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post 23 February 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Jailed for satire: Thailand's lese majeste convictions

They are young and well-educated, a pair of committed pro-democracy activists, but their participation in a student play means they will spend the next two and a half years in a Thai prison.

article 22 February 2015 World, Thailand
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The Chinese tourists accused of bad behaviour in Thailand

Thousands of people are celebrating the Chinese New Year. And more than ever, the Chinese are choosing to take that holiday abroad.

post 19 February 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Thailand: where cut-price plastic surgery is booming... and can be fatal

Plastic surgery in Thailand is a booming business - but procedures there carry risks, as was shown by the death of a young British woman in a Bangkok clinic last year.

article 14 February 2015 World, Thailand
 Thai rebirth ceremony (Picture: Raul Gallego Abellan)
Only in Bangkok: the world's weirdest Valentine's Day ritual

Forget chocolates and flowers: death, rebirth, cross-dressing and chariot rides come together in a very Thai celebration of love.

post 10 February 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Beaten and starved: the Indonesian maid leading fight against domestic abuse

A Hong Kong woman is convicted of beating and starving her Indonesian maid in a case that sparked international outrage.

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
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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