A bomb exploded Monday within a central Bangkok shrine that is among the city's most popular tourist spots, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 100 across a hectic intersection surrounded by five-star hotels and upscale shopping malls. With a powerful flash caught on security video and a boom heard blocks away, the blast from the improvised explosive device scattered body parts across Rachaprasong intersection, spattered blood, blasted windows and burned motorbikes to the metal. It exploded during evening rush hour as the area was filled with tourists, office workers and shoppers.
The first clear signs that Thailand could be destined for another spell of military rule came on Tuesday when martial law was declared. The army denied it was taking over, saying the aim was purely "to preserve law and order". But a quick look back in history shows that the military has often had a key role in shaping Thai politics.
In most capital cities, waking up to images of armed soldiers, military vehicles and blockades on the streets -- as the army gears up for what it would later declare a coup -- might be cause for alarm. But Bangkok isn't your average city.
Thailand's Constitutional Court orders Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and several of her ministers to step down on abuse of power charges.
Thailand went to the polls under heavy security on Sunday in an election that could push the divided country deeper into political turmoil and leave the winner paralyzed for months by street protests, legal challenges and legislative limbo. Voting started peacefully a day after seven people were wounded by gunshots and explosions during a clash between supporters and opponents of embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in a north Bangkok stronghold of her Puea Thai Party.