3 Killed as Thai Police, Protesters Battle in Bangkok
Thai anti-government protesters battled Tuesday with riot police trying to clear protest sites in Bangkok, leaving at least three people dead.
Officials say two protesters and one police officer were killed in the fighting near the Government House. Around 60 people were wounded.
Tear gas, gunfire and explosions could be heard during the midday fight. Both sides appeared to be using weapons.
The violence came as police attempted to clear several camps of protesters trying to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Elsewhere, protesters gave up without resistance. At the Energy Ministry, about 100 people were detained following a police operation.
Police say the protesters are violating a state of emergency, but have vowed not to use violence in dispersing the protests.
Hours after the clashes, Ms. Yingluck suffered a setback when the National Anti-Corruption Committee announced charges against her.
The committee said the prime minister was aware of corruption within a national rice-buying scheme, but continued the program anyway. It ordered her to face the charges on February 27.
Deadly Riots at Australian Detention Center in PNG
Australian officials say one asylum seeker was killed and at least 77 wounded during the second riot this week at a detention center in Papua New Guinea.
The case highlights what some activists say are unsafe conditions at the remote camp on Manus Island, where asylum seekers trying to reach Australia are sent for processing.
Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the unrest began after the would-be refugees were told they would have to be resettled in impoverished Papua New Guinea.
He called the incident a "great tragedy," but blamed the asylum seekers for allegedly trying to escape the facility.
Some rights groups disagree with that narrative. The Refugee Action Committee says local villagers armed with machetes, pipes, sticks and stones stormed the facility and attacked the asylum seekers.
British security contractor G4S, which guards the facility, denied those accusations, saying the asylum seekers did not leave the facility because of attacks by locals.