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The top U.S. diplomat in East Asia faces some difficult talks in Thailand this week.  Critics say the military rulers in Bangkok are using laws on the books to prosecute political rivals—and anyone who speaks out against the government. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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In the spring of last year, a military coup led to a change of government in Thailand.  As we wrap up our “Following Up” series this week, HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

Thailand’s been through a dozen military coups in a little more than 80 years since the abolition of the absolute monarchy.

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Authorities in Thailand continue their investigation into Monday’s bombing that killed at least 20 people and injured more than 120 others in Bangkok. On Tuesday, a smaller explosive was tossed from a bridge near a pier. It fell into the water, and no one was injured. But government leaders are concerned about the impact of the violence on a critical part of the Thai economy: tourism. HPR’s Bill Dorman more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The government of Thailand thinks reporters need some help. Specifically, help with how they ask questions to the prime minister. And that will be the topic of a meeting next week with about 200 local and foreign journalists. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

Thailand is ruled by a military junta. One that overthrew the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra a little more than a year ago.

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People around the world were shocked by recent pictures of refugees trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea. But on the other side of the world, another refugee crisis is striking in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

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US forces will be part of the largest multinational military exercises in the Asia Pacific this year, and they start this week in Thailand. The drills are called “Cobra Gold” and will involve more than twenty countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It may not show up in your spam musubi, but the price of rice has been tumbling. In fact, the commodity fell to a 4 year low in Chicago trading this week. And the reason starts with Thailand. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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It was ten years ago today that a powerful tsunami raced ashore across south and Southeast Asia. Tens of thousands were killed, and a decade later, the impact of the disaster still lingers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Taxpayers on Oahu are still absorbing the news that cost of the rail project is likely to rise by more than half a billion dollars. On the other side of the world, a different kind of rail project is taking shape. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A popular movie series in the United States is having a political impact on the other side of the world. A plot line from “The Hunger Games” has turned into a focus for government authorities in Thailand. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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