Thailand's beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a plea for unity on his 86th birthday, a few days after violent protests in Bangkok killed several people. We take the occasion to point out the king's little known connection to the US — and Boston, in particular.
The Internet makes all things possible, like finding and hiring a private jet that just happens to be going your way ... for a song. Meanwhile, Delhi police are urging citizens to use their smartphones to catch abusive police. And an "e-coyote" explains why he wants the clients he smuggles across the US-Mexico border to post on Facebook, all in today's Global Scan.
A court in Thailand has ordered the embattled Prime Minister, Samak Sundaravej, to step down. The Constitutional court ruled today that the prime minister had violated a conflict-of-interest law by hosting a TV cooking show while in office.
Leaders of the so-called 'red shirt' demonstrators said today they're ready to accept mediation from a group of Thai senators. Marco Werman talks to novelist John Burdett about the story behind the headlines from Thailand.
A suspected Iranian bomber has his legs blown off in one of three explosions, while attempting to attack police, in the Thai capital, Bangkok. Israel says the blasts are linked to Monday's attacks in India and Georgia against Israeli targets.
While anti-government protesters in southern Thailand complain about the current government's ties to the maligned ex-premier Thaksin Sinawatra, people in the North sing his praises. Reporter Rebecca Henschke speaks with Thaksin lovers in his home town.