A soldier walks past sacks of rice at a warehouse in Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok. The military is checking rice warehouses nationwide to work out how much grain was stockpiled by the government it ousted in May and check on rice quality amid alleged corruption during the time the policy was run by former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Photograph: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters

Thailand’s military rulers have given permission to former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave the country on a private trip on condition she (...)

Representing Ireland in Bangkok next month are Sam Browne, Christopher Costigan, Niamh Ryan, Daniel Gilligan and Matthew Collins. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Not all young debaters morph into table-thumping, supercilious hecklers once they get behind the lectern. A survey last year found that more than h(...)

Burma’s Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (C) walks next to Thai army chief and junta head General Prayuth Chan-ocha (L) and the supreme commander of the military General Tanasak Patimapragorn (R). Photograph: EPA/Chanat Katanyu

These are sour times for democracy in Asia. Photographs showed Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn, supreme commander of Thailand’s armed forces, hugging Burma’(...)

Wat Arun in Bangkok: Norwegian Air Shuttle believes there is demand for flights from Ireland to the Thai capital. Photograph: Getty

Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle is considering launching a Dublin to Bangkok service next year in a move that could make it the first airline (...)

The military’s ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) insists Cambodians are leaving of their own accord and said 60,000 had crossed the border as of Saturday. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Squatting on the ground with their hands on each others’ shoulders in 15 neat rows, hundreds of illegal Cambodian workers, including women and childre(...)

Dublin did not feature in the top 10 most expensive places to have a city break. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dear old Dublin did not make it into the world’s top 10 most expensive places for a city break, according to the annual cost comparison study publishe(...)

 Thai soldiers  stand guard to prevent any rallying against the military coup at the Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA

So, whither the Thai economy? After nearly three weeks under the military junta, how is southeast Asia’s second-largest economy faring without politic(...)

UnionPay: there are almost as many UnionPay cards globally in circulation as the two leading payment cards combined

It’s an increasingly common sight shopping malls and at ATMs and in hotels from Okinawa to Bangkok to Manila – the logo of the Chinese payment system (...)

Thai soldiers stand guard to prevent any rallying against the military coup at the Victory Monument in Bangkok today. Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thailand’s junta has prepared a force of over 6,000 troops and police for deployment in Bangkok today to smother protests and prevent opposition to th(...)

Thai demonstrators wear masks of Sombat Boonngamanong during a demonstration  in Bangkok in May. The activist yesterday change his Facebook status to state: “I have been arrested.” Photograph: EPA/Rungroj Yongrit

Thailand’s military junta has tightened its control of the country by sidelining officials loyal to the ousted Shinawatra family, and yesterday caugh(...)