(BERLIN, Germany.) Lawsuits Report: Bayer ‘ rise over claims that subsidiary ‘ Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup ‘ causes cancer risks associated with its glyphosate-based weedkillers #AceNewsDesk reports

 #AceNewsReport – Nov.14: More than 42,000 plaintiffs have joined lawsuits against German chemical giant Bayer, blaming the company’s glyphosate-based weedkiller for their cancer: The number of plaintiffs, largely brought by US citizens, is now at 42,700 — more than double the 18,400 reported in the middle of July, Bayer announced on Wednesday.

DW Reports: The legal cases all concern Roundup, a weedkiller with controversial active ingredient glyphosate: “This significant increase is clearly driven by the plaintiff-side television advertising spend which is estimated to have roughly doubled in the third quarter compared with the entire first half of the year,” Bayer said in a statement: “However, the number of lawsuits says nothing about their merits,” it added: Claims against the company gathered momentum following a lawsuit in August 2018 that found Monsanto, a Bayer subsidiary, should have warned of alleged cancer risks associated with its glyphosate-based weedkillers: Read the Full Article The Guardian news, [Nov 10, 2019 at 07:20] Thailand wants to ban these three pesticides: The US government says no | Carey Gillam reported that The Trump administration is putting profits before people by pressuring the country not to ban harmful chemicals made by Dow, Syngenta and MonsantoYou know it’s a dark day for America when foreign leaders have to lecture US officials about the importance of prioritising public health over corporate profits.Yet that is what is happening now, as the Trump administration pressures Thailand not to ban three pesticides that scientific research has shown to be particularly dangerous to children and other vulnerable populations. Continue reading…here ……………………..https://clck.ru/JsP4W #

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BANGKOK: #BreakingUpdate ‘ Police arrest suspect in shrine bombing – Thai police ‘

#AceNewsReport – #BreakingUpdate Aug.29: Police in Thailand have arrested a man in northern Bangkok accused of involvement in a deadly bombing on August 17 that killed 20 people, mostly tourists, national police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said.

The suspect reportedly left a rucksack at the site of the attack. Officers raided his apartment and found possible bomb-making materials.

The suspect “looks like the one we are looking for… [Police] also found a lot of materials which can be used to make bombs,” Prawut said.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: ‘ Police arrest 93 people in one year for offenses ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:June.08: Myanmar police have arrested 93 people for human trafficking offenses this year, AFP said.

However, no cases have been uncovered in Rakhine state where the persecuted Rohingya people have fled in droves. Most Myanmar victims were sold into forced marriages in China and forced labor in Thailand, local media reported, citing police.

The majority of cases were uncovered in eastern Shan state, which borders Thailand, Laos and China, followed by Mandalay and Yangon, the two largest cities.

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#AceNewsServices – THAILAND – November 05- The Swedish co-founder of the Pirate Bay is due to be transferred to Bangkok Wednesday following his arrest in north-east Thailand, AFP reported.

' ​Last of Pirate Bay founders arrested on Laos-Thailand border '

‘ ​Last of Pirate Bay founders arrested on Laos-Thailand border ‘ 

Police from Stockholm are pressing to press for his deportation to serve a jail term for copyright infringement.

Fredrik Neij, 36, was stopped late Monday at the border with Laos,

Thai police said. Local officers “will escort him on the flight to Bangkok and Swedish police will help us whisk him to the immigration bureau before he is handed over to Swedish authorities,” Police Colonel Panlop Suriyakul na Ayutthaya said.

After four years on the run, Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, one of the founders of the Swedish file-sharing giant, has been arrested and is awaiting extradition to Sweden.

The 36-year-old Swede, known in hacking communities as TiAMO, was travelling to Thailand with his Laotian wife when he was detained at a border checkpoint in Nong Khai under a warrant issued by Interpol.

Neij has reportedly travelled to Thailand, where he owns a house, nearly 30 times since fleeing to south-east Asia in 2012.

A US-based film association had hired a Thai lawyer to track down Neij, and his photo was distributed to border police at Nong Khai, AP reported Immigration Police Commissioner Chartchai Eimsaeng as saying.

Teij was wearing the same T-shirt at the time of the Monday arrest as he was in the photo, helping officers identify him, Chartchai told the AP.

' The Pirate Bay '

‘ The Pirate Bay ‘

The BitTorrent index site and tracker Pirate Bay, founded in 2003, allow users to share files through peer-to-peer technology, often violating copyright laws.

