Two school children were among eight people injured by shrapnel from a roadside bomb near a park in Thailand's restive southern province of Songkhla on Monday.
Among the injured were a district assistant chief, a defense volunteer and villagers.
The Thai Army's Region 4 Forward Command said it believed that southern insurgents detonated the device when a converted pickup truck passed the spot. The explosion blew the vehicle off the road.
The explosion came after Sunday night's clash between the Thai Army and a group of insurgents. Five suspected southern insurgents were shot dead by security forces on a mountain in Narathiwat Province.
After the clash, Col. Pramote Prom-in, spokesman of the army's southern command, warned of possible imminent retaliation from insurgent groups.
The separatist insurgency in Thailand's largely ethnic Malay-Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has killed nearly 7,000 people since 2004.
The Thai government is in negotiation with several insurgent groups for peace talks.
A bus on Sunday flipped after sliding backwards while it was ascending a steep hill in Thailand's southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, killing two passengers and injuring 18 others.
A police officer said the accident occurred when the was taking a number of tourists from the Hainan Association back to Songkhla province after a trip to Surat Thani for a Hainanese function.
The bus driver, who was slightly injured, told police that his passengers asked him to drive up a hill called Noen Thewada, a well-known tourist spot, for sightseeing.
However, when ascending toward the hill, the bus driver noticed that his vehicle was not powerful enough to advance uphill, therefore the bus started to slide backwards and then gathered speed.
The driver said the bus veered off the road, hit a tree and flipped, hence the casualties.
Two female passengers were crushed to death. Eighteen other passengers were injured, three of them seriously. They were rushed to nearby hospitals.
Police had already held the driver and will question the latter to determine the exact cause of the accident.
The death toll from a flash flood in Indonesia's Yogyakarta province has increased to seven with 23 others injured, a disaster agency official said on Saturday.
The victims were swept away by the flood as 249 students of the SMP Negeri I Turi secondary school were exploring the Sembor River in Sleman district as a boy scouting activity, spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency Agus Wibowo said.
The spokesman said that three other students remained missing.
The accident occurred when volume of water from the upstream was suddenly rising with a strong current, sweeping away the students who were on the side of the river, Wibowo told Xinhua.
The search and rescue operation involved military personnel, policemen, rescuers from the search and rescue office, and personnel of the disaster agency as well as volunteers, according to the spokesman.
Hindu holy men were joined by devotees and the public Friday at a revered temple in Kathmandu where they lit up marijuana cigarettes during an annual festival despite prohibition and warnings by authorities.
Hundreds of police officers patrolled the forested area around the Pashupati temple, which was crowded with cannabis smokers celebrating the Shivaratri festival.
A group of ruling party lawmakers has recently filed a petition to legalize the farming and use of marijuana.
"There is a ban on smoking marijuana but at the same time it is a centuries-old tradition, which we have to respect," said police officer Suman Khadka, adding that no arrests were made.
During the festival, devotees visit temples of Hindu god Shiva.
Currently, the use of marijuana is punishable by prison sentences of up to a month for users and 10 years for traffickers.
"There is really no harm in smoking marijuana, it has been proven to have medical use too," said Bimal Giri, a factory worker who bought joints for 50 rupees (44 US cents) each from a Hindu holy man.
Nepal was famous for marijuana and other narcotics in the 1960s, when hippies made their way to the Himalayan nation. Shops and tea houses used to advertise and sell it legally. However, marijuana was outlawed in 1976.
South Korea reported its first death from the new virus on Thursday while the mayor of a southeastern city urged its 2.5 million people to stay inside as infections linked to a church congregation spiked.
The death was the ninth confirmed from the virus outside mainland China. Other deaths have occurred in France, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the South Korean man, believed to be about 63 years old, died at a hospital on Wednesday and posthumously tested positive for the virus. Officials said he had been hospitalized due to schizophrenia for an extended period and recently suffered pneumonia symptoms.
The center also confirmed 22 additional cases of the virus, raising the total in South Korea to 104.
Twenty-one of those new cases were in and around the city of Daegu, where the mayor urged citizens earlier Thursday to stay home and wear masks even indoors if possible.
In a televised news conference, Mayor Kwon Young-jin expressed fears that rising infections in the region will soon overwhelm the city's health system and called for urgent help from the central government.
"National quarantine efforts that are currently focused on blocking the inflow of the virus (from China) and stemming its spread are inadequate for preventing the illness from circulating in local communities," Kwon said.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 49 of 73 new patients confirmed in the city's region in the past two days went to services at a Daegu church attended by a previously confirmed virus patient or contacted her elsewhere. That patient is a South Korean woman in her early 60s who has no recent record of overseas travel, according to center officials. She tested positive for the virus on Tuesday.
The center's director, Jung Eun-kyeong, told reporters that it's still unclear whether she was a "super spreader" of the disease or merely the first patient detected in the area. Jung said officials were screening some 1,000 people who attended services at the Shincheonji Church of Jesus with the woman on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 and were placing them under home isolation.
The church, which claims about 200,000 followers in South Korea, said it has closed all of its 74 sanctuaries around the nation and told followers to instead watch its worship services on YouTube. It said in a statement that health officials were disinfecting its church in Daegu and were tracing the woman's contacts. The Daegu church has about 8,000 followers.
It said church officials have advised followers since late January to stay at home if they had recently traveled overseas or were experiencing even mild cold-like symptoms. But the woman assumed she had a common cold and kept coming to the church because she hadn't traveled overseas, church officials said.
"We think it's deeply regrettable ... for causing concerns to the local community," the statement said.
Shincheonji, which translates as "New heaven and new Earth," is a controversial new religious movement established in 1984 by Lee Man-hee. The church describes him as an angel of Jesus sent to testify about the fulfilled prophecies of the Book of Revelation.
The explosion of infections in Daegu and the neighboring region, as well as some new cases in the Seoul metropolitan area where the sources of infection are unclear, have raised concern that health authorities are losing track of the virus as it spreads more broadly in the country.
Kwon spoke shortly before South Korea's government acknowledged for the first time that the country was beginning to see "community transmission" of the illness, albeit at a "limited range."
"We are seeing infections in some areas like Seoul and Daegu where it's difficult to confirm the cause or routes of the infections," Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said, adding that the government would need to change its quarantine strategy that has focused on tracing contacts.
In a telephone conversation with Kwon later Thursday, President Moon Jae-in said the central government will provide all available assistance to help Daegu fight the virus, according to the presidential Blue House.
Separately, Moon also talked on the phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss cooperation in combating the virus. During the 30-minute call, they agreed to facilitate the sharing of information gained from infection treatments and strengthen cooperation between quarantine authorities, his office said.