The prime minister of Thailand this morning rejected an ultimatum from anti-government protesters to call a snap election. Tens of thousands of demonstrators are currently in front of the army barracks in Bangkok where the prime minister has been staying.
The Association of South East Asian Nations, known as ASEAN, is usually thought to be more of a figurehead organization that rarely takes real action. That might be changing though as the group works together in the face of the global economic slowdown.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is the "Bawabet Dimashq" or Damascus Gate restaurant in Damascus, Syria. The place can seat over 6,000 people. The World's Aaron Schachter went there to check out the menu.
Monday Thai opposition leaders kicked off a campaign to "Shutdown Bangkok" continuing weeks of protests against Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. What do the protesters want? You just might be surprised.
Press freedom in the Kingdom of Thailand is limited, so one group has turned to an online comedy newscast to report on the political turmoil in the country. It's more slapstick than The Daily Show, but that helps it slide by potential government critics.
Sonia Narang will be reporting from Pakistan in April as part of a fellowship sponsored by the East West Center. The trip has had special meaning for her, though, because she'll be the first member of her extended family to visit Pakistan since they left after the Indian/Pakistani partition in 1947.
Thailand's been enduring political protesters for years, with voters in the provinces regularly electing national leaders who aren't amenable to the Bangkok power establishment. And judges keep throwing those candidates out of office. It happened again this week, leading some to wonder about the country's future political stability.
South Africa was mortified when it discovered it allowed a sign language interpreter on stage next to world leader to sign what amounted to mere gibberish. The situation got worse when reports emerged he had been connected with criminal behavior. But the man at the center of the controversy is a star once more. That and more in today's Global Scan.
Comparisons were quickly made with the 2004 film "The Terminal," in which a man played by Tom Hanks finds himself stuck in a New York airport after his government collapses, rendering his papers useless.
Bangkok-based OmiseGO envisions a world where cash is digital and free-flowing, stored on blockchains, accessible by smartphones and effortlessly zapped across borders. It's a human right, they say. And they're starting with Asia's farmers, merchants, migrants and factory hands, who are now quite likely to own smartphones but may not have bank accounts.