Blast Hits Thai Anti-Government Protesters
Thai police say at least 22 people have been wounded by an explosion that went off in Bangkok during a march of anti-government protesters led by opposition leader Suthep Thaugsuban.
Authorities say the blast occurred after 1 p.m. in the capital on Friday. Television footage showed several protesters covered in blood, but here have been no immediate reports of deaths.
Protesters were seen searching nearby buildings for the unidentified attackers, while ambulances rushed the wounded away. Police are investigating what type of explosive caused the blast.
There has been a series of drive-by shootings that protesters blame on the government.
Protest leader Suthep is calling for an unelected people's council to replace the current government, which he says is corrupt and engages in nepotism.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has refused to step down. She insists on holding early elections on February 2, though the opposition has said it will boycott the polls.
US Probing "Disturbing" Iraq Photos
The U.S. Defense Department says photos that purportedly show Marines burning bodies of what appear to be dead Iraqi insurgents are "disturbing."
A Pentagon spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby, said Thursday that officials must let a Marine-led probe into the photos take its course before determining their authenticity.
The U.S. Marine Corps launched its investigation on Wednesday, several days after the photos were turned over to the Pentagon by the entertainment website TMZ.com.
TMZ, which posted eight of the photos, says it was told they were taken in the western Iraqi city of Fallujah, the scene of fierce fighting between U.S. forces and insurgents 10 years ago.
In the photos, a person in what looks like a Marine uniform appears to be pouring a flammable liquid on dead insurgents. Other photos show the bodies on fire.
U.S. defense officials say the images do not appear to constitute war crimes. But they say the Marines possibly violated military rules that prohibit the mishandling of remains and inappropriate photos on the battlefield.