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One dead as gunman opens fire at Thai protesters BANGKOK: An unidentified gunman opened fire at opposition protesters in Bangkok Saturday, killing one person and wounding several others in a pre-dawn attack that fanned tensions in the politically divided kingdom.The shooting follows weeks of mass anti-government protests -- seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra -- that have triggered bloody clashes between police and demonstrators.A protester died after he was shot in the torso and three others were hospitalised with gunshot wounds, a spokesman for the city's Erawan emergency centre said. Police confirmed the shooting but said its forensic team was unable to access the scene of the incident, which happened where a group of protesters was camped overnight near Government House.It was unclear who fired the shots but armed provocateurs have a history of trying to stir tensions in the politically polarised kingdom, with each side usually blaming the other.Some local media reports said the shots were fired ...

29 killed in Thailand bus accident: police BANGKOK: At least 29 people were killed and four badly injured when a bus plunged into a deep ravine in northeast Thailand, police said Friday.The accident occurred around midnight Thursday-Friday in Lom Sak district, Phetchabun province while the bus was en route to the northern province of Chiang Rai."We suspect the bus driver fell asleep," Major General Sukit Samana, police commander of Phetchabun province, told AFP."We found 28 bodies in the ravine, which is about ...
Okinawa approves relocation of US airbase in Japan TOKYO: Okinawan officials on Friday approved the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base, the defence ministry said, a breakthrough that looks set to remove a decades-long source of friction between Tokyo and Washington.Local bureaucrats signed a document that gives the greenlight to a landfill, paving the way for the construction of a new base on the coast.The defence ministry's Okinawa bureau confirmed that it received the document, which bore the governor's seal, from ...
Thai election commission recommends poll delay BANGKOK: Thailand's election authorities on Thursday recommended that a February general election be postponed because of political unrest shaking the capital."We cannot organise free and fair elections under the constitution in the current circumstances," Election Commission member Prawit Rattanapien said at a news conference.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Japan PM Yasukuni visit to 'exacerbate tensions': US embassy TOKYO: The United States is "disappointed" by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni war shrine, which will raise regional tensions, its embassy said Thursday "Japan is a valued ally and friend. Nevertheless, the United States is disappointed that Japan's leadership has taken an action that will exacerbate tensions with Japan's neighbours," a written statement said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Yasukuni visit is pledge against war: Japan PM Abe TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday his visit to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine was a pledge that Japan would not go to war again and was not intended to hurt Chinese or South Koreans"I chose this day to report (to enshrined spirits) what we have done in the year since the administration launched and to pledge and determine that never again will people suffer in war," he told reporters at the shrine."I am ...
South Korea condemns Abe's 'anachronistic' visit to war shrine SEOUL: South Korea on Thursday expressed anger at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a controversial war shrine, calling it "anachronistic behaviour.""We can't help deploring and expressing anger at the prime minister's visit to the Yasukuni shrine... despite concerns and warnings by neighbouring countries," Seoul's culture minister Yoo Jin-Ryong told reporters. "The visit... is an anachronistic behaviour that fundamentally damages not only relations between the South and Japan but also the stability and cooperation ...

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