Cambodia takes over Thailand-run air traffic control firm as row deepens

Cambodia has taken over the running of the country’s Thai-owned air traffic…

Obama’s New Deal in Southeast Asia

Barack Obama aknowledged yet another break with his predecessor’s foreign policy when he began his first presidential trip to Asia. There have been concerns that the U.S., the world’s biggest economy, and other nations might turn inward as they grapple with the worst global financial crisis in decades. News that the U.S. would participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, joining Chile, New Zealand, Singapore and Brunei, was announced in Tokyo and Singapore, drawing applause at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Early elections Likely next Year in Thailand

Calling early polls would help legitimize the rule of Mr. Abhisit, who was selected by Thailand’s Parliament late last year after top army leaders helped broker the formation of a new coalition government.

Thailand-Cambodia dispute : what are the main dividing issues ?

A diplomatic row has broken out between Thailand and Cambodia over former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s new job as an adviser to the government in Phnom Penh. This dispute is only the latest of a series of spats between the two countries. The BBC looks at the main issues dividing them. Cambodia has angered the Thai government by refusing to extradite Thaksin Shinawatra, who is in Cambodia after accepting a role as an economic adviser to the government there. Cambodia said it rejected the extradition request because it viewed the charges against Mr Thaksin as being politically motivated.

Thailand-Cambodia Tensions Rise over Appointment of Thaksin

Regional political analysts say Bangkok, Phnom Penh relations are the worst they have been in several years

Thailand Prime minister presides over the ceremony to hand out Bt2,000 cheques

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday presided over the ceremony for the cash hand-out for Bangkok residents at the City Hall.

The road to democracy is shadowed by all the shirts

Although promoting political awareness is a boon for democracy, the rallies being organised by the yellow and the red shirts beg the question whether rival camps are drumming up support to settle old scores or to increase public participation.

Economists Warn Thailand Lacks Safety Net in Downturn

The economists, from the Thailand Development Research Institute, a private sector funded think tank, said up to 30 percent of the population of 63 million is either poor or vulnerable to economic shocks, with most living in provincial regions.