AJ Impact

New Thai government may last years if it passes first major test

Passing January budget will be a key test, but military-backed constitution and money politics will help, analysts say.

New Thai government may last years if it passes first major test

Football

Asean nations to 'launch joint bid' to host 2034 FIFA World Cup

Experts say the 10 Asean nations - home to more than 640 million people - have yet to work out the details.

Asean nations to 'launch joint bid' to host 2034 FIFA World Cup

Asia Pacific

ASEAN leaders promise closer ties, wrap up Bangkok summit

But there is no clear voice from the collective on any of the key topics.

Asia Pacific

ASEAN Bangkok Summit: Declining Democracy?

Many say the 10-nation ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations, has seen a weakening of democracy in recent years.

Asia Pacific

Rocket to the gods: Buddhist blast off for good luck

At this time of year parts of northeastern Thailand and neighbouring Laos are declared no-fly zones for aircraft because of rockets being launched from farms below.

Myanmar

Stress of return stalks Myanmar refugees in Thai border camps

Report says mental health crisis surges in refugee camps after cuts to aid and end of resettlement programmes.

Stress of return stalks Myanmar refugees in Thai border camps

Asia

ASEAN must not turn a blind eye to Rohingya crisis: Rights groups

Southeast Asian nations should use upcoming Bangkok summit to do some straight talking with Myanmar, groups urge.

ASEAN must not turn a blind eye to Rohingya crisis: Rights groups

Human Rights

'Can't give up': Rise in attacks against Thai democracy activists

Pro-democracy activists are the target of increasing physical assaults and intimidation since the March elections.

'Can't give up': Rise in attacks against Thai democracy activists

Asia Pacific

Thailand's dissidents fear murder or disappearance

In December, the mutilated bodies of two critics of the monarchy, living in Laos, were found in the Mekong River.

Asia

The importance of astrology in Thai culture

During the recent coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, royal astrologists inscribed the king's official titles and a horoscope for his reign on a golden tablet.

AJ Impact

How one solar company is defying Trump's trade tariffs

Trina Solar Limited has found ways around Trump's tariffs to continue supplying its biggest market: the US

How one solar company is defying Trump's trade tariffs

Asia Pacific

Thai court sentences ex-PM Thaksin to prison over lottery scheme

Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra sentenced in absentia to two years in prison over handling of 2003 programme.

Thai court sentences ex-PM Thaksin to prison over lottery scheme

Inside Story

Can Thailand ever be a democracy?

Thailand has a new civilian government headed by the man who led a military coup in 2014.

Asia Pacific

Military government chief Prayuth Chan-ocha elected Thai PM

Former coup leader Prayuth becomes head of a civilian government critics say will prolong military power in Thailand.

Military government chief Prayuth Chan-ocha elected Thai PM

Asia Pacific

Prayuth in the lead as Thailand's parliament set to pick PM

Retired general who led 2014 coup expected to stay in power, overcoming challenge of popular rival Thanathorn.

Prayuth in the lead as Thailand's parliament set to pick PM