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Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn
has asked the government to strip his
wife's family of their royally bestowed
It comes after seven of her close
relatives were arrested in a purge of
officials allegedly involved in corruption.
Princess Srirasmi Akrapongpreecha is
Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn's third wife,
and the pair married in 2001.
The move is widely expected to be a
first step to divorce. He was already
known to be estranged from the
princess, although they continued to
attend official functions together.
The purge of Princess Srirasmi's family
over the past ten days has been widely
reported in Thailand.
The princess's uncle, a senior police
general, was arrested over accusations
of amassing vast wealth through
smuggling and gambling rackets.
Four of her siblings and two other
relatives have also been held. (BBC)
Thai prince strips wife's family of royal name
The number of people killed by the Ebola out-
break in West Africa has risen to 6,928, the
World Health Organisation (Who) says.
The toll has increased by over 1,000 since the
Who s last report on Wednesday, but it includes
unreported deaths from earlier in the outbreak.
Experts say the infection rate is more significant
that the death toll, as it reflects how the virus is
Infection rates are decreasing in Liberia, but
are high in Sierra Leone.
There have been over 16,000 reported cases in
Guinea, Sierra and Liberia.
Mali has reported seven deaths from Ebola and
ten confirmed cases.
More than 4,181 people have died of Ebola in
Liberia but while the country has recorded the
highest number of cases, the rate of infection is
West Africa death
toll nears 7,000
Beijing has adopted a smoking ban in all indoor
public spaces including workplaces and public
The official Xinhua News Agency reported that
the ban will go into effect in the capital city of
21 million people on June 1, 2015, and carry a fine
of up to 200 yuan ($32.50).
The Standing Committee of Beijing Municipal
People s Congress passed the draft regulation Fri-
China is home to the most smokers of any
country, with 300 million smoking and 740 million
exposed to secondhand smoke every year. Xinhua
reported the number of smokers in Beijing alone
exceeds 400,000 people.
The new regulations also ban outdoor tobacco
advertisements and as well on TV and in films
and newspapers. (AP)
Egyptian police have used tear gas to
disperse protesters angry that charges
against ex-president Hosni Mubarak over
killings during the uprising three years
ago have been dropped.
About 2,000 people massed in Cairo s
Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the 2011
revolution. One person was reported killed
in the clashes.
Mubarak was originally sentenced to life
in jail then cleared in a retrial.
In a TV interview after the ruling,
Mubarak said he did "nothing wrong."
The former president, 86, is serving a
separate three-year sentence for embezzle-
ment of public funds.
He is currently being held in a military
hospital, and is expected to serve at least
a few more months of this sentence.
Mubarak, his former Interior Minister
Habib al-Adly and six others had been con-
victed of conspiracy to kill and were sen-
tenced to life in prison in June 2012, