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Thailand's war on alcohol takes a celebrity turn

By David Allen - Oct 26, 2015 09:27 AM EDT

New appointments in Thailand of prohibition advocates to a "health department" enforcement agency have escalated attempts to limit and then to ban alcohol, with celebrities in the spotlight.

Burmese town fights back against drug gangs

Burmese drug bribes discovered by citizens' action

By David Allen - Oct 26, 2015 09:27 AM EDT

A group of concerned citizens in northern Burma launched a crackdown on illegal drugs - and accidentally found proof that government authorities are on the take from the drug gangs.

The way you choose passwords is also out of date.

Your passwords are not secure.

By David Allen - Oct 21, 2015 09:45 AM EDT

It's amazing, given how long we have been mixing cases and inserting a number, but it's the wrong way to password security.

The crowds outside made themselves clear: No nukes.

Japan restarts another nuclear reactor

By David Allen - Oct 21, 2015 09:45 AM EDT

The crowds outside made themselves clear: No nukes. But the government ordered another reactor started, the second since the shutdown caused by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis.

Thai Air Force Gripen fighter-bomber

Swedish jet sale corruption charged

By David Allen - Oct 20, 2015 09:40 AM EDT

A non-government organization (NGO) in Sweden has alleged that there was corruption in the sales of the country's Saab-made Gripen fighter jets to Thailand.

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The easiest VPN yet, and for free

By David Allen - Oct 18, 2015 02:49 PM EDT

A new app that works across all devices is the easiest VPN to use yet, with a large bonus: it's for free.

Drones sold as 'precise' weapons

Drone shock: U.S. covers up the casualties

By David Allen - Oct 18, 2015 02:48 PM EDT

Documents released by an anonymous U.S. government whistleblower claim that the Obama administration has covered up the scope of civilian casualties caused by drone strikes, calling them "enemy fatalities" even when they are obviously not.

Husband texts wife: We won the lottery, good-bye

Husband texts to wife: 'We won the lottery, good-bye'

By David Allen - Oct 18, 2015 02:48 PM EDT

A common-law couple in Thailand won the million-dollar lottery a few weeks ago. After they agreed to deposit the winnings in the husband's bank account, he fired off a text message by phone that he wanted to separate.

Grateful Norwegians meet their rescuer

'Good Samaritan' sacrifices his body to save sinking bird-watchers

By David Allen - Oct 18, 2015 02:29 PM EDT

A Thai man enjoying a bit of fishing on his day off spotted a Norwegian couple stuck and slowly sinking in a dangerous mud field. To help them out, he literally laid down his body for them.

New Asian migrant wave looms

New wave of Rohingya about to hit Southeast Asia

By David Allen - Oct 16, 2015 10:10 AM EDT

Thousands of mistreated Rohingya Muslims from western Burma overwhelmed the region last year, and it's all about to start again.

PM's brother cleared in Thailand corruption probe

Brother of Thailand's leader cleared in corruption probe

By David Allen - Oct 15, 2015 09:24 AM EDT

Four-star army General Preecha Chan-o-cha, brother of the leader of the current military regime, has been cleared after a panel agreed his faulty assets report was a "technical mistake."

Thais mark 42nd anniversary of pro-democracy overthrow of military dictators.

Thais defy military regime for political demonstration

By David Allen - Oct 15, 2015 09:23 AM EDT

Pro-democracy Thais ignored a ban by the current military regime on political rallies to mark the Oct. 14, 1973, uprising against military dictators.

Thailand's capital is sinking

Bangkok is sinking

By David Allen - Oct 15, 2015 09:23 AM EDT

Thailand's capital, built on a swamp 250 years ago, is slowly sinking back into the primeval muck, at the rate of about two inches a year.

Strange news

Bangkok man sacrifices wife to obscure goddess

By David Allen - Oct 14, 2015 10:42 AM EDT

A man in suburban Bangkok killed his wife and told work colleagues and police that it was a blood sacrifice that could bring world peace.

Black magic babies

Black magic conman sentenced to Thailand prison

By David Allen - Oct 14, 2015 10:41 AM EDT

A black magic confidence trickster has been sent to prison in Thailand for 20 years after being caught in elaborate sexual schemes.

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