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Thailand, Cambodia Border Fighting Breaks Out Amid Tensions

Thai and Cambodian soldiers have exchanged gunfire along their shared border and there are reports of fewer than 10 casualties among the two armies.

Thai and Cambodian troops exchanged fire Friday afternoon with both sides blaming the other for starting the fighting.

Gunfire and artillery shelling could be heard and civilians were evacuated from the area.

CMF-Tasked Australian Patrol Aircraft Disrupts Pirates in Arabian Sea

An Australian AP-3C Orion aircraft assisted a merchant vessel under attack by pirates in the Arabian Sea, Jan. 28.

The Orion was conducting a routine surveillance patrol for the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) when it was re-tasked to investigate a pirate attack taking place on the MV New York Star.

Tunisia Islamist Leader Does Not Support an Islamic State

Islamist leader Rachid Ghanouchi has been in Tunisia's spotlight since returning to the North African country after more than two decades in exile.
In the past, Tunisian authorities have cracked down hard on political Islam. Many are wondering what role it will play as Tunisia tries to build a multiparty democracy.
Ghanouchi is quick to stress his brand of religious politics is open, moderate and tolerant. It is something he has stressed repeatedly, including in an interview with VOA.

Lott Reveals Daley Strong-Arm Tactics

Chicago mayor Richard Daley seems to have a little regard for the First Amendment as he does for the Second Amendment. In a commentary for FoxNews.com, John Lott, the author of More Guns, describes how Daley not only ejected him from a conference, but eventually forced the University of Chicago to request his resignation.

Author Calls for National Firearm Carry

Recent events have made it painfully obvious that murderous trouble can
erupt at any time and in any place. It is a clear and present danger.

We can no longer afford to pretend such dangers do not exist.

It is irresponsible to continue to imagine that police can be everywhere,
or that they can respond with sufficient speed to prevent a homicidal

Police are second responders. The first responders are always we, the
people, on the scene as events unfold.

The time has come to insist upon robust restoration of our right to defend

Burma Picks Candidates for President; Junta Leader Not on List

Burma's new parliament has settled on a list of five candidates to become the country's first civilian president in more than half a century, with a final vote expected Thursday.

Delegates say the most prominent of the five candidates is Thein Sein, who heads the dominant military-backed party in parliament and served as prime minister in the outgoing military government. The full list of names is not available because reporters are barred from the parliamentary session, Burma's first in 20 years.

Report Says Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal Tops 100

A prominent U.S. newspaper says Pakistan has doubled its nuclear arms stockpile in recent years to exceed 100 weapons.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Pakistan now has a larger arsenal than its nuclear-armed neighbor and arch-rival India based on estimates provided by non-governmental analysts.

Based on recently accelerated production of plutonium and highly enriched uranium, analyst David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security told the newspaper that Islamabad may now have up to 110 nuclear weapons.

Thai Government Again Besieged by Protesters

The Thai government is under increasing pressure from thousands of street protesters. Red-dressed anti-government protesters are holding monthly demonstrations to express anger at last year’s bloody crackdown. And now yellow-dressed protesters have surrounded the seat of government, demanding tough action against Cambodia over a border dispute.

Thailand’s Red Shirts are back on the streets of Bangkok, holding monthly demonstrations.

Comments by Zimbabwe's Mugabe Intensify Speculation as to Snap Election

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has ratcheted up tension in the country's long-troubgled government of national unity with a tacit threat to dissolve Parliament and call new elections without waiting for a new constitution to be put in place.

Mr. Mugabe, described by local media as “fit and very lively” despite reports he had undergone surgery for prostate cancer, said he had a constitutional right to call for elections if the government failes to take a position on a new ballot.