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2 teachers killed in bombing in Thailand’s south

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south Wednesday, killing two teachers and wounding three other people, police said. Suspected insurgents detonated the explosive as a car carrying three teachers passed by a hospital in Chanae district in Narathiwat province, Police Col. Patta Madawah said. …

Thailand launches TV channel geared for Muslims

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government has launched the first Malay-language television channel geared toward the insurgency-plagued south’s Muslim-majority audience. Muslims in Thailand’s southernmost Muslim-dominated provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat say they are treated as second-class citizens by predominantly Buddhist Thai authorities. More than 5,000 people have been killed there …

Flags burnt in attacks in Thailand’s restive south

PATTANI, Thailand (AP) — Suspected insurgents burned Thai flags and raised Malaysian flags in their place in a coordinated operation Friday across Thailand’s Muslim-dominated south that also saw the militants plant bombs that wounded six soldiers, officials said. The unrest came on the anniversary of the 1989 founding of an …

Child Soldiers in Thailand? Militia Kids in the Thai Borderlands.

 BANGKOK, Thailand — The armed teenagers patrolling Thailand’s southern borderlands with state-backed militias are not kidnapped or brainwashed. They aren’t pumped full of drugs and few, if any, have ever killed. Still, they operate with grown, gun-toting men defending against Asia’s bloodiest Islamic insurgency. And their dissimilarity with the world’s …