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$2,400 clocks for MPs: Thailand’s wasteful spending

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Thailand has a big budget, approximately $76 billion for 2013. This year alone, we’ve found that: $68 billion has been spent on transportation projects. $9.5 billion for...

Bangkok students asked to wear anti-cheating helmets

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Alright, it’s midterm time, strap on your paper helmets so that you don’t cheat on your exams. And that’s exactly what students at Kasetsart University...

Thailand censors anime into a blur

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Does Goku have his shirt off? Is that an axe that our hero is clutching between his hands? Are those girls in the show...

Father and son reemerge from Vietnam jungle after 40 years

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During the Vietnam War, in 1971, a mother and her two children died in a landmine blast that destroyed their home. The surviving and...

Avalable, the Facebook integrated app for Thai singles.

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Are you a single male or female Thai? Integrating itself into Facebook, Avalable is a social dating app for iOS and Android operating systems. The...

Father of Singapore says he’s not to blame for country’s low birthrate.

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“One, two… and that’s the ideal. Sterilisation – the best method for family limitation” reads a pamphlet from the 1970s that was part of...

Thai ‘bad monk’ delays his surrender

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The wolf in sheep’s clothing has announced his surrender, but is delaying his time. Wirapol Sukphol, (formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko), is...

Myanmar’s punks break silence on religious violence

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Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence, and nothing is more anti-authoritarian than punks who break that silence. Myanmar’s issue is far bigger than its...

China says its human rights are at a ‘historic best’

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China says its human rights are at a "historic best", yet Uzra Zeya, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy...

Bald Singapore students told to wear wigs

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Singaporean female students who shaved their heads for charity were told to wear wigs by the school's principal. "It's very clear in our mission: it's...

The fisherman’s war against Vietnam

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In 1993, the Vietnamese government granted Doan Van Vuon and several members of his family 41 hectares of swampland near the port city of...

US tourist in Thailand killed in Karaoke rampage

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A brawl broke out in the early hours of July 31 at the Longhorn Saloon in Ao Nang beach in the Krabi province of...

“Minion” Happy Meal toy madness at McDonald’s Singapore.

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Remember when Singapore lined up at McDonald's in order to own the omnipotent black Hello Kitty? Well, it’s happening again – but only this time,...

20th Century Fox to open Malaysia theme park

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US film studio 20th Century Fox will open its first international theme park in Malaysia in 2016 for $125 million in a partnership with...

The Philippines’ crying cop

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On July 22, President Benigno Aquino’s delivered his State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Quezon City. Among the attendees were protesters voicing their...

Remembering the salad towers of Pizza Hut China

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You visit Pizza Hut in China; you just paid 28 renminbi ($4.57) for full access to their salad bar, you are limited to one...

Nickelodeon launches first major event in Singapore

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Nickelodeon launched its first-ever Nickelodeon Slime Cup in Southeast Asia in Singapore on July 20 to 21. The event is catered to families and...

Thai monk caught in whirlpool of scandals

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Remember Thailand's jet-setting monks? It gets worse. Until a month ago, 33-year old Wirapol Sukphol had no limelight in Thailand, and why should he? Monks...