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Blood Protests in Thailand Continue

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The protestors are supporters of deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

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Mass Protests in Thailand

Monday, March 15, 2010

The prime minister of Thailand this morning rejected an ultimatum from anti-government protesters to call a snap election. Tens of thousands of demonstrators are currently in front of the army barracks in Bangkok where the prime minister has been staying.

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A New Hope in the Fight Against HIV?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Donald G. McNeil Jr., a science reporter for The New York Times, joins us with a look at what could be a significant breakthrough in the fight against the spread of HIV. Researchers have announced the results of a six-year, 16,000-person study in Thailand, and it appears that an experimental HIV vaccine has cut the risk of infection by almost one-third when compared to a placebo. This is the first time a vaccine has cut the risk of infection at all.

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Turmoil grows in Thailand

Monday, April 13, 2009

In Bangkok, anti-government protests have turned violent. Supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra are calling for the removal of the current ruler, Abhisit Vejjajiva, who took office four months ago. Thai soldiers dispensed tear gas and fired shots at the protesters, who responded with throwing gasoline bombs. Around 70 people are injured, but there are no reported deaths. For more we turn to Seth Mydans, the Southeast Asia correspondent for the New York Times.

For footage of the violent protests, watch the video below.

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Political turmoil continues in Thailand

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

There's no let up in the political turmoil in Thailand. This past year the country has had four prime ministers. The most recently-elected prime minister has been greeted with calls to dissolve the legislature and initiate general elections. Of course he hasn't been able to do anything yet because his first speech, which is mandatory for him to take office, was delayed twice due to massive protests. The incoming prime minister finally managed to give the speech today at an improvised parliament session. BBC Correspondent Jonathan Head joins us from Bangkok.

"Those large crowds outside Parliment today believe he doesn't have a mandate and that he got the job by stealth."
— Jonathan Head on Thailand's new Prime Minister

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Thailand elects opposition leader as prime minister after protesters concede

Monday, December 15, 2008

After months of unrest in Thailand, the country's parliament has elected the leader of the opposition Democrat party, Abhisit Vejjajiva, as the new prime minister.

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