Thai opposition happy with 45 hours for their censure debate

Thai opposition happy with 45 hours for their censure debate

The government and the opposition have reached an agreement that the censure debate will last four days, from July 19th to 22nd, with voting to take place on July 23rd, and the opposition will be given 45 hours to speak, in the fourth and last debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet. Opposition chief whip, Sutin Klungsang, said after a meeting today (Wednesday), between the government and opposition…

China mandates Covid-19 vaccinations in Beijing, relaxes curbs on domestic travellers

China mandates Covid-19 vaccinations in Beijing, relaxes curbs on domestic travellers

BEIJING (REUTERS) – Beijing said on Wednesday (July 6) people eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations will have to take the shot before they enter crowded venues, in the Chinese capital’s first such mandate for the general public as it faces new sporadic cases. From July 11, people wishing to enter venues such as libraries, cinemas and gyms would need to be vaccinated unless they have issues that render them unsuitable for…

Decapitation Video Points to Increasing Military Atrocities in Myanmar

Decapitation Video Points to Increasing Military Atrocities in Myanmar

Phuket, Thailand and Asia News Among the latest of many distressing videos to emerge from the killing fields of Myanmar was one of a young woman being decapitated, allegedly by army personnel who suspected her of being involved with a resistance group. On July 1, the two-minute video went viral among some Myanmar communities that have taken refuge in neighboring countries after fleeing from brutal military raids. A resident belonging…

Fate of G-20 meeting rests on Indonesian diplomacy

Fate of G-20 meeting rests on Indonesian diplomacy

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Indonesia will need to sharpen its diplomatic skills for the Group of 20 (G-20) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting later this week to ensure productivity, experts have said, as 20 top diplomats from around the world descend on Bali to address several geopolitical concerns hindering global recovery efforts. The Bali meeting is likely to become the first G-20 forum to constructively address the war in…

Campaigners Urge Clemency Ahead of Singapore Drug Executions

Campaigners Urge Clemency Ahead of Singapore Drug Executions

Phuket, Thailand and Asia News Anti-death penalty campaigners are urging Singapore’s government to halt the pending execution of a Malaysian and Singaporean who are currently on death row on drug trafficking charges. Kalwant Singh, a Malaysian inmate who is scheduled to be executed tomorrow, was arrested in Singapore in October 2013 for trafficking in just over 60 grams of diamorphine. In June 2016, he was convicted and handed the death…

Euro slumps to two-decade low as recession fears bite

Euro slumps to two-decade low as recession fears bite

The signature of the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, is seen on the new 50 euro banknote during a presentation by the German Central Bank (Bundesbank) at its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, March 16, 2017. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – The euro slumped to a two–decade low on Tuesday as the latest surge in European gas prices added to the region’s recession worries and a rebound in U.S. Treasury yields sent the dollar on…

Thai PM, Chinese FM in talks on trade, investment and connectivity

Thai PM, Chinese FM in talks on trade, investment and connectivity

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (right). Photo: Thailand’s government Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held discussions today (Tuesday) at Government House on trade, economic cooperation, investment and greater connectivity between the two countries, under the all-round strategic partnership framework. Wang Yi is currently on a five-nation diplomatic tour of Southeast Asia. He was in Myanmar yesterday in…

Russian Foreign Minister to Visit Vietnam Ahead of G-20

Russian Foreign Minister to Visit Vietnam Ahead of G-20

Phuket, Thailand and Asia News Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is set to arrive in Hanoi today for a two-day visit to Vietnam, en route to a G-20 meeting later this week in Indonesia, in a move that is likely to court friction  with Vietnam’s Western partners. According to a Vietnamese government statement cited by Reuters, Lavrov will visit Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son…

Sri Lanka aims to stop printing money as inflation nears 60%

Sri Lanka aims to stop printing money as inflation nears 60%

COLOMBO (BLOOMBERG, REUTERS) – Sri Lanka, which has run out of dollars to purchase fuel and is printing rupees to pay local salaries, aims to stop injecting local currency to quash Asia’s fastest inflation. The inflation rate is estimated to reach 60 per cent, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament Tuesday (June 5) before a monetary policy review due Thursday. Sri Lanka will present to the International Monetary Fund (IMF),…