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RPT-INSIGHT-‘Illegal thoughts’: how some exiled critics of Thai king are fuelling a revolt

Sep 09 2020

BANGKOK, Sept 10 At a university campus demonstration in Bangkok on Aug. 10, the images of two men were projected onto a giant screen against a shimmering golden background as protesters mockingly chanted “Long live the king.”

‘Illegal thoughts’: how some exiled critics of Thai king are fuelling a revolt

Sep 09 2020

BANGKOK At a university campus demonstration in Bangkok on Aug. 10, the images of two men were projected onto a giant screen against a shimmering golden background as protesters mockingly chanted “Long live the king.” 

Exclusive: Taking power - Chinese firm to run Laos electric grid amid default warnings

Sep 04 2020

The poor, small Southeast Asian country of Laos is set to cede majority control of its electric grid to a Chinese company, as it struggles to stave off a potential debt default, people with direct knowledge of the agreement said.

EXCLUSIVE-Taking power: Chinese firm to run Laos electric grid amid default warnings

Sep 04 2020

Sept 4 The poor, small Southeast Asian country of Laos is set to cede majority control of its electric grid to a Chinese company, as it struggles to stave off a potential debt default, people with direct knowledge of the agreement said.

Testing royal taboos: inside Thailand's new youth protests

Aug 10 2020

BANGKOK Over two days of video calls earlier this month, about a dozen students from Thailand’s Kasetsart and Mahanakorn universities debated whether to break a taboo that could land them in jail: openly challenging the country’s powerful monarchy, according to two people on the calls.

Water wars: Mekong River another front in U.S.-China rivalry

Jul 24 2020

BANGKOK The Mekong River has become a new front in U.S.-China rivalry, environmentalists and officials say, with Beijing overtaking Washington in both spending and influence over downstream countries at the mercy of its control of the river's waters.

Health officials praise Laos after coronavirus-free declaration

Jun 18 2020

BANGKOK International health organizations on Thursday praised Laos' early response and countrywide networks for containing the novel coronavirus after the Southeast Asian nation declared itself free of the virus earlier this month.

Thai exile's kidnapping sparks protests over "missing" critics

Jun 08 2020

BANGKOK Protests flared in Bangkok on Monday against the suspected kidnapping of a Thai activist in Cambodia which has reignited protests against Thailand’s military-royalist elite, with some online questioning a law banning criticism of the monarchy.

Global COVID-19 trial of hydroxychloroquine, which Trump takes, begins

May 21 2020

LONDON/BANGKOK Healthcare workers in Britain and Thailand have started taking part in a trial to determine whether two anti-malarial drugs can prevent COVID-19, including one that U.S. President Donald Trump says he has been taking. | Video

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