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New police chief puts class 12 on top UPDATE BP comments added

By Sun, Aug 15, 2010 9:04AM UTC

[BP: Was also going to blog on the Class 12 lock on the key military-police positions. Prayuth and Wichean are four and three years away from retirement so they can control things for the next three years. Another point of interest is that both of them have spent signigicant periods

Security tightened in Kashmir to stop protests

By Sat, Aug 14, 2010 5:07PM UTC

Tens of thousands of police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled the streets in Indian-controlled Kashmir as security was tightened across most parts of the region Saturday a day after government forces killed four people during protests against Indian rule. Authorities reimposed a strict curfew in Srinagar, the main city, and in

Europe right-wingers at controversial Japan shrine

By Sat, Aug 14, 2010 5:06PM UTC

French nationalist Jean-Marie Le Pen and other European right-wing politicians paid a visit Saturday to a Japanese shrine that has drawn outrage for honoring war criminals. Le Pen, leader of the far-right French National Front and Adam Walker of the British National Party said they were making the visit, which

Rights group demands release of Uzbek activist

By Sat, Aug 14, 2010 4:56PM UTC

A prominent international advocacy group has appealed to authorities in Uzbekistan to reverse a 13-year jail sentence handed to a rights activist on what it says are trumped-up charges. Human Rights Watch said in a statement Saturday that the evidence against Gaibullo Jalilov lacked credibility. Jalilov has been serving nine-year

Afghan, NATO troops pursue Haqqani fighters

By Sat, Aug 14, 2010 4:50PM UTC

More than 20 insurgents including Arab, Chechen and Pakistani fighters, have been killed by NATO and Afghan forces who are ramping up operations in the east against a Taliban faction linked to al-Qaida, the international coalition said Saturday. Separately, a NATO service member was killed Saturday following an insurgent attack

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