Thailand

Thailand's Senate Votes Down Amnesty Bill

Prompted anti-government protests

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BANGKOK — Thailand's Senate has voted down a blanket amnesty bill seen as a move to ease political tensions that have triggered widespread street protests against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.  Protesters have called on the government to schedule new general elections.

After more than 12 hours of debate, the Thai Senate late Monday rejected the controversial blanket amnesty bill that has triggered the latest anti-government street protests.