Thailand's Cabinet has passed sweeping emergency laws, giving the prime minister power to tap phones, censor newspapers and detain suspects without charge as the government tries to stem rising violence in the Muslim south.
A senior military official in Beijing says China would be prepared to use nuclear weapons against the United States if Washington intervenes in any future conflict over Taiwan.
China has issued a strong protest to Japan after Tokyo said it would allow a Japanese energy company to look for natural gas in a disputed portion of the East China Sea.
Leading British opposition politician Liam Fox has singled out Burma as one of the most repressive regimes in the world.
British authorities now say homemade bombs may have been used in the suicide attacks in London, rather than the high-grade explosives authorities said last week were involved in the blasts.
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