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  • THAILAND

    Elite mediator talks philosophy

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 24/06/2019

    » Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) heavyweight Thammanat Prompao likens his work and the criticism he faces on a daily basis, which sometimes land him in hot water, to maintaining control of a hula hoop.

  • THAILAND

    Thai archbishop joins Catholic elite

    News, Published on 05/01/2015

    » The Archbishop of Bangkok was among 20 new cardinals named by Pope Francis yesterday to the elite group at the top of the Roman Catholic hierarchy.

  • THAILAND

    PM wants to ban word 'grassroots'

    News, Published on 27/08/2015

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wants to use his special powers to prohibit people from using the word rakya (grassroots) to refer to the poor, because he believes the term creates class divisions in society.

  • THAILAND

    Keeping up with the cartels

    News, Wassayos Ngamkham, Published on 26/11/2018

    » A super-elite family background and close connections to the powers that be -- including Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon -- have not lessened the worth of the new chief of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), Chinnaphat Sarasin.

  • THAILAND

    So who wields influence now?

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 28/05/2019

    » The passing of Privy Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda is unlikely to diminish the political power wielded by the "three military brothers" led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, according to a military source.

  • THAILAND

    Brave student sees beyond his disability

    Spectrum, Jeerawat Na Thalang, Published on 28/02/2016

    » Describing himself as "man of science", Pawin Piamthai refuses to succumb to his fate. In August, he will become the first blind student at one of the most selective colleges, the faculty of engineering at Chulalongkorn University.

  • THAILAND

    Thai archbishop among new cardinals

    Published on 04/01/2015

    » The Archbishop of Bangkok was among 20 new cardinals named by Pope Francis on Sunday to attend the elite group at the top of the Roman Catholic hierarchy who enter the conclave to choose his successor after his death or resignation. Among them are 15 who are under 80.

  • THAILAND

    Putting traditional Chinese medicine to the test

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 17/09/2015

    » Toad skins and turtle shells aren't the cures most westerners turn to when they learn they've developed cancer. But in China, the market for traditional remedies like these grew 35% last year, twice as fast as the overall anti-cancer market. Though the effectiveness of these treatments is unproven, Western doctors, elite medical institutions and pharmaceutical companies are starting to put them to the scientific test.

  • THAILAND

    Elon Musk brings mini-sub to cave

    AFP, Published on 10/07/2018

    » American space entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted that he visited the Tham Luang cave operation on Monday and Tuesday morning, and left behind a prototype mini-sub "in case it is useful" at the flooded cave where five members of a youth football team remained trapped.

  • THAILAND

    The Cannes spectacle begins

    Life, Published on 08/05/2018

    » The 71st Cannes Film Festival opens tonight and for the next 10 days its red-carpet glitz, cinematic debates and potential controversies will dominate the news cycle -- exhaust it, to be precise. While security was a talking point last year, the world's largest movie event in 2018 has already invoked discussion through several structural changes -- from moving the opening to Tuesday instead of Wednesday, the revamp of the press screening schedule that has never changed for decades, and notably the selection of films that hints at Cannes' readiness to become less predictable.

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