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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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