Asia & Pacific

Thai Police Allege Armed Plot by Government Opponents

Thai soldiers walk outside the Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong intersection, the scene of last week's bombing, in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai soldiers walk outside the Erawan Shrine at Rajprasong intersection, the scene of last week's bombing, in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK—Thai police said Thursday they have uncovered a plot by opponents of the military government involving an armed attack during upcoming events commemorating the country’s...

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