Thai government steps up efforts to crack down on fake news

By Gregory Morrissey
Thai authorities are stepping up a crackdown on false and misleading information targetting the government which is spreading quickly via social media platforms.
Concerns about “fake news” were heightened after a London-based Facebook user posted on the KonthaiUK Facebook site a photo and a message suggesting corruption in the government’s satellite project.
Computer crime warrant in Thailand out for London-based Facebook user ‘KhonthaiUk’ for…

‘Drowned’ man returns nearly a year after wrong body is given to his wife in Japan

Imagine you have cremated your husband’s body, which was found in a river in your city. You enter a period of mourning and then begin to remake your life. Now, imagine 11 months later, your supposedly dead husband walking through your front door.
That is what happened to a Japanese woman who in June 2017 was given the body of a man, believed to be her husband, who had been found dead in the Edo River in eastern Toyko.
According to local media, the handover occurred after police examined…

Malaysian top judges quit as Mahathir Mohamad’s new government cleans house

Malaysia’s top two judges are resigning, court officials said Wednesday, the latest senior public servants to leave their posts since the former government lost power.
Chief Justice Raus Sharif and appeal court president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin are to step down on July 31, a judiciary statement said.
They are the latest senior officials to quit, or be forced from, their jobs since Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad won a shock election victory last month on a pledge to clean up a government…

US politicians on both sides of the aisle sceptical of Trump-Kim summit and what might follow

US Republican and Democratic leaders are not quite celebrating President Donald Trump’s historic meeting Tuesday with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, saying the initial agreement they struck won’t mean much unless the North completely denuclearises.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called the meeting a “major first step,” in US-North Korea relations, but not a decisive one if North Korea does not follow through.
Trump’s vow to end military drills with…

Malaysia’s attorney general mulls criminal and civil action linked to 1MDB investigation

Malaysia’s attorney general on Tuesday said his office was studying possible criminal and civil action in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) case, after receiving investigation papers on the state fund from the anti-graft agency.
Malaysia reopened an investigation into 1MDB following a stunning election victory last month by 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad, who has vowed to bring back funds allegedly siphoned from 1MDB and punish those responsible.
Former prime minister Najib Razak, who…

10 things you need to know about the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

The on-again off-again summit between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place on 12 June in Singapore, the first time a sitting US president will meet the head of the isolated state. It is a high-stakes bid to try to solve the issue of nuclear weapons that has dogged four US presidents.
How did we get here?
After fiery rhetoric between North Korea and the US last year, Kim declared in his New Year’s address that the country’s weapons programme was complete….

Shopping, fast food and lavish dinners: North Korean delegates sample Singaporean capitalism – and McDonald’s

Soon after a group of suited North Korean diplomats set out from their Singapore hotel on Monday for talks with US officials on the eve of a historic summit, a bigger group of North Koreans headed out in summery shirts for some shopping.
US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on a small resort island off Singapore’s port on Tuesday for an unprecedented summit aimed at getting the North to give up its nuclear weapons.
The latest: US, North Korea project…