post 28 January 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Koh Tao: why have an 'unusual number' of foreigners died there?

Tourists take the boat to the island of Koh Tao to get away from it all but after a pair of brutal murders, two mysterious deaths, many people may feel inclined to keep well clear.

post 30 December 2014
How 2014 unfolded - in tweets

In Britain, 2014 was the year of the floods, Ukraine saw a revolution, Scotland almost went indy and the deadly Ebola struck west Africa.

article 10 December 2014 UK, Vietnam
Uber ban spreads as backlash against taxi app grows

Three more countries have issued bans on the taxi booking app Uber over criticism of its vetting processes and business practices, leaving the American firm fighting a battle on many fronts.

post 22 November 2014
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Escaping China: the perilous journey of the Uighurs

Nearly 300 Uighurs have been found sitting in silence on a mountain in Thailand. Asia correspondent John Sparks investigates and traces the escape route of thousands of Uighurs desperate to flee China

video 24 October 2014 Thailand

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'Thai police said they'd cut off my son's hands and feet'

The father of one of the Burmese suspects accused of murdering British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand says the pair were tortured into confessing to the crime.

article 03 October 2014 World, Thailand
UK backpackers' alleged murderers carry out reconstruction

Two Burmese men - who are said to have confessed to murdering British backpackers in Thailand last month - are sent to Koh Tao beach for a reconstruction of the crime.

article 02 October 2014 World, Thailand
Burmese man 'confesses' to murder of two Brits in Thailand

A Burmese man confesses to the murders of British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand, police say.

post 18 September 2014
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Thai PM says sorry after beach deaths 'bikini' comment

After insensitive comments by Thailand's PM about the deaths of two Britons, the Thai government expresses regret and insists the safety of foreigners is of "highest priority".

post 17 September 2014
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Thai beach deaths: British brothers questioned

Two British brothers who left the Thai island of Koh Tao where police are investigating the brutal murders of two British backpackers are stopped by police before boarding a London bound flight.