Thailand extends deadline for ousted PM to return and face corruption charges.
|Thailand’s troubled south|
Area was semi-autonomous Islamic Malay sultanate until annexed by Thailand in 1902
Malay-Muslims complain assimilation policies have restricted their customs
Several violent uprisings have been put down by army over the century
Latest uprising flared in 2004 after three years of tough policies on the south by Thaksin Shinawatra, the then premier
Despite martial law imposed in 2004, near daily attacks blamed on Muslim fighters have left about 2,200 people dead and many injured, including Muslims
Three police officers suffered serious injuries, while three reporters and 13 passers-by suffered minor injuries, he added.