Myanmar invited to Asian military meeting co-chaired by US | Military News

Next month’s meeting is focused on maritime security and will include exercises to tackle the smuggling of people, drugs and weapons. The Myanmar military, which seized power in a coup two years ago, has been invited to take part in a regional military meeting co-chaired by Thailand and the United States. The five-day ASEAN Defense … Read more

Opium cultivation surges since Myanmar military seized power: UN | Drugs News

Opium poppy cultivation has emerged in Myanmar since the military seized power in 2021, reversing a steady decline that was seen in the illicit crop between 2014 and 2020, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said. Myanmar saw a 33 percent increase in opium poppy cultivation and an 88 percent increase … Read more

Thai police seize 1.1 tonnes of crystal meth in less than a week | Drugs News

Large hauls of crystal meth were smuggled inside tea and coffee packages and hidden in secret compartments of vehicles. Police in Thailand have seized more than one tonne of crystal methamphetamine in less than a week amid a surge in narcotics trafficking since the country’s borders reopened after COVID-19 lockdowns. The haul was uncovered in … Read more

New Jersey deli fugitive Peter Coker Jr. agrees to extradition

Your Hometown Deli in Paulsboro, NJ Google Earth A former fugitive wanted on criminal stock manipulation charges related to a money-losing New Jersey deli once valued at $100 million has agreed to be extradited from Thailand to the United States, Thai authorities said. Peter Coker Jr., 54, was arrested last week by Thai police in … Read more

Taiwanese pray ‘just to be safe’ as Year of the Rabbit nears | Arts and Culture News

Taipei, Taiwan – Preparing for the Lunar New Year is a busy time for people like Ms Lin, a 58-year-old who works near Taipei’s historic Longshan Temple. Many Taiwanese – and people of Chinese descent throughout the world – get their hair cut, buy new clothes, clean out the house, prepare for a family feast … Read more

What is the Lunar New Year? Traditions and celebrations explained | Arts and Culture News

More than a billion people from around the world are about to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit. Many of those welcoming the Lunar New Year are from China, where the festival is marked by a week of public holidays. But it is also an important event … Read more

New reports show travel risks around the world

From catching Covid-19 to getting caught in a blizzard, traveling can be risky business these days. But just how risky often depends on the destination — and how you define the risks. Safest cities: people’s perceptions A report published by the UK-based insurance company William Russell ranked the “safest cities in the world,” according to … Read more

Thailand makes U-turn on COVID vaccination rule for visitors | Coronavirus pandemic News

Health minister says checking vaccinations was inconvenient and a panel of health experts had agreed to withdraw the new rule. Thailand has revoked an entry policy announced two days ago requiring visitors to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, its health minister said, citing sufficient immunization levels in China and globally. On Monday, Anutin Charnvirakul … Read more

Thailand Reverses Covid Vaccination Entry Rule For Visitors

Thailand has rescinded an entry policy announced at the weekend. (representational) Bangkok: Thailand has rescinded an entry policy announced at the weekend requiring visitors to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, its health minister said on Monday, citing sufficient immunization levels in China and globally. Anutin Charnvirakul said checking evidence of vaccinations was inconvenient and … Read more

Thailand U-turns on Covid vaccination rule for visitors

BANGKOK: Thailand on Monday rescinded a policy announced at the weekend requiring visitors to show proof of Covid-19 vaccinationits health minister said, citing sufficient immunization levels in China and globally.Anutin Charnvirakul said requiring visitors to show evidence of vaccination was inconvenient and a panel of experts had resolved that it was unnecessary as enough vaccinations … Read more