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by Sassafras on Wed Apr 21st, 2010 at 01:27:51 PM EST
Al Jazeera: Protesters seize troops in Thailand

Anti-government protesters in Thailand have seized a train carrying about 70 soldiers and military equipment northeast of the capital, Bangkok.

The troops were travelling through the Khon Kaen area, a stronghold of the so-called red shirt protesters, when they were seized on Wednesday.

Hundreds of red shirts stopped the 18-car train from leaving a station 450km from Bangkok.

by Sassafras on Wed Apr 21st, 2010 at 02:55:20 PM EST
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BBC: Thai protesters build barricades and toy with talks

Thai anti-government protesters have built formidable barricades of tyres and sharpened bamboo canes in Bangkok as tensions build in the capital.

But tentative hints of possible new talks between protesters and the government have emerged, as parliament met for the first time in two weeks.

Troops remain behind lines nearby in an increasingly militarised standoff.

The red-shirts are demanding that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva step down and parliament is dissolved.

But analysts say both sides might feel the need for talks as the prospect of another bloody crackdown looms.

by Sassafras on Wed Apr 21st, 2010 at 02:57:07 PM EST
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BBC: Lebanon PM denies Hezbollah supplied with Scud missiles

The Lebanese prime minister has denied allegations that militant group Hezbollah has been supplied with Scud missiles by neighbouring Syria.

Saad Hariri said the accusation, made by Israel, reminded him of the false claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

The Western-backed Mr Hariri is in a coalition government with Hezbollah, the militant Shia Muslim organisation.

Hezbollah fought a 34-day conflict with Israel in 2006.

by Sassafras on Wed Apr 21st, 2010 at 03:09:40 PM EST
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Al Jazeera: Kyrgyz ex-president remains defiant

Kyrgyzstan's ousted president has insisted he is still the legitimate president and urged the world not to legitimise the uprising in which he was forced into exile.

Speaking in the Belarussian capital of Minsk, Kurmanbek Bakiyev called on the international community to shun the interim government which seized power after deadly riots.

by Sassafras on Wed Apr 21st, 2010 at 03:28:37 PM EST
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BBC: Nigeria reprisal killings continue near city of Jos

The Nigerian military has exhumed seven fresh corpses from shallow graves near the city of Jos, in the latest apparent revenge killing.

There are almost daily reports of attacks on people in rural villages and of disappearances in Jos itself.

The bodies of two local farmers were discovered earlier this week - three other people are still missing.

Clashes between rival communities - Hausa Muslims and Berom Christians - have left hundreds dead this year.

by Sassafras on Wed Apr 21st, 2010 at 03:39:44 PM EST
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Independent: Mosque murder leaves Kandahar on the edge

Assassins killed the deputy mayor of Kandahar yesterday as violence in Afghanistan's second city continued to spiral out of control before a planned Nato offensive.

Gunmen entered a mosque where Azizullah Yarmal was bowing his head in prayer and shot him at point-blank range

by Sassafras on Wed Apr 21st, 2010 at 03:49:45 PM EST
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Murder and kidnapping in Honduras:

Oscar Flores, "the chronicler of the resistance" ... was kidnapped yesterday. And in San Pedro, journalist Giorgino Orellana was murdered.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Wed Apr 21st, 2010 at 05:33:29 PM EST
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NZ Herald: Vote over republic falls at first hurdle
A bill setting up a referendum on republicanism was defeated in Parliament last night at its first reading, 68 votes to 53.

The Head of State Referenda Bill in the name of Green MP Keith Locke provided for a referendum with three options on how New Zealand should select its head of state.

The three options were the status quo of the British monarch being the head of state, a New Zealand head of state determined by a 75 per cent majority in Parliament or a head of state directly elected by the people under a preferential system.

The bill allowed for a second referendum if none of the three options got 50 per cent of the vote.

Not our time yet. Just got to wait for a few more old fart traditionalists (or the present monarch) to die off naturally.

by IdiotSavant on Wed Apr 21st, 2010 at 10:16:15 PM EST
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Israel Billionaire Tshuva Strikes Gas, Fueling Energy Expansion  Bloomberg

April 22 (Bloomberg) -- Isaac Tshuva uses sugar packets on a table in the lounge of his Leonardo City Tower Hotel in Tel Aviv to mark the spots of three natural-gas fields off Israel that he said will fuel global growth of his energy business.

The Israeli billionaire, owner of New York's Plaza Hotel, said his Delek Group Ltd. and partners including Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. are now homing in on more deposits after last year announcing a record find in waters off Haifa, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports in its April 26 edition.

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Delek-controlled companies and partners led by Noble Energy in January 2009 announced a find at the Tamar prospect that may hold 7.7 trillion cubic feet of gas (218 billion cubic meters), according to a survey by Netherland, Sewell & Associates Inc. That's more than twice the annual output of Norway, the world's second-largest gas exporter. The partners have secured about $11 billion in domestic gas commitments and expect output by 2012.

The Levant Basin, where Tamar is located and which stretches the length of Israel and Lebanon, may hold 227 trillion cubic feet of gas, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a report released April 8, its first review of the region.

 

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 21st, 2010 at 11:47:01 PM EST
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