Neij is the last of the three co-founders to be taken into custody.

All three fled after being given one-year sentences in 2009 and ordered to pay $4.8 million to the entertainment industry in compensation for lost profits. An appeals court later reduced the sentences to eight months while increasing the fine to $6.9 million.

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was arrested in Cambodia in 2012 and sent back to Sweden after an international arrest warrant was issued against him.

Warg served his sentence for copyright infringement while facing a hacking charge in Denmark.

Last Friday a Danish court sentenced him to an additional 3 1/2 years in prison for hacking into and downloading sensitive data from CSC, a large Denmark-based IT service provider.

Peter Sunde was arrested on a farm in Sweden over the summer.

Regardless of the arrests, The Pirate Bay remains one of the internet’s most visited sites. 

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SEA: ‘ Rise of the Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – October 11 – The phenomenon of “child soldiers” is not new to this globe. From the far western shores of Americas, to Africa and Asia, the world continues to witness the rise of soldiers that are mere children

' Child Soldiers of Pakistan '

‘ Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

The world is stunned beyond limits to see that humanity has fallen to this level in the exploitation of young innocent children as child recruits for fundamentalist agendas.

The use of child soldiers has spread to almost all the global armed conflict. Though an exact number is impossible to define, thousands of child soldiers are illegally serving in armed conflict around the world.

According to Do Something Org, many countries are allegedly reported on use of under-age soldiers, these include Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and more.

 I am sure many are already geared up with the anti-Pakistani stereotypes that deem that whole of Pakistan is a terrorist country and on this list,  I get this hatred towards Pakistan is a global trend but not many of you know the dynamics of child militia here. And am taking this opportunity to shed some light on various important areas.

Pakistan|Trending Local Child Soldiers issue

The growing phenomenon of child militants in Pakistan is a horrific reality, one mirrored in various conflicts throughout history. Young innocent children are targeted because they can be easily brain washed by militant groups.

The cycle of poverty, large family size and economic hardships are factors that leave vulnerable parents little choice but to send children in local madrassas as they are free of cost.   The constitution Article 25-A says the State shall provide free and compulsory education to children between ages of 5 to 16. However that’s not being followed as millions of children are out of school and our literary rate is appalling low at 48%.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Most people have no choice but to send their children to religious schools or madrassas as. Moreover, there are huge discrepancies because education in Pakistan is heavily influenced by religion and in recent times Wahabi agendas.

The main source of funding for these madrasa groups is coming from Saudi Arabia. In fact, this whole phenomenon that we are confronting, which Al Qaeda is a part of, is very closely associated with Saudi Arabia’s financial and religious projects for the Muslim world as a whole. Its in greater interests to keep Pakistani children stuck into poverty cycles as they serve a greater agenda, shame on Pakistani government for colluding against its own.

Local madrassas cater Pakistani children as well as international students who avail the lucrative scholarship fundings  from Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. 

However coming back to Pakistan, the different militant groups including TTP, LeT and so on have been able to harness the young Pakistani children in scores through enticing tactics.

Local Militant Recruitment Mechanism

The militant have sinister agendas however on the forefront they are able to cajole and manipulate young children by reminding them the sufferings of the Muslim world and that they have to play a role in eradication of misery; through this jihad.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Upon meeting some under-age boy militants in Swat, I found out that for years they have attended the madrassas whose lecturers and mentors taught them things like ” The Pakistan Army is the ally of the Western capitalist world; they the  imperialists are all the enemies of Islam. The fight against them is justified; they are apostates, the friends of the infidels.”

The second message drummed into them is one which the world is facing today. The increasing intolerance towards Muslims and followers of faith Islam within their own regions and in the western world. Sadly this is capitalized upon very well by the militant groups. The young recruits are taught that they have to stand up against the helplessness of Muslim women, daughters and sisters that are getting dishonored by non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine etc.

They also watch videos purportedly showing the killing of Muslims by non-Muslims in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Instructors tell them that a war is being waged against Islam.

' Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five '

‘ Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five ‘

That the western world is at war with Islam has given a trump card to Pakistan’s militants for this sort of radical enticement of vulnerable children.

These main themes in lectures are taught to in both the senior recruits camps (ages 16 and older) and junior ones (ages 7 to 15), all are centered on vengeance and the need to do something for the wronged Muslims.The children are completely isolated from the normal outside world.

