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Thailand van accident: Fear and loathing in the ‘Land of Smiles’

By Mon, Jan 10, 2011 7:21PM UTC

By Thaweeporn Kummetha On the evening of December 27 of last year, there was a horror car accident on a Don Muang elevated motorway in Bangkok. Nine lives were lost, after a passenger van was hit by a sedan. Many of the passengers were thrown out of the van onto

Sibal’s fuzzy math goes unchallenged

By Mon, Jan 10, 2011 7:12PM UTC

Kapil Sibal was an inspired choice to replace Andimuthu Raja as telecom minister two months ago. He is an astute lawyer blessed with the ability to obfuscate the clearest of evidence, extremely articulate and telegenic (having been a party spokesman for years) and possessed with a clean reputation. In some

Malaysia’s rape scandal: Was there one?

By Mon, Jan 10, 2011 6:28PM UTC

Or was it a political move to get rid of a cabinet minister? asks Asia Sentinel Two Indonesian agencies, one a government body and the other an NGO, are offering opposing stories on whether an Indonesian maid was raped by Malaysian Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim in 2007. But

Flash floods kill 2 in water-weary NE Australia

By Mon, Jan 10, 2011 6:21PM UTC

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Flash floods swept through an Australian city Monday, killing at least two people, trapping others in cars and leaving some clinging to trees as relentless rains brought more misery to a region battling its worst flooding in decades. The raging torrent of muddy water picked up

Pakistani government accepts opposition demands

By Mon, Jan 10, 2011 5:54PM UTC

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani government has accepted key demands by the country’s main opposition party in a bid to avoid further political unrest. A spokesman for the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-N party on Monday welcomed the decision, which would include a 30 percent reduction in government expenditures and

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