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HONG KONG---A series of explosions
tore through an open-air market in the
capital of the volatile western Chinese
region of Xinjiang yesterday, killing dozens
of people and wounding many more, state
Two SUVs slammed into shoppers
gathered at the market in Urumqi and
explosives were flung out of the vehicles,
China's official news agency Xinhua said.
The vehicles then exploded, according to
Xinhua, which said at least 31 people were
killed and more than 90 wounded.
Some of the photos circulating on social
media suggested a hellish scene, with
bodies strewn on the ground amid burning
wreckage. Others showed flames and
smoke billowing out of the end of a tree-
lined street guarded by police officers.
Many of the victims caught in the blasts
were elderly people who regularly visited
the morning market, Xinhua reported.
Chinese authorities have stepped up
security measures in Xinjiang in recent
months amid a series of attacks within
the region and in major Chinese cities
outside it. (CNN)
Terror attacks kill dozens in China
BANGKOK---Thailand s military seized
power yesterday in a bloodless coup, dis-
solving the government, suspending the
constitution and dispersing groups of
protesters from both sides of the country s
political divide who had gathered in
Bangkok and raised fears of a violent
The powerful army chief, Gen Prayuth
Chan-ocha, announced the military
takeover in a statement broadcast on
national television. It was followed by addi-
tional announcements including a nation-
wide curfew from 10 pm to 5 am and an
order for 18 government officials---including
the ousted prime minister---to report imme-
diately to the country s new governing mil-
Although the military has insisted it
wasn t taking sides, its ousting of the elect-
ed government met the key goal of the
anti-government protesters. The pro-gov-
ernment "Red Shirt" supporters had earlier
said they would not tolerate a coup, but
there were no immediate signs of resistance
or reports of violence. The military provided
hundreds of buses to take the protesters
Long lines formed at the city s elevated
train, subway stations and bus stations as
panicked office workers tried to rush home
before the curfew.
Flanked by the heads of the armed forces,
Prayuth said the coup was launched "to
quickly bring the situation back to normal,
to let the people have love and unity as in
the past, and to reform the political and
economic systems---and to grant equality
to every side."
The coup was the 12th since Thailand s
absolute monarchy ended in 1932.
The pivotal developments came after
Prayuth had declared martial law on Tues-
day in what he called a bid to resolve the
crisis, and a day later summoned the coun-
try s rival political leaders for face-to-face
talks. After two days of talks, the meeting
failed to break the impasse.
Shortly before the announcement was
made, armed soldiers in military vehicles
surrounded the army facility where the
politicians were meeting, apparently to
block those inside from leaving.
Earlier this month, the Constitutional
Court ousted Yingluck for abuse of power.
But the move, which left the ruling party
in charge, did little to resolve the conflict.
The army action followed threats by
anti-government protesters to intensify
their campaign to oust the ruling party,
and an attack last week on protesters that
killed three people and injured over 20.
Thai soldiers move in to a demonstration site of
the pro-government Red Shirt group and order
the demonstrators to disperse on the outskirts
of Bangkok, Thailand, yesterday. AP PHOTO
...military seizes power, imposes curfew
LONDON---Russia has criticised British Prince
Charles reported comparison of President Vladimir
Putin to Adolf Hitler and is protesting the matter
Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II,
reportedly compared Hitler s 1939 invasion of Poland
with Russia s annexation of Crimea in a private con-
versation during his current trip to Canada.
"If these words indeed were said, they don t befit
a future British monarch," Foreign Ministry spokesman
Alexander Lukashevich told reporters yesterday.
"We consider the use of a member of the British
royal family by the Western press for waging a prop-
aganda campaign against Russia over the pressing
international issue---the situation in Ukraine---as
unacceptable, outrageous and base," he said.
The Mail said he was talking with museum vol-
unteer Marienne Ferguson, who was a young girl
when her family fled Poland before its 1939 invasion
by Nazi Germany. (AP)
SEOUL---North and South Korean warships
exchanged artillery fire yesterday in disputed waters
off the western coast, South Korean military officials
said, in the latest sign of rising animosity between
the bitter rivals in recent weeks.
Officials from the South s Joint Chiefs of Staff and
Defence Ministry said a South Korean navy ship was
engaged in a routine patrol near the countries disputed
maritime boundary in the Yellow Sea when a North
Korean navy ship fired two artillery shells. The shells
did not hit the South Korean ship and fell in waters
near it, they said.
The South Korean ship then fired several artillery
rounds in waters near the North Korean ship which
also did not hit it, said the officials, who spoke on
condition of anonymity because of office rules.
Officials said that residents on the frontline Yeon-
pyeong Island were evacuated to shelters, and fishing
ships in the area were ordered to return to ports.
fire near disputed
A dawn attack on a checkpoint in eastern
Ukraine has left at least 14 soldiers dead, in
the worst loss of life for government forces
Heavily armed militants attacked the check-
point in the Volnovakha area, in one of four
attacks reported overnight in eastern Ukraine.
It is unclear who attacked the checkpoint,
with one Ukrainian officer telling the BBC it
was not separatists.
The attacks come just three days before
Ukraine s presidential election.
Ukraine s interim Prime Minister, Arseny
Yatseniuk, has called for an emergency session
of the UN Security Council, saying he has
evidence of Russian involvement in the vio-
Russia appears to be withdrawing troops
from its border with Ukraine, easing fears of
a military intervention like in Crimea in March.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered
troops near the border to withdraw to their
bases earlier this week. Correspondents say
removing the troops---estimated to number
40,000---could help de-escalate the Ukraine
Ukrainians go to the polls on Sunday to
choose a new president but voting in Donetsk
and Luhansk has been seriously disrupted by
the insurgency there.
Residents told AP the attackers had used
an armoured bank lorry which the unsuspect-
ing Ukrainian soldiers had waved through the
checkpoint. The attackers then reportedly shot
down the soldiers at point-blank range.
The defence ministry blamed the latest
attack on "terrorists"---the term commonly
used by Ukrainian officials for armed pro-
Russian separatists in Donetsk and the neigh-
bouring Luhansk region. (BBC)
14 killed in Ukraine deadliest attack on troops
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