Thailand is to start peace talks with Muslim rebel groups operating in the south, a senior security official said on Wednesday, signaling a possible breakthrough in a conflict that by many estimates has claimed the lives of well over 5,000 people.
Police say suspected insurgents detonated two bombs that wounded 10 people and staged a series of minor attacks in nearly 30 spots in Thailand's violence-plagued south.
The March 3 vote will be a litmus test on whether fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will come home or end up in permanent exile.
A bomb killed two people in southern Thailand on Sunday and police said they had defused other devices, apparently placed by Muslim separatists showing their capacity to strike despite a failed attack on a marine base last week.
nes fending off a major militant assault on their base in Thailand's violent south killed 16 insurgents in an overnight shootout, authorities said Wednesday. It was the deadliest toll the Muslim guerrillas suffered since more than 100 died in a single day nearly a decade ago.
A prominent Thai activist and magazine editor was sentenced to a decade in prison Wednesday for defaming Thailand's monarchy, a verdict rights groups condemned as the latest affront to freedom of expression in the Southeast Asian country.
Thai insurgents shot dead a teacher in front of dozens of children in a school cafeteria on Wednesday, police said, in the latest deadly attack on an education worker.
Thai deputy prime minister and minister of tourism and sports Chumpol Silpa-archa died Monday of a suspected heart problem aged 72, his party said.
A Thai court sentenced a comedian and renowned Red Shirt supporter to two years in jail Thursday for insulting the kingdom's revered monarchy during a speech at a mass rally in 2010, his lawyer said.
An international conservation group on Tuesday urged Thailand to ban all ivory trading, warning that rising demand for tusks is fueling an unprecedented slaughter of elephants in Africa.