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BBC:Thailand's coup leaders detain former PM Yingluck


Thailand's coup leaders detain former PM Yingluck

Thailand's ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra and a number of family members and politicians have been detained, as leaders of Thursday's military coup tightened their grip on power.

Ms Yingluck and scores of politicians from the deposed government had earlier been ordered to report to the military.

She was kept for several hours and then driven to an undisclosed location.

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha also met key officials, telling them reform must come before any elections.


BBC:Russia's Vladimir Putin 'to respect' Ukraine vote

Russia's Vladimir Putin 'to respect' Ukraine vote

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has said he will respect the outcome of Ukraine's presidential election.

Speaking in St Petersburg, he said Russia was prepared to work with whoever was elected Ukraine's president in Sunday's vote.

It is the first time Mr Putin has explicitly indicated that he will accept Ukraine's election result.

Violence in the east, particularly Donetsk and Luhansk, has seriously disrupted preparations for the polls.


BBC:Pope Francis to arrive in Jordan for Middle East visit

Pope Francis to arrive in Jordan for Middle East visit

The Pope is due to arrive Jordan at the start of a three-day visit to the Middle East which will also take him to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Pope Francis will first travel to Amman, where he will celebrate Mass in a stadium, and later meet Syrian refugees.

The official purpose of the visit is to improve ties with the Orthodox Church.

But correspondents say many will expect Pope Francis to use his influence to try to ease tensions in the region.  


BBC:South Africa: Jacob Zuma to be inaugurated in Pretoria

South Africa: Jacob Zuma to be inaugurated in Pretoria

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will be sworn into office on Saturday for a second term, following his party's victory at the polls.

The African National Congress (ANC) won a commanding victory in the country's general election on 7 May.

More than 4,000 guests are expected at the ceremony in Pretoria, including Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Neither the US or UK are sending a representative but officials from Russia, China and India are attending.


BBC:Nigeria's Boko Haram 'targets village vigilantes'

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'targets village vigilantes'

Militants in Nigeria have raided three villages and killed those they accused of being anti-Boko Haram vigilantes, residents have told the BBC.

More than 30 people were killed in the attacks overnight into Friday in north-eastern Borno state, they said.

The raids took place as the UN Security Council approved sanctions against the Islamist group.

It is five weeks since Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls, prompting international outrage.


BBC:Mali Tuareg rebels agree ceasefire in Kidal talks

Mali Tuareg rebels agree ceasefire in Kidal talks

Rebels in northern Mali have agreed to a ceasefire, two days after clashes with the army threatened to throw the country back into chaos.

Three Tuareg rebel groups occupying the key northern town of Kidal signed the agreement after talks with African Union chairman Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz.

Some 20 Malian soldiers have died since Wednesday in fighting over who holds the town.

The separatists have gained control of much of northern Mali in recent days.


Reuters:Armed clashes in east as Ukraine counts down to election

Armed clashes in east as Ukraine counts down to election

(Reuters) - Armed pro-Russian separatists and a Ukrainian militia group clashed in the east of Ukraine on Friday, leaving at least two dead and heightening tension before a presidential election called to draw a line under six months of bloody upheaval.

Kiev's pro-Western leaders hope Sunday's poll will stabilize the former Soviet republic after street protests toppled Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovich and pro-Russian separatists responded by seizing Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine.

European leaders will consider steps against Russia on Tuesday if they decide Moscow has hampered the election, ranging from restrictions on luxury goods imports to an oil and gas ban, although some are wary due to close trade ties.

The Ukrainian authorities have promised a suspension of anti-separatist operations on the day of the election, billed as the most important in 23 years of independence from Moscow, but Friday's clash suggested violence may mar the event.


Reuters:BOJ's Kuroda says options remain if further easing needed

BOJ's Kuroda says options remain if further easing needed

(Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank still has policy options left if it were to ease monetary policy further to fend off risks that may threaten the achievement of its price target.

Kuroda repeated his view that the world's third-largest economy is making steady progress toward meeting the BOJ's 2 percent price target, with core consumer inflation having reached 1.3 percent for four straight months in March.

"But we are ready to adjust policy, be it further monetary easing or something else, if changes in economic and financial developments derail the path toward meeting the price target," he said in an interview with the Nikkei business daily published on Saturday.

