Under pressure by the US government and American evangelicals, the Thai government has stepped up raids to rescue sex trafficking victims. The trouble is, many of the "rescued" sex workers may not have been trafficked in the first place.
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.
The worst flood in Thailand in 50 years has killed hundreds in the central and northern parts of the country, but now the water is rushing toward the capital city, endangering millions of lives and valuable property.
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.
Muslim rebels in Thailand have been battling Buddhist government forces for four years, and the government admitted today that it's far from winning, and suggested that the rebels may be getting support from al-Qaeda
As the tides rise in Thailand, flooding is getting worse in parts of Bangkok. There are fears that with even higher tides forecast for this weekend, flooding could inundate parts of the city that have so far remained dry.