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 Special Report: Option B - The blueprint for Thailand's coup

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Aubrey Belford BANGKOK/CHIANG MAI Thailand (Reuters) - On Dec. 27 last year, Thailand’s powerful army chief stood before a crowded news conference and stunned the beleaguered government of Yingluck Shinawatra by saying he would not rule out military intervention to resolve a deteriorating political crisis.


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The Gambian Cultural 2014 is starting on the 2nd August, and for this year's cultural week seminar, which will focus on  youth, eudcation and mentorship. The aim is to create a platform for young Norwegian-Gambians to network and at the same time find ways of motivating them. Education plays an integral role in achieving this goal. We are fortunate that Ms.Haddy Njie, Programme Leader at NRK and Mr. Sidia Jatta of PDOIS Gambia, have accepted to speak at the seminar. Mr. Sidia Jatta is currently on a visit to Norway, Sweden and Denmark as a guest of the Africa Center for Information & Development (ACID). We urge you all to attend this important event

We are also please to inform you that by all indications, Gambian artist Jalimadi Kanteh will perform at the cultural week. Find also attached a revised draft programme. The final flyer will come out in a few days time.

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General Prayuth Chan-Ocha said "the door was neither open nor closed" when he was asked whether a coup would happen. If that happened, the document says, the army would impose a state of emergency or impose martial law. There have now been 12 successful coups over the past eight decades of Thailand’s modern monarchy.

Ukraine separatists down army helicopter, 14 killed

Republicans attack Obama over veterans scandal

By Susan Cornwell and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans stepped up their attacks on the Obama administration over a deepening Veterans Affairs healthcare delay scandal on Thursday, but House Speaker John Boehner again declined to join a growing list of lawmakers calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. Boehner told reporters he was still not convinced that Shinseki's ouster would solve the VA's problems.


 

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama paid tribute on Monday to fallen U.S. military men and women during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery that highlighted a veterans' care scandal that has engulfed his presidency in recent weeks. Just hours earlier, Obama returned from a surprise trip to Afghanistan, where he thanked troops for a mission that will conclude formally at the end of this year.

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Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine city, dozens dead

By Sabina Zawadzki and Gabriela Baczynska DONETSK, Ukraine, May 27 (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces fought with separatists in the city of Donetsk for a second day on Tuesday after inflicting heavy losses on the rebels and the government vowed to press on with a military offensive "until not a single terrorist" was left. The mayor of Donetsk, an industrial hub of one million in eastern Ukraine, said the death toll in the clashes which erupted on Monday stood at 48, including two civilians. "From our side, there are more than 50 (dead)," the prime minister of the rebels' self-styled Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Borodai, told Reuters at the hospital, adding that Ukrainian troops were now in control of the airport. Ukraine launched its fresh offensive against the rebels, who have occupied strategic points in Donetsk and other towns in the east, shortly after Sunday's presidential election.

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Tea Party appears poised for big victories in Texas run-offs

By Marice Richter DALLAS TX (Reuters) - Texas conservatives are hoping to win two major Republican run-off elections on Tuesday, for lieutenant governor and attorney general, underscoring the Tea Party’s enduring influence in the state. Those two races were left undecided after no single candidate crossed the 50 percent threshold in the March 4 Republican primary, setting the stage for what has been a bruising run-off election between establishment

candidates and conservative challengers who have the backing of both the Tea Party movement and its Texas star, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

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In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Tea Party favorite State Senator Dan Patrick took 41.5 percent of the vote in the four-candidate March primary, and is favored to win on Tuesday. The three-term incumbent, David Dewhurst, finished with 28 percent.

With nod to veterans' scandal, Obama pays Memorial Day tribute

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama paid tribute on Monday to fallen U.S. military men and women during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery that highlighted a veterans' care scandal that has engulfed his presidency in recent weeks. Just hours earlier, Obama returned from a surprise trip to Afghanistan, where he thanked troops for a mission that will conclude formally at the end of this year.

 

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