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Rising tensions in Thailand pit urbanites against rural poor

The voice on the radio is calm, its message anything but.<p>"Civil war is going to happen," says the announcer on a station broadcast across the arid plateau around Khon Kaen, where rice paddies, cane fields and fishing-net factories form the geographic heart of the country's red-shirt movement. It is …

Illegal weapons found in Palestinian embassy in Prague, police say

A total of 12 illegal weapons have been found at the Palestinian embassy complex in Prague where a possible booby-trapped safe killed the ambassador, according to Czech police.<p>The deputy Palestinian foreign minister denied the weapons were illegal and police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova declined to …

Drug trade could splinter Afghanistan into fragmented criminal state – UN

Afghanistan's booming narcotics trade risks splintering the country into a "fragmented, criminal state" if the government and its western allies do not step up efforts to tackle opium production and the illicit economy it supports, a senior UN official warned.<p>Opium farming in Afghanistan, the …

Associated Press News

The Story About Kim Jong-un Having His Uncle Eaten By 120 Wild Dogs May Have Started With A Satirical Tweet

Do you remember when People's Daily, a Chinese Communist Party newspaper, mistakenly believed that a satirical Onion article naming Kim Jong Un the Sexiest Man Alive in 2012 was real and published a 55 page slideshow about it? How we laughed.<p>Now the shoe may be on the other foot.<p>Last week, multiple …

Islamists exploit weak border to fight in Iraq and Syria

The Iraqi military were on Sunday night trying to dislodge al-Qaida militants in the city of Ramadi, near the Syrian border, using air strikes which left at least 34 people dead.<p>The action came as al-Qaida fighters were also reported to have taken control of Falluja and underlined the fragility of …

Bangladeshi opposition parties vow to continue protests as violence mars polls

Bangladeshi opposition parties promised a new campaign of protest on Sunday, hours after polls closed controversial and violence-hit general election in the unstable state, which has seen arson attacks on polling stations and an election officer beaten to death.<p>The Awami League, which has ruled …

Thousands flee Fallujah as Iraqi government bombards the city to oust al-Qaeda

Residents of the Iraqi city of Fallujah are fleeing in their thousands as the government launches air strikes in a bid to take back control from al-Qaeda-linked militants.<p>The battle for Fallujah – a highly symbolic city for many Iraqis – comes as Sunni tribesmen agree to fight along side Iraqi …

Oil and gas drilling pollutes well water, states confirm

PITTSBURGH — In at least four states that have nurtured the nation's energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such …

Dems seize on income inequality

Democrats aren’t wasting any time tackling an issue they are convinced will help them this election year: income inequality.<p>One of the Senate’s first votes upon returning to Washington from its holiday break Monday will be on a bill reviving emergency unemployment benefits that lapsed at the end of …

Liz Cheney Is Already Abandoning Her Senate Run

The news was first reported by CNN's Peter Hamby and John King. Cheney released a statement early Monday morning confirming that she is dropping out, citing "serious health issues" in her family.<p>"Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided …

Polling

For Egypt's government, being funny is no laughing matter

There's funny as in "ha-ha" and then there's funny as in: "Are you kidding me?" It's the latter that's at play in Egypt at the moment.<p>In the last week alone, two incidents have made Egyptians and non-Egyptians shake their heads. The first involved a fake news story placed in a new Egyptian …

Cubans shocked at prices as foreign cars go on sale

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1041000/1041217_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532580105_91476f222ea4ca1a86f3ff54d1389445<p><b>Cubans have reacted with shock after foreign-made cars went on sale for the first time since the 1959 revolution at what some termed "crazy" …

Cuba

Thailand’s pro-government Red Shirts ready to ‘fight’ coup attempts

Thailand's Red-Shirt movement expects a half-million government supporters to take to the streets on Jan. 13, the day anti-government forces have pledged to "shut down" Bangkok, and says it can marshal 10 times that number to protest if needed.<p>The Red Shirts stand ready to "fight," and are …

Associated Press News

Associated Press News

Al-Qaeda-linked Isis under attack in northern Syria

<b>A powerful al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria has issued an ultimatum to other rebel factions that have been fighting it.</b><p>The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) threatened to leave the city of Aleppo to government forces unless its rivals stop their attacks against it within 24 hours.<p>Isis has …

Middle East

NSA statement does not deny 'spying' on members of Congress

The National Security Agency on Saturday released a statement in answer to questions from a senator about whether it “has spied, or is … currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials”, in which it did not deny collecting communications from legislators of the US …

Nicaragua canal construction 'will not begin until 2015'

<b>The construction of a canal in Nicaragua linking the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean has been delayed by a year and will not begin until 2015.</b><p>The head of the canal authority, Manuel Coronel Kautz, says more time is needed to carry out feasibility studies and choose a route.<p>The estimated cost of the …

Sanders to NSA: Spying on Hill?

Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a letter Friday to the director of the National Security Agency asking if the agency is spying or has ever spied on members of Congress.<p>The Vermont independent said he was “deeply concerned” about the NSA’s collection of information on Americans and called reports that the …

Congressmen question costs, mission of Wildlife Services agency

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general will investigate a federal agency whose mission is to exterminate birds, coyotes, mountain lions and other animals that threaten the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers.<p>The investigation of U.S. Wildlife Services is to determine, among other …

Huge tunnel borer Bertha stopped by simple steel pipe in Seattle

The great Seattle mystery has been solved: The object blocking the world’s largest tunnel boring machine isn’t an old steamship or locomotive or alien spaceship – it’s an 8-inch-diameter steel pipe.<p>The Washington State Department of Transportation said Friday that the steel pipe that stopped …

Gator hunt? Dog sledding? Campaign fundraisers get creative

WASHINGTON — Forget the chicken dinner, the rubbery staple of the political fundraising circuit.<p>Go alligator hunting with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on a Louisiana Bayou Weekend for a campaign donation of $5,000.<p>Or spend a weekend in Hayward, Wis., for the Lumberjack World Championships, featuring …

An Unholy Alliance Is Forcing Veterans To Pay For 12 Years Of War

In doing so, it was given aid and comfort by knowledge-starved pundits, axe-grinding editorial boards, and self-anointed armchair analysts everywhere, as it left the military and veteran community standing with their jaws on the ground in despairing disbelief. Exploiting pressure to strike a budget …

Military Spending

Military-style discipline to raise standards in state schools

Former soldiers without degrees will be fast-tracked into teaching and more cadet force units will be established as part of a dramatic expansion of a “military-style” ethos in English state schools<p>Military-style discipline will be introduced into state schools under sweeping government plans to …