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BEIJING: All French flags will fly at half-mast in tribute to Nelson Mandela, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday, praising the late anti-apartheid leader as an “extraordinary man”.
JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world´s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.
BEIRUT: Hezbollah has said one of its top leaders was killed near Beirut, and blamed Israel, at a time of soaring sectarian tensions in Lebanon linked to the civil war in neighbouring Syria.
NEW DELHI: A new Indian political party rooted in an anti-corruption movement that swept the country in 2011 faced its first electoral test Wednesday as voters in New Delhi elected a state assembly.
KUALA LUMPUR: Floods in Malaysia caused by heavy rains have left a teenager dead and forced authorities to evacuate thousands of people, officials said Wednesday. Some 19,000 people have been relocated to evacuation centres set up in schools in the east coast states of Pahang and Terengganu and Johor in the south, an official and news reports said.
DHAKA: Another major Bangladesh political party Tuesday announced a boycott of the upcoming general election, declaring the country was on the “brink of disaster” as seven more people were killed in poll protests.
BANGKOK: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra rejected protester demands to suspend the country’s democratic system and indicated she would not resign Monday amid rolling clashes between security forces and demonstrators bent on toppling her government.
NEW DELHI: India’s first mission to Mars left Earth’s orbit early on Sunday, clearing a critical hurdle in its journey to the red planet and overtaking the efforts in space of rival Asian giant China.
DAVAO: Gunmen shot dead an outspoken radio broadcaster in the Philippines, worsening the country’s record as one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, press and human rights groups said on Saturday.
UNITED NATIONS: Braving bitter cold weather dozens of Pakistanis and their fellow Americans staged a demonstration in front of the U.N. building demanding an end to US drone attacks on Pakistan’s territory that result in civilian casualties.
GLASGOW: A police helicopter smashed through the roof of a crowded pub in the Scottish city of Glasgow, causing numerous casualties including probable deaths and leaving several people trapped in the rubble, officials said Saturday.
BEIJING: Islamists in China’s far western region of Xinjiang are seeking to ban television, singing and other forms of entertainment, a newspaper said on Friday, adding that “religious extremism” was a disaster facing the area.
A huge fire on Friday destroyed a Bangladesh garment factory supplying key Western brands, authorities said, in a blaze touched off by workers angered over rumours of a colleague’s death in police firing.
BANGKOK: Hundreds of police were deployed Friday at Thailand’s ruling party headquarters as defiant opposition protesters set their sights on a new high-profile target, seeking to intensify their fight to bring down the government.
Boisterous demonstrators have besieged key ministries in Bangkok in the biggest street protests since mass rallies against the previous government three years ago degenerated into the kingdoms worst civil strife in decades.
The protesters — a mix of royalists, southerners and the urban middle class sometimes numbering in their tens of thousands — are united by their loathing of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
The controversial former telecoms tycoon was ousted in a coup in 2006 and lives in self-imposed exile, but he is widely believed to be the real power behind the embattled government of his younger sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Protesters are demanding the end of the “Thaksin regime” and want to replace the government with an unelected “peoples council”.
Demonstrators announced Friday they would march to the headquarters of Yingluck’s Puea Thai party, a day after cutting off the electricity to the national police headquarters in Bangkok, in their latest act of provocation against a key symbol of authority.The move came just hours after Yingluck and her party easily won a parliamentary no confidence vote.
“We are deploying two companies of police (around 300 officers) at Puea Thai party headquarters after they asked for protection,” deputy national police chief Worapong Siewpreecha told.
With their spirits buoyed by free food and a party atmosphere, demonstrators have massed at several locations around the capital, including outside many major government buildings.
Their numbers have fallen sharply since an estimated crowd of up to 180,000 people joined an opposition rally on Sunday.