Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra sentenced in absentia to 5 years in prison

Thailand’s Supreme Court sentenced former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in absentia to five years in prison on Wednesday for mismanaging a rice subsidy scheme that cost the country billions of dollars. Yingluck fled abroad last month fearing that the military government, set up after a coup in 2014, would seek a harsh sentence. For more than a decade Thai politics have been dominated by a power struggle between Thailand’s traditional elite, including the army and affluent Bangkok-based upper classes, and the Shinawatra family, which includes Yingluck’s brother, former Prime Minister…

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Nearly 50,000 Evacuated As Fears Of Volcanic Eruption Grow In Bali

Nearly 50,000 people have fled the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing an imminent eruption as dozens of tremors rattle the surrounding region, officials said Monday. Waskita Sutadewa, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency in Bali, said people have scattered to all corners of the island and some have crossed to the neighboring island of Lombok. Indonesian authorities raised the volcano’s alert status to the highest level on Friday following a dramatic increase in seismic activity. It last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people.…

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Rohingya Crisis: Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Cancels UN Meeting Trip

Myanmar’s national leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly session in New York. A spokesperson for her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), told Reuters news agency late on Tuesday that the Nobel Peace Prize winner had withdrawn from the meeting in New York on September 20. No reason was provided for her withdrawal. Aung San Suu Kyi, whose official title is state counsellor, faces mounting criticism over the systematic killings and displacements of Rohingya Muslims in the western Rakhine state. Since August 25,…

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US 2016: Hillary Clinton Picks Virginia Senator, Tim Kaine As Running Mate

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has selected Tim Kaine, a centrist senator from Virginia, as her running mate. Mrs Clinton broke the news in a tweet late on Friday. She plans a formal announcement on Saturday. Mrs Clinton passed over more left-leaning candidates in favour of the 58-year-old senator, who is a strong supporter of free-trade agreements. His home state of Virginia is a major battleground in the coming election. Who is Tim Kaine? Mr Kaine speaks fluent Spanish and could help the Clinton campaign maintain its support among Hispanic…

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Donald Trump Accept Republican Nomination, Says I Alone Can Fix America

U..S. Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump accused Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of a legacy of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness” as U.S. secretary of state. Trump vowed to be tough on crime and illegal immigrants in a speech on Thursday accepting the Republican presidential nomination. Trump’s 75-minute speech was designed to set the tone for the general election campaign against Clinton, an answer to Republicans who say the best way he can unify the divided party is to detail why the Democrat should not be elected on Nov. 8.…

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Man Builds ‘Noah’s Ark’ To Prove Bible Was Right

A man has built a £77million replica of Noah’s ark to prove that the story actually happened. Back in 2010 Ken Ham, who believes everything in the Bible should be taken literally, announced that his organisation Answers in Genesis would construct the 510-foot-long ship in Kentucky. Since then, scientists have been arguing that it would be detrimental to children’s education – taking particular umbrage with the fact that it was granted state tax incentives. However, it was opened to great fanfare on Tuesday – with a high school marching band…

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Theresa May Takes Over As UK PM, Visits Queen Elizabeth II

Theresa May took over as Britain’s new prime minister on Wednesday, promising a “bold, new, positive role” for the country less than three weeks after its seismic vote to leave the EU. Britain’s second female  and 76th Prime Minister started her reign after a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, who invited her to form a government. Of course, the world’s latest PM knows the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch is the real boss. After a transfer of power of startling speed, Theresa May took office as Britain’s prime minister on Wednesday…

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Cameron Bow Out, Says Its My Greatest Honour To Serve As UK PM

Out going British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday said serving as Prime Minister was his greatest honour. Mr Cameron made the statement while addressing a crowd outside 10 Downing Street, before heading to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen. The outgoing Prime Minister urged his successor, Theresa May, to keep Britain close to the European Union, even as she embarks on the monumental task of ending four decades of membership. Cameron is stepping down after Britons rejected his entreaties and voted to leave the EU in…

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38-year-old Macron Wants To Replace Hollande As France President

France’s rising political star Emmanuel Macron dropped more strong hints of his presidential ambitions on Tuesday, saying he wanted to lead his new political movement “to 2017 and to victory”. The 38-year-old economy minister set up “En marche” (On the move) in April to the consternation of many of his Socialist Party colleagues, who see it as a challenge to the authority of embattled President Francois Hollande. While Macron stopped short of declaring himself a candidate for next year’s presidential race, he told supporters at a meeting late Tuesday, “We…

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Breaking: Bernie Sanders Endorses Ex-Rival Hillary Clinton, Ends Democratic Primary Campaign

Bernie Sanders, whose calls for a “political revolution” energized millions of voters across the nation, offered a long-awaited endorsement of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton Tuesday, calling for unity just two weeks shy of the Democratic National Convention. Standing alongside one another at an event in Portsmouth, N.H., Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, congratulated Clinton for winning the nomination and vowed to do everything he can to help her beat presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. “Hillary Clinton understands that we must fix an economy in America that is rigged and…

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