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Topic - Thailand
Desperate to defuse Thailand's deepening political crisis, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday said she is dissolving the lower house of Parliament and called for early elections. But the moves did nothing to stem a growing tide of more than 150,000 protesters vowing to overthrow her in one of the nation's largest demonstrations in years.
Thailand's main opposition party resigned from Parliament on Sunday to protest what it called "the illegitimacy" of an elected government with which it no longer can work. The move deepens the country's latest political crisis one day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent.
Zach Johnson put together the storybook finish at Sherwood on Sunday that for the longest time belonged to Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods birdied two of his last three holes to salvage an even-par 72 in the wind and keep his two-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the World Challenge on Saturday.
Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej marked his 86th birthday on Thursday with a call for national unity and stability, but he offered no further guidance on how his polarized nation might find its way out of its bitter political standoff.
The leader of Thailand's anti-government protests said late Sunday that he has had a face-to-face talk with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra but that he refused to back down from his movement's demand that her administration step down in favor of an appointed council.
Skirmishes between police and rock-throwing protesters killed at least four people and injured more than 100 Sunday, when mobs swarmed government offices, TV stations and police headquarters in an escalation of weeklong efforts to oust the prime minister.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra fought a two-front political war Tuesday, fending off sharp criticism during a parliamentary no-confidence debate while protesters besieged and occupied several ministries in their attempt to topple her from power.
Thailand's prime minister invoked an emergency law on Monday after demonstrators seeking to remove her from office occupied parts of the finance and foreign ministries.
While U.S. military support can be critical when disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan strike, staging massive humanitarian relief missions for allies in need isn't just about being a good neighbor. They can be a strategic and publicity gold mine for U.S. troops whose presence in Asia isn't always portrayed in such a favorable light — and a powerful warning to countries that aren't on board.
Consider a couple of scenes from the golf world this year, with emphasis on "world."
The U.S. spying scandal is spreading to Asia, where the foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia have chastised American diplomats and publicly denounced the National Security Agency.
Joost Luiten was first alternate at the British Open, and he wasn't very happy when Peter Hanson played only five holes before he withdrew with a bad back. Hanson knew he couldn't finish the tournament. He felt he had to tee off so it would count as a start toward the minimum 15 required to remain a PGA Tour member.
The British Open is moving away from 36-hole qualifying, instead using 10 tour events from five continents to determine 32 spots in the field.
Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, a high-profile U.S. Navy commanding officer, was arrested on federal bribery charged, accused of trading classified information for Lady Gaga concert tickets and prostitutes.