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Thai Ruler Gives Top Cabinet Posts to Junta Inner Circle

BANGKOK — Military ruler General Prayuth Chan-ocha has named an interim cabinet dominated by members of the security forces to govern Thailand through at least a year of political reforms before he permits an election.

Prayuth was widely expected to hand the top portfolios to the military as he chooses a government from the small circle that formed the junta that has ruled since a coup on May 22.


China Insists on Right to Choose Candidates for HK Leader

A pro-democracy activist looks at a backdrop with Chinese characters that read “disobedience”, built for an Occupy Central civil disobedience campaign, near the financial Central district in Hong Kong on Aug. 31, 2014. (Reuters Photo/Bobby Yip)

Beijing. China’s top legislative committee insisted on Sunday on the authorities’ right to choose candidates for the leadership of Hong Kong, state media said, a move likely to trigger protests in the former British colony.


Six Killed in Attack on Afghan Intelligence Agency

Six people were killed and dozens wounded when two suicide car bombers and Taliban gunmen attacked an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Saturday, a provincial government spokesman said.

Seven militants were also killed during several hours of heavy fighting with Afghan security forces at the Jalalabad headquarters of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said Ahmad Zeya Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of eastern Nangarhar province near the border with Pakistan.


Prayuth's Government

PM puts faith in military and ex-bureaucrats

12 of 33 in Cabinet from armed forces t ensure Prayuth's roadmap stays on track

GENERAL Prayuth Chan-ocha's Cabinet - with nearly half the ministers either active or retired military - won royal endorsement yesterday.

The interim government led by Prime Minister Prayuth has 33 ministers, including the PM, for 35 portfolios. Nine of them are military officers, while another three are former military personnel. All are close to Prayuth.


Next Rangoon Election to Bar 98.5% of Voters

A Buddhist monk crosses the street in front of Rangoon’s City Hall in 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

RANGOON — Only 1.5 percent of Rangoon’s voting-age population will be allowed to vote in the city’s next elections, according to new rules and regulations approved by the divisional parliament on Friday.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to approve the restrictions on voter participation in elections for the next deputy mayor and other senior officials in the municipal administration, the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).


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