Back home in Bangkok, Porpong Boonmak is a student of medicine. He’s been learning German for two years now, and visited the city of Halle as part of an exchange program.
A suicide bomber has blown himself up in a banquet hall filled with religious clerics in Kabul. It is one of the deadliest attacks in the country this year.
A conflict between the Thai military and Muslim rebels has been simmering for nearly two decades in the country's south. After a drop in violence, there is now a sense that the situation could take a turn for the worse.
Thailand's military government says it wants to hold elections early next year, after the generals cemented their control over the state and its institutions. Some observers say the "Thai people's patience has run out."
A speech by an exiled Turkish journalist alongside an orchestra of Syrian refugees may sound like a disturbing kind of arts event in Hamburg's iconic concert hall. It was in fact anything but.
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