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Court orders Thai leader removed from office

BAngkok, Thailand

Court orders leader removed from office

A Thai court on Wednesday ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra removed from office, a divisive move and victory for a powerful opposition movement that has sought to overthrow the government for six months. The Constitutional Court ruled that Yingluck, 46, abused her power when she transferred a civil servant to another post more than three years ago. The court ordered her to step down immediately along with all members of her Cabinet who were in office at the time of the transfer. Leaders of Yingluck's party quickly said a deputy prime minister, Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan, would become acting prime minister.

Karachi, Pakistan

Pakistan police question American

Police in Pakistan questioned an American on Wednesday after U.S. authorities said an FBI agent on an anti-corruption task force had been arrested there, officials said. The arrest marked the latest incident to trouble relations between Pakistan and the U.S., two uneasy allies since the Sept. 11 terror attacks.


Lawmakers okay pot banking plan

Colorado lawmakers approved the first financial system for the marijuana industry Wednesday, a network of uninsured cooperatives designed to give pot businesses a way to access basic banking services. The plan seeks to move the industry away from its cash-only roots. Banks routinely reject pot businesses for even basic services because they fear running afoul of federal law, which considers marijuana and its proceeds illegal. Colorado is the first state to allow recreational pot sales, which started Jan. 1. Washington state is expected to start retail sales in July.


Bombing suspect challenges remarks

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued Wednesday that statements he made after his arrest should be thrown out because he was questioned for 36 hours in a hospital room and without being told his rights. The lawyers said in pretrial court filings that federal agents began questioning Tsarnaev about 20 hours after he arrived at the hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds and his statements can't be considered voluntary.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Chinese ships ram Vietnamese boats

Chinese ships have been ramming into and firing water cannons at Vietnamese boats trying to stop them from putting an oil rig in the South China Sea, according to officials and video footage Wednesday, in a dangerous escalation of tensions over waters considered a global flashpoint. Several boats have been damaged and at least six Vietnamese have been injured, officials said. The United States said it was concerned and accused China of ramping up tensions in the area.


House panel backs sex case handling

A House panel late Wednesday endorsed leaving to military commanders the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes. On a 34-28 vote, the House Armed Services Committee rejected a measure that would have stripped the authority from commanders and given it to seasoned, independent prosecutors. .

Times wires

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