By Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta has appointed as advisers two retired generals with palace connections, putting powerful establishment figures hostile towards former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra firmly in the ascendant in the country's long-running power struggle. A seven-hour curfew the army imposed after the coup from 10 p.m each night will from Wednesday be shortened to four hours, starting from midnight.
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling responded to the NBA's attempt to oust him on Tuesday, arguing that there is no basis for stripping him of his team because his racist statements were illegally recorded "during an inflamed lovers' quarrel in which he was clearly distraught."
US fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden "trained as a spy" and worked "undercover overseas" for intelligence agencies, he told NBC News in aired excerpts from an interview. In his first interview in US media, Snowden hit back at claims that he was merely a low-level contractor, saying he worked "at all levels from -- from the bottom on the ground, all the way to the top." Snowden, who has been charged in the United States with espionage, was granted asylum by Russia in August 2013 after shaking the American intelligence establishment to its core with a series of leaks on mass surveillance in the United States and around the world. He said he had worked covertly as "a technical expert" for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, as well as as a trainer for the Defense Intelligence Agency.
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police will begin carrying large amounts of anti-opiate drugs in an effort to combat a recent spike in heroin deaths, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday. Opiate overdoses killed more than 2,000 New York residents in 2011, more than double the number in 2004, state records show. Across the United States, the number of fatal opiate overdoses increased 45 percent from 2006-2010. “This program will literally save lives,” New York Attorney General Schneiderman said in a statement.
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Police in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina are studying videos on YouTube and Instagram and asking people to send any cellphone pictures to help identify gunmen in a weekend shooting that killed three people. The shooting, in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. Southeast, occurred during an annual sports motorcycle rally called the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest, a popular Memorial Day event. Late Saturday, police responded to a large street fight in front of an oceanfront motel and were attending to a man who had been shot when more gunshots rang out, officials said. Several people involved in the fight fled into the hotel when multiple shots were fired at them, killing two men and a woman, police said. Jamie Williams 28, and Devonte Dantzler, 21, were pronounced dead at the scene.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, in an open move that would significantly boost U.S. support to forces who have been asking for three years for military help in their quest to oust President Bashar Assad, administration officials said Tuesday.