Adrienne Skelton

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Thai army deploys 10,000 troops ahead of vote

Thailand's army says it will increase the number of troops in the capital on standby to 10,000 ahead of Sunday's election that anti-government protesters say they will disrupt as part of their campaign to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.<p>The government's decision to press ahead with the …

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Syria wiping neighbourhoods off the map to punish residents – rights group

The Syrian government has demolished thousands of buildings, in some cases entire neighbourhoods, in parts of Damascus and Hama, as part of a collective punishment against residents of rebel-held areas, Human Rights Watch has found.<p>Satellite imagery taken over both cities has revealed seven areas …

Ukraine's Yanukovych takes sick leave as opposition refuses to abandon protests

Protesters say they have no plans to go home, after government passes amnesty bill<p>As thousands of demonstrators continued to occupy central Kiev despite all his concessions, President Viktor Yanukovych said that he was temporarily retreating from the scene.<p>The 63-year-old was “officially registered …

North Korean diplomat: Kim Jong-un's executed uncle committed 'tremendous crimes'

A senior North Korean diplomat has called on the U.S. and South Korea to cancel planned joint military exercises and claimed that the executed uncle of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un was guilty of "tremendous crimes" against the Communist state.<p>North Korea's ambassador to the United Kingdom spoke …

Ukraine: protesters in Kiev urged to keep truce after talks end in stalemate

Opposition leaders begged protesters in Kiev to keep observing a truce with riot police late on Thursday night, after long talks with President Viktor Yanukovych ended without a major breakthrough.<p>The government's failure to grant key concessions was met with anger by thousands of protesters …