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Thai forces fan out to stifle unrest in capital

May 31, 2014

Thai forces fan out to stifle unrest in capital

Thai police and soldiers flooded downtown Bangkok on Saturday to pre-empt further protests against a May 22 coup after the army chief said a return to democracy would take more than a year. In a televised address late on Friday, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said ...

Tiananmen leader says U.S. 'didn't care' about crackdown

May 31, 2014

Tiananmen leader says U.S. 'didn't care' about crackdown

An exiled leader of the Tiananmen Square protests deplored Friday the U.S. stance 25 years ago, saying the ambassador confided to her that Washington didn’t “care” about the crackdown. Chai Ling, who was commander-in-chief of the students agitating for democracy in Beijing, said that ...

Thailand's junta bans all anti-coup protests

May 30, 2014

Thailand's junta bans all anti-coup protests

More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections Thursday to prevent a planned protest, as authorities said they would no longer allow any demonstrations against last week’s military coup. Truckloads of soldiers blocked all incoming roads to the ...

Thai soldiers deployed to block protest

May 29, 2014

Thai soldiers deployed to block protest

Hundreds of Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections Thursday in an attempt to block a planned protest one week after a military coup. Truckloads of soldiers blocked all incoming roads to the capital’s Victory Monument, prompting shops in the ...

Key faction splits from Pakistani Taliban

May 29, 2014

Key faction splits from Pakistani Taliban

A leading faction within the Pakistani Taliban split from the umbrella militant organization on Wednesday, a top commander said, underscoring the difficulty the U.S.-allied government will have in negotiating an end to a decade of violence with increasingly fragmented militant groups. The split came ...

Thai junta muting critics with bond of silence

May 29, 2014

Thai junta muting critics with bond of silence

Thailand’s ruling junta has found a new way of controlling its opponents and forcing them into silence: releasing them from custody only on condition they promise not to do anything “provocative.” Those who do face two years in jail. The restrictions were confirmed Wednesday ...

India's new leader talks with Pakistani counterpart

May 28, 2014

India's new leader talks with Pakistani counterpart

New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the leader of rival Pakistan on Tuesday and asked that his country “abide by its commitment” to prevent terrorism against India arising there and to speed up investigations into the 2008 attacks in Mumbai. They also ...