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Thais vote for senators as PM showdown looms

Outcome of upper house ballot could influence decision to remove prime minister which requires three-fifths vote.

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Thais vote for Senate as showdown looms for PM

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Thais voted on Sunday to elect the upper house of parliament in a poll that could hold the key to the fate of the prime minister, who faces possible impeachment for negligence after months of street protests. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Myanmar’s first census in decades bars name Rohingya

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Enumerators fanned out across Myanmar on Sunday for a census that has been widely criticised for stoking religious and ethnic tensions, after the government denied members of a long-persecuted Muslim minority the right to identify themselves as “Rohingya”. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Tensions rise as Myanmar holds census

Buddhist nationalists threaten to boycott tally over fears it could lead to recognition for Rohingyas.

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Erdogan’s name and face dominate as Turkey heads to the polls

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The prime minister is not even standing in Sunday’s local elections, but in the divided capital the talk is of no one elseTurkey may be in turmoil and the vast city of Istanbul in ferment, bridling at the antics of a government struggling to cope with scandal and sleaze, but in Kasimpasa quarter, the prime minister’s troubles raise barely a shrug.A conservative, lower-middle-class district bordering the Golden Horn and predominantly inhabited by Turks from the Black Sea coast, Kasimpasa loves Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the powerful prime minister increasingly reviled across Turkey and tarnished internationally.

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‘Mind your own business’, North Korea says of UN demand for justice

Envoy scorns Human Rights Council

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Russia’s Sakha Republic proposes ‘tourist camps’ on former gulag sites

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Forced labour camps in the Tomponsky district of eastern Siberia to become tourist attraction, preserving historical heritageThe ministry of entrepreneurship and tourism development of Russia’s Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia, has put forward a proposal to create “tourist camps” on the sites of former gulags in a remote region of eastern Siberia.During the 1940s and 50s, thousands of prisoners worked at forced labour camps in the Tomponsky district building the M56 Kolyma Highway, often called the “road of bones” as many of them died during construction.

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Protests near Cairo University leave one dead

Several also wounded at demonstrations sparked by Monday’s death sentences for alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

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Turkish court orders halt to Twitter ban

Access to Twitter expected to be restored within hours after court lifts last week’s controversial ban on platform.

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Every Man in North Korea Now Has to Get a Kim Jong-Un Haircut

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North Korean Dear Leader/monster Kim Jong-Un is now requiring every man in the country to copy his exact haircut. The rule was reportedly introduced in Pyongyang two weeks ago.Read more…

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Bin Laden son-in-law guilty of terrorism

Suleiman Abu Ghaith is highest-ranking al-Qaeda figure to face trial on US soil since September 11, 2001 attacks.

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Ukraine centre stage in EU-US Brussels summit

Russian annexation of Crimea set to dominate trade talks between Obama and European leaders meeting in Belgian capital.

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Syrian rebels slowly advancing in Latakia

Clashes rage over another coastal town in northern province, days after rebels seized border crossing.

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MH370 search satellite spots 122 objects

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Possible plane debris field identified in development Malaysian officials call “the most credible lead that we have”.

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