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Associated Press
2014-01-18 04:42 PM

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THAILAND-YINGLUCK'S BATTLE

BANGKOK -- From the inside of her "war room" in a temporary office at the Defense Ministry, Thailand's beleaguered prime minister is watching television feeds broadcasting images of flag-waving protesters trying to bring down her government. The protest leaders refuse to negotiate. She can't order a police crackdown for fear of triggering a military coup. And the country's anti-corruption commission is investigating her. What's the best way to deal with it all? "Keep calm," Yingluck says, riding an elevator inside her temporary headquarters at the Defense Ministry. "And stay cool." This is the political fight of her life, and there is no clear way out. By Todd Pitman. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

INDIA-STAMPEDE

MUMBAI, India -- Eighteen people are killed in a stampede as tens of thousands gather to mourn the death of a spiritual leader in India's financial capital. SENT: 170 words.

AFGHANISTAN

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber blows himself up outside a Kabul restaurant filled with foreigners and affluent Afghans, while two gunmen sneak in through the back door and open fire in a brazen dinnertime attack that killed 16 people, officials say. The fatalities included four U.N. personnel. By Patrick Quinn and Amir Shah. SENT: 840 words, photos, video, audio.

JAPAN-CHINA-WAR OF WORDS.

WASHINGTON -- China and Japan are engaged in a war of words that is lighting up editorial pages around the world as Beijing takes aim at a recent visit by Japan's leader to controversial war shrine, and Tokyo answers back. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 750 words.

INDIA-MINISTER'S WIFE

NEW DELHI -- The wife of an Indian minister is found dead at a luxury hotel in New Delhi after a controversy over her husband's alleged affair with a Pakistani journalist. SENT: 320 words.

CHINA-DISSIDENT TRIAL

BEIJING -- Chinese dissident Xu Zhiyong will go on trial next Wednesday on charges of disrupting public order, his lawyer says. Xu is a prominent legal activist who founded the New Citizens' Movement, a loose network of campaigners on a variety of social issues including corruption and equal access to education. SENT: 300 words.

CHINA-PEOPLE-CUI JIAN

BEIJING -- A Chinese rocker known for his rebellious style will not perform at a state broadcaster's variety show for the upcoming Lunar New Year after the organizers turned down his song choice, his manager says. SENT: 340 words, photo.

INDIA-TOURIST RAPE

NEW DELHI -- Indian police say they have arrested three more people accused in the gang rape of a 51-year-old Danish tourist in New Delhi. SENT: 120 words.

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