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Thai PM ups war on illegal guns

Thailand’s prime minister has pledged to eradicate crime gangs who refuse to hand over their weapons in the latest stage of his war on guns. The prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, is pushing ahead with his campaign against illegal arms, despite criticism that his last crusade went too far. This year, Thaksin Shinawatra has taken aim not only at guns, but also at corruption and drugs, in well-publicised and sometimes brutal campaigns. On Monday, a two-month amnesty, during which Thais could hand in unregistered weapons without penalty, came to an end. The government has called it a success, counting a yield of more than 100,000 pistols, rifles and machine-guns, as well as nearly 250,000 mines and rocket-propelled grenades. Full Story

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