World briefs: Emergency law in Thailand

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BANGKOK -- Thailand's prime minister invoked an emergency law on Monday after demonstrators seeking to remove her from office occupied parts of the finance and foreign ministries.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the Internal Security Act would cover all of Bangkok and large parts of surrounding areas. Three especially sensitive districts of the capital have been under the law since August, when there were early signs of political unrest.

The law authorizes officials to seal off roads, take action against security threats, impose curfews and ban the use of electronic devices in designated areas. Peaceful rallies are allowed under the law.

Protesters say they want Ms. Yingluck to step down amid claims that her government is controlled by her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a military coup in 2006 for alleged corruption.

Pakistan has own drones

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Pakistan's military unveiled two domestically produced drones Monday, even as the country is facing growing protests over U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani soil.

After years of preparation, the "Strategically Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" were formally announced by military chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani. The drones will not be armed and are to be used only for surveillance, military officials said.

The development of the drones, believed to have a range of about 75 miles, represents a significant milestone for the country's military and scientists, Pakistani and western analysts said.

9 die in Benghazi fighting

CAIRO -- Clashes between hard-line Islamists and a local military unit broke out across Benghazi on Monday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens in the latest flare-up in a struggle for control of the city.

The fighting pitted Ansar al-Shariah, a local hard-line Islamist group whose fighters were seen in the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi last fall, against an army unit known locally as "special forces," which defected from Moammar Gadhafi's camp at the start of the uprising against him.

Honduras vote disputed

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras careened toward a new political crisis Monday, a day after voters in the country turned out in record numbers to elect a new president and Congress.

Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, the leftist president toppled in a 2009 coup and the husband of candidate Xiomara Castro, told a hotel ballroom full of feverish supporters that their Free Party had rejected the electoral process and would "take to the streets if necessary" to force a "ballot-by-ballot" recount.

By Monday afternoon, conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez maintained his lead over a field of eight candidates with 34 percent of votes.

Bluefin tuna quotas

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Members of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas heeded calls by environmental groups and left bluefin tuna catch quotas in the Atlantic unchanged, while rejecting proposals to impose the first quotas for some shark species.

The commission, which is known as ICCAT and has 46 member countries as well as the European Union, decided to leave the 2014 quota at 1,750 metric tons in the western Atlantic and 13,400 tons in the eastern Atlantic at a weeklong meeting in Cape Town that ended Monday.

Atlantic bluefin tuna, sold in premium sushi restaurants, can sell for tens of thousands of dollars per fish, which can each grow to the size of a small car.


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