Thai Prime Minister dissolves parliament amid protests

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament amid anti-government protests. She says elections will be held "as soon as possible". Protests are continuing to take place in Bangkok.

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Battle in Bangkok as protesters call for PM's resignation

Street battles between protesters and police which started over the weekend in the Thai capital of Bangkok have intensified today.

The violence took place around key institutions - including the Parliament building and police headquarters - with officers using rubber bullets, water cannon and tear gas against the protesters.

Protest leaders are calling for a "people's council" to be set up to run the country, but Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said today that such a move would be undemocratic.

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