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Anti-government rally Monday in Bangkok
Anti-government rally Monday in Bangkok
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BANGKOK “SHUTDOWN”
Anti-government demonstrators in Bangkok are blocking the main access points to Thailand’s capital as they try to shut down the city to increase pressure on the government and on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. It comes just a few weeks ahead of a general election,The Bangkok Post reports. According to Reuters, 10,000 police officers and 8,000 soldiers have been deployed, but there are no reports of violence.
For more on the subject, we offer this Le Monde/Worldcrunch piece: Unrest In Bangkok Reveals Thailand's Deep Social Divide.

KERRY TO MEET LAVROV OVER SYRIA PEACE CONFERENCE

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to prepare for the Syrian peace conference, dubbed Geneva 2, scheduled for Jan. 22. Yesterday, the 11 countries that form the “Friends of Syria” urged the Syrian opposition to attend next week’s conference and vowed to exclude Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from a potential transition government. Read more from AFP.

  • On the battleground, near the Turkish border, up to 100 Islamist fighters from the al-Nusra front are thought to have been executed by another al-Qaeda-linked group, the Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant, as infighting among different factions of the opposition continue, activists have said. Read the full story from RT.

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL TO TAKE EFFECT NEXT WEEK
Iran will begin implementing the nuclear deal it reached with the U.S. and five other powers on Jan. 20 in exchange for relief from some of the sanctions imposed on the country,The Washington Postreports. Under the agreement, Tehran will significantly curb its nuclear activities for six months at the end of which a final deal is to reached. The relief from oil sales is estimated to mean between $4.2 billion and $7 billion for Iran’s economy, according to AP.

ARIEL SHARON’S FUNERAL
One of Israel’s great statesman to some, and an unpunished war criminal to others, former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is being buried today in the Negev desert. Several world leaders, including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, traveled to Jerusalem to attend a ceremony at the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament. Sharon’s coffin will then be taken to his farm in the Negev desert, Sycamore Ranch, where he will be buried.
Follow live updates on Haaretz, and read our exclusive coverage: Ariel Sharon's Legacy, Views From 10 Different Countries.

CRIME INT’L
An Italian man killed his flatmate in Dublin after a late-night chess game turned ugly. The killer reportedly calmly told police over the phone that he had eaten his victim’s heart, but an exam found no damage to his heart. However, one lung is missing.

BY THE NUMBERS
India soon will be officially recognized as polio-free, three years after its last reported case.

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS (AND CONTROVERSY)
At the Golden Globe ceremony in Beverly Hills yesterday, Breaking Bad was honored with two awards (best drama series and best actor in TV series). But despite seven nominations, the crew behind 12 Years A Slave settled for a single award for best motion picture. Here’s the full list of winners and nominees.

The event also had its share of controversy, as people on Twitter, including Mia and Ronan Farrow, reacted with derision to Woody Allen being awarded the special Cecil B. DeMille award.

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Too much has been put in to the state-sponsored truth that minimal spread of the virus is the at-all-cost objective. But if the Chinese economy continues to suffer, Xi Jinping may have no choice but to second guess himself.

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The tragic bus accident in Guiyang last month — in which 27 people being sent to quarantine were killed — was one of the worst examples of collateral damage since the COVID-19 pandemic began in China nearly three years ago. While the crash can ultimately be traced back to bad government policy, the local authorities did not register it as a Zero COVID related casualty. It was, for them, a simple traffic accident.

The officials in the southern Chinese province of Guizhou, of course, had no alternative. Drawing a link between the deadly crash and the strict policy of Zero COVID, touted by President Xi Jinping, would have revealed the absurdity of the government's choices.

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