News 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.

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

Thai army chief intervenes in election

Thailand’s powerful army chief has made a dramatic political intervention in the run-up to the country’s hard-fought election by urging people not to vote for a party allied to the ousted premier, Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thaksin Shinawatra: Exiled in Dubai – but still he dreams of Thailand

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Thailand split as Thaksin's sister joins poll

The army, backed by the establishment, will do whatever it can to ensure Thaksin does not return to power

The ancient temples under fire in an age-old conflict

Clashes on Cambodia-Thailand border are threat to sites. Andrew Buncombe reports

Thai protesters mark anniversary of deaths

About 40,000 red-shirted, anti-government protesters gathered yesterday in Bangkok to mark the first anniversary of clashes with the military in which 26 people were killed. No one has been declared responsible for the unrest which saw soldiers fight thousands of protesters in Thailand's worst political violence in 18 years.

Liverpool's £20m sponsors admit concerns over player behaviour

Bank also urges club to stick with Dalglish, stay at Anfield and look to sign Asian footballers

Cameraman 'not shot by soldier'

The controversy surrounding the death of a Japanese cameraman who was shot dead in Bangkok has been reignited after Thai investigators announced they had reversed the conclusion of a preliminary inquiry that suggested he had most likely been killed by soldiers.

Thai reporter faces jail for insult to king

Campaigners in Thailand have called for the dropping of charges against a journalist who is being is being prosecuted over comments posted on a news website that were critical of the country’s royal family. If convicted, she faces up to 50 years in jail.

The secret side of Sven – gentleman but a man of steel

Manchester City may have the scent of the Champions' League in their nostrils after establishing themselves in the top four under Roberto Mancini but Derek Fazackerley says they would be there already if they had not sacked Sven Goran Eriksson.

Sven Goran Eriksson: 'I liked city. they'll win the league – absolutely'

Sven Goran Eriksson tells Tim Rich a warm welcome awaits his old club at Leicester despite his messy Eastlands exit in 2008

Troops killed Red Shirts hiding in temple, official report admits

Leaked investigation contradicts Thai Prime Minister, who had blamed six gunshot deaths on protesters taking sanctuary

Picture of the Day: Candles fit for a king

The world's longest-serving monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, yesterday marked his 83rd birthday with a call for unity in Thailand, a frequent plea during his long reign which has been punctuated by frequent outbursts of political crisis.

Wily Fox Eriksson turns on that old charm again

Former England manager looks forward to his first Leicester game tomorrow with that familiar twinkling in his eyes

Paul Newman: Sven takes a turn on the Mandaric merry-go-round

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