Category Archives: Politics

Erdogan Faces New Challenger as Party Split Looms

ISTANBUL – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could be facing his biggest political challenge, with the resignation of his former economic czar Ali Babacan threatening to split his ruling AKP…

New Thai Leader Keeps Junta’s Powers of Arbitrary Detention

BANGKOK – Thailand’s new civilian government will retain the power to arbitrarily detain critics despite the imminent easing of junta-era security controls, prompting warnings from rights groups of enduring “martial…

New Thai Leader Keeps Junta’s Powers of Arbitrary Detention

BANGKOK – Thailand’s new civilian government will retain the power to arbitrarily detain critics despite the imminent easing of junta-era security controls, prompting warnings from rights groups of enduring “martial…

Ivory Coast Passes Legislation Encouraged by Ivanka Trump

WASHINGTON – Ivanka Trump is applauding the recent passage of legislation in Ivory Coast related to changes she pushed during her April trip to Africa.The country is in the process…

Cambodia Promotes Former Governor of Sihanoukville Who Resigned Over Fatal Building Collapse

Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni on Thursday appointed the former governor of Preah Sihanouk province as secretary of state to the Ministry of National Defense, days after he resigned over a…

Trump and Kim Exchange Letters, But Will They Meet at DMZ?

The latest exchange of letters between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has raised hopes of restarting stalled nuclear talks. But will it lead to…

Lao-Polish Political Prisoner Released From Jail After Serving Four-Year Term

A Polish citizen of Lao heritage jailed in Laos in 2015 for criticizing the government on social media has been released by authorities in the Southeast Asian nation and returned…

Thailand Gears up for 34th ASEAN Summit

BANGKOK, Thailand is gearing up for the 34th ASEAN Summit and related meetings in Bangkok where leaders of the 10 ASEAN countries will be gathering from Friday to Sunday. As…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s Misfires on Iran, Trade and That Wall

WASHINGTON – In President Donald Trump’s reckoning, an Iran tamed by him no longer cries death to America, the border wall with Mexico is proceeding apace, the estate tax has…