BANGKOK – Anti-government protesters in Thailand vowed today to take control of state offices nationwide in their bid to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, escalating the biggest challenge she has faced since taking office.
Opposition-led protesters camped out overnight at the Finance and Foreign Ministries after storming their gates during a chaotic day of street rallies Monday. Both were closed today, along with the Agriculture Ministry, which told employees not to come to work to avoid nearby street protests in Bangkok.
Protesters say they want Yingluck, who took office in 2011, to step down amid claims her government is controlled by her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a military coup in 2006 for alleged corruption.
On Sunday, more than 100,000 demonstrators took to Bangkok’s streets, uniting against what they call the “Thaksin regime.”
Swedish journalists abducted in Syria
STOCKHOLM – Two Swedish journalists were abducted in Syria as they were trying to leave the country, Sweden’s Foreign Ministry said Monday.
The men were “taken” on Saturday as they were on their way out of Syria, spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson said. She declined to give other details, and said Swedish diplomats in Beirut were trying to get more information on the situation.
The ministry didn’t name them, but Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter said they were the newspaper’s stringer in Paris, Magnus Falkehed, and a freelance photographer, Niclas Hammarstrom.
More bodies found in mass graves
MEXICO CITY – The number of bodies found in almost two dozen clandestine graves in western Mexico has risen to 42, after five more corpses were discovered over the weekend.
Many of the bodies were bound or gagged. Some showed signs of torture, according to a federal prosecutor who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the news media.
The graves are in La Barca near the border between Jalisco and Michoacan states, in a remote area by Lake Chapala, which is popular among tourists and American retirees.