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Indonesia religion minister quits over graft allegations
Monday, May 26, 2014

JAKARTA, May 26: Indonesia's religious affairs minister resigned today after being accused of misusing funds that were supposed to help Muslims go on pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.
 
The anti-corruption agency last week named Suryadharma Ali a suspect in its investigation into alleged graft in the organisation of the hajj, or pilgrimage, to Saudi Arabia in 2012-13.
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Thai junta chief gets royal nod, threatens protesters (Updated)
Monday, May 26, 2014

BANGKOK: May 26: Thailand's coup leader received royal endorsement to lead the politically divided kingdom today and quickly threatened to crack down on any further agitation after a weekend of angry protests.   The palace officially appointed army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha as leader of a military junta that has deposed...

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Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra
Friday, May 23, 2014

BANGKOK: Several media have reported that deposed Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have been detained by the military which staged a coup earlier this week. The BBC reported that Shinawatra and a number of family members and politicians have been detained, as leaders of the nation's military coup tighten their grip on power. ...

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Thai junta summons ousted leaders, street protests held
Friday, May 23, 2014

BANGKOK: Thailand's new military junta summoned ousted government leaders on Friday after it seized power, as opponents of the coup engaged in a tense confrontation with soldiers enforcing martial law.
 
The kingdom's tough-talking army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha deposed the civilian government on Thursday, the latest twist in years of escalating political turmoil in a move that drew a chorus of international criticism....

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International alarm mounts over Thai coup
Friday, May 23, 2014

HONG KONG, May 23: - Allies and key trading partners today expressed disquiet over Thailand's coup, demanding a quick return to civilian rule as some warned against travel to the prime tourist destination. Japanese auto giants that have invested heavily in Thailand were forced to stop night operations at their factories to comply with a curfew imposed by the new junta, which seized power yesterday in a move the United States said had no justification....

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Britain's UKIP surges in local elections
Friday, May 23, 2014

LONDON, May 23: Britain's UK Independence Party surged to its best ever performance in local council elections, according to results announced today, giving the anti-EU and anti-immigration group hope for a similar breakthrough in European parliament polls.
 
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said his Brussels-bashing party were now serious players after taking...

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Immense clean-up in Balkans after flood of the century
Friday, May 23, 2014

BELGRADE, May 23: A huge clean-up was in full swing in the Balkans today after a week of cataclysmic floods that killed 51 people and sparked the biggest exodus since the 1990s wars.
 
The task facing the thousands of rescue workers, volunteers and soldiers was immense, with dozens of towns and villages devastated by the region's worst natural disaster in living memory.
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Thai junta summonses ousted leaders; imposes travel ban
Friday, May 23, 2014

BANGKOK, May 23: Thailand's new military junta summoned the kingdom's ousted government leaders today and banned them from leaving the country, following a coup that has provoked an international outcry. Vowing to halt months of political bloodshed, coup makers led by the tough-talking army chief declared a nationwide night-time curfew and ordered masses of rival demonstrators off the streets....

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Thailand's military stages coup after meeting fails to produce solutions
Thursday, May 22, 2014

BANGKOK:Thailand's Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has announced a coup after opposing sides in the country's political conflict failed to agree on how to end the six-month turmoil.    He made the announcement on television this afternoon.    ...

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China a serious threat to peace: Vietnam PM
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MANILA:Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said Wednesday that China's placing of an oil rig in contested South China Sea waters had "seriously threatened peace".
 
Speaking in Manila after meeting Philippine President Benigno Aquino, Dung said the leaders agreed that China should be condemned by the international community for the oil rig deployment and many other illegal actions in the sea....

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