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Bomb kills 1, wounds 10 after by-election

BANGKOK | A post-election bomb blast at a bus stop in Thailand’s capital left one person dead and 10 wounded.

The polls had just closed in a parliamentary election that pitted a government candidate against a jailed leader of recent mass protests in Bangkok.

Police declined to speculate whether the bombing was part of Thailand’s continued political turbulence in the aftermath of the street demonstrations that paralyzed much of the capital for weeks.

The explosion was near two department stores that have been closed since they were torched during the protests.

Unofficial results show the government candidate scored a narrow victory in an election touted by rival sides as a barometer of Thailand’s political climate.

The vote was seen as a test of strength for the Red Shirt movement, which mounted demonstrations demanding new elections.


Military opens fire on Israeli aircraft

BEIRUT | The Lebanese military opened fire with anti-aircraft batteries on an Israeli reconnaissance plane that had violated the country’s airspace Sunday, the army said.

“The anti-aircraft batteries fired at an Israeli ‘MK’ type reconnaissance aircraft flying at low altitude in the southern sector, forcing it to turn back,” according to an army statement.

Lebanon’s military puts out almost daily statements about Israeli violations of the country’s airspace, but the aircraft are engaged only if they come within range of the ground batteries.

The United Nations considers such overflights to be a violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which brought an end in 2006 to a brief but deadly war between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia.

July 12 was the fourth anniversary of the start of the 34-day conflict that destroyed much of Lebanon’s major infrastructure and killed more than 1,200 people in Lebanon, mainly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

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