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WWII Bomb Kills 8 in Bangkok

Scrap shop workers tried to cut it open

(Newser) - Workers at a scrap shop in Thailand's capital accidentally detonated a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least eight people and injuring 20 others, police say. Bangkok's bomb squad chief says construction workers found the bomb buried at a building site... More »

New Radar Evidence the Jet Turned West

Thai military releases its data

(Newser) - Thailand is offering what CNN calls "the second radar evidence" that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight took an altered path toward the Strait of Malacca. All looked normal on Thailand's military radar until 1:22am, when Flight 370 vanished. Within six minutes, an unknown aircraft was spotted moving... More »

Court Bans Violence Against Thai Protesters

Rejects govt. orders on gatherings as demonstrations continue

(Newser) - A Thai court ordered the government today not to use force against protesters who are seeking to oust the prime minister, a day after violent clashes between riot police and demonstrators left five people dead and dozens injured. The Civil Court ruled that some orders issued by the prime minister... More »

Thai Protests Turn Ugly, 4 Killed

Protesters allegedly opened fire; 1 cop among the dead

(Newser) - Four people were killed and 64 injured in Bangkok today when police tried to break up an anti-government protest around the prime minister's office, one of several buildings protesters have tried to shut down in their campaign of obstruction . Gunfire broke out as thousands of police clad in riot... More »

Thai Protesters Vow to Nullify Election

They say bigger Bangkok protests lie ahead

(Newser) - Thai protesters vowed today to stage larger rallies in central Bangkok and push ahead their efforts to nullify the results of elections that were expected to prolong a national political crisis. Despite fears of violence, voting proceeded peacefully in 90% of polling stations yesterday. The protesters forced polling booths to... More »

Cops Suspect Suicide in Tata Exec's Fatal Fall

Examining note left behind in Bangkok hotel room

(Newser) - Thai police said today they suspect a top British executive at Indian automotive giant Tata Motors committed suicide in a fall from his room on the 22nd floor at a luxury hotel in Bangkok. Managing Director Karl Slym died yesterday while in Thailand to attend a board meeting of the... More »

US Woman Trampled by Elephants in Thailand

Police say victim, in her 20s, apparently left campground to take photos

(Newser) - Park rangers in Thailand have found the body of an American tourist who was apparently trampled to death by elephants in a reserve outside Bangkok. The woman went missing Jan. 13 in Thailand's Kaeng Krachan National Park in the western province of Petchaburi, say police. She was found in... More »

Protest-Wracked Thailand Declares State of Emergency

Move allows detainment without charge, media censorship

(Newser) - Protesters in Thailand have been making their case against the government for two months, and violence has become commonplace; this weekend saw a grenade thrown at marching demonstrators. Now, with protesters blocking sections of Bangkok and threatening to shut down government buildings, authorities have declared a state of emergency. "... More »

Grenade Hurled Into Bangkok Protestors' Truck

Blast sparks fears of widespread bloodshed

(Newser) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital today when a grenade was hurled at anti-government demonstrators marching through Bangkok, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was in the procession but... More »

US Warns Citizens as Protests Shut Down Bangkok

Protesters vow to topple elected government

(Newser) - Protesters aiming to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and put democracy in Thailand on hold have shut down Bangkok by building barricades and blocking key road junctions. Some 18,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain order and there have been no serious incidents so far, but there are... More »

Thailand Fight to Delay Polls Turns Deadly

Police officer killed, nearly 100 injured as tensions flare anew

(Newser) - Thailand's election commission today urged the government to delay upcoming polls as clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters killed a police officer and injured nearly 100 people, adding to political turmoil threatening to tear apart the country. The hours-long unrest took place outside a Bangkok sports stadium where... More »

Thai PM Dissolves Government Amid 'Final Showdown'

New elections not enough, protesters say

(Newser) - Thailand's prime minister has announced she will dissolve the lower house of Parliament and call early elections in an attempt to calm the country's deepening political crisis. The surprise move came as 100,000 protesters vowing to overthrow her government marched through the streets of Bangkok for a... More »

Thai Opposition Quits En Masse

A day ahead of protests billed as final showdown with PM

(Newser) - Thailand's main opposition party resigned from Parliament today en masse to protest what it called "the illegitimacy" of a government with which it can no longer work, deepening the country's political crisis a day before new demonstrations that many fear could turn violent. A Democrat Party spokesman... More »

Thailand Sells Refugees, Who End Up in Jungle Hell

Persecuted Rohingya sent to secret 'tropical gulags,' then ransomed or sold

(Newser) - "It seemed so official at first. They took our photographs. They took our fingerprints. And then once in the boats, about 20 minutes out to sea, we were told we had been sold." That's how one refugee describes the day Thai immigration officials sold him to human... More »

1 Dead as Thai Protests Get Ugly

Not clear what side victim was on

(Newser) - Aggressive political protests in the Thai capital turned violent late today with at least one man killed and five wounded by gunshots in street fighting between supporters and opponents of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. It was not immediately known who fired the shots or what side the victims were on.... More »

Thais Storm Army HQ

Soldiers stand by as protesters come over gate

(Newser) - Protesters in Thailand stormed the national army headquarters today, breaking into their latest high-profile target in a bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra . The crowd of about 1,200 people broke the padlocked gate at the Royal Thai Army compound and forced their way inside, saying they wanted to... More »

Thai PM Survives Vote, Begs for Peace

Protest leader rejects offer of talks

(Newser) - Thailand's embattled prime minister begged protesters who have staged the most sustained street rallies in Bangkok in years to call off their demonstrations today and negotiate an end to the nation's latest crisis. The protesters have vowed to bring down Yingluck Shinawatra's government. And although thousands of... More »

Thai Protesters Storm Foreign Ministry

Demand resignation of PM Yingluck Shinawatra

(Newser) - Thai protesters, angry over a government they say remains controlled by an ousted leader, have stormed the country's foreign and finance ministry compounds. The demonstrations follow a protest yesterday in Bangkok that drew 150,000, making it the country's biggest in years, the AP reports. Today, singing and... More »

Rihanna Tweet Leads to Another Arrest

Bar owner arrested after singer tweets about live sex show in Thailand

(Newser) - Rihanna continues to fight crime in Thailand, 140 characters at a time. Last month, two men were arrested for possession of protected animals after the singer posted a selfie with a slow loris. Now, a Phuket bar owner has been arrested after she posted the details of a sex show... More »

New Class of Homeless in Thailand: Westerners

An estimated 200 expats living on Thai streets

(Newser) - Homelessness is not a new problem in Thailand, but this is: an increasing number of expat Westerners are now also living rough on the country's streets, according to local charities. Many have been kicked out of home by their Thai wives, or have spent all their money and have... More »

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