Thai opposition leader seeks compromise to avert bloodshed


BANGKOK - Alarmed by the prospect of bloodshed in Thailand as a six-month political crisis nears a critical juncture, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has called for talks between the government and its foes, urging compromise to restore stability.

Pirates raid oil tanker off Malaysia, take away three crew

KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE - Armed pirates raided an oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and took three crew members with them, Malaysian maritime officials said on Wednesday, underscoring increasing threats to shipping in one of the world's busiest waterways.

World, Indonesia, Myanmar 23 Apr 2014

Thai court gives PM time to defend herself; economy rudderless

BANGKOK - Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until early May to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, as the central bank warned that the political crisis threatened another cut in its growth forecast.

World, 23 Apr 2014

Clock ticking for Thai PM as court verdict nears

BANGKOK - A Thai court will decide this week whether to give embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, accusations that could bring her down, or whether to move swiftly to a verdict.

World, 21 Apr 2014

Reporters charged with defamation remanded on bail in Thailand

PHUKET, Thailand - Two journalists were remanded on bail in Thailand on Thursday on charges of criminal defamation and other offences in connection with a story they published on the trafficking of Muslim minority Rohingya people from Myanmar.

World, Myanmar 17 Apr 2014

Special Report: Flaws found in Thailand's human-trafficking crackdown

SATUN, Thailand - After a two-hour trek through swamp and jungle, Police Major General Thatchai Pitaneelaboot halts in a trash-strewn clearing near Thailand's remote border with Malaysia.