Kuroda said the BOJ will not ease incrementally in response to temporary fluctuations in the economy, suggesting that the bank will consider acting again only if it sees enough evidence that doing so is necessary to meet the price target.


Reuters:Vote will force British PM to get tougher with EU, UKIP party leader says

Vote will force British PM to get tougher with EU, UKIP party leader says

(Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron will be forced to step up his drive to claw back powers from the European Union to head off a challenge to his leadership after losing votes to the anti-EU UK Independence Party, its leader Nigel Farage said.

Cameron has promised to give Britons a vote on EU membership by the end of 2017 if re-elected in a national vote next year, in part because of the dramatic rise of Farage's UKIP party which has transformed British politics by tapping into popular discontent about immigration levels and established politicians.

UKIP wants Britain to leave the EU immediately, arguing it will be more democratic and prosperous outside the bloc and be able to stem what it regards as an unsustainable flow of immigrants from EU states such as Romania and Bulgaria.

Farage, whose party is likely to have made significant gains in European elections after a strong result in a local vote, said UKIP's electoral success meant Cameron would now have to become even tougher on Europe to counter a probable challenge from inside his own Conservative party.


Reuters:China warns Japan, Philippines accuses China in maritime spat

China warns Japan, Philippines accuses China in maritime spat

(Reuters) - China warned Japan on Friday to stay out of a growing dispute with its neighbors over the South China Sea, as the Philippines implicitly accused Beijing of delaying talks aimed at a solution.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, rejecting rival claims to parts of it from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei in one of Asia's most intractable disputes and a possible flashpoint. It also has a separate maritime dispute with Japan over islands in the East Sea.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday expressed concern about regional tensions that he said were stoked by China's "unilateral drilling" after China moved a giant oil rig into disputed waters, a moved denounced by the Philippines, Vietnam and the United States.

"The relevant Japanese statement neglects reality and confuses the facts, and takes a political motive to interfere with the situation in the South China Sea for a secret purpose," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily briefing.


Reuters:Rumblings of dissent against Rahul Gandhi after election drubbing

Rumblings of dissent against Rahul Gandhi after election drubbing

(Reuters) - Dissenting voices in the Congress party have for the first time lashed out at the campaign team of Rahul Gandhi, who led the 128-year-old party to the worst electoral defeat in its history last week.

A decade in power for Congress ends on Monday when Narendra Modi takes over as prime minister. Modi won a historic majority on May 16 and the defeated party now faces the prospect of a long spell in opposition.

Rahul is the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has been at the heart of the Congress party since independence from Britain in 1947. The family has given the country three prime ministers, along with Sonia Gandhi, the power behind the throne in the outgoing government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

On Monday, Congress's top leadership instinctively closed ranks around Rahul and his mother, party president Sonia, and rejected their offer to resign. But anger at the dismal performance has since begun to bubble over, amid concerns the party, and the dynasty, may never recover.


LA Times:Veteran Rep. John Conyers can appear on Michigan ballot, judge rules

Veteran Rep. John Conyers can appear on Michigan ballot, judge rules

A federal judge ordered that Michigan Rep. John Conyers Jr.'s name be placed on the state's primary election ballot, likely sparing the veteran Democrat the need to mount a write-in campaign.

Reuters:Chelyabinsk asteroid crashed in space before hitting Earth: scientists

Chelyabinsk asteroid crashed in space before hitting Earth: scientists

(Reuters) - An asteroid that exploded last year over Chelyabinsk, Russia, leaving more than 1,000 people injured by flying glass and debris, collided with another asteroid before hitting Earth, new research by scientists shows.

Analysis of a mineral called jadeite that was embedded in fragments recovered after the explosion show that the asteroid's parent body struck a larger asteroid at a relative speed of some 3,000 mph (4,800 kph).

"This impact might have separated the Chelyabinsk asteroid from its parent body and delivered it to the Earth," lead researcher Shin Ozawa, with the University of Tohoku in Japan, wrote in a paper published this week in the journal Scientific Reports.

The discovery is expected to give scientists more insight into how an asteroid may end up on a collision course with Earth. Scientists suspect the collision happened about 290 million years ago.

 
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