The young would-be suicide bombers are also persuaded by the promise of Paradise. This is, I repeat a huge blasphemy against the real teachings for if have to view from Islamic point of view; suicide is strictly forbidden along with the killing of innocent persons. Allah, God is the author of life that has granted us the gift of life and we mere humans don’t have the authority to take it.

This using of innocent children by militancy has to stop now. But. The inability of the Pakistan army to meet internal security challenges effectively is a particularly worrying factor. Three generations of Pakistani children are suffering due to the impact of this futile jihadi indoctrination.

It is time to seriously put an end to this madness, before it consumes us within the dark abysses of hatred and destruction.I am so exhausted to waking up in the mornings with the first thought in mind,What the hell happened Pakistan? And then trying to fix it some how in my way.

Though, we can’t bring back the already dead Pakistani children militants and can hardly ease the misery of the grieving parents, it is time for Pakistan to asses the complex root causes behind this phenomenon and design solutions for protection of children from becoming part of militancy.

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THAILAND: ‘ British Anti-Slavery Campaigner’s Trial Starts ‘

#AceNewsServices(Editors Choice) THAILAND (Bankok)- September 22 – Andy Hall is a British campaigner with a special focus on the rights of migrant workers.

' Free Andy Hall '

‘ Free Andy Hall ‘ Download this PDF Link

Two years ago, on behalf of Finnwatch, he undertook an investigation into Natural Fruit, part of NatGroup, a Thai company that processes pineapples and supplies retailers around the world. Finnwatch’s final report paints a picture suggesting modern slavery:

“…passports and work permits confiscated; compulsory and excessive overtime; fines and unclear deductions from wages; debt bondage and violence by guards and superiors.”

Instead of focusing on addressing these serious allegations, Natural Fruit decided to try and silence Andy with lawsuits. They have pursued civil and criminal charges and now Andy could face a prison sentence and $10 million in legal damages for his investigations.
Are you as outraged? Now is your chance to join the call for justice.

Stand with Andy Hall: demand that Natural Fruit drop all charges against him and thoroughly investigate and take action to ensure there is no modern slavery or exploitation in their business.

Now is a crucial time in Andy’s prosecution. Andy’s trial has just started. Although Natural Fruit’s behaviour is deeply disturbing it proves that the company cares about its public image.

By coming together over the next few days, with activists all around the world that are standing in solidarity with Andy, we can show Natural Fruit’s senior management what we think about these excessive and intimidating charges.

If this case proceeds and Natural Fruit are successful this would not only be a grave miscarriage of justice for Andy. This process could set a dangerous precedent for other companies in Thailand that might take a similar approach when allegations are raised of modern slavery in their supply chains.

This threatens the work of anti-slavery campaigners but also workers in Thailand who might be too afraid to come forward and report abuse.

Please join the growing global outcry over his prosecution and fight for the rights of anti-slavery campaigners and their efforts to end worker exploitation.

Demand justice for Andy and workers vulnerable to exploitation and modern slavery in Thailand now.

In solidarity,

The Walk Free Team

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' Suspected Leader of Moscow's Regions Shchelkovo- Based-Gang has Been Deported to Russia from Thailand '

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 03 – Suspected leader of Moscow region’s Shchelkovo-based gang Alexander Matusov has been deported to Russia from Thailand, sources from the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office said on Thursday. Alexander Matusov Russian crime lord arrested in Thailand to be brought to Russia

They said Matusov, nicknamed as Basmach, is accused of a number of crimes, including an attempt on the life of two or more people by an organized group, as well as intended killing of two persons committed by an organized group.

Detectives found that on November 17, 1996, criminals led by Pavel Bondartskov attacked four business people, killing three of them and wounding another one in the settlement of Sverdlovsky in the Moscow region’s Shchelkovo district.

In June 2010, Matusov was put on the federal wanted list. In August 2010 he was put on the international wanted list at a request from the criminal search department in Shchelkovo municipal district.

He was arrested for the violation of traffic rules on June 23, 2014 in the Thai sea resort of Pattaya, where he had lived since 2009 on forged passport (Reported Itar-Tass)


#russia, #moscow, #thailand

` Thailand’s Ruling Military Impose Curfew to Restore Investors Confidence ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – June 04 – Thailand’s ruling military council on Tuesday lifted a curfew in some tourist areas, including the popular beach resorts of Pattaya and Phuket.

(The military imposed a nationwide curfew, currently running from midnight to 4am, after it seized power in a coup on May 22, Reuters reported)

It will be lifted in Pattaya, Chonburi, Samui, Surat Thani and Phuket “to counter any impact it may have on the tourism industry,” the council said in a televised statement.

