstration activity, primarily in the greater Bangkok area and occasionally elsewhere in Thailand, is …

Yingluck Shinawatra

Egypt pushes 'Constitution for All' - but mostly Westerners

Three of the people pictured on the poster promoting Egypt's draft constitution are stock images from the West<p>There were several things that looked wrong about the poster advertising a “Constitution for All Egyptians”.<p>There was the lack of any woman wearing a veil, for example, even though the vast …

Richard Spencer

Thailand officials accused of selling Muslim refugees to traffickers

Thailand says it wants to clean up its act as a hotbed of human trafficking, but those efforts took a hit this week, after a report alleged that government immigration officials are involved in the sale of Rohingya refugees near the tourist mecca of Phuket.<p>Journalists Chutima Sidasathian and Alan …

Asia

Thailand cracks down on monks living it up with luxuries

Thailand's national Buddhism body has announced it is monitoring monks for any inappropriate behavior following complaints prompted by a video …

Laser scans flesh out the saga of Cambodia's 1,200-year-old lost city - Cosmic Log

A Cambodian tourism documentary provides scenes from the Mahendraparvata archaeological site.<p>Laser-scanning technology reveals that the Cambodian lost city of Mahendraparvata, dating back to a time before Angkor Wat, was much more extensive than previously thought. The latest word about the …