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Thailand: Leader Seeks to Slow Protests – New York Times

New York TimesThe Thai prime minister on Wednesday proposed the formation of a reform council to mollify a protest movement seeking to topple her government, but her opponents immediately rejected her idea. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the council would …Protesters reject Thai PM reform plan, threaten pollIndian ExpressProtest-hit Thailand prolongs security lawPakistan Daily TimesRocks, […]

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Under Mounting Pressure, Turkey Premier Shuffles Cabinet – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalISTANBUL—Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered the worst blow in his decade in power when an old friend quit the cabinet and called for his resignation—the latest fallout from a corruption investigation that threatens to undermine the leadership of …Turkey’s Cabinet Reshuffled Over Corruption Probe.Voice of AmericaTurkish PM reshuffles cabinet after 3 step […]

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Erdogan Urged to Quit as Three Ministers Resign Amid Graft Probe – Businessweek

BusinessweekEnvironment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar became the third minister to resign today over graft allegations and urged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to follow suit, saying the Turkish leader had approved his actions. Bayraktar, speaking on NTV television …Turkey resignations: Corruption or power struggle with Islamic cleric in US?CNN InternationalThree Cabinet Ministers Resign in TurkeyWall Street […]

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3 Turkish Cabinet ministers resign over probe – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Three Cabinet ministers resigned in Turkey on Wednesday, days after their sons were taken into custody in a sweeping corruption and bribery scandal that has targeted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s allies in one of the …Dozens detained in Turkish graft probeCNN InternationalTurkish environment minister resigns over graft probe, calls […]

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2 Turkish Cabinet ministers resign – USA TODAY

USA TODAYANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two Cabinet ministers resigned in Turkey on Wednesday, days after their sons were arrested in a sweeping corruption and bribery scandal that has targeted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s allies and become one of the worst …Turkey’s ruling party shaken but to stay in power until elections: analystsXinhuaTurkey Cabinet Ministers […]

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Analysis – Netanyahu seeks to slow Iran-US thaw by ramping up demands of deal – Reuters UK

Reuters UKJERUSALEM (Reuters) – By ramping up his demands of any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to stem the tide of international diplomacy which has turned against him in recent …Iranian FM says Sunday’s technical talks not “easy”Jerusalem PostIran: World powers should avoid ‘troublemaking’Washington PostIranian […]

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Thai Antigovernment Protesters Stage Mass Rally – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalThai antigovernment protesters gathering during a rally outside Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s residence on Dec. 22. Associated Press. BANGKOK—Large crowds of protesters spilled out onto the streets of Thailand’s capital Sunday in a bid to force …Thai protesters stage new mass rally in BangkokUSA TODAYThai Protesters Surround Yingluck’s House as She Tours NorthBloombergTens […]

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Turkey removes another 25 police chiefs over graft inquiry -media – Reuters

ReutersANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish authorities have removed another 25 police chiefs from their posts, media reported, widening a crackdown on the force since it launched a corruption investigation that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called a “dirty operation” …Erdogan blames outside forces for Turkish corruption scandalFinancial TimesErdogan says foreign plot behind graft probeThe News InternationalTurkey’s […]

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Thai opposition party to boycott general election – Boston.com

Boston.comBANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party has announced that it will boycott February’s general election, deepening the country’s weekslong political crisis. The party’s leader, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, announced the boycott …Thai opposition to boycott 2 February electionsBBC NewsThai opposition meets to decide on election boycottReuters UKThai Red Shirts Wait in Wings […]

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Putin-Ukraine Rapprochement Seen Frustrating Russian Steelmakers – Businessweek

BusinessweekRussian steelmakers may be frustrated by an agreement between President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych to strengthen ties, according to BCS Financial Group and Deutsche Bank AG. “Domestic producers may face a little …Russia’s Gazprom may gain despite cheaper gas to UkraineReutersAnalysts Weigh In on Ukraine’s Russian LifelineWall Street JournalUkraine’s Prime Minister […]

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Thai military backs elections despite links to opposition – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldBangkok: Thailand’s powerful military has declared its support for elections set for February in a blow to the country’s protest movement that has crippled the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. But top military commander Thanasak …Thai military chief rebuffs appeal for interventionTimes of IndiaProtest leaders outline their aimsHerald ScotlandThai protest leader wants […]

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Thai protesters outline reform agenda at military meeting – ABC Online

ABC OnlineLeaders of the protest movement trying to overthrow the Thai government have outlined their aims at an armed forces seminar on Saturday. The country’s military – which can make or break any attempt to remove Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office …High society hits the streets as prominent Thais join protestsReutersThailand’s self-exiled ex-PM may […]

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Obama Selfie? Really Helle Thorning-Schmidt Selfie At Mandela Funeral

President Obama can’t catch a break at times. Sitting with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron, it was she who initiated making the “selfie” (the new hot word for a self-portrait made with a smartphone) at the “festive” funeral for Nelson Mandela. But even with that fact, and her defense […]

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Thailand: Ex-PM Charged With Murder Over Protest Crackdown – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaFormer Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been formally charged with the murder of two protesters during a military crackdown in 2010. Prosecutors say Mr. Abhisit ordered security forces to shoot on a crowd of mostly unarmed Red Shirt protesters, 90 of …Former Thai PM indicted on murder chargesCNNThai protesters cut off power […]

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How 2013 became the year of the ‘selfie’ – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukThere seems to be no corner of the Western world left untouched by the creep of the “selfie”. This one raised some eyebrows yesterday. Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt snapped herself with Barack Obama and David Cameron during …Cameron’s Self-Taken Photograph With Obama Criticized by PapersBusinessweekObama critics focus on a selfie and a handshakeWashington […]

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Mock funding drive launched to send Bibi to Mandela service – Haaretz

HaaretzMondoweiss, a progressive Jewish website, starts tongue-in-cheek campaign, tells readers ‘desperate times call for desperate measures.’ By Haaretz | Dec. 10, 2013 | 2:52 PM. Tweet. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Photo by Emil Salman.Why Palestinians embrace Mandela more as fighter than peacemaker – for nowChristian Science MonitorUK warns investors against doing business with […]

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Hagel to meet with Pakistan’s prime minister – USA TODAY

USA TODAYISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has arrived in Pakistan for meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other officials. Pentagon spokesman Carl Woog says Hagel is looking forward to “candid and productive conversations” …Hagel to Discuss Afghanistan During Visit to PakistanBloombergUS Def Sec in Pakistan to discuss drones, NATO blockadeIndian ExpressHagel […]

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Netanyahu says nuke negotiators must demand Iran change ‘genocidal policy’ – Fox News

Fox NewsWarning the international community to “beware” Iran’s intentions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States and other negotiators to demand as part of nuclear talks that the regime “change its genocidal policy” toward the Jewish …Report: UN inspectors begin Iran nuclear plant visitUSA TODAYNetanyahu: Palestinian recognition of Jewish State ‘minimal requirement for […]

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Thailand’s Yingluck Shinawatra Proposes Referendum – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalDemocrat leader and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva speaks along with his party members in Bangkok on Sunday. Associated Press. BANGKOK—Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Sunday proposed a referendum to decide her political …Thai crisis deepens as opposition quits parliamentTimes of IndiaYingluck Offers to Hold Thai Referendum on Unelected CouncilBusinessweekThai opposition Democrat […]

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President Obama, Prime Minister Reinfeldt Of Sweden In Press Conference: Transcript

President Obama and Sweden’s Prime Minister Reinfeldt gave a joint press conference early this morning on Syria. Here’s the full, unedited transcript from that session: REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRIME MINISTER REINFELDT OF SWEDEN IN A JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE Rosenbad Stockholm, Sweden 2:45 P.M. CEST PRIME MINISTER REINFELDT: It’s a great honor and pleasure […]

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Roots For Peace SF At Center Of Historic Israel-Palestine Effort To Remove Landmines From Bethlehem

‘Roots for Peace’ in San Francisco is at the center of an incredible partnership. Representatives of the Bay Area non-profit group spearheaded a historic Palestine and Israel agreement to remove landmines from the City of Bethlehem and will travel to the Holy Land to oversee the first removal and detonation of mines. Heidi Kühn, Founder […]

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Oslo Government Building Damaged

Oslo, Norway experienced an explosion which caused damage to the government building and killed one citizen. There have been several injuries, but the Christian Science Monitor reports that the Prime Minister has not been harmed: ” “Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is safe, government spokeswoman Camilla Ryste told The Associated Press. There was no immediate word […]