19 May

Events of Interest and Analyses




Bangkok burns after army crackdown

Several buildings set ablaze after Thai troops storm protest site and key leaders surrender.


In pictures: Crackdown in Thailand
Reports from the scene
Timeline: Battle in Bangkok
Thaksin lawyer on protests
Rivals explain positions
101 East: Thailand’s red shirts


Taliban attacks Afghan air base

At least seven attackers killed and nine Nato soldiers wounded in assault on Bagram.

French cabinet approves veil ban

Ministers approve draft law to stop people wearing full-face veils in public spaces.


Afghan blast kills Nato soldiers

It is the worst attack on foreign troops in Kabul so far this year. A bomber targeted a Nato convoy in the Afghan capital killing 12 civilians and six Nato soldiers.The Taliban has taken responsibility, claiming it is part of a previously announced spring offensive against the government, foreign forces and diplomats.Hoda Abdel Hamid reports from Kabul, the Afghan capital.


Obama and the curse of moderation

Promise of radical change abandoned in favour of ‘realism’, says Mark LeVine.


Four dead as Thai troops storm protesters

• Four killed in military assault before redshirt leaders surrender
• PM imposes 10pm Bangkok curfew as fighting spreads to north-east

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