World news briefs: 11/30/13

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Protesters raid Thai army post

BANGKOK -- Anti-government protesters broke into and briefly occupied the grounds of Thailand's army headquarters Friday, capping a week of dramatic and provocative gestures against the country's most influential political family.

The protests against the dominance of Thaksin Shinawatra, the billionaire tycoon in exile, and his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, the country's prime minister, have included seizing of the Finance Ministry, cutting power to police headquarters and the occupation of a large government facility.

The military went out of its way Friday to back away from confrontation. Television footage showed protesters breaking down the gates and charging into the army compound. But once inside, soldiers offered them water, and medics performed free health checks.

Group faults Interpol

MOSCOW -- Fair Trials International, an advocacy group for those arrested abroad, issued a report early Thursday asserting that Interpol is used by some of its members -- including Russia, Belarus, Turkey, Iran and Venezuela -- to pursue political ends.

In its report, Fair Trials called on Interpol to review preliminary notices before they are posted, saying that once information is in the database, member countries have no definitive way of learning that it has been removed.

Fair Trials also urged Interpol to develop clearly defined procedures for appeals by listed individuals, more transparency about decisions regarding placement of names in the database and the right to appeal when requests to remove names from wanted lists are denied.

Responding to the report, Interpol officials in Lyon, France, said in a statement that they have the necessary systems in place to address politically motivated requests and to protect individual rights.

Missile parts discovered

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaican authorities have seized 3,300 warheads and a missile-making machine at the port of Kingston and sought help from international police in tracking the shipper.

The unauthorized arms shipment was discovered Thursday afternoon in a police and customs operation carried out at a berth of Kingston Wharves.

It was unclear from any of the reports of the seized ordnance how large the warheads were, what type of launch device they were intended to arm or whether the shipment's end destination was Jamaica or another country.

Copter crashes into pub

LONDON -- A helicopter slammed into the roof of a popular pub in Glasgow, Scotland, late Friday night, apparently crashing inside the building and littering the roof with debris.

Photos of the scene aired on local television show what appear to be the helicopter's propeller sticking out of the top of the pub's roof.

Local police confirmed that emergency services are dealing "with a major incident," but would not comment on casualties or if a police helicopter was involved.

Bolshoi acid attack

MOSCOW -- Russian prosecutors on Friday demanded a nine-year jail sentence for the Bolshoi soloist accused of masterminding an acid attack on the world-renowned theater's artistic director.

Star dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko is alleged to have hired the two men who carried out the Jan. 17 attack that left Sergei Filin with severe burns and nearly blinded.

The verdict is due Dec. 3.

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