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World News: Thailand rocked by arson, bomb attacks across 3 provinces Updated: 2022-08-18 10:13:47 KST

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Thailand has been hit with a series of arson and bomb attacks.
Authorities say there were explosions and fires in at least 17 different areas, which left 7 people injured on Wednesday.
The attacks were aimed at gas stations and convenience stores in the Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat provinces.
Although the attacks appear to be connected, no one has yet claimed responsibility.
This comes as the three affected provinces and parts of a fourth have witnessed low-level insurgency against the Thai government since the 1960s, with separatist groups in the region seeking independence.
According to reports at least 7,300 people have been killed in that conflict since 2004.

Israel and Turkiye look set to re-establish full diplomatic ties.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid made the announcement on Wednesday after the PM's conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Both countries will re-appoint their ambassadors to Tel-Aviv and Ankara.
The ambassadors were previously expelled from their positions by their respective hosts four years ago.
The expulsions came amid the fallout from the killings of 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces during protests on the Gaza border opposing the U.S. embassy's move to Jerusalem.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas caused uproar on Tuesday by saying Israel was responsible for "50 Holocausts".
He made the comments at a joint press conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Abbas used the word "Holocaust" when saying that Israel had committed massacres against Palestinian residents.
He was responding to a question about whether he would apologize for the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches and a German police officer by Palestinian militants at the 1972 Munich Olympics
Scholz has criticized Abbas' statement, saying on Wednesday that for Germans, making comparisons to the holocaust is unacceptable.

Indonesia celebrated its 77th Independence Day with a slippery tradition.
Groups of Indonesians at an amusement park in Jakarta on Wednesday attempted to climb 45 oil-covered palm trees to reach prizes hung at the top.
The annual event called "Panjat Pinang", which means "climbing palm trees", made its return for the first time in two years after Indonesia had suspended large events amid COVID-19 fears.
The day was marked by a series of other competitions nationwide.

Matthew Ashley, Arirang News.
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