By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Anti-government protesters in Thailand pinned their hopes on winning support from the powerful security forces on Thursday as they push to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and install an unelected administration. A small group of protesters scaled the walls into the grounds of Yingluck's Government House office on Thursday. Protest leader Suthep
An accidental detonation of explosives stored in an Afghan facility beside the U.S. embassy in Kabul sparked a brief panic early on Thursday, triggering concerns of an attack, but no immediate reports of casualties. But Farid Shamal, a spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, allayed the worries, saying an electrical fault had accidentally ignited explosives stored in the agen
By Alissa de Carbonnel and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian protesters stood their ground on Wednesday after an overnight sweep by riot police and their leaders dismissed an offer of talks from a president they say must quit for favoring ties with Russia over the European Union. Pressed by Europe and the United States, which condemned the destruction of a protest camp in central Kiev, Pre
Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the execution of an Islamist war criminal, rejecting his request for a review of the death sentence, in a case that has heightened political tension less than a month before elections are due. Abdul Quader Mollah, found guilty of war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, was due to be hanged at Dhaka Central
By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Ed Cropley JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African sign language interpreter accused of gesticulating gibberish during a memorial to Nelson Mandela defended his "champion" performance on Thursday, but said he may have suffered a schizophrenic episode while on stage. The interpreter, identified as 34-year-old Thamsanqa Jantjie, told Johannesburg's Star newspaper he
By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The speaker of Israel's parliament ordered a blood-collection crew to leave the legislature's premises on Wednesday after it turned down an offer of a blood donation from an Ethiopian-born lawmaker. Knesset member Pnina Tamano-Shata, 32, wanted to donate blood to a routine visit by an ambulance service but was told by a member of the crew that set criteria disqua
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial told a local newspaper that he was hallucinating and hearing voices.
Kabul (Afghanistan) (AFP) - An accidental explosion in an arms depot shook central Kabul on Thursday before Afghan officials moved quickly to allay fears of an attack on the city that has often been targeted by militants. The loud blast erupted close to the NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters and in an area of the capital that houses many embassies and internationa
HONG KONG (AP) — When the Hong Kong school year began in September, tutor Tony Chow arranged to have his face plastered on the sides of double decker buses to raise his profile.
Perth (Australia) (AFP) - England captain Alastair Cook insisted Thursday his under-pressure team was as hungry as ever and did not need lifting, despite being crushed in the first two Ashes Tests by Australia. Cook, who like Australian skipper Michael Clarke will play his 100th Test in Perth from Friday, said his side retained the belief that they can prevent Australia winning at the WACA to ta
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's intelligence agency says a large bomb has accidentally gone off inside a weapons depot in downtown Kabul. No one was hurt in the explosion.
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — As visitors descend upon Bethlehem this holiday season, they will notice a different look for the Church of the Nativity. Wrapped in scaffolding, the basilica located at the traditional site of Jesus' birth is undergoing a much-needed facelift after 600 years.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for the execution of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes when it rejected a last-minute appeal filed by his lawyers.
