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Thai leader's supporters chain anti-graft agency

Feb 27, 2014

Thai leader's supporters chain anti-graft agency

Supporters of Thailand’s embattled prime minister chained shut the headquarters of the National Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday, a day before it plans to charge her with mishandling a government rice subsidy program. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s supporters, called Red Shirts, are copying the tactics ...

India's Parliament approves new 29th state

Feb 21, 2014

India's Parliament approves new 29th state

India’s Parliament on Thursday approved a plan to create a 29th state following days of political mayhem, including a melee in which a lawmaker unleashed pepper spray on his colleagues. Members of groups opposed to the division of southern Andhra Pradesh state shouted, “No, ...

Criminal charges could lead to removal of Thai premier

Feb 21, 2014

Criminal charges could lead to removal of Thai premier

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra protested her innocence on Thursday after an anti-corruption panel filed charges of neglect of duty that could lead to her removal from office. The embattled premier is under intense pressure from various legal challenges and almost four months of ...

Thai policeman shot dead in protest clashes

Feb 18, 2014

Thai policeman shot dead in protest clashes

A Thai policeman was shot dead as security forces clashed with opposition protesters during an operation to reclaim besieged government buildings in Bangkok on Tuesday, resulting in dozens of injuries and arrests. The sound of gunfire and explosions shook an area of the city’s ...

Feb 18, 2014

Dozens arrested as police raid Thai protest site

Thai police arrested dozens of opposition protesters during an operation Tuesday to seize back besieged government buildings in Bangkok, a senior official said. About 100 demonstrators were detained at an energy ministry complex on charges of violating a state of emergency, National Security Council ...