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More than 20 Red Shirt leaders are due to go on trial in Thailand today accused of terrorism over violence in 2010 that left up to 90 people dead.

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A day before South Korean rap sensation PSY brings his "Gangnam Style" to Thailand, scores of inmates have danced to the hit behind barbed wire and bars in a Bangkok prison.

US President Barack Obama (C) stands with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders including Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (L) and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) during a family picture ahead of the 7th East Asia Summit in Phnom-Penh

Obama pushes economic counter to China

President Barack Obama's push to expand trade with a cluster of mid-sized Asian nations is couched in terms of increasing US jobs and exports, but there's a larger aim: forcing China to speed the opening of its economy and curbing some of the country's economic clout.

Last night's viewing - Four Born Every Second, BBC1; Stephen Fry: Gadget Man, Channel 4

Four Born Every Second, Brian Hill's contribution to Why Poverty?, a series of documentaries on the subject, began with a question: "Is it worse to be born poor or die poor?" It rather depends on what happens in between, I found myself thinking, before realising that the question wasn't really intended to be answered. And unfortunately the vagueness of that moment turned out to be typical of a film that was full of good intentions but distinctly thin on the ground when it came to logical coherence.

Teaching English abroad is an increasingly popular choice for struggling graduates

Despite the UK economy recently coming out of a double-dip recession, the graduate job market is still lagging behind its heyday of the mid-noughties. With 52 applications on average for every graduate vacancy, teaching English abroad is fast becoming a serious option for many university leavers. In fact, a recent poll by Populus for the British Council found that over half of under-25s believed they would have a better job if they lived or studied abroad.

Philippines fears crimes as biggest Ponzi scam victims retaliate

The Philippines is monitoring incidents of violence in southern provinces where a 12 billion peso ($290 million) fraud that promised monthly returns of as much as 100 percent may have duped at least 15,000 people, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said.

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The newest recruit to Magnum Photos read maths at Oxford University before taking up photo-journalism at the London College of Printing.

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Man caught smuggling 600 deadly cobras into Thailand

Thai authorities have seized a pickup truck full of deadly cobras at a checkpoint in the country's central region. They believe the snakes came from Malaysia and were destined for a third country for use in traditional medicine or human consumption.

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Barack Obama to make groundbreaking visit to Burma

President Barack Obama will make a groundbreaking visit later this month to Burma, an official said today, following through with his policy of rapprochement to encourage democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

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Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a trip to Cambodia over Christmas. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. Each includes 10 nights' accommodation, flights from the UK in December, guides and transfers.

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130 fleeing Burma violence feared dead as boat sinks

Up to 130 people trying to escape ethnic violence in Burma are said to be missing after their boat sank off the coast of Bangladesh. Police and community groups said the boat containing families of Rohingya Muslims, sank while trying to make its way towards Malaysia.

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