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Thai Protesters Force Prime Minister into Hiding

At least four people have been killed, and 50 injured in clashes that are growing more intense by the day. “About 30,000 protesters launched a ‘people’s coup’ on Thailand’s government on Sunday, swarming state agencies in violent clashes, taking control of a state broadcaster and forcing the prime minister to flee a police compound and go into hiding. But after a day of skirmishes between protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs against riot police who fired back with teargas, the demonstrators failed to breach heavily barricaded Government House, where the office of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is located.” (Al Jazeera http://alj.am/1eN7TQd)

For World AIDS Day, A Warning for Global Youth

December 1 was World AIDS Day. “There are over 1.8 billion young people in the world today, 90 per cent of whom live in developing countries; around five million are living with HIV.  In new figures released by WHO this week, the failure to adequately support 10 to 19 year olds* has resulted in a 50% increase in reported AIDS-related deaths among this age group between 2005 and 2012, bucking the trends in the latest UNAIDS data that has seen deaths among the general population fall by 30%.” (AIDS Alliance http://bit.ly/188EPAT)

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