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World 14 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

U.S. Senate panel approves money for Afghan, Iraq wars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee on Thursday approved another $33.5 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq this year, although some members said they did so reluctantly.

World 14 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

Pressure mounts on BP as Obama eyes 'next steps'

PORT FOURCHON, La. (Reuters) - Political pressure mounted on Friday for BP to show progress plugging a massive oil leak while residents of coastal Florida, Mississippi and Alabama learned the growing pool of oil from the leak would not strike their beaches until late on Saturday.

World 14 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

Under fire, BP pushes latest oil spill control bid

PORT FOURCHON, La. (Reuters) - Energy giant BP on Friday stuck by its lower estimate of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and geared up for its latest effort to contain its offshore well leak as some scientists said the true amount of crude escaping could be much higher.

World 14 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

Rogue general wounded, 1 killed in Bangkok fighting

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A rogue Thai general leading a militant wing of anti-government protesters was shot in the head and critically wounded on Thursday, and a man was killed when the army used force to blockade a five-week street rally.

World 14 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

Protest crackdown sparks fighting in Bangkok

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Violence flared in the Thai capital on Friday as troops confronted groups of protesters around a major commercial district following overnight fighting that killed one and wounded nine, including a rogue general.

World 14 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

Pressure mounts on BP as Obama eyes 'next steps'

PORT FOURCHON, La. (Reuters) - Political pressure mounted on Friday for BP to show progress plugging a massive oil leak while residents of coastal Florida, Mississippi and Alabama learned the growing pool of oil from the leak would not strike their beaches before late on Saturday.

World 14 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

Thai troops advance on red shirt protest checkpoint

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets towards protesters on Friday following overnight fighting that killed one and wounded 11, including a rogue general, as a two-month political crisis deepened.

World 14 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

Under fire, BP pushes latest oil spill control bid

PORT FOURCHON, La. (Reuters) - Energy giant BP on Friday stuck by its lower estimate of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and geared up for its latest effort to contain its offshore well leak as some scientists said the true amount of crude escaping could be much higher.

Community 15 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

Station gets RM11.7mil upgrade

THE wooden housing facility and the Bayan Baru Fire and Rescue Department on Jalan Tengah in Penang, which were built 21 years ago, have been upgraded into a spanking RM11.7mil complex.

Nation 15 May 2010 | 12:00 AM

Bloody day in Bangkok

BANGKOK: Thai troops opened fire on protesters after a military lockdown of a vast rally site in the heart of the capital sparked fierce clashes that left 10 people dead and 125 wounded.