Thailand is about 3,000 miles from North Korea. But for North Koreans seeking to defect from their abusive state into South Korea, it's the closest reachable nation where they can reasonably expect that the government will deliver them to South Korean officials.
Though this event has been discussed in whispers for years, open talk of the king’s passing has been effectively criminalized — thus stifling any real public reckoning in advance of this long-dreaded day.
Stopping in Thailand on his way to Beijing for the Olympic Games, President Bush gave a speech on religious freedoms and human rights which some people found surprisingly firm. The official Chinese response was ... no comment. Guest: Jonathan Head, BBC World Service, reporting from Bangkok, Thailand
Thirty years after more than a million people died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, a United Nations-backed trial is finally underway. For what this means for Cambodia we are joined by Jonathan Head, the BBC's South Asia correspondent.
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 outbreak of swine flu is spreading across the globe. Cab technology help curb the spread of the flu? To help us answer this questions, The Takeaway is joined by Guy Martin, Senior Correspondent for Security for Conde Nast Traveller.