Man surrenders after firing many shots into air in Bangkok

Thai police officers gather near the site of a shooting in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Multiple gunshots have been fired into the air by a man in the middle of the capital Bangkok, police said. (AP)
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Updated 14 February 2020

Man surrenders after firing many shots into air in Bangkok

  • The shooting was reported to have started at about 4 a.m. Friday
  • The man suspected of firing some 20-40 shots was refusing to surrender more than six hours later

BANGKOK: Police took a man into custody Friday after he fired multiple gunshots into the air in central Bangkok, injuring no one less than a week after a soldier killed 29 people in shooting rampage in northeastern Thailand.
The incident in the Thai capital was related to a personal conflict, Lt. Gen. Pakkapong Pongpetra, chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, told reporters.
He said the suspect surrendered and agreed to accompany police to their station.
The man was reported to have fired 20-40 shots during the incident lasting more than six hours in a residential neighborhood with small shops, many selling sporting goods, next to Chulalongkorn University.
Police had cleared the area around the building and Thai media reported a family member was brought in to try to convince him to surrender.
Last Saturday, a Thai soldier angered over a land dispute killed his commanding officer and the officer’s mother-in-law before stealing more weapons and heading to the Terminal 21 Korat mall in Nakhon Ratchasima.
He holed up there for several hours before security forces killed him, ending the rampage in which he killed 29 people in Thailand’s largest mass shooting.


Meghan seeks to stop tabloid naming friends in UK legal battle

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Meghan seeks to stop tabloid naming friends in UK legal battle

  • Meghan is taking on Mail on Sunday to court
  • Duchess says 5 friends have right to privacy

LONDON: Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, on Thursday sought a court order to stop the publisher of the Mail on Sunday tabloid from revealing the names of five friends who could be witnesses in an ongoing legal dispute, according to a court filing.
Meghan, wife of Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry, is suing publisher Associated Newspapers over articles the Mail on Sunday printed last year that included parts of a handwritten letter she sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018.
Markle and his daughter have not spoken since he pulled out of appearing at her wedding to Harry in May 2018.
The Mail justified publishing the letter by saying five unnamed friends of Meghan had put her version of events in interviews with the U.S. magazine People.
Her legal team say it was untrue she had authorised or arranged for her friends to tell People about the letter, and on Thursday said Associated Newspapers were threatening to publish their names.
"These five women are not on trial, and nor am I. The publisher of the Mail on Sunday is the one on trial," Meghan said in a witness statement to London's High Court reviewed by Reuters.
"Each of these women is a private citizen... and each has a basic right to privacy," she added, saying their names had appeared in a confidential section of her legal papers.
A spokesman for the Mail on Sunday said the newspaper had "no intention" of publishing the names of the friends this weekend, but said it had told Meghan's lawyers that the question of their confidentiality should be considered by the court.
"Their evidence is at the heart of the case and we see no reason why their identities should be kept secret," he said.
Meghan, Harry and their baby son Archie are living in Los Angeles, having stepped down from royal duties at the end of March, partly because of intense media intrusion into their lives.
In documents filed last week as part of Meghan’s privacy case, her lawyers said her friends had spoken out because of the "tremendous emotional distress" caused by "false" British tabloid press articles.
In May, the judge in the case rejected part of her claim that the paper had acted dishonestly and stoked the rift with her father. The full trial is not expected until next year.