It failed to mention the capital, Bangkok, in the measure.

After it seized power, the army detained senior politicians for days, saying stability had to be restored.

Small demonstrations against the coup have taken place almost daily in Bangkok, despite the heavy military presence in the city.

(VOA) Thailand’s military is threatening to arrest those using a three-fingered salute from “The Hunger Games” movies to express opposition to last month’s coup.

Coup leaders have severely restricted freedom of expression and enforced a ban on gatherings of more than five people since taking power on May 22.

Last week army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that elections would not be held for more than a year, to allow time for political reconciliation and reform.

(BBC) – But Thailand’s economy remains a concern, with military ready to cut tourist trade.

Senior military officials have said that the priorities of the ruling council include restoring the confidence of investors and maintaining fiscal discipline.

BBC News – VOA – Reuters


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` Thailand Opposition Leader Suthep Thaugsuban Offically Accused of Treason Later Released on Bail ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 26 – The leader of opposition in Thailand Suthep Thaugsuban has been officially accused of treason on Monday. After that, he has been released on bail, according to local media reports.

Suthep Thaugsuban was arrested by the new military government of the kingdom of Thailand immediately after the state coup was announced. The military held Thaugsuban in detention until Monday morning.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which assumed power after the coup, reported that Suthep Thaugsuban and his 11 supporters were released and brought by the soldiers to the Prosecutor’s General Office, where they faced official accusations of treason, inciting to riot and terrorism.

After that, the Criminal Court of Bangkok ruled to release on bail all the suspects.

Sithep Thaugsuban is one of the key leaders of the anti-government movement responsible for street unrest in Bangkok in recent months.

Six months ago, several arrest warrants have been issued for Suthep Thaugsuban, but no attempts were made to detain him.


#bangkok, #thailand

` Yingluck Shinawatra is No Longer in Custody Reports and is Ordered to Report to National Council '

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – – May 26 (Xinhuanet) — CNN reports that former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is no longer in military custody. This is according to a highly placed source in the military that took over Thailand last week.

A source close to Yingluck has also reportedly confirmed that she has been released from a military camp. The former Prime Minister was ordered to report to the National Council for Peace and Order on Friday.

More than 100 others, including politicians and activists, have also been summoned.

Thailand’s military seized power on Thursday, after months of turmoil that paralysed much of the government and caused deadly clashes in Bangkok.

The Thai king has officially endorsed the military coup that seized power in the country last Thursday, said General Prayuth Chan-ocha, leader of the uprising. The ruling junta warned protesters over the weekend that the army was ready to crackdown on any sign of protest of the new regime. The military authorities currently have Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in custody and said they will release her in a week’s time.

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" Three People Killed and Fifty Five Injured in Bombings in Thailand "

#AceWorldNews – May 25 – At least three people have been killed and 55 injured in a series of bombings which took place in Thailand’s south. Islamic insurgent activity has permeated the area for more than 10 years. “Explosions killed three and injured 55 people. Of those, five people were seriously injured…the explosions occurred in busy areas as people were shopping ahead of curfew,” Southern region military spokesman Colonel Piamote Prom-In told Thai television on Saturday, referring to a 10pm curfew imposed since a military coup on Thursday. In addition to the spate of attacks spanning Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat, provinces, some gunfire was also heard. #ANS2014

RT – Reuters – Thai TV

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` Thailand's Military Cracks Down on Supporters of Yingluck Shinawatra after Coup '

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 24 – Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha also met key officials, telling them reform must come before any elections.Gen Prayuth summoned governors, business leaders and civil servants to the Bangkok Army Club on Friday.

Six of Thailand’s most senior military officers have now been appointed to run the country, with provincial commanders supervising local government.

The BBC’s Jonathan Head in Bangkok says that, unlike in previous coups, there have been no promises of a quick return to civilian rule.

Thailand’s military has ordered 35 more people, including prominent academics, to report to them by Saturday afternoon as the post-coup crackdown continues.

The move comes a day after the army ordered more than 100 politicians, including ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra, to come to the military council.

Ms Yingluck was detained in Bangkok on Friday and spent the night in custody.

Meanwhile, the US has suspended $3.5m (£2.1m) in military aid to Thailand and told the army to restore civilian rule.

Washington also urged tourists to cancel trips and halted non-essential visits by US government officials, following Thursday’s coup.

Officials said Ms Yingluck would not be held for more than a week but insisted that her detention was necessary while matters in the country were organised.

