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Deadly Floods In Thailand Test New Leader, Recall Past Invasions

High waters in the country’s central plains used to protect the Thai people from their attackers. But today, the natural ally has become a scourge, killing more than 330, though poor leadership from new Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra may also be to bl

More than 300 people have been killed by the floods since last July
More than 300 people have been killed by the floods since last July
Arnaud Dubus

BANGKOK - Any time the Burmese army tried to storm Ayutthaya, the historic capital of Siam, between the 15th and 18th centuries, they had to reckon with a terrible enemy: floods. On several occasions, the rising waters in the central plains, which followed the monsoon rains between May and October, saved the Thai people from their attackers. But today, what was once an ally has become a scourge.

This year, after exceptionally intense rainfall – a 25% increase in July and August compared with rainfall over the last 30 years - the tourist regions of northern and central Thailand have suffered from unusually high waters. The areas, where most of Thailand's rice is grown, are overwhelmed. In early October, the ancient Temple Chai Wathanaram, a Unesco World Heritage Site located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, came under eight feet of water within 10 minutes after a nearby dam ruptured.

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Has Lebanese Politics Finally Freed Itself Of Iran's Influence?

Lebanon's recent elections have shrunk the legislative block led by national power-brokers Hezbollah. But will a precarious new majority be able to rid the government of the long shadow of Tehran?

Supporters of pro-Iranian Hezbollah sit in a street decorated with picture of the party chief Hassan Nasrallah

Ahmad Ra'fat

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The results of parliamentary elections in Lebanon, have put an end to the majority block led by Hezbollah, the paramilitary group concocted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hezbollah and its Christian allies, the Free Patriotic Movement, led by President Michel Aoun, lost their 71 seats and will now have 62 (of a total 128 seats).

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