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Unpopular but defiant, Myanmar ruling party unfazed about poll prospects| Reuters

May 26, 2015

Unpopular but defiant, Myanmar ruling party unfazed about poll prospects| Reuters

NAYPYITAW Myanmar's ruling party is led by former members of a military junta, evolved from an organisation that democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi once compared to a Nazi militia, and took office through electoral fraud. This dubious history doesn't seem to faze the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), as it prepares for an historic election likely to be held in November. Nor does the popularity of its bitter rival, Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), which is expected to thump the USDP at the polls. Scores of smaller parties will also compete in what could be the former Burma's first free and fair general election in 25 years and a milestone in the Southeast Asian nation's unfinished journey from dictatorship to democracy. #Technology #France #science #markets #Argentina #Latin America #Mexico #lifestyle
No human trafficking camps left in Thai south, police say| Reuters

May 26, 2015

No human trafficking camps left in Thai south, police say| Reuters

BANGKOK Thai police said on Monday there were no human trafficking camps left in southern Thailand following a month-long crackdown and the discovery of seven camps in mountainous jungle near the Thai-Malaysian border. The comments came hours after Malaysia's police said they had uncovered 139 graves thought to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh scattered around more than two dozen suspected trafficking camps near the border with Thailand. Earlier this month, 36 bodies believed to be of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar were found in Thailand's southern Songkhla province. #Economy #Sports #India #Bangladesh #France #Middle East #science #Italy #Argentina #Latin America #Entertainment
China lodges complaint with U.S. over spy plane flight| Reuters

May 26, 2015

China lodges complaint with U.S. over spy plane flight| Reuters

BEIJING China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea in a diplomatic row that has fuelled tension between the world's two largest economies. Friction in the region has grown over China's land reclamation in the Spratly islands #India #China #France #Middle East #science #markets #Latin America #Entertainment
Gunfire heard near mosque, military base in Tunisian capital| Reuters

May 26, 2015

Gunfire heard near mosque, military base in Tunisian capital| Reuters

TUNIS Gunfire erupted near a mosque and military base in the Tunisian capital Tunis on Monday, and a nearby school was evacuated, state news agency TAP and a security official said. #Sports #United States #Technology #markets #Africa #Italy #United Kingdom #Copyright #Latin America #Entertainment
Taliban truck bomb hits government offices in southern Afghanistan, wounds dozens| Reuters

May 26, 2015

Taliban truck bomb hits government offices in southern Afghanistan, wounds dozens| Reuters

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan A Taliban suicide bomber in a truck loaded with explosives struck a provincial government neighbourhood in Zabul in southern Afghanistan on Monday, wounding nearly 70 people, officials said. The Afghan Taliban, ousted from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, claimed responsibility for the attack in Qalat city, the latest in a series following the withdrawal of most foreign troops from the country. #Economy #India #France #Afghanistan #science #Africa #United Kingdom #Latin America #Mexico
Turkmen leader cements personality cult with gilded monument| Reuters

May 26, 2015

Turkmen leader cements personality cult with gilded monument| Reuters

ASHGABAT Turkmenistan unveiled the first monument to President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on Monday - a gilded 6-metre-high statue of the leader on horseback perched on a white cliff, reflecting his flourishing personality cult in the reclusive gas-rich nation. Berdymukhamedov, a 57-year-old dentist, is officially titled "Arkadag" (The Patron) and brooks no dissent. "Glory to Arkadag!" chanted students as white doves and balloons were released into the sky in a central square in the capital Ashgabat #United States #Technology #France #Middle East #Health #markets #Argentina #Copyright #Latin America #Mexico #opinion #lifestyle
Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute| Reuters

May 26, 2015

Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute| Reuters

FORT SAN FELIPE, Philippines The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. #Sports #China #Middle East #science #Argentina #Latin America #Mexico #opinion
IT chief at Bangladesh Coca-Cola unit arrested as Islamic State suspect| Reuters

May 26, 2015

IT chief at Bangladesh Coca-Cola unit arrested as Islamic State suspect| Reuters

DHAKA An IT manager at a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Co ( KO.N ) was one of two men arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of planning to fight for Islamic State in Syria, police and company sources said on Monday. The pair were detained during a raid in the capital Dhaka on Sunday night, said Sheikh Nazmul Alam, a senior official of the police detective branch. One man, Aminul Islam, was the information technology head of a multinational company, and worked as a regional coordinator for Islamic State, while the other, Sakib Bin Kamal, was a teacher at a school in Dhaka, he added #Business #Bangladesh #Technology #France #Middle East #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #Latin America #Entertainment
Sudan seizes runs of 10 newspapers after sexual assault story| Reuters

May 26, 2015

Sudan seizes runs of 10 newspapers after sexual assault story| Reuters

CAIRO Sudan confiscated issues of 10 major newspapers on Sunday, in response to reports they carried on sexual assaults on children in Sudan, newspaper editors and a security source said. The newspapers had published a story on Sunday based on a speech by an activist who said rape and sexual harassment were common on vehicles taking children to school #Business #Economy #Technology #France #markets #Africa #Italy #United Kingdom #Copyright #Latin America #Entertainment #opinion
Biden reassures Iraq prime minister after U.S. defense sec'y remarks| Reuters

May 26, 2015

Biden reassures Iraq prime minister after U.S. defense sec'y remarks| Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Monday of the U.S #India #France #markets #Africa #Argentina #Latin America #Iraq #Entertainment #Mexico #lifestyle