Ms Yingluck, who had been PM until being removed by the judiciary this month, was ordered to report to the military along with more than 100 other politicians, including acting PM Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan.

“If the situation is peaceful, we are ready to return power to the people,” he added.The United States led widespread international criticism of the coup, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying there was “no justification”.

But an official said the US would continue joint exercises currently taking place with the Thai military.


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` Thailand’s Military Government Detains Yingluck Shinawatra and Members of her Family ‘

#AceWorldNews – THAILAND – May 23 – Thailand’s military government reportedly detained on Friday former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and members of her family.

“We have detained Yingluck, her sister and brother-in-law,” a senior military officer told Reuters.

Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra and a number of members of her family have been detained, as leaders of the nation’s military coup tighten their grip on power.

Ms Yingluck and scores of politicians from the deposed government had been told to report to a Bangkok army base.

She was kept for several hours and then driven to an undisclosed location.

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha also met key officials, telling them reform must come before any elections.

Gen Prayuth summoned governors, business leaders and civil servants to the Bangkok Army Club on Friday.

Six of Thailand’s most senior military officers have now been appointed to run the country, with provincial commanders supervising local government.

The detention came after she and other ministers were summoned for talks.


#prime-minster-yingluck-shinawatra, #thailand

` Police Fired Tear-Gas and Water Cannons At 10,000 Royalist Protesters ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 09Police fired tear-gas and water cannons against over 10,000 royalist protesters in Thailand’s capital in the aftermath of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ouster.

Demonstrators led by the opposition’s Suthep Thaugsuban are demanding that the authorities disband the rest of the government within three days or face more aggressive protests. Yingluck’s Puea Thai Party still runs the cabinet and hopes to organize and win the July 20 election.

The protesters want the election postponed and reforms to end the influence of Yingluck’s brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Tens of thousands of the Shinawatras’ Red Shirt supporters, angered by Yingluck’s ouster, are also on their way to Bangkok for a rally Saturday.


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` Thailand’s National Ant-Corruption-Commission has found PM Yingluck Shinawatra Guilty of Negligence ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 08 – Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission found former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty of negligence on Thursday, Reuters said.

The committee has investigated a “financially ruinous” state rice-buying scheme and found there is now enough evidence to make a case and to forward it to the Senate, said Panthep Klanarong, president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

If found guilty by the Senate, Yingluck could be banned from politics for five years.


#bangkok, #national-anti-corruption-commission, #thailand

` Thailand’s Court Dismisses Acting PM Yingluck Shinwatra Over Contradictions of Basic Law ‘

#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 7 – The Constitutional Court of Thailand has dismissed acting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and several members of her Cabinet. According to the ruling of the judicial board, one of the personnel solutions of the government’s head has been recognized as non-constitutional.
Trade Minister and ex-Deputy Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan has been appointed as the new head of the Cabinet.

A group of oppositionist senators filed a petition with the court saying that Shinawatra’s actions contradict the basic law of Thailand. The suit refers to the dismissal of ex-head of Thailand’s National Security Council Thawil Pliensri upon Shinawatra’s order in 2011. In March 2013, the ex-head of the Security Council successfully challenged his dismissal in the Higher Administrative Court. To date, he has been accepted for the same post again.

The senators, who filed the lawsuit, insist that “the prime minister was not entitled to make a decision about the dismissal, since she acted in own selector”.

According to their claim, Pliensri’s dismissal was initiated in favour of the ruling Pheu Thai party.

The Court rejected claims of Shinawatra’s defence saying that she could not be dismissed because she was acting head of the government since December 2, 2013.

The court ruling says that the personnel decision of the acting prime minister was made amid violations and in haste.

The court also ruled that ministers, who were involved in making the non-constitutional decision, would also have to be dismissed. Thus, the court did not rule to dissolve the whole Cabinet.

Major Thai TV outlets were broadcasting live from the courtroom. Shinawatra was absent when the court announced its ruling. Her secretariat said that the acting prime minister was watching a video broadcasting of the hearing in her office.

The 28th prime minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra was elected by the country’s parliament August 5, 2011.


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` Earthquake Strikes Thailand’s Myanmar Smashing Buildings and Cracking Roads One Person Died ‘

#AceNewsServices – BANGKOK – May 06 – A strong earthquake shook northern Thailand and Myanmar on Monday evening, smashing windows, cracking walls and roads and damaging Buddhist temples.

One person is known to have died at time of publishing this article.

