Thai P.M. probed for rice scheme as protests wane

Jan 16, 2014, 10:14 AM EST
Security guards from the nearby anti-government protest site gather at the scene of a small explosion just moments after a small ping pong bomb detonated on January 16, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Just as protests against her rule began to lose steam, activists got an infusion of energy Thursday when an official anti-corruption commission began to look into Premier Shinawatra's role in a complex rice subsidy scheme. At the same time, her government has called on police to arrest protest leader and oppo pol Suthep Thaugsuban.

Background:

'Corrupt rice subsidy scheme' gets look [BBC]

Pro-government 'redshirts' await call to action [Christian Science Monitor]

Police told to arrest protest leader [The Times]