Thailand tourist murder suspects retract confessions


BANGKOK - Two Myanmar men accused of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island have retracted their confessions, their lawyers said on Wednesday, adding further confusion to an investigation that has attracted widespread criticism.

Thai rights body to probe torture claims over tourist murders

BANGKOK - Thailand's human rights commission will launch an inquiry into allegations of police torture of two migrant workers from Myanmar arrested over the murders of two British tourists, the rights body said on Monday.

20 Oct 2014

Former Myanmar religion minister jailed for 13 years: lawyer

YANGON - A former minister of religious affairs in Myanmar was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday on charges of misappropriation of state funds and sedition, his lawyer said.

World, 17 Oct 2014

Myanmar rebels say military operations could end peace talks

YANGON - Peace talks between Myanmar's military and ethnic minority insurgents may collapse if the army scales up operations in rebel-controlled areas, an organization representing rebel groups said on Friday.

World, 17 Oct 2014

Thai PM stands by investigation into murders of British tourists

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha defended a police investigation into the murder of two British tourists on Friday, amid criticism of shoddy forensic work and concern that two arrested Myanmar men may have admitted the crimes under duress.

World, Thailand, 10 Oct 2014

Only three political prisoners among thousands released in Myanmar

YANGON - Only three political prisoners were among thousands of people granted amnesty by the Myanmar government this week and rights group said the release was apparently aimed at improving the country's image before a visit by the U.S. president.

World, 08 Oct 2014

Old soldiers to meet as Thai PM makes Myanmar his first foreign visit

BANGKOK - When retired general Prayuth Chan-ocha lands in Myanmar on Thursday, his first overseas trip as Thailand's new prime minister, he can expect a little love and a lot of understanding.

World, Thailand, 07 Oct 2014

Foreign banks in Myanmar will bide time to reap returns

YANGON/SINGAPORE, Oct 8 - Myanmar has thrown open the door to foreign banks, but weak credit protection and tight restrictions on lending mean it's not a warm welcome, at least not yet.

Myanmar says it will release more than 3,000 prisoners

YANGON - Myanmar on Tuesday pledged to release thousands of prisoners a month before a Southeast Asian summit, which U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders from outside the region are expected to attend.

World, 07 Oct 2014

Thai police chief defends investigation of murder of British tourists

BANGKOK - Thailand's police chief defended on Tuesday the arrest of two Myanmar men for the murder of two British tourists amid concern the pair may have admitted to the murders under duress.

World, Thailand, 07 Oct 2014

Images from Myanmar

A patient from Myanmar looks through the window of the Mae Tao clinic in Mae Sot, in northwest Thailand October 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

An uncertain fate

Myanmar's long standing political crisis has forced millions of refugees across the border.  Slideshow