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2008-10-08 06:00:19

By Seth Mydans and Thomas Fuller In a day of street battles that left more than 300 people wounded, anti-government protesters surrounded Parliament on Tuesday, trapping hundreds of lawmakers inside throughout the afternoon. Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat escaped over a back fence in the morning after delivering a policy address. But other members were unable to leave for more than five hours, when the police dispersed the massed protesters with volleys of tear gas and cleared the way...

2008-10-08 00:00:19

By Andrew Buncombe Two protesters killed during clashes with riot police inside parliamentary compound in Bangkok Army chief reassures public that his troops are unarmed and there is no prospect of a military coup THE PRIME Minister of Thailand was forced to scale a fence and flee in a police helicopter yesterday as thousands of protesters barricaded parliament in the latest twist in the country's seething political turmoil. Riot police fired tear gas in clashes with activists who had...

2008-10-05 12:00:08

By Associated Press BANGKOK, Thailand -- A one-time Bangkok mayor and key leader of a monthslong anti-government movement that spearheaded the ouster of a Thai prime minister was arrested today on charges of insurrection, police said. In a continuing crackdown on the movement, police were seen hauling Chamlong Srimuang away at a polling station where elections for the city's top job were beginning. Police Colonel Sarathon Pradit confirmed that Chamlong had been arrested. Police on Aug....

2008-09-18 00:00:12

World News IN BRIEF *BANGKOK A brother-in law of the deposed leader Thaksin Shinawatra has been elected Prime Minister of Thailand in a parliamentary vote, setting up a showdown with protesters determined to tear down his political legacy. Somchai Wongsawat, a 61-year-old bureaucrat who is married to Mr Thaksins sister, appealed for national unity after the vote. He declined to answer a question about his relative, who was deposed in a coup in 2006 and is now in exile in London. It is now...

2008-09-16 12:00:39

Charges dropped against South African leader PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa -- A South African judge dismissed corruption charges against ruling party leader Jacob Zuma on Friday, likely clearing the path for the former freedom fighter to become the nation's president next year. Zuma had faced 16 counts of fraud, racketeering, corruption and money laundering relating to a multimillion-dollar arms deal. In dismissing the case, High Court Judge Chris Nicholson said Zuma had been the...

2008-09-16 06:00:12

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 16 September [Report by Kornchanok Raksaseri: "Somchai seems the best bet from PPP"] People Power Party's deputy leader Somchai Wongsawat, 61, has been the top contender for Samak Sundaravej's job, and there are lots of reasons why he would be good at it. His wife Yaowapa, the younger sister of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was a member of the now-defunct Thai Rak Thai Party and lost her voting right when the...

2008-09-15 06:00:18

By Seth Mydans The acting prime minister of Thailand lifted a state of emergency Sunday and warned that the continuing political crisis was frightening away tourists and tarnishing the country's image as the "Land of Smiles." The acting prime minister, Somchai Wongsawat, implored all sides to find a peaceful solution to "bring back the smile" to the country after a nearly three weeks of protest calling for the removal of the government. The state of emergency, which was announced on...

2008-09-15 03:00:11

The Thai government lifted a two week-old state of emergency in Bangkok as the country prepared to pick the next prime minister to succeed Samak Sundaravej. Officials told the Thai News Agency the lifting of the emergency in the capital -- imposed Sept. 2 by Samak in the wake of mounting political protests -- will restore tourism and promote confidence in the country's economy. Samak, ordered by a court last week to step down for accepting ay as the host of cooking shows on commercial...

2008-09-12 18:00:11

Thailand's ousted leader Samak Sundaravej yesterday accepted the endorsement of the country's ruling party to return as prime minister. A two-hour meeting of Samak's People's Power Party ended with him being chosen as its prime ministerial candidate, party spokesman Kuthep Saikrajang said. "A majority of the party members voted to reappoint (Samak) to be the prime minister as he is the leader of our party. So he is the best choice," Mr Kuthep told reporters. Mr Samak thanked the party...

2008-09-11 06:00:18

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 11 September [Report by Piyanart Srivalo: "PPP to renominate Samak as PM - Samak to decide whether to accept the nomination"] People Power Party has re-nominated Samak Sundaravej for the prime minister's post despite strong objections from protesters and its coalition partners.PPP's spokesman Kudeb Saikrajang said a majority of party members voted to reappoint Samak. Samak is "the leader of our party so he is the best...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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