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Thai government taps Facebook for country rebrand campaign

By Sun, Sep 05, 2010 12:00PM UTC Thai government taps Facebook for country rebrand campaign

The growth of Facebook in Thailand has been meteoric this year, with the estimated 2 million in January 2010 more than doubling to date. The social network service has become such a major channel for communicating that the government has turned to it to engage with Thai citizens to decided

Outgoing NATO deputy rues early optimism on Marjah

By Sun, Sep 05, 2010 2:42AM UTC

NATO commanders were overly optimistic when they predicted quick success taking the key Taliban-held town of Marjah last winter, the outgoing deputy commander said Saturday. There are now fledgling signs of a turnaround, but burned once by Marjah’s unpredictability, the military will be more restrained in forecasting success, British Lt.

Afghans continue pulling money from troubled bank

By Sun, Sep 05, 2010 2:29AM UTC

Nervous Afghans pulled more deposits out of the nation’s largest bank on Saturday, despite assurances from government leaders that their money was safe. Crowds gathered at Kabul Bank branches around the capital to withdraw dollar and Afghan currency savings, with customers saying they had lost faith in the bank’s solvency

Death toll rises to 65 in attack on Pakistanis

By Sun, Sep 05, 2010 2:26AM UTC

The death toll from a Pakistani Taliban suicide attack on a Shiite Muslim procession rose to 65 Saturday as critically wounded people died in hospitals, while a suspected U.S. missile strike killed seven insurgents in a restive tribal area. About 150 people were wounded and some remained in critical condition

Burma’s CRPP announces plan to boycott election

By Sat, Sep 04, 2010 8:36PM UTC

The Committee Representing the People’s Parliament (CRPP) has declared that it will not take part in the forthcoming general election in Burma and have encouraged the people to follow suit after the country’s junta’s continues to ignore the 1990 election result, according to Aye Thar Aung, a spokesman for the

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