The airport in Chiang Rai, a northern Thai city near the epicentre of the 6.3-magnitude trembled and people were evacuated from its terminal, where display signs and pieces of the ceiling fell. There was no damage to the runway or flight disruptions, airport General Manager Damrong Klongakara said.

A well-known temple in the city, the all-white Wat Rongkhun, was closed due to safety concerns after the earthquake.

“The spire of the main building came off and the tiles on the roof fell off,” Chalermchai Kositpiphat, the artist who designed the temple, told Nation TV. “I still don’t know how we can sleep tonight. … It was shaking the whole time and then aftershocks followed four to five times. It will bring more damages each time an aftershock happens, I’m afraid.

“The murals are also damaged because the pillars were shaken badly,” Chalermchai said. “I don’t know how many years it will take me to fix it. … It was tumbling like the earth was going to explode.”

The head of a Buddha statue fell at the Udomwaree Temple in Chiang Rai, according to monk Phra Pathompong. A residential building at the temple also had exterior cracks and ceiling damage, and residents reported only minor damage in their homes, he said.


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` UN Committee against Torture Who Calls Nations to Defend their Human Rights Records Calls Vatican to Account ‘

#AceNewsServices – ROME – UNITED NATIONS – May 02 – The United Nations Committee against Torture, which requires nations to come before the panel and defend their human rights records, will put an unlikely subject on its hot seat next week when it calls in the Vatican.

The UN panel, which includes representatives from China, the U.S. and eight other nations, will meet in Geneva and call the Vatican to account for its record on torture and inhumane punishment in a procedure to be aired live on the Internet beginning Monday.

It’s standard procedure for all 155 nations that signed on to the committee’s convention to submit a report and come before the panel, and the Vatican is both a nation-state and a signatory.

Cyprus, Lithuania, Guinea, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uruguay are also scheduled to appear beginning next week.

“The Holy See initiated the procedure by submitting their written report,” Felice Gaer, the U.S. representative and a vice-chair of the committee, told FoxNews.com.

At past sessions, nations that carry out or condone practices universally recognized as inhumane have been forced to defend their records.

The Centre for Constitutional Rights, which represents the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has called for the committee to grill the Vatican regarding long-standing allegations of sexual abuse among clergy, contending failures in the Holy See’s response to the scandal amounts to a violation of the convention.

While it is possible the panel will raise long-standing allegations of sexual abuse among clergy, the Vatican report focuses mostly on what the church has and has not done to stop other nations from carrying out human rights violations.

Officials for the Holy See did not immediately return requests for comment.

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1. Fox – May 03 – http://tinyurl.com/p67fgq3


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` Nine Suspected Malaysian Militants were Detained for Allegedly Planning to Carry-Out Terrorist Acts ‘

#AceWorldNews – KUALA LUMPUR – April 28 – Nine suspected Malaysian militants were detained Monday for allegedly planning to carry out terrorist acts in the country and abroad, police said.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the nine, aged between 25 and 55, were arrested Monday in several locations near Kuala Lumpur and in northern Kedah state bordering Thailand.

Khalid said in a statement that the nine were believed to be involved “in a militant group responsible for planning terror acts in and outside the country” and that they have links with terrorist cells abroad.


#kedah, #kuala-lumpur, #malaysian, #thailand

` Thailand Authorities Charge Two journalists with `Defaming Navy ‘ in News Report about Trafficking Refugees ‘

#AceNewsServices – BANGKOK – April 17 – (ALJ) – Thailand authorities have charged two journalists with defaming the country’s navy in an on-line news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid concerns about press freedom.

The English-language news website Phuketwan posted a story last July carrying excerpts from a report by the Reuters news agency alleging that members of the Thai military were involved in trafficking captured immigrants from Myanmar’s beleaguered Rohingya ethnic minority.

The charges against Alan Morison, the website’s Australian editor, and his Thai colleague, Chutima Sidasathien, came several days after Reuters won a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for its series on the violent persecution of the Rohingya.

Rights groups say the Muslim minority that has been subjected to systematic abuse and forced segregation.

The journalists appeared in court on the southern island of Phuket to hear charges of defamation and violation of the 2007 Computer Crime Act. If found guilty, they could face up to seven years in prison and a fine of $3,010.

“To us, it’s still very much a case that shouldn’t be going to court, and sadly it’s going to damage Thailand’s reputation as a democracy because these kinds of cases shouldn’t occur in any democracy,” Morison told the AP news agency.


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