Politics

Referendum Law Upheld as Prayuth Unveils ‘Plan B’

BANGKOK — The Constitutional Court today affirmed the legality of a draconian law barring campaigning before the charter draft is put to an August vote on a day which also saw the junta finally answer what will happen if it goes down in defeat.

TV Presenter Marries Boyfriend, Slammed With Internet Homophobia

BANGKOK — While many congratulated a well-known television host’s decision to go public with his gay marriage this week, notions of LGBT tolerance were crushed by a wash of homophobic comments unleashed online.

International

Pyonghattan 2.0: More Skyscrapers Rise Over N. Korean Capital

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Hoping to show the world his country is doing just fine despite sanctions and outside pressure over its nuclear weapons program, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has put his soldier-builders to work on yet another major project — a series of apartments and high-rises that are once again changing the Pyongyang skyline.

Suspected IS Suicide Bombers Kill Dozens at Istanbul Airport

ISTANBUL — Three suspected Islamic State group suicide bombers targeted the international terminal of Istanbul's Ataturk Airport Tuesday, killing at least 36 people and wounding many others, Turkish officials said.

Philippine’s Duterte Ready to Clash With Catholic Church on Birth Control

DAVAO, Philippines — The Philippine president-elect said Monday he would aggressively promote artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of getting in a fight with the dominant Catholic church, which staunchly opposes the use of contraceptives.

For Trumpers and Brexiters, Same Frustrations Echo

MAYBOLE, Scotland — At the heart of the campaign that led Britain to vote to leave the European Union was a desire to regain independence lost amid a globalized world. It's the same kind of feeling that Donald Trump rode to become the presumptive Republican nominee in the U.S., where he campaigns to put "America first" and "make America great again."

Fake Thai Monks Fool Tourists in New York City

NEW YORK — New York City Buddhist leaders are sounding the alarm to tourists: Beware the "fake monks."

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