Migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos make up about 10 percent of Thailand's workforce. But now that Thailand has increased its minimum wage, it's also making it harder for immigrant workers to stay.
After this week's attacks around Boston, the common, household pressure cooker has become associated with death, destruction and the Boston Marathon. But this fairly simple pot is a crucial cooking tool around the world. And it's going to need an image makeover.
As Thailand's military rolls out the nation's latest coup, it is rounding up politicians, including the recently ousted prime minister. Meanwhile, a Washington power play means people will finally get to see the memo authorizing extra-judicial killings. And credit ratings agencies start judging climate change — in today's Global Scan.
Orlando de Guzman reports from Bangkok that Thailand is launching a second 'war on drugs;' five years ago the country drew international condemnation when its first anti-drugs campaign resulted in the death of more than two-thousand people.
The BBC's Alastair Leithead reports on Thailand's efforts to repatriate Hmong refugees to Laos. The refugees fear they will be persecuted because of their history of helping the US during the Vietnam War.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says insects will be a viable solution to food scarcity. Edible insects are picking up momentum in the United States and in countries like Thailand, where the edible cricket industry is already worth $30 million.
The Thai military leaders who took control of the country said they took over because the country wasn't happy. But their idea of creating happiness is a bit forced. LEGO makes a statement with its latest minifigures, and the Taliban say the US prisoner swap is inspiring them ... to capture more Americans. All that in today's Global Scan.