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Blog Profile / World News Blog


URL :http://blogs.channel4.com/world-news-blog/
Filed Under:News
Posts on Regator:383
Posts / Week:2
Archived Since:March 3, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Blasts rock Bangkok: Asia’s easy-going city tenses

10 months agoNews : World News Blog

Explosions in the Thai capital injure 28 and shake Bangkok's reputation as an open, easy-going city. Asia Correspondent John Sparks blogs about changes in Thailand.

Thailand protests: an on-stage ‘duel’

10 months agoNews : World News Blog

Asia Correspondent John Sparks finds himself in a dual with a flamboyant opposition leader in front of thousands of Thai anti-government protesters.

Rethinking retirement in Thailand’s capital of sleaze

10 months agoNews : World News Blog

John Sparks meets some of the growing population of UK pensioners who have headed to Thailand's seedy seaside resort Pattaya to 'get busy living'.

North Korea’s unusual admission of instability

11 months agoNews : World News Blog

Kim Jong-un's execution of a family member supports claims that factionalism and rivalries are festering at the very top of North Korea's regime.

Thailand’s wandering prime minister

11 months agoNews : World News Blog

Temporarily homeless and dismissed by opponents as a "dim-witted puppet", Yingluck Shinawatra seems determined to hold on to power in Thailand.

Forced to dig their own graves: the brutality of North Korean labour camps

12 months agoNews : World News Blog

The international community has called on the secretive state to close its gulags, but now it seems they are expanding them.

Thai protests: a very mild-mannered coup?

12 months agoNews : World News Blog

Traffic is at a standstill, buildings occupied and an arrest warrant has been issued for the protest leader. But no-one seems in any hurry to detain him writes John Sparks in Bangkok.

Grace, generosity and kindness in aftermath of typhoon horror

I am huddled under cover with Thelma and her friends, who are taking the opportunity to laugh and chat after the devastating week they have had in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Channel 4 News returns to Sri Lanka

A Channel 4 News team returns to Sri Lanka to cover the Commonwealth summit, having been prevented from entering the country for four years following a series of reports about alleged war crimes.

Aung San Suu Kyi: falling from grace

People are beginning to question the judgement of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's icon of democracy, and an interview she gave about the Rohingya will add to those doubts.

Australian bush fires – Blue Mountains avoid the worst

The aggressive tactics of the New South Wales fire department seemed to have contained the blazes in the Blue Mountains.

Trial starts of woman who faces jail for screening a Channel 4 film

Lena Hendry is charged with violating Malaysia's laws after showing an award-winning Channel 4 documentary about Sri Lanka at a film night in Kuala Lumpur.

Is Kim Jong-un facing a North Korean revolution?

From the outside, Kim Jong-un appears to have cemented his control - but tales from defectors suggest there is more dissent and revolt in North Korea than meets the eye.

Why the official version of North Korean life is a carefully constructed lie

Defectors’ tales of food shortages and fear expose the official story of life in North Korea, as handed out to the few journalists allowed to enter the country, as a carefully constructed lie.

‘I went on a 45-day holiday with the Washington shooter’

Om Suthamtewakul, a 30-year-old Thai woman, tells Asia Correspondent John Sparks about her experiences in Thailand with Washington shooter Aaron Alexis.

Thai officials under pressure over trafficking of Rohingya

Thailand's media is taking up the search for answers following an exclusive Channel 4 News report on the trafficking of Burmese refugees.

North Korea: Victory Day tours of the capital

North Korea is marking 60 years since the end of the Korean War. John Sparks is in Pyongyang, where he's being treated to mysterious city tours, chaperoned by ever-present government minders.

A few days in the life of Pyongyang

The showcase community of an outcast regime: Channel 4 News glimpses life in the opulence and eerie quiet of North Korea's capital Pyongyang.

North Korea: Victory Day tours of the capital

North Korea is marking 60 years since the end of the Korean War. John Sparks is in the capital Pyongyang, where he's being treated to mysterious city tours, chaperoned by ever-present government minders.

Burma’s Rohingyas: how journalism really can make a difference

Journalists are not universally admired, but as I found after making a film about the plight of Burma's Rohingya Muslims, what we do often pricks the consciences of the poweful.

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