URGENT ¥¥¥ Thailand, rebel group agree to seek peace talks

Thailand's government on Thursday signed its first-ever agreement with a rebel group in its Muslim-majority south, pledging to work toward peace talks aimed at ending a festering insurgency.

The pledge was signed in Kuala Lumpur between representatives of the Thai government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional rebels ahead of talks between Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak.