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Grenade explodes in Bangkok hotel-shopping complex

By Fri, Aug 27, 2010 1:54PM UTC

A grenade exploded outside a Bangkok hotel and shopping mall, shattering windows and wounding a security guard, police said Friday. The Thursday night blast was the second attack in a month near the King Power shopping compound and the latest in a string of low-level explosions that have rattled the

Greens won’t demand Cabinet post in Aussie gov’t

By Fri, Aug 27, 2010 11:31AM UTC

The Greens party said Friday it would not demand a Cabinet seat in exchange for helping either of Australia’s main parties form a government following elections that failed to deliver a clear winner. Sen. Bob Brown, leader of the environment-focused minor party, said he would prefer to see the center-left

Mystery surrounds NKorean leader’s trip to China

By Fri, Aug 27, 2010 11:26AM UTC

Mystery surrounded North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il on his strangely timed visit to China while former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was in North Korea winning the release of an imprisoned American. Kim’s Thursday trip to China was his second in three months — unusual for a man who never

Cambodia builds protest park far from gov’t center

By Fri, Aug 27, 2010 11:21AM UTC

Cambodia is building a small park to accommodate demonstrators, but would-be protesters criticize the project as a means to throttle dissent by keeping them far from government offices. Democracy Square is 70 percent complete and should be finished by the end of September, said Sam Samuth, chief of Phnom Penh’s

Afghan president questions US timeline for leaving

By Fri, Aug 27, 2010 10:59AM UTC

President Hamid Karzai criticized the U.S. plan to begin withdrawing troops starting next July and said the war on terror cannot succeed as long as the Taliban and their allies maintain sanctuaries in Pakistan. Karzai’s statements Thursday were made during a meeting with visiting U.S. congressmen and come at a

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