Jul 15, 2015

Foreigners could be subject to death penalty under new Thai anti-graft law

Thailand has enacted a new anti-corruption law that extends a maximum penalty of capital punishment to foreigners. Previous legislation provided various punishments, including a possible death penalty, for Thai officials convicted of bribery, though apparently no one was ever executed for the crime. The ...

Putin mulled putting nuclear forces 'on alert' over Crimea

Mar 16, 2015

Putin mulled putting nuclear forces 'on alert' over Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to put the country’s nuclear forces on alert as he sought to annex Crimea last year after the fall of a Moscow-backed government in Kiev. In a nearly three-hour documentary aired on state TV in Russia ...

Egypt shuts embassy in Yemen over 'bad' security

Feb 24, 2015

Egypt shuts embassy in Yemen over 'bad' security

Egypt shut its embassy in Sanaa and recalled all its staff Monday due to deteriorating security, state media said, joining a diplomatic exodus since Shiite militia seized the Yemeni capital. Long on the front line of the U.S. war against al-Qaida, Yemen has descended ...

Shiite militia disperses Yemen protest over 'coup'

Feb 12, 2015

Shiite militia disperses Yemen protest over 'coup'

Shiite militiamen fired warning shots and used batons and knives Wednesday to disperse a demonstration in Yemen’s capital against their power grab, leaving four protesters injured, organizers and witnesses said. “No to Huthi, and no to the coup,” hundreds of protesters who had gathered ...

Gambia foils coup bid; attackers killed: military

Dec 31, 2014

Gambia foils coup bid; attackers killed: military

A group of disaffected soldiers launched a foiled coup bid in Gambia on Tuesday while the West African state’s iron-fisted leader was in Dubai, military and diplomatic sources said. Forces loyal to President Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled the small country for 20 years, ...

Zuma summons Lesotho leaders for emergency talks after army attempts coup

Sep 1, 2014

Zuma summons Lesotho leaders for emergency talks after army attempts coup

Lesotho’s political leaders were summoned by South African President Jacob Zuma for emergency talks after the military in the landlocked kingdom carried out an attempted coup. Deputy President Mothetjoa Metsing left Lesotho Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and Zuma, Foreign Affairs ...

Thai army ruler named prime minister

Aug 22, 2014

Thai army ruler named prime minister

Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand’s junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military’s grip on power. Thailand’s legislature voted ...

Jul 18, 2014

Thai junta seeks Japan's support to restore democracy

Thailand’s acting foreign minister said Thursday that last May’s military coup was undertaken as a “last resort” to avoid bloodshed, while he sought understanding and support from Japan and other countries that have frowned on the army’s seizure of power from a democratically elected ...

Thai protesters come out again despite junta's ban

Jun 1, 2014

Thai protesters come out again despite junta's ban

Thailand’s ruling junta deployed thousands of security forces on the streets of Bangkok on Sunday to thwart another round of small protests denouncing last month’s military coup. Hundreds of demonstrators came out and several were detained, but there was no violence. Fears over possible ...