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Thai PM denies abuse of power in key legal challenge BANGKOK: Thailand's besieged Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra denied an abuse of power allegation at the nation's Constitutional Court on Tuesday in a legal challenge which could see her removed from office.The case, one of two potential knockout legal moves against her premiership, comes as Thailand's political crisis reaches a critical juncture.Anti-government protesters are still massed on Bangkok's streets -- although in diminished numbers -- and Yingluck's supporters are also threatening to rally to defend her.The premier denied the complaint, filed by a group of senators, who said that the replacement of then-national security chief Thawil Pliensri after she was elected in 2011 was for the benefit of her party."I deny the allegation... I didn't violate any laws, I didn't receive any benefit from the appointment," a composed Yingluck told the court, adding she replaced Thawil for the benefit of the country.Under the constitution -- forged after a 2006 coup that ...

Rescuers scour sea for 11 missing in Hong Kong ship sinking HONG KONG: An air and sea rescue mission scoured choppy waters near Hong Kong Tuesday in a desperate search for 11 crew still missing more than 24 hours after their Chinese cargo ship sank.The Zhong Xing 2, which was laden with cement, went down after colliding with a container ship in the early hours of Monday just south of the island of Po Toi, on the edge of Hong Kong's maritime territory.A 46-year-old mainland Chinese ...
Four injured in knife attack at China railway station BEIJING: Four people have been injured in a knife attack at a railway station in southern China's Guangzhou city, a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday. The police shot one of the attackers while another is on the run, the official Yangcheng Evening News reported. It did not identify the attackers and it was not clear if the number of injured included the assailants. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
China gives 10-year sentence to leaker of military secrets BEIJING: China has handed a ten-year prison term to an individual who leaked secret military documents and photographs to a foreign spy, state media reported on Monday, without naming the country involved.China is working to strengthen its internet security after revelations that the US government spied on a top Chinese telecommunications firm. The individual, surnamed Li, was approached by a foreign intelligence agent via a popular social media platform, state media said.Li leaked 13 highly ...
US, Philippines launch war games after Obama pledge MANILA: Thousands of American and Philippine troops launched large annual exercises on Monday after US President Barack Obama vowed "ironclad" backing for its Asian ally, locked in a tense maritime row with China.Filipino Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the 10-day drills were necessary to deal with the challenge of "aggressive" neighbours intent on "changing the status quo". He did not mention China directly, but it has been robust in its efforts to assert territorial ...
Australia job ads rise for fourth month in April SYDNEY: Australian job advertisements in newspapers and on the Internet rose for a fourth straight month in April, a further sign that demand for labour is recovering from a long fallow period. A survey by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group showed total job advertisements rose a seasonally adjusted 2.2 percent in April, from March when they had risen 1.4 percent. The average number of job ads per week was 136,091, from an upwardly revised ...
Guerrilla warfare to golf: Vietnam army's evolves HANOI: From ragtag volunteers with home-made shotguns to stealth frigates, telecoms conglomerates and golf courses -- the Vietnam People's Army has transformed since its victory over the French six decades ago."We had nothing: some homemade rifles and explosives, some anti-tank bombs so rudimentary they killed the soldier who detonated them," said military historian Major General Vu Quang Dao."It was a victory of strong will," he said ahead of the 60th anniversary on May 7 of ...

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