North Korea feels global pressure but not completely ostracised


SEOUL From building statues and training police in Africa to trading with India and Thailand, North Korea is managing to maintain business ties and friendly diplomatic relations with a dwindling number of Cold War-era friends.

Thailand's 'sea gypsies' fight for access to ancestral shrines 7:57am GMT

BANGKOK Thailand's nomadic fishermen on Thursday urged the government to help resolve a dispute over access to ancestral shrines on land taken over by developers, following violence in which dozens were injured last month.


Thai junta could opt for a previous constitution if draft rejected, panel official says 09 Feb 2016

BANGKOK Thailand's junta could pick one from among 19 previous constitutions if a July referendum rejects a draft charter unveiled last month, a constitutional panel spokesman said on Tuesday.


Thai-U.S. security ties still feel chill of 2014 coup 09 Feb 2016

SATTAHIP, Thailand The largest multilateral military exercise in Asia-Pacific kicked off on Tuesday in Thailand, with the United States maintaining a scaled down presence due to a 2014 coup in Bangkok and calling for a swift return to democracy.


Don't shy away from condoms, Thailand says ahead of Valentine's Day 04 Feb 2016

BANGKOK Thailand launched a campaign on Thursday urging citizens to get used to carrying condoms, as it battles a reluctance to use protection in the fight against HIV and teen pregnancies.

Missing Chinese journalist under investigation in China - wife 04 Feb 2016

BEIJING A Chinese journalist and rights activist who disappeared in Thailand last month is in police custody in China and is under investigation, his wife said on Thursday.


Use of 'dictator law' rises in Thailand as junta's reforms falter 03 Feb 2016

BANGKOK Thai junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha is relying increasingly on a security measure dubbed "the dictator's law" to push through unpopular policies and kickstart stalled reforms, say critics, who warn it could spark further opposition to military rule.


Thai health ministry says don't panic over Zika virus 02 Feb 2016

BANGKOK Thailand should not worry about the Zika virus, its public health ministry said on Tuesday, just a day after the World Health Organization declared the virus an international emergency.


Thailand gears up for 1 million visitors during Lunar New Year 01 Feb 2016

BANGKOK Thailand expects a million visitors during the upcoming Lunar New Year, 19 percent more than last year, the country's tourism authority said on Monday.


Thai junta pressures Facebook, Line to censor online posts 31 Jan 2016

BANGKOK Thailand's military government will try to persuade media companies Facebook and Line to comply with court orders to remove content it considers harmful to peace and order, a senior official said Sunday.