Thailand

Economics

Southeast Asia hopes a new common market will give it clout, but it may have a weak link in Thailand

Not so long ago, Thailand could boast about having one of the fastest growth rates in the world. But political turbulence, protests and a couple of coups have taken their toll. And there's anxiety about what will happen when the beloved king dies. How might the new Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community help Thailand get its act back together? What risks does Thailand's volatility have for a nascent regional grouping, with big aspirations to counterbalance China?

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Environment

A new hope in the fight against HIV

Donald G. McNeil Jr., a science reporter for The New York Times, joins us with a look at what could be a significant breakthrough in the fight against the spread of HIV. This is the first time a vaccine has cut the risk of infection at all.

Conflict & Justice

Mass protests in Thailand

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.