Friday, May 14, 2010

FP morning brief 5/14

Thai military fire on protesters following killing of rogue general

Top news: The Thai military filed bullets and tear gas at anti-government protesters after a new round of rioting followed the killing of general-turned-protest leader Khattiya Sawatdiphol on the streets of Bangkok yesterday. Khattiya was shot in the head while giving an interview to the New York Times. The Thai military has denied responsibility for the killing.

At least 31 people have been injured in the latest clashes which are centered around the U.S. and Japanese embassies, including two Thai reporters and a Canadian reporter, said to be in critical condition.

This newest round of tension began after the red-shirts, supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, rejected a government ultimatum to vacate central Bangkok on Wednesday. The protesters have been occupying Bangkok since March 12, demanding that the government dissolve parliament and hold new elections.

Markets: The euro took a dive on Friday over fears of deflation in Spain.

Middle East
  • Iran has expanded its uranium enrichment capacity, diplomats say.
  • Israel expressed disappointment after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Syria.
  • A Palestinian teenager was found shot dead near an Israeli settlement on the West Bank.
-By Joshua Keating


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