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Clock ticking for Thai PM as court verdict nears BANGKOK: A Thai court will decide this week whether to give embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, accusations that could bring her down, or whether to move swiftly to a verdict.The fate of Yingluck and her government will determine the course of politics in Thailand which is polarised between the supporters of her and her brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, and supporters of the royalist establishment.The confrontation between the two sides, marked by occasional violence, has undermined growth in Southeast Asia's second biggest economy.Yingluck's government has faced months of sometimes violent anti-government protests but it appeared to be weathering the storm until legal challenges against her began to mount in February.The charges Yingluck faces this week relate to the transfer of National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri in 2011, which opponents say was done to benefit her party. The ...

Female Saudi pilot flies high ISLAMABAD: A Thirty-five-year-old Saudi women Hanadi Al-Hindi has become the first licensed female pilot in the Kingdom, who had battled kidney problems, acquired licensing from the Jeddah-based General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to fly planes in Saudi Arabia.Al-Hindi, who wears a headscarf, has begun flying small and wide-bodied luxury planes belonging to a fleet from the Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), Arab News reported.Khaled Al-Khaibary, a GACA spokesman, neither confirmed nor denied awarding the license ...

Four more crew detained over South Korea ferry disaster SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors Monday detained four more crew members in a widening investigation into a ferry disaster that left hundreds missing, presumed dead, local media reported.Yonhap news agency cited prosecutors as saying three officers and one engineer from the capsized ferry Sewol had been taken into police custody, following the arrest at the weekend of the captain and two other crew members.The 6,825-tonne ship sank off the southwest coast on Wednesday with 476 people ...

Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane PERTH: A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean on Monday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission scouring the sea bed with still no sign of wreckage. The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has narrowed to a 10 sq km (6.2 sq mile) patch of sea ...

South Korea April 1-20 exports up 4.3pc y/y SEOUL: South Korean exports rose 4.3 percent for the first 20 days of April from the same year-ago period, customs agency data showed on Monday, slower than gains in March as global demand eased. Exports rose 8.2 percent year-on-year for the first 20 days of March, and 5.1 percent for the whole month. The April reading was higher, however than the 2.2 percent rise in exports for the January-March quarter. South Korea is the world's ...

Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing after tyre bursts KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysia Airlines plane with 166 people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday in another blow to the flag-carrier's safety image after the loss of flight MH370.Flight MH192, bound for Bangalore in India, turned back to Kuala Lumpur shortly after it was discovered that a tyre had burst on take-off, the airline said."As safety is of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines, the aircraft was required to ...

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies: party YANGON: The co-founder of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and the nation's longest-serving political prisoner, Win Tin, has died at the age of 84, his party said Monday, after battling for decades to bring freedom to the formerly junta-run country. The veteran campaigner, whose near two decades in jail failed to dull his commitment to the democratic cause, had suffered worsening ill health in recent weeks. He died in hospital in Yangon early Monday, National League for ...


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