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Hardliner set to command Thai army

Thailand's Prime Minister yesterday approved the military's promotions list, with a hardline opponent of anti-government protesters reportedly taking the army's top post amid fears that political violence could re-ignite.

Thaksin wanted on terror charges in Thailand

An arrest warrant has been issued for ousted Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, on terrorism charges in connection with the country's recent bloody protests.

Thai leader orders probe into Bangkok bloodshed

Thailand's leader promised to launch an independent probe into "all events" surrounding the Red Shirt anti-government protests, and yesterday called for reconciliation to heal the deep political divisions that led to widespread violence and 83 deaths in two months.

Dr Paul Chambers: Future is dark unless both sides are prepared for reconciliation

Not since the military's massacre of students in 1976 has Thailand been so fractured. That massacre – a still sensitive topic from the country's coup-littered recent history – was part of a crackdown on left-wing students amid fears of a Communist takeover. Now the opposing forces stand divided over one man, the ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawtra, and his populist policies.

Red shirt military advisor wounded in Bangkok

The chief military advisor of Thailand's anti-government protesters was injured in the head, after an explosion and bursts of automatic gunfire were heard near Bangkok's business district today.

Thai army in bid to oust protesters

Thailand's army said today it would begin limiting supplies of water, food and electricity to protesters camped in central Bangkok in a bid to clear the streets by midnight.

Troops open fire on Thai protesters

Security forces fired live rounds and rubber bullets at protesters during a clash outside Bangkok as the Red Shirts tested the government's vow to contain their disruptive rallies.

Thailand crisis deepens as Red Shirts prolong protests

Anti-government protesters encamped for weeks in central Bangkok promised more aggressive measures after the government rejected their proposals to end increasingly violent protests in return for early polls.

Protesters make new demands

Protesters and the Thai government stepped back from the brink of all-out armed conflict yesterday as both sides offered hints of compromise a day after deadly grenade attacks hit Bangkok's business district.

Grenade attack kills Red Shirt protester

A grenade attack near a massive encampment of anti-government protesters in Bangkok killed one person and wounded dozens today.

Troops move in as Bangkok readies itself for conflict

Tense stand-off with red-shirt protesters as soldiers replace police on streets of Thai capital

21 dead after Thai protesters clash with army

Both government and protesters mourned their dead after fighting left 21 dead, but neither side were ready to compromise to end the stalemate that threatens more violence. Jatuporn Prompan, a leader of the "Red Shirt" protesters, said the group would never negotiate with "murderers". The government said demonstrators used heavy weapons against soldiers

Protesters storm into Thailand's parliament

Anti-government protesters stormed into Thailand's parliament today as MPs scaled walls to flee and a helicopter evacuation of others still trapped inside was being prepared, Thai TV and officials said.

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