BANGKOK: A car bomb exploded on Friday outside a hotel in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand, killing three people and wounding 36 others, police said.Of the wounded, three were in critical condition, Lieutenant Colonel Sophon Saisuree told AFP by telephone from Betong in Yala province where the blast happened."A car bomb went off in front of Holiday Hotel at around 4:00 pm (0900 GMT)", he said."We had been informed that there would be unrest in the deep south near the end of Ramadan,"
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories Israeli fire on Friday pushed the Palestinian death toll in Gaza to above 808, as Washington pressed Israel and Hamas to agree a week-long humanitarian ceasefire and thrash out a durable truce.In the West Bank, Palestinian factions declared a "Day of Rage" after a night of clashes over Israel s Gaza offensive, with one Palestinian killed.Among those killed in an air strike on Gaza on Friday were two women, one of them pregnant, adding to a spiralling toll
BAGHDAD: Suicide bombers and gunmen Thursday attacked a bus transferring convicts from a prison north of Baghdad in a huge onslaught that sparked clashes with security forces and left at least 60 dead, police said.The dead include prisoners and policemen, an official at the interior ministry told AFP. The assault came a year almost to the day after an attack on two Iraqi prisons freed some 500 inmates.