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Image of Asia: Planting rice after monsoon rains

In this aerial photo by Biswaranjan Rout, farmers plant rice saplings in their fields after rains fell in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, in India’s eastern state of Orissa. The monsoon season has started slowly, with a rainfall deficiency of 23 percent for June and July, but the India Meteorological Department …

Thailand’s ousted PM says she won’t flee charges

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday she will fight charges related to her ousted government’s rice subsidy program, vowing to return home after a planned trip overseas. The National Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday recommended criminal charges against Yingluck for dereliction of duty for failing to …

Criminal charge recommended against ousted Thai PM

BANGKOK (AP) — An anti-corruption body on Thursday recommended criminal charges against Thailand’s ousted prime minister over her government’s rice subsidy program, which cost the country’s billions of dollars. National Anti-Corruption Commissioner Vicha Mahakun said the commission voted unanimously that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra committed dereliction of duty for …

Thai rice exporters say top ranking regained

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s rice association said Wednesday the country has regained its spot as the world’s top rice exporter by volume, after sliding behind India and Vietnam last year due to a failed subsidy and stockpiling policy. The news website of the state-owned Mass Communications Organization of Thailand said …

Thai farmers put pressure on PM over rice payments

BANGKOK (AP) — Hundreds of disgruntled Thai farmers breached razor-wire barricades outside the prime minister’s temporary office Monday to protest the government’s delayed payments from last year’s rice crops. A flagship policy of Yingluck Shinawatra’s government was to buy Thailand’s staple grain at above-market prices, aiming to woo votes from …