Red-shirt protesters, supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, have converged on Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok to call for new elections, BBC News. the protesters, numbering in excess of 100,000, have shut down parts of Bangkok, New York Times.
5 same-sex couples wed in Mexico City. While civil unions are legal in some parts of Latin America, Mexico City is the first in Latin America to explicitly allow same-sex marriage, BBC News.
A U.S. court has ruled that there is no evidence a vaccine containing thimerosal has caused autism in the cases of three families who brought lawsuits, Reuters.
Amnesty International issued a report condemning maternal deaths in the U.S. The rate of death among pregnant women in the U.S. has doubled in the past 20 years. Lack of access to regular care during pregnancy, particularly among minority women and women living in poverty, endangers both the health of the mother and the child, CNN. Full report, Amnesty International.
Pope Benedict XVI has come under fire for his alleged involvement in the cover-up of a sexual abuse case in Germany in 1980 when he was archbishop, BBC News.
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.
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.
Human Rights Watch reports that gay Iraqis are being systematically killed by Iraqi militia, BBC News.
Red Shirt supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra are protesting in Bangkok today, Voice of America.
700 customs inspectors in Mexico have been replaced in an effort to stamp out corruption and stop drug smuggling, Associated Press.
The motive behind this weekend’s tent fire at a wedding in Kuwait has been discovered. The ex-wife of the groom confessed to setting the fire that killed 43 women and children and injured 90, Sky News.