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Much of Bangkok left in ruins as government tries to find who was to blame for deadly violence

Bangkok calm as troops restore order

Thai authorities restored order over most of Bangkok today but the peace looked fragile, a day after rioting and fires that veered towards anarchy as troops took control of a camp occupied by anti-government protesters.

Bangkok burns as troops try to crush remaining protesters

The Thai government forced Red Shirt protesters to surrender yesterday, but far from bringing the six-week stand-off to a close, the day ended with downtown Bangkok engulfed in flames, at least six people dead, and hundreds of people cowering in a temple as bullets and grenades rained down outside.

Bangkok burns as protesters surrender

Rioting and fires swept Bangkok today after troops stormed a protest encampment, forcing protest leaders to surrender but sparking clashes that killed at least four people and triggered unrest in northern Thailand.

Thai government rejects compromise of peace talks overseen by senate

Every day in Bangkok, hopes of a breakthrough that might end the violent crisis are raised. And every day such hopes are dashed.

Red Shirts defiant as their military leader is laid to rest

His skin was waxen and his face bruised, but there was no mistaking Major-General Khattiya Sawasdipol.

Leading article: At the edge of the precipice

There can be no doubting the seriousness of the situation in Thailand. Not only is there a real possibility of the stand-off between the army and the protesters escalating into a bloodbath that could spread to the rest of the country. There is also the sense that the confrontation in Bangkok reflects a division within the Buddhist kingdom that can no longer be contained, even if descent into total violence is averted this time.

Gareth Price: Even if the protests can be ended peacefully, Thai society will remain polarised

The escalation of violence in Bangkok in recent weeks gives the impression that the conflict between rural poor and urban elites is reaching an end. In some regards this is true; it is difficult to see how the current situation in Thailand's premier business district can continue for much longer. But it is much harder to see how this conflict can be reconciled in the longer term.

Ultimatum passes as battles rage on in Bangkok

A Thai government ultimatum today failed to dislodge thousands of Red Shirts from a protest camp in central Bangkok as their leaders made a fresh offer to negotiate on the fifth day of raging street battles that have killed 37 people.

Government and Red Shirts refuse to talk in bloody Bangkok deadlock

As the 'peaceful' protesters bear arms and the government rejects a UN intervention, the prospect of civil war in Thailand is edging closer. Andrew Buncombe reports from the capital

Protesters defy soldiers in Thai stand-off

The rising death toll is failing to deter thousands of anti-government demonstrators camped in the centre of Bangkok

Clashes and blasts for third day in besieged Bangkok

Thai troops fired at protesters today in a third day of fighting that has killed 17 people on Bangkok's streets as soldiers struggle to isolate a sprawling encampment of demonstrators seeking to topple the government.

Britain shuts embassy as Bangkok fears mount

The British embassy in Bangkok closed today in response to an upsurge of violence in the Thai capital.

Richard S Ehrlich: Bold, carefree and with plenty of enemies, he was always a target

Major General Khattiya "Seh Daeng" Sawasdipol is wildly popular among his hawkish supporters – but he also attracted plenty of enemies. Some of them were killed years ago. Yesterday's attempt on his life suggests that others are still at large.

Renegade Thai general who sided with Red Shirts is shot in the head

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