Colourfully painted elephants spray people with water to kick off this year's Songkran festival in Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province. Revelers line the streets armed with water guns and plastic bowls and douse anyone in sight.
Swimming on Thailand's popular island of Koh Samui has been banned due to heavy rains and strong winds. All small boats are banned from sailing until Saturday.
China is shoring up its sphere of influence in Southeast Asia through aid and investment. By funding infrastructure and development, China can increase its economic and strategic leverage over poorer neighbors.
The world's largest land mammal is a huge draw for tourists. But while Africa's elephants are more likely to be spotted roaming vast nature reserves, their Asian cousins are less fortunate.
Dangerous levels of chemicals in the soil and ground water mean that the market cannot open, leaving traders out of pocket and Tokyo's governor with an intractable problem. Julian Ryall reports from the Japanese capital.
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