What might happen next in Thailand, where Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has warned anti-government protesters he's ready to authorise force if necessary to oust them from their fortified encampment in the centre of Bangkok?
Thailand braced for new unrest after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (pictured) warned opposition "red shirt" protesters that armed forces will retake the central Bangkok encampment occupied by the anti-government movement, by force if necessary.
Tensions remain high in Thailand as police confronted "Red Shirt" protesters on Friday at a fortified barricade that forms the protesters' front line amid fears of new violence after a series of deadly grenade attacks.
Thailand's prime minister called an emergency meeting of security officials Thursday, after a series of explosions hit the capital of Bangkok, killing at least three people and injuring at least 70 others.
In this edition: China is still reeling after the earthquake that hit the Qinghai region, leaving hundreds dead - the government has pledged 29 million dollars in aid to the area; in Thailand, the army continues its crackdown on the opposition 'Red Shirts' - we look at how powerful the Thai army is, and how it could use this power now; and in India, the world's biggest religious festival reaches its climax as millions of Hindus take a dip in the Ganges river for the Kumbh Mela.
A “Red Shirt” protest leader escaped a Bangkok hotel by climbing down a rope on Friday shortly after security forces surrounded the hotel in a bid to arrest those leading anti-government demonstrations.