Thai anti-government protesters march as part of their ongoing rallies in downtown Bangkok

Thailand declares state of emergency in bid to quell Bangkok protests

Bangkok and its surrounding provinces will be subject to the decree for 60 days

A Thai anti-government protester points a baton towards a building from where protesters suspected a bomb was thrown on an anti-government protest march in Bangkok on 17 January.

Thailand anti-government protests: 31 people injured in Bangkok blast

The explosion in the Thai capital city left the protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban unharmed 

Bangladesh unrest casts doubt over safety of World T20

Cricket security officials will gather in Bangladesh later this week to decide whether it is safe to stage the World Twenty20 there. They may decide on a last-ditch switch to another country, possibly Sri Lanka, if there are enough concerns that it will be dangerous to run a tournament in the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong, where there has been severe civil unrest recently.

Comedian Ruby Wax has talked openly about her depression

Study finds comedians are more inclined to have 'high levels of psychotic personality traits'

Stephen Fry, Spike Milligan, Paul Merton and David Walliams have all talked openly about their experiences with mental health problems

McDonald's apologises after misspelt sign imposes 7pm ban on young people in London branch

Dozens of young people entered the restaurant shortly before 7pm in protest

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said 'his evil intent was to harm multiple individuals'

Denver shooting: Arapahoe High School gunman intended to harm 'many people'

Officials also revealed that he had legally purchased his shotgun earlier this month

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Should we have this guide for the Tube? Transport authorities release Paris Metro 'manners manual' for grumpy commuters

Book published for capital's famously unfriendly travellers

Pro-European demonstrators block the entrance of the Ukrainian ministers' Cabinet in Kiev. The United States urged Ukrainian authorities to heed the demands of thousands of pro-EU opposition demonstrators, as a senior minister said the government was ready to discuss snap elections

In pictures: Ukrainian protesters camp out in Kiev as anger against government continues

Pro-EU demonstrators packed the Independence Square as Germany's foreign minister met Ukrainian opposition leaders at their protest camp in Kiev in a snub to President Viktor Yanukovich, who triggered mass street demonstrations by spurning a pact with the EU and seeking closer ties with Moscow. The crisis took a further toll on Ukraine's fragile economy, with the central bank forced to support the currency and the cost of insuring the country's debt against default rising further.

Thai people cry and cheer as they watch Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Klai Kangwon Palace for celebrations on his 86th birthday, Thailand

In pictures: Anti-government demonstrations set aside as Thailand celebrates King's birthday

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, granted an audience and gave a short speech at his Palace compound in Hua Hin, where hundreds of senior politicians, military officials and civil servants gathered to mark the monarch's 86th birthday.

Paranoid schizophrenic could spend rest of his life in Broadmoor after decapitating flatmate

Karl Addo hacked Sergio Marquez, 23, to death in a prolonged attack in Bournemouth

Labour would make it illegal to buy cigarettes for children

Buying cigarettes on behalf of under-18s would be made illegal under plans by Labour unveiled this week.

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Stop clowning around! Police urge public to ignore creepy clowns after sightings across UK

Police have vowed to track down pranksters dressing up as clowns and offer them 'strong words of advice'

Lee James, left, and his victimBijan Ebrahimi

A death foretold: Vigilante Lee James’ warning to police days before he murdered disabled man Bijan Ebrahimi after he was wrongly outed as paedophile

As witch-hunt escalated, James had warned police that he would take the law into his own hands – but officers only read victim’s ‘I don’t feel safe’ email after his death

Cans of lager on supermarket shelf

Pint, pint, pint, fight: How we can help Britain's problem drinkers

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