Posts tagged as Thailand

Аctivist arrested for ‘violence against the Queen’ of Thailand (VIDEO)

Friday, October 16, 2020

A prominent anti-government campaigner has been charged with attempting to harm the Queen of Thailand during mass protest rallies in Bangkok. He could face life imprisonment if found guilty. Ekachai Hongkangwan was taken into police custody on Friday. Along with a fellow activist, he was charged under the criminal law which “bans any act of violence against the Queen or Her Majesty’s liberty,” local media reported. If found guilty, Hongkangwan…

Pope arrives in Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, beginning a mission to boost the morale of those countries’ tiny minority Catholic communities and speak about issues of concern including human trafficking and peacemaking. He is expected to highlight his admiration in Thailand for the community’s missionary ancestors who brought the faith to this Buddhist nation centuries ago and endured bouts of persecution as…

New Miss International

Friday, November 15, 2019

Sireethorn “Bint” Leearamwat, a 25-year-old pharmacist and model, was announced the new Miss International 2019 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on Tuesday, according to Rappler. The Miss International pageant, which held its first competition in Long Beach, California in 1960, is one of the Big Four International beauty pageants along with Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss Earth, Mashable reported. This is the first time Thailand has ever won the Miss International competition. It…

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Friday, September 13, 2019

Pope Francis will visit Thailand and Japan in November in a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country. The Vatican confirmed the Nov. 19-26 trip, and its diplomatic representative in Thailand, Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, announced the Thai stop on Friday. Francis will be in Thailand on Nov. 20-23 before heading to Japan, where government spokesman Yoshihide Suga…

Asian entertainment industries grappling with #MeToo issues

By Hilary Fox on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

When Wu Ke-xi was looking for a frightening plotline for her latest film, she didn’t need to look further than her own industry. The Taiwanese actress and screenwriter’s latest movie, “Nina Wu,” is the story of an actress who, in pursuit of a role that will lead to stardom, is abused and psychologically scarred by a man in power. Wu found herself closely following the #MeToo movement in Hollywood, and…

Thailand’s new Cabinet sworn in, ending rule by army junta

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Thailand’s new Cabinet has been sworn in, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the army. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who as army commander seized power in a 2014 coup and then served as junta leader and prime minister, returns to serve again as prime minister. This time he was elected by a parliamentary vote after a…

Thailand cave rescue sparks celebration of ‘mission impossible’

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Operation leads to worldwide praise as last four boys and football coach are brought out. The last four boys and a football coach trapped inside a northern Thailand cave for more than 17 days have successfully been retrieved, sparking celebrations across Thailand and praise for the daring rescues from around the world. “Today Thai people, team Thailand, achieved mission impossible,” said Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the joint command centre coordinating the…