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Thailand: Polls open in tense national election
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Thailand: Polls open in tense national election

Thailand's tense national election got underway Sunday with protesters forcing the closure of several polling stations in the capital amid fears of more bloodshed a day after gun battles in Bangkok left seven people wounded.

The elite don't want the masses to vote: Thailand crisis explained
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The elite don't want the masses to vote: Thailand crisis explained

Even though the elections are expected to proceed smoothly in most of the country, it will end up being a hollow exercise and will not result in the formation of a new government for a number of reasons.

Thailand braces for violence as PM Yingluck's charm runs out
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Thailand braces for violence as PM Yingluck's charm runs out

For them, Yingluck, 46, is the hated puppet of her billionaire elder brother Thaksin, who was ousted as prime minister in a 2006 military coup and now lives abroad to avoid a two-year jail sentence for corruption.

Thai govt considers declaring emergency after weekend violence
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Thai govt considers declaring emergency after weekend violence

The emergency decree gives security agencies broad powers to impose curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media, ban political gatherings of more than five people and declare parts of the country off limits.

Thai PM Shinawatra struggles to stay in power
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Thai PM Shinawatra struggles to stay in power

The coup touched off a societal schism that in broad terms pits the majority rural poor, who back the Shinawatras, against an urban-based elite establishment that draws support from the army and staunch royalists who see Yingluck's family as a corrupt threat to their power.

Thai protesters find new govt targets, maintain pressure to cancel elections
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Thai protesters find new govt targets, maintain pressure to cancel elections

The marches appeared to be a way to maintain momentum amid a decline in the number of protesters who have blocked key intersections in Bangkok for four days now in an attempt to shut down the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

No question of quitting despite protests, says Thailand PM
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No question of quitting despite protests, says Thailand PM

Yingluck Shinawatra proposed to meet on Wednesday with various groups — including her opponents — to discuss a proposal from the Election Commission to postpone the February vote

Thai protest: 7 injured in latest shooting, army chief fears growing violence
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Thai protest: 7 injured in latest shooting, army chief fears growing violence

The turmoil is the latest episode in an eight-year conflict that pits Bangkok's middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly poorer, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was overthrown in a military coup in 2006.

Protesters clash with police in Bangkok to protest upcoming elections
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Protesters clash with police in Bangkok to protest upcoming elections

Officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets toward protesters trying to get into a sports stadium where candidates were gathering to draw lots for their position on polling papers.

Thai PM Shinawatra insists she won't resign before polls
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Thai PM Shinawatra insists she won't resign before polls

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Tuesday she would not resign ahead of national elections set for Feb. 2, despite opposition demands she step down as the caretaker head of government.

What caused Thailand's political crisis? Timeline of key events
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What caused Thailand's political crisis? Timeline of key events

Thailand's political crisis took an unexpected turn Monday when Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she would dissolve the lower house of Parliament and call early elections.

Thai PM Shinawatra refuses 'unconstitutional' demands to step down
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Thai PM Shinawatra refuses 'unconstitutional' demands to step down

In a televised news conference Monday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra made it clear that she will not step down as demanded by anti-government protesters.

UN closes Bangkok office as Thailand braces for more violence
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UN closes Bangkok office as Thailand braces for more violence

The protests, aimed at toppling the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, have renewed fears of prolonged instability in one of Southeast Asia's biggest economies and come just ahead of the peak holiday tourist season.

Bangkok police fire tear gas, as anti-govt protests turn violent
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Bangkok police fire tear gas, as anti-govt protests turn violent

Mobs also besieged at least three television stations demanding they broadcast the protesters' views and not the government's. One of those TV stations is government run, the other is owned by the military and the third is independent.

2 dead, 45 injured as protesters clash with police in Bangkok
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2 dead, 45 injured as protesters clash with police in Bangkok

Police guarded Thailand's seat of government and other key locations and braced for more violence on Sunday.

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra survives no-confidence vote
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Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra survives no-confidence vote

Thailand's embattled prime minister easily survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Thursday, as a wave of simmering protests aimed at bringing down her government entered the fifth day.

Anti-government protesters gather in Bangkok
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Anti-government protesters gather in Bangkok

Hundreds of Thai protesters gathered in Bangkok to rally against the government and divisive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra today amid worries over the potential for fresh unrest in the politically-turbulent country.

Thai authorities charge former PM for mass crackdown
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Thai authorities charge former PM for mass crackdown

Thai authorities charged former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday with giving orders to use live ammunition that led to civilian deaths during a military crackdown on an anti-government protest in May 2010.

Special security in Thailand as tens of thousands prepare to protest govt
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Special security in Thailand as tens of thousands prepare to protest govt

Thailand will deploy 17,000 police officers and has invoked a special security law for what authorities expect will be the largest anti-government protest since Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra took office in 2011.