Thailand— Thai farmers sue government over rice in 2014 report: A group of 50 farmers have filed the first civil court lawsuit against the government of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, demanding a total of 19 million baht (US$583,000) in compensation for crops submitted under the rice-pledging scheme. The government owes a total of about […]

Hong Kong skyline with 7,794 buildings and 133,531 points, has the world’s best skyline, followed by New York City, Singapore, Moscow, and Seoul. The Emporis ranking also includes statistical data for each city on the list. New York came second place with data shows to have 6,091 buildings. Dubai has been named as having the world’s […]

Thailand red shirts rally, threaten to go to Bangkok: Thailand’s red shirt United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) began its mass rally to counter the ongoing anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protests on Saturday, aimed at mobilising its supporters in the North and Northeast of the country, according to reports. UDD chairwoman Tida Tawornseth […]

Thailand crisis: 2 Navy SEALS working as protest guards — Two Thai Navy SEALS, officers of the Naval Special Warfare Command, are facing a disciplinary probe for working as hired bodyguards for the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest group, according to reports. The officers were arrested at a police checkpoint in Bangkok’s Thonburi district […]

Philippines military action if China uses force in sea: The Philippines vowed on Monday that it would respond militarily against China if it uses force on Filipinos fishing in waters around a disputed island in the South China Sea, according to reports. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Emmanuel Bautista issued the warning in a […]

Red-shirts beat war drum to raise massive army: Thailand’s red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) is vowing to mobilise millions of its supporters in a show of strength against anti-government protesters, say reports. Red-shirt leaders across the country met today at a “UDD war drum” meeting to discuss the current political crisis before calling […]

Who are Thailand’s armed ‘popcorn’ men?: Speculation is rife in Thailand over the identity of the unknown gunmen who keep appearing out of nowhere to protect anti-government protesters, the latest incident being last Tuesday’s clash between riot police and protesters at the Phan Fah Bridge rally site in Bangkok. Many people, including the protesters themselves, […]

PM promises money next week, farmers going home: Thai rice farmers who were en route to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport to protest agreed to return home after caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra promised long overdue rice payments will be made next week, say reports. The farmers were travelling to Bangkok from Thailand’s Central provinces in a caravan […]

Thai govt blames ‘3rd hand’ for Tuesday violence: The government of Thailand has blamed an unidentified “third hand” for Tuesday’s violence that resulted in at least five deaths and 70 injuries as police tried to retake a protest site in Bangkok, according to reports. Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) chief Chalerm Yubamrung on […]

3 killed, 57 people injured in Bangkok clashes: Three people have reportedly been killed and at least 57 injured in clashes between police and anti-government protesters Tuesday That included gunshots and explosions in the old quarter section of the city, according to reports. The authorities were attempting to clear demonstrators from the Phan Fah Bridge […]

Singapore Airshow 2014 final day

Singapore Airshow 2014 final day: The Singapore Airshow 2014 wowed the crowd with dramatic aerial stunts and aircraft displays, as some 40,000 people packed into Changi Exhibition Centre for the second consecutive day as the event drew to a close on Sunday. Visitors got to see aerial stunts performed by the pilots of the Black Knights […]

Thailand government gets bank loan 17B billion for farmers: The caretaker government of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been able to secure a loan from the Government Savings Bank (GSB) of 17 billion baht (US$526 million) which will be used to distribute overdue payments to farmers under the controversial rice-pledging scheme, according to reports. The […]

Yingluck to be charged over rice scheme this month: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to have formal charges brought against her by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) over her role in the controversial rice-pledging scheme later this month, according to reports. An inquiry panel is expected to conclude its case and bring charges against Ms […]

Thai protest leader arrested, bomb injures 6: A core member of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) was arrested by police on Monday afternoon, while a bomb explosion injured six Bangkok street cleaners Monday morning. Sonthiyan Chuenruthainaitham, who is also owner of the T-News agency and satellite television station, was arrested about 1:30pm while […]

Thailand: Suspect confesses to shooting of red shirt leader

Thailand: Suspect confesses to shooting of red shirt leader — The suspect arrested for the attempted assassination of red shirt leader Kwanchai Praipana has told police he had six accomplices and that they were hired by a “well-respected elder”, according to reports. The suspect, 39-year-old Maduemang Masae, is a security volunteer in the southern province […]

Singapore opposes Indonesia naming ship after bombers

Singapore opposes Indonesia naming ship after bombers: Singapore has sent a strong signal to Indonesia voicing its opposition to the naming of an Indonesian warship after the two marines who in 1965 carried out the MacDonald House bombing in Singapore that killed three people and injured 33 more. The message was delivered through Singapore’s Foreign […]

New video red shirts torching CentralWorld in 2010

New video red shirts torching CentralWorld in 2010: Three new video clips were unveiled on Monday that claim to show Thailand red-shirt supporters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) torching the CentralWorld shopping complex in Bangkok during the Abhisit government crackdown on red-shirt protests in May of 2010. Former Democrat MP Sirichoke […]

Video Thai bomb suspect, reward offered: Thailand’s Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) has released a clear video that captured the suspect who threw two hand grenades at the anti-government protest rally on Sunday at Victory Monument, and is offering a 500,000 baht reward (US$15,200) for information leading to his arrest, say […]

28 injured in 2nd bomb attack on Thai protesters: A bomb explosion at an anti-government protest rally on Sunday afternoon in Bangkok left 28 people injured. It was the second daylight bombing since Friday. An unidentified man threw an explosive device behind the rally stage at Victory Monument near a press centre tent about 1:30pm […]

Police crack Philippine child web sex ring: A police operation spanning 14 countries has dismantled an internet paedophile ring that streamed live sexual abuse of Filipino children as young as six, with the victims’ parents involved in some cases. The UK-led Operation Endeavour has led to the arrest of 29 suspects, and 15 victims have […]