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Thai Military Government Looks To Neighbors For Support
Thailand's military government is shoring up diplomatic ties with Asian neighbors to provide a counterweight to criticism from the West about its seizure of power in May and its reluctance to set an early date for a return to civilian rule. In the latest move, acting Foreign Minister Sihasak Phuangketkeow reassured Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday that Cambodian workers who had fled home after the coup, fearing a crackdown on immigrants, would be welcomed back.
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10 Incredibly Realistic Minecraft Creations
Uncharted territories and new worlds lie beyond the pixelated screen of Minecraft. Players of the video game often take to building lifelike creations, inspired by both reality and fiction alike. Thousands of hours pass as players, either flying solo or working as a group, attempt to recreate Hogwarts, Middle Earth or the entirety of Denmark within the game's seemingly endless map. The game, whose parent company Mojang was recently purchased by Microsoft for $2.5 billion, fosters an enormous wealth of virtual imagination. From the Mona Lisa to the ruins of the Titanic, here are 10 incredibly realistic Minecraft creations. 1. Scale of Denmark; 2. Middle Earth; 3. Hard drive; 4. 1940s-era New York City; 5. USS Enterprise; 6. Adamantis — City of the Gods; 7. Hogwarts; 8. The Mona Lisa; 9. The Titanic; and rounding out the list at 10. 16-bit computer.
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Cannes Screenplay Winner ‘Leviathan’ Gets Russian Release
Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, winner of the best screenplay honor at this year’s Cannes film festival, is finally getting a release in Russia. The drama, a re-telling of the biblical story of Job set in modern-day Russia, had been read by many as a allegorical attack on Vladimir Putin’s regime. Russia's minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky snubbed the Cannes premiere of the film, telling official news agency RIA Novosti that he "did not like it.” The film has been an international sales hit, with Pyramid International closing deals for more than 40 territories after Leviathan’s Cannes debut.
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Dan Aykroyd Wants ‘Ghostbusters’ To Become Marvel-Style Universe
With talk of the long-awaited third outing of Ghostbusters still rumbling on and, more recently, rumors emerging of an all-female reboot , original co-creator and star Dan Aykroyd has revealed that he’s hoping for much more than just a one-off return. Speaking in London where he was in town to promote his brand of Crystal Head vodka, the 62-year-old said that had been looking towards some of the bigger franchise models for guidance. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony?"
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Quebec Separatists Closely Watch Scotland's Independence Vote
Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week to see if the Scottish independence movement has learned from their failed attempts to break away from Canada. And they could be rejuvenated if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom. The Scottish National Party, which is leading the campaign for Scotland to vote yes in Thursday's vote on independence, has been advised over the years by separatists in Quebec--a French-speaking province where two referendums on independence failed, even though the last "Non" over "Oui" margin was narrow.
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Gaza Widow Offers Insight Into World Of Spies
The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy — her husband. The widow's account to The Associated Press gave a rare look into the secret espionage side of the war between Israel and the Hamas militant group. According to her, Israeli security agents took advantage of her late husband's financial troubles a decade ago, luring him into collaborating by offering him a permit to work in Israel. She was later recruited when she was allowed to take one of their children to Israel for medical treatment. "Our life was hell. We were scared," she said of their years feeding Israel information. "I used to look over my shoulder when I am out in the market, get scared when I see a police car." The woman, who was released in December, spoke on condition of anonymity because Hamas does not allow freed collaborators to talk to the press.
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Pakistan's PM Threatens To Clear Protesters Camped In Capital
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, weakened by weeks of demonstrations calling for him to resign, threatened on Wednesday to clear a protest camp established more than a month ago outside government offices in Islamabad. Protesters led by Imran Khan, a former cricket star, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, have been locked in a bitter stand-off with the government since mid-August, refusing to leave their camp until Sharif steps down.
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Death Toll From Nigeria Church Building Collapse At 70
The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency--or NEMA--said on Wednesday that a total of 70 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Lagos last week. NEMA spokesman for southwest Nigeria, Ibrahim Farinloye, said at the site that 131 survivors had been found. Speaking as construction vehicles shifted concrete and steel debris behind him, he said the nationalities of the victims was not yet confirmed.
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U.S. Consumer Prices Post First Decline In Nearly 1-1/2 Years
U.S. consumer prices fell for the first time in nearly 1-1/2 years in August and underlying inflation pressures were muted, which could lessen the urgency for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index declined 0.2 percent last month as a broad decline in energy prices offset increases in food and shelter costs. It was the first drop since April last year and followed a 0.1 percent gain in July.
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China Muslim Scholar Rejects 'separatism' Evidence As Widely Criticized Trial Opens
A prominent Uighur academic charged with separatism rejected evidence presented by Chinese prosecutors on Wednesday on the first day of a trial that has drawn criticism from international judicial and human rights activists. Authorities in China's western Xinjiang region say Ilham Tohti, an economics professor who championed the rights of the region's Muslim Uighur people, had promoted its independence, serious allegations which carry the maximum penalty of death. Tohti's case, which has attracted high-level concern in the United States and the European Union, is seen as an extension of a government crackdown on dissent in Xinjiang, where tension between Uighurs and majority Han Chinese has led to violence.