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Red-Shirt Protests in Bangkok in Support of Thaksin

Massive crowds of red-shirt protesters gathered in Bangkok, Thailand on the third anniversary of the coup that took former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra out of power, BBC News. Anti-Thaksin groups (known for wearing yellow shirts) are also holding demonstrations at a temple that is at the heart of a dispute between Thailand and Cambodia. The temple, a UNESCO world heritage site, is currently within the borders of Cambodia and Cambodia officials have said military guards will fire on anyone from Thailand who crossed into Cambodia territory. Thai military and police have condoned off the area and are using checkpoints to keep people away from the border, Al Jazeera.

The head of NATO suggested that Russia, NATO, and the United States link their missile defense shields. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for increased cooperation between NATO and Russia, Associated Press. Factbox on missile defense, Reuters.

The Federal Communications  Commission will propose new rules, known as net neutrality, about the free flow of information online. The rules would prohibit internet providers from doing such things as blocking sites that use a lot of bandwidth, Associated Press. FAQ on net neutrality, CBC.

In his weekly address, U.S. President Barack Obama discusses the global economic situation ahead of next week’s G20 summit in Pittsburgh. Transcript.

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US Scraps European Missile Defense Shield

In a reversal of an agreement made by the George W. Bush administration, the White House announced today that the U.S. will not go ahead with European missile defense plans. Plans for missiles that were to be put in Poland as well as a radar station station in the Czech Republic have been scrapped. The administration says that Iran’s missile system, which the Bush administration had insisted the installations were designed to counter, is not sufficiently developed to pose a threat, Reuters.

Suicide bombers on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan targeted two NATO vehicles earlier today. At least 6 Italian soldiers were killed as well as 10 Afghan civilians, CNN International.

Indonesia is reporting that a raid has resulted in the death of Islamic militant Noordin Top who is thought to have been the mastermind behind last summer’s bombings of two luxury hotels in Jakarta as well as multiple past bombings. Top had been hunted for the past 9 years, Reuters.

Raymond Clark III, 24, has been arrested in connection with the murder of Yale graduate student Annie M. Le. Police said DNA evidence linked him to the crime scene, New York Times.

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