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Thai Police May Be Helping Stoke Sectarian Unrest in South

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is facing the toughest challenge of his four years in office as violence by Islamic militants escalates in the south and security forces employ heavy-handed tactics to suppress the rebellion. At least 500 people have been killed in violence this year in the predominantly Muslim region of Thailand, including 78 protesters who died in police custody Oct. 25. Most of those demonstrators were suffocated in a crush of bodies after they were arrested in the town of Tak Bai and crammed into trucks for transport to jail. Full Story

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