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Nov 29, 2011

Gangs from Africa, Iran muscle in on South East Asia drugs: U.N.

BANGKOK (Reuters) – International drug gangs from Africa and Iran are muscling in on Southeast Asia’s booming methamphetamine business which has shown a staggering increase and is spreading through the region, the United Nations said in a report on Tuesday.

Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), including amphetamine and methamphetamine, have become the drugs of choice in many parts of Southeast and East Asia since the 1990s, replacing plant-based drugs such as heroin, opium and cannabis, the U.N. drugs office said.

Nov 28, 2011

“Serious abuses” in Myanmar despite reforms: group

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Myanmar soldiers are committing serious human rights abuses including extra-judicial killing and rape in a campaign against guerrillas in the north of the country despite reforms aimed at ending harsh military rule, a relief group said Monday.

The abuses could amount to war crimes and Hillary Clinton should bring up the issue in talks this week when she becomes the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Myanmar in five decades, the group Partners Relief and Development said.

Nov 3, 2011

Waterlogged Thailand will struggle to prevent future floods

BANGKOK, Nov 3 (Reuters) – As waterlogged Thailand struggles
to contain the worst floods in decades, it faces a simple truth:
not a whole lot can be done to avoid a repeat disaster in the
short term even with a new multi-billion dollar water-management
policy.

City dwellers and farmers displaced since the floods began
in July, killing 427 people, and foreign investors waiting to
pump out factories could face the same thing when the rainy
season rolls around again in the middle of next year.

Nov 2, 2011

Flood gate in Thai capital focus of fear, rivalry

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Authorities in the Thai capital repaired on Wednesday a damaged flood gate that has become the focus of the city’s fears and rivalry between political factions battling the country’s worst floods in decades.

The floods began in July, at the beginning of a particularly heavy rainy season, and months later the water is still rising and anger is boiling over.

Nov 1, 2011

Thai flood frustration grows, cabinet eyes recovery

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Anger mounted among victims of Thailand’s catastrophic floods on Tuesday as water flooded new neighborhoods as it made its way to sea and the government plotted a recovery aimed at securing the long-term confidence of investors.

The floods began in July and have devastated large parts of the central Chao Phraya river basin, killed nearly 400 people and disrupted the lives of more than 2 million.

Oct 31, 2011

Thais hope flooded factories back up in 3 months

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand hopes industrial estates swamped in the country’s worst floods in half a century can be up and running again within three months, the prime minister said on Monday, as the center of the capital finally appeared to have escaped inundation.

Nearly 400 people have been killed in months of floods, the lives of more than two million disrupted, economic growth has been set back and global supply chains for Thai-made computer and auto parts thrown into disarray.

Oct 30, 2011

Peak tides test Thai capital’s flood defenses

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Peak tides tested Bangkok’s flood defenses on Sunday as hope rose the center of the Thai capital might escape the worst floods in decades, but that was little comfort for swamped suburbs and provinces where worry about disease is growing.

The floods have killed at least 381 people since July and affected more than 2 million. Authorities have slashed growth forecasts for Southeast Asia’s second biggest economy and disruptions to auto and computer-part producers have been felt worldwide.

Sep 1, 2011

Libya NTC says extends Sirte surrender deadline

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council has extended by one week its deadline for the surrender of Sirte, Muammar Gaddafi’s last bastion of support on the Mediterranean coast, an NTC spokesman said on Thursday.

“They have extended the deadline by a week,” spokesman Mohammad Zawawi said of the ultimatum for Gaddafi’s forces to give up, originally set for Saturday, September 3. “That means there’s progress in the negotiations.”

Sep 1, 2011

Dinars from heaven as Britain flies banknotes to Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Britain’s air force has
flown 40 tonnes of freshly printed bank notes — many bearing
the image of fallen strongman Muammar Gaddafi — into Libya to
help its new rulers pay public workers and its banks to
replenish cash machines.

The 280 million Libyan dinars, officially worth about $234
million, is part of a consignment worth about $1.5 billion
ordered by Gaddafi from British printing firm De La Rue Plc but
blocked by Britain in March after he cracked down on protests.

Aug 31, 2011

Libya’s new rulers set out steps to elections

BENGHAZI, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Libya’s National Transitional
Council (NTC) has set out steps leading to democratic elections
monitored by the United Nations within 18 months.

The plan goes into effect with a “declaration of liberation”
which the NTC has not defined precisely, though NTC chairman
Abdel Mustafa Jalil told reporters the conditions for such a
declaration included the capture or death of Muammar Gaddafi.