Thai PM calls snap election, protesters press on
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:50:00 -0500
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Martin Petty BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved parliament on Monday and called a snap election, but anti-government protest leaders pressed ahead with mass demonstrations in Bangkok seeking to install an unelected body to run the country. Police estimated that about 150,000 protesters were converging on Yingluck's office at Government House, extending a rally that had descended into violence before pausing late last week out of respect for the king's birthday. Blowing whistles, they said they would oust Yingluck and eradicate the influence of her self-exiled brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Declaring they were unable to work with Yingluck, the main opposition Democrat Party resigned en masse from parliament on Sunday, raising the question of whether it would boycott the election, driving Thailand deeper into crisis.
Controversial French sale of tribal masks to go ahead
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:46:58 -0500
A Paris auction of sacred objects from the Hopi and San Carlos Apache Native American tribes will go ahead Monday despite objections from the United States and activists, auctioneers EVE said. The US embassy had asked Paris to suspend the sale of the colourful ceremonial masks, head-dresses and other objects after the failure Friday of a legal challenge by advocacy group Survival International on behalf of Arizona's Hopi tribe. But EVE announced Monday that "on the one hand, the Hopi tribe had the possibility to lay out its arguments in front of the judge and was dismissed, and on the other hand, an exchange of detailed letters took place with the San Carlos Apache tribe".
Study: Erratic TV violence ratings fail parents
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:46:26 -0500
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Violent dramas on the broadcast networks carry milder parental cautions than cable shows like "The Walking Dead" but can equal them in graphic gore, a failure of the TV ratings system, a new study found.
Kiev: Riot police deployed near protest sites
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:44:10 -0500
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of riot police in full gear have moved into the center of the Ukrainan capital where opposition activists have been occupying a city administration building and a central square.
US's Hagel talks drones, Afghan peace with Pakistan PM
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:43:25 -0500
Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel held talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday as Washington sought to defuse tensions over controversial US drone strikes and Islamabad's role in Afghanistan. In the first visit by a US defence secretary in nearly four years, Hagel flew from Kabul to Islamabad to meet the premier and the country's new army chief, General Raheel Sharif. Ties between Washington and Islamabad have been seriously strained over US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt as well as Afghan Taliban sanctuaries inside Pakistan's borders.
South African police prepare for Mandela ceremony
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:38:34 -0500
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of South African police officers will be on hand at a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela in a Soweto soccer stadium, and authorities will block access to the site if crowds become too large, officials said Monday.
Car bomb near Iraqi cafe used by Sunni militia kills 11
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:38:08 -0500
A car bomb exploded near a cafe in northeastern Iraq on Monday, killing 11 people and wounding 23, police said, as the country grapples with its deadliest violence in at least five years. The explosion took place in Buhriz, 60 km (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, close to a cafe popular with members of the government-backed Sunni Muslim Sahwa militia. The force of the explosion pushed Ahmed Saied off his chair at a nearby store, wounding him in the leg. "While police were evacuating me, I saw many killed and wounded people at the scene." No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing in Diyala province, but Sunni insurgents linked to al Qaeda have frequently attacked Sahwa members this year.
Auction house ignores US plea to delay Hopi sale
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:31:07 -0500
PARIS (AP) — A French auction house has ignored an urgent request by the U.S. Embassy to delay a sale of dozens of sacred Hopi masks.
Champagne widows stamped grand legacy on wine
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:27:29 -0500
REIMS, France (AP) — For Champagne to become the tipple it is today — popped at weddings, quaffed in casinos, sprayed by racing drivers and smashed against ships — a few men had to die.
Tech giants call for controls on gov't snooping
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:25:31 -0500
LONDON (AP) — Eight major tech giants have called for tighter controls on government surveillance, joining forces to argue there should be reforms in the way the United States snoops on people.
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