Thai PM urges end to rallies

November 13, 2013 - 6:54:52 am

BANGKOK: Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra appealed yesterday for anti-government groups to end ongoing street protests after the parliamentary defeat of an amnesty bill failed to defuse political tensions. The bill, which critics say was aimed at allowing divisive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return home from self-exile, was rejected by senators in a unanimous vote on Monday. Anger over the amnesty proposal saw around 50,000 people cluster in Bangkok late into the night, with more than 3,000 protesters remaining on the streets early yesterday.

Nepal protest turns violent

KATHMANDU: A protest against next week’s election in Nepal turned violent yesterday as demonstrators torched vehicles and hurled explosives, police said. A 33-party alliance, headed by the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M), is boycotting the November 19 vote, the second national election since a 10-year civil war ended in 2006. The CPN-M, which says the election will be unconstitutional, had called for a nine-day halt to motorised transport that began yesterday.  

Singapore cops grill ‘hackers’

SINGAPORE: Five men are being questioned for allegedly hacking the websites of Singapore’s president and prime minister, police said yesterday, amid a rash of cyber attacks in the city-state. Police said the alleged hackers had “exploited a vulnerability” in the websites last week. A “subpage” of the website of the Istana, the official residence of President Tony Tan, was hacked and displayed a crude image early last Friday, an hour after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s website displayed mocking messages from international hackers’ group Anonymous.

US criticises Waheed’s bid 

MALE: The US stepped up its criticism of the embattled Maldives yesterday, warning caretaker president Mohamed Waheed that a decision to remain in office after his mandate expired was endangering democracy. The State Department said Waheed’s move to continue to govern after his time in office lapsed at midnight Sunday was unprecedented, after the tourism-reliant Indian Ocean nation failed to hold elections for the third time in two months. Agencies