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Thailand constitution: Military's council rejects draft

A council appointed by Thailand’s military rulers has rejected a controversial new constitution drafted after last year’s coup. A new committee must now be appointed to write another draft, further setting back elections. The draft has been widely criticised, in particular a clause which enables a 23-member ...

UK academic held at Thai airport

A UK academic has spent the last four days in detention at an airport in Thailand over a dispute arising from a UN report he wrote nine years ago. Agricultural consultant Wyn Ellis was stopped at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and told he had been reported as ...

HCMC plans 3 reservoirs to reduce flooding

The Ho Chi Minh City government plans to invest VND950 billion (US$42.3 million) on building three reservoirs to store rainwater in the next five years in a bid to reduce flooding in the city. Keep reading ...

Thailand apologises to Laos over football final drama

A group of Thai supporters arrested in Laos for causing disturbance during Thailand’s football match against Vietnam were released on 5 September after spending a night in detention. The Thai Embassy in the Lao capital issued an official statement to apologise for their act, which threatened to affect ...

Green light for Mekong ‘time bomb’ sparks alarm

Environmental groups have expressed alarm at the Laotian National Assembly’s approval of the concession for the Don Sahong Dam project, which has been described as an “ecological time bomb” about to be dropped on the Mekong River. The Laotian government and the project’s developer, Malaysia’s MegaFirst ...

Asparagus becomes latest promising crop

Farmers in Ha Noi’s suburban Phuc Tho District are making more money after turning to a new crop, asparagus. Bui Thi Lang, head of the district’s Hiep Thuan Commune’s farmers’ association, said that they started to grow asparagus earlier this year after local authorities sought crops ...

Thai football fans arrested after clashes in Laos

A group of Thai football fans were arrested after violent clashes with Lao officials during a youth match in Vientiane.  Keep reading ...

Laos frees Thai football hooligans

Lao police on 5 September released 25 Thais who stirred up violence during a football match in Vientiane on 4 September, the Thai embassy said. The embassy said Lao authorities contacted Thai diplomats in Vientiane to arrange for the hooligans to be sent home and they ...

Thai PM: Migrant workers’ dependents to be barred in 2017

Thailand will prohibit family members from joining migrant workers coming to Thailand from neighbouring countries beginning in 2017, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said 4 September. He hinted that health insurance and education costs for non-working spouses and children of foreign workers was creating a burden on government ...

Bombing tied to people smuggling

Police are giving weight to possible connections between the Erawan shrine and Sathon pier bombings and Uighur smuggling rings allowing migrants to flee China and head to Turkey. National police chief Somyot Poompunmuang on 3 September said as police pieced information together, it was becoming increasingly clear that those ...

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