Court rules against Thaksin over abuse of power

Thailand’s Supreme Court found former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra guilty of abusing his power by changing laws to help his family owned communications company. The Court will seize $1.4 billion (U.S.) of Thaksin’s fortune. Thaksin was ousted in a coup  in 2006 and is currently living in exile in Dubai. Investigations of Thaksin and his family began immediately after the coup, CNN. Supporters of Thaksin are known as red shirts and continue to protest his ouster, Al Jazeera. Profile of Thaksin Shinawatra, BBC News.

17 people are dead after a deadly bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan. The targets of the attack were guest houses used by foreign nationals. The Taliban claimed credit and said 5 suicide bombers were used in the attack which was then followed by armed fighting and random gunfire, Voice of America. NATO is currently involved in a major offensive to secure cities currently controlled by the Taliban, Al Jazeera.

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