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Burmese refugees in Thailand feel mounting pressure to return home

 
After living in refugee camps in Thailand for over a quarter century, more than 140,000 Burmese refugees who fled civil war at home are starting to feel like their welcome has worn out. One of our Observers, a refugee, tells us how pressure is growing on them to return to Burma, despite a highly uncertain future there. Read more...
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Imprisoned for insulting royalty: Thais question law after prisoner’s death

 
It was an unlikely place for a funeral: religious rites for Ampon Tangnoppakul, also known as “Uncle SMS”, were held Wednesday night outside Bangkok’s Criminal Court. Hundreds gathered to mourn the man who was jailed for sending government authorities text messages judged as offensive to Thailand’s royalty. Read more…

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Bangkok fights fetid floodwaters with thousands of purifying balls

 
As a slow-moving flood continues to seep into Bangkok, parts of the Thai capital have been engulfed by dirty and polluted water, spreading fears of disease. Residents who haven’t fled are banding together to try to purify the water. Read more...
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Drug traffickers target Chinese sailors on Mekong River

 
Thirteen Chinese sailors were killed on the Mekong River when drug traffickers attacked their boats on Wednesday, October 5. The attack took place in the Golden Triangle, a jungle area on the border between Thailand, Burma and Laos notorious for its opium production. A sailor who works in the Golden Triangle brought us this account. Read more…

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Insect diet may be the solution for a hungry world

 
Mexicans eat deep-fried grasshoppers. Japanese love wasp cookies. Leafcutter ants are considered a delicacy in Colombia, as are some caterpillars in South Africa. And in Thailand people cook everything from water beetles to bamboo worms. Even though eating insects has often been dismissed as a cultural eccentricity, it might soon become one of the answers to pressing global problems like hunger and environmental destruction. Read more…
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Phuket's bloody 'vegetarian festival'

 
On the Thai island of Phuket, while tourists tan on beaches and get massaged, locals are busy walking on hot coals and piercing their cheeks with unlikely objects. Read more…
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Outside Bangkok, "Red Shirts" still fighting, burn down city hall

"Red Shirt" protestors in Ubon Ratchathani province have burnt the City Hall to the ground. Our Observer there has just sent us these photos. See more...

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