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Thai PM calls for unity to defend capital from floods

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s prime minister called for all agencies to collaborate to protect the capital from a potential deluge of floodwater on Saturday as thousands scrambled to protect homes and two more industrial estates now in danger. Thailand’s worst flooding in half a century has affected a third of…

Clinton says Saudi crown prince will be missed

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday that late Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz will be missed, but stressed Washington’s enduring ties with the kingdom. “I offer my deepest condolences for this loss to King Abdullah and the Saudi people,” she said. “He will be missed,” she…

Iraqis voice happiness over U.S. withdrawal decision

Iraqis voiced happiness on Saturday over President Barack Obama’s declaration that US forces will leave by year-end, but some spoke of concern the pullout could further destabilise their country. The decision to withdraw all remaining soldiers in the country after nearly nine years of war, and the deaths of more…

Saudi crown prince dead

Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz has died, a palace announcement on state television said on Saturday, throwing his brother Prince Nayef into line to succeed King Abdullah as leader of the key oil producer. The crown prince, aged around 86, also the minister of defence and aviation, had…

Pacific islands belonging to US eager to lease land to China

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands — The cash-strapped Northern Mariana Islands, a US territory in the Western Pacific, has offered to lease land to China as long as it is not used for military purposes. Northern Marianas Governor Benigno Fitial made the offer during a US-China Governors Forum in Beijing this…

Canada to spend $1 bln to upgrade armored vehicles

Canada’s public works minister announced Friday a $1 billion upgrade of 550 light armored vehicles used to transport Canadian troops on battlefields in Afghanistan and elsewhere. General Dynamics Land Systems has been contracted to improve the protection of the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) IIIs against mines and improvised explosive devices, Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose said in a statement.…

‘It’s your turn next,’ Yemen protesters tell Saleh

SANAA — Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the Yemeni capital on Friday to demand the resignation of veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh, galvanised by the death of Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi. “Ali, it’s your turn next, yours and Bashar’s,” the protesters chanted referring to Syrian President…

Surprise: Obama pulling all U.S. troops from Iraq by year’s end

In a surprise announcement on Friday, President Barack Obama declared a full stop to the U.S. presence in Iraq, telling reporters, “I can say our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.” The announcement was a surprise because many observers expected the White House to leave up…

‘Occupy Melbourne’ violently torn apart by police

A large gathering of protesters in Melbourne, Australia was violently disrupted by police last night, with activists forcibly evicted from a public park. The struggle ensued after roughly 100 protesters defied an order to leave City Square, and police said about 20 were ultimately arrested. The number of activists grew…

Gaddafi, in meat locker, still divides Libya

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s body lay in an old meat store on Friday as arguments over a burial, and his killing after being captured, dogged efforts by Libya’s new leaders to make a formal start on a new era of democracy. With a bullet wound visible through the…

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