Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra speaks with her Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Photo: Xinhua

Thailand, Muslim militants agree to peace talks

Thailand’s government signed a breakthrough deal with Muslim insurgents for the first time ever on Thursday, agreeing to hold talks to ease nearly a decade of violence in the country’s southern provinces that has killed more than 5,000 people.