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World in brief: Blast in Thailand follows ambush by rebels

Suspected Muslim insurgents exploded a bomb that left at least 27 people injured in a southern Thai market today, officials said, a day after rebels ambushed a military patrol and killed eight soldiers.

The bomb was hidden in a motorcycle at the market in the capital of Yala province.

The explosion was the third blow for the government in as many days, coming after Monday’s ambush – during which one soldier was beheaded – and a jailbreak Sunday that saw six suspected militants escape.

Entering its fifth year, the Muslim rebellion in Thailand’s southernmost provinces has taken the lives of more than 2,800 people.

JAKARTA, Indonesia

Former dictator developing sepsis

Ailing former Indonesian dictator Suharto was developing sepsis, a potentially deadly infection of the blood, and the 86-year-old’s heart had become unstable, members of the presidential medical team said today.

“The signs of infection are clearly leading to sepsis,” Dr. Joko Raharjo told reporters at the Pertamina Hospital in the capital.

Sepsis is characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state caused by infection that may progress to blood circulatory dysfunction and eventually death. Suharto has already suffered multiple organ failure.


Paper reports Sarkozy wedding

The French newspaper that brought you the presidential divorce first now says an unnamed “source close to a witness who attended the ceremony” says that President Nicolas Sarkozy and his supermodel-turned-singer girlfriend, Carla Bruni, tied the knot in a “small, very private” wedding at the Elysee Palace on Thursday.

In response to the bulletin from L’Est Republicain on its Web site Monday, the Elysee Palace denied nothing.

Sarkozy told reporters last week, “There’s a strong chance that you will learn about it after it’s already done” – “it” being the wedding.

Franck Louvrier, Sarkozy’s communications chief, told the Washington Post he had “no comment.”