**Pakistan Air Strike Kills at least 50**
Airstrikes in Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region have killed at least 50 people.
Officials tell VOA the Pakistani military targeted confirmed militant hideouts Wednesday in Mir Ali and Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan near the Afghan border.
Officials speaking to the media did not disclose names, but said important terrorist commanders were among those killed in the strikes.
Independent verification of the death toll is difficult as journalists are not allowed to enter the area.
North Waziristan is a known stronghold of the Taliban and other militants linked to al-Qaeda.
Thai Army Chief to Meet Political Rivals
Thailand's army chief, General Prayuth Chan-Ocha, has called for a meeting with the country's rival political groups, a day after he declared martial law.
Members of the election commission and senate will also take part in the Wednesday afternoon meeting, which aims to find a way out of the political crisis.
Soldiers remain camped outside television stations, on streets, and around protest sites in Bangkok, a day after the army unexpectedly declared martial law.
General Prayuth says the move was necessary to prevent violence after the country's top court ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for abuse of power.
Military officials deny they have staged a coup. They have assured the nation that the government is fully functioning within the constitution.
But Thai government sources tell VOA the military decrees have left the civilian government unable to function.
Both the United Nations and the White House are urging all sides in Thailand to resolve the crisis peacefully and to respect democracy.