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Thailand’s Red Shirt leaders appear in court

By Mon, Aug 16, 2010 4:46PM UTC

The leaders of Thailand’s anti-government protest movement appeared at a Bangkok court Monday and pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges, while the government lifted a state of emergency in three provinces but kept the decree in place in the capital. Shackled at the ankles, 17 so-called Red Shirt protest leaders

Australia’s ruling party launches re-election bid

By Mon, Aug 16, 2010 4:29PM UTC

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has staked her government’s campaign for victory in a tight election race this week on its economic record in steering Australia clear of recession during the global downturn. Gillard used her speech to her Labor Party’s official campaign launch Monday to describe how her government had

Philippines confident of forging peace with rebels

By Mon, Aug 16, 2010 4:05PM UTC

Newly elected President Benigno Aquino III is open to amending the Philippine’s constitution to reach an elusive peace settlement with Muslim rebels during his six-year term, an official said Monday. Aquino’s strong popularity could help him win support for an accord with the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front, in contrast

Thailand lifts emergency decree in 3 provinces

By Mon, Aug 16, 2010 3:59PM UTC

Thailand’s government lifted a state of emergency in three provinces Monday but kept the decree in place in Bangkok and six other provinces. Emergency rule was lifted in the northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, said Tawin Pleansri, head of the

Religious minorities in Indonesia push back

By Mon, Aug 16, 2010 3:54PM UTC

Tired of government inaction, Christians and other religious minorities in Indonesia are pushing back against rising violence by Islamic hard-liners. For months, Christians in the industrial city of Bekasi have been warned against worshipping on a field that houses their shuttered church. They’ve arrived to find human feces dumped on

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