Thai Coup Leader Elected Prime Minister
Thailand's military-ruled parliament has elected General Prayuth Chan-ocha as the country's new prime minister, nearly three months after he seized power in a bloodless coup.
Thursday's unanimous election of the 60-year-old army chief was a foregone conclusion, since he was the only candidate for the post. Prayuth has led the junta since forcing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government out of power.
Prayuth will step down as army chief next month. He plans to stay in power until new elections are held in late 2015.
Thailand has been plagued by political unrest since 2006, when former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck Shinawatra's older brother, was ousted in a military coup in 2006. Thaksin and his sister were bitterly opposed by Bangkok's traditionalist political elite.
Streets of US Town Calm Following Days of Violence
The streets of the midwestern U.S. town of Ferguson, Missouri have been much calmer overnight, following 11 days of unrest after a local police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.
Police reported only six arrests, about 40 fewer than the night before.
A police official said authorities had to respond to fewer incidents, noting there were no shootings, Molotov cocktails or fires. He said police seized no handguns.
Demonstrators have been taking to the streets to voice anger at the August 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met in Ferguson with community leaders and residents of the town, saying he has assigned the federal government's "most experienced agents and prosecutors" to the case. Holder also spent time with Michael Brown's parents and promised them a "fair and independent inquiry" into the death of their son
In other news, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin Wednesday drawing attention to plans by an activist group (Anonymous) for nationwide protests against the death of Brown. The group has called for a national "Day of Rage" on Thursday.
The bulletin said there is no indication the protests are expected to become violent. But it said recent protests in Ferguson have resulted in violence, property damage and arrests.
Also Wednesday, a grand jury investigating the fatal shooting of Brown began hearing evidence in the case. The grand jury will review evidence and determine whether to charge officer Darren Wilson in the death of the teenager.
Wilson is on paid leave, with Brown's family and supporters calling for his arrest.