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Protesters head to Thai parliament before political amnesty debate BANGKOK: Thailand's parliament was due to debate a political amnesty bill on Wednesday as anti-government protesters marched to try to get it scrapped, saying it could let ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra return from exile without having to serve a jail sentence.Thaksin was ousted by the military in 2006 and found guilty of abuse of power, fleeing the country before the sentence was handed down. His sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, is now prime minister and critics says her government wants to find a way to get the conviction wiped so he can return a free man.Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva led a march of about 2,500 supporters towards parliament."It's not about organising a mob but about spreading the truth to the people, to recognise the dangers of this amnesty bill, that there are different hidden agendas," Abhisit told his Democrat Party's Blue Sky News television channel.Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...

Taiwan defence minister quits after plagiarism allegation TAIPEI: Taiwan's scholar-turned defence minister resigned Tuesday after he was accused of plagiarism, less than a week after taking office to replace his predecessor who also stepped down.Andrew Yang was promoted last week from deputy minister after his boss, Kao Hua-chu, had to resign over the death of a young conscript in an alleged military abuse case that has sparked outrage across the island.The surprise resignation came after Kuan Pi-ling, a legislator from the major ...
Malta has ‘humanitarian duty’ to let migrants land: EU BRUSSELS: The European Union said on Tuesday the Maltese government, which has refused entry to a tanker carrying 102 African migrants, had a "humanitarian duty" to allow them to land as soon as possible.The migrants, picked up from the Libyan coast, include four pregnant women, one injured woman and a five-month-old baby, the EU's executive Commission said.EU member Malta said on Monday that the Liberian-registered tanker carrying the migrants had been stopped by a Maltese ...
Manila to apologise for Taiwan fisherman death: daughter TAIPEI: The Philippines will send a special envoy to Taiwan to apologise for the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman, his daughter said Monday, signalling a potential breakthrough in a major row.The remarks sparked hopes that the conciliatory move, if realised, could ease the strained relationship between Taipei and Manila following the shooting of 65-year-old Hung Shih-cheng on May 9 in disputed waters. "The Filipino side has agreed to apologise to us in a public ...
Cambodia opposition calls for UN help in disputed poll PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's opposition leader Sam Rainsy called on the United Nations Monday to help resolve the country's disputed election in order to protect "the victory" of the people.The nation has been stuck in a political impasse since Premier Hun Sen's long-ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) claimed it had won last month's poll one of the most hotly contested votes seen in the country. Rainsy, who returned from self-imposed exile to lead the opposition after ...
South Korea voices 'concern' on US veto of Apple ban SEOUL: The South Korean government voiced "concern" Monday at a White House decision to overturn a US sales ban imposed on certain Apple products deemed to have infringed a Samsung technology patent.Saturday's decision by the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) was widely seen as siding with Apple against the South Korean technology giant in a long-running legal dispute between the two rivals. The move effectively vetoed a product ban imposed by the US ...
Australian PM faces battle as election campaign begins SYDNEY: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Monday launched into the first day of Australia's election campaign faced with a poll showing his personal support has slumped and the Murdoch press urging voters to "kick this mob out".Rudd on Sunday named September 7 as the day Australians will go to the polls, hoping to complete a stunning political comeback with victory for his Labor Party three years after it ousted him.But he faces an uphill battle after ...

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