Although their targets have overwhelmingly been confined to Thailand's three southernmost provinces, the militants have apparently carried out isolated attacks elsewhere - detonating, for example, a auto bomb in the underground parking lot of a mall on the tourist island of Koh Samui in April 2015 that wounded at least seven people.
The measure goes into effect following the conclusion on Wednesday of peace negotiations under way in Havana since November 2012. It took perseverance, patience, and creativity to reach the comprehensive accord this week, and many believe the process and outcome can serve as inspiration in seeking a negotiated solution to other conflicts around the world.
Asked in the ARD interview when Germans would get tax relief given that Germany has a budget surplus, Merkel said that would come "in the next legislative period". "Much of what we found hard at the beginning, we can now do pretty well". Germany's economy minister says free trade talks between the European Union and the United States have failed.
On the eve of the presidential election in Gabon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Gabonese to vote responsibly and urged the candidates and other political stakeholders to abstain from any acts of incitement and maintain a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election.
In 14 rounds of talks, the two sides had not agreed on a single common chapter out of 27 being discussed, Mr Gabriel said . The trade talks over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) began to stagnate years ago with the 14th round of negotiations between American and European Union officials in Brussels in July serving as potentially the final death knell.
Frank-Juergen Weise, the head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, said in an interview in the German weekly Bild am Sonntag that he expects a sharp drop in numbers in 2016 compared with previous year. On Tuesday Merkel, responding to interview questions by regional newspapers about her plans for the 2017 elections, said: "I will comment on that at the appropriate time".