Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Thailand's junta warns against new protests

Thailand

Junta warns against new protests

Thailand's ruling military council stiffened its warnings Sunday against protests over its takeover of power, with its patience apparently wearing thin over demonstrations that have been growing in size and boldness. The warning came a day before the coup leader, Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, was expected to receive the king's endorsement formalizing his status as head of government. After that, it's anticipated Prayuth may announce plans for reshaping Thailand's political scene with an interim constitution to replace the one scrapped by the army after Thursday's coup, and an appointed legislative body. After three days of tense but mostly nonviolent confrontations between protesters and security forces, a spokesman for the ruling National Council for Peace and Order warned that officials may need to strictly enforce an army-imposed law that prohibits people from demonstrating against the coup.

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

3 dead, 1 wounded in motel shooting

Three people were killed and a fourth person was wounded in a shooting at an oceanfront motel in Myrtle Beach, one of South Carolina's most popular tourist destinations. The shootings took place around 11 p.m. Saturday in front of crowds of tourists at the Bermuda Sands Motel along the beach's new boardwalk, Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said. Knipes would not say whether detectives have determined a motive for the shooting, but said it didn't appear to be a random shooting.

Elsewhere

Belgium: Belgium launched a nationwide hunt Sunday for a lone gunman who walked into the Jewish Museum in Brussels, unpacked a Kalashnikov rifle, and killed at least three people Saturday.

Flagstaff, Ariz.: Officials said Sunday that they were slowly making progress in controlling a wildfire burning in a northern Arizona canyon that typically would draw many visitors over the Memorial Day weekend.

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