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's funeral has said a schizophrenic episode was to blame for accusations that he was an imposter who gesticulated nonsense during the entire service. Thamasanqa Jantjie was branded as a scurrilous fake after members of South Africa's deaf community said his signing at Tuesday's memorial ceremony had amounted to nothing more than "flapping his arms a
Australia's High Court on Thursday struck down gay marriage in the nation's capital territory, in a case seen as a test of the legality of same-sex unions. Had the nation's top court upheld the Australian Capital Territory's gay marriage legislation it would have opened the door to similar laws being passed across the country, pressuring the government to make it legal at a national level. In a
When Ethiopia started repatriating its citizens living illegally in Saudi Arabia last month, 30,000 people were expected to return. It's a very big challenge returning over 120,000 people in less than a month... It's an emergency," said Sharon Dimanche of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which is assisting the government-led repatriation programme. Ethiopia expects 150,000 to
Bangladesh's highest court upheld the death penalty for a top Islamist leader convicted of war crimes, just two days after he was given a dramatic last-minute reprieve from execution. The Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Muzammel Hossain "dismissed" Abdul Quader Molla's appeal for a final review of his death sentence, meaning he could now be hanged as early as midnight Thursday. "There is n
US Secretary of State John Kerry was marking his 70th birthday leaving again for Israel, in his dogged quest for an elusive Middle East peace deal. But there will not be a gift-wrapped agreement awaiting him when he is due to land back in Israel on Thursday, less than a week after his last trip to the Jewish state. It will be his ninth night trip to Israel and the West Bank. On Thursday he is du
Pro-EU demonstrators in Ukraine dug in Thursday as the United States warned of possible sanctions over Kiev's crackdown on opposition protests, urging authorities to show restraint. The demonstrators -- who have occupied the capital's Independence Square in anger at the rejection of a landmark European Union pact -- forced riot police to retreat following a pre-dawn raid Wednesday on their protest
HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese bad-debt management company's shares soared in their Hong Kong debut Thursday, highlighting strong investor appetite for a business that will flourish if the world's No. 2 economy stumbles.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's lower house of Congress began a raucous, marathon debate expected to last through the night and well into Thursday on historic legislation that would open the state-run oil industry to private investment.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Thousands of Paraguayan immigrants living along the polluted Riochuelo river in Argentina's capital celebrate their "Blue Virgin" every year with a grueling but joyful 10-hour procession that winds through every corner of their slum. Last year, their feast day's Mass was led by none other than Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has since become thei
Federal and state wildlife managers of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area recommended on Wednesday that U.S. Endangered Species Act protections be lifted for the animals, a decision that would open the way for them to be hunted. Yellowstone's grizzlies, now classified as a threatened species, were briefly removed from protected status by the federal government in 2007, when the
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. and Britain said Wednesday they were suspending deliveries to rebels in northern Syria of nonlethal aid such as communications equipment and laptops after some of the gear was seized by Islamic militants.
Somalia must protect rape victims and bring attackers to justice, a US official said, voicing concern at the jail terms given to a woman who said she was raped and two journalists who broadcast her story. "We are deeply disappointed by the recent conviction of an alleged rape victim," Will Stevens, spokesman for the US State Department's African affairs bureau, told AFP. The 19-year-old was Mond
The United States has voiced concern about a ruling by India's Supreme Court which reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex which could see same-sex lovers imprisoned. "We oppose any action that criminalizes consensual same-sex conduct between adults," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. "The United States places great importance on the protection of human rights and fundament
Jose Mourinho has warned his Chelsea stars that finishing top of their Champions League group is no guarantee they will be able to make a serious challenge for the trophy. Mourinho's side ensured they took first place in Group E with a 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest thanks to Demba Ba's first half goal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. But it was an underwhelming display from the Blues against a S
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram's leader said in a video obtained by AFP on Thursday that the group was behind a daring raid on military installations in the north Nigerian city of Maiduguri earlier this month. "Allah the Almighty has given us victory in the attack we launched inside Maiduguri (which was) called Borno in ancient times," said Abubakar Shekau in a 40-minute clip. Speaking in Ara
Ukraine assured the United States on Wednesday that it had a policy against using the armed forces against demonstrators, the Pentagon said, after Washington expressed alarm at Kiev's deployment of riot police against anti-government protests. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in a call with his Ukrainian counterpart, called for restraint and warned of the "potential damage of any involvement by
Air Canada announced it had placed a firm $6.5 billion order for 61 Boeing 737 MAX narrow-body aircraft, with options on 18 more planes and purchase rights for 30 others. Air Canada said the move would create "one of the world's youngest, most fuel-efficient and simplified airline fleets." "Our narrowbody fleet renewal program is expected to yield significant cost savings," Air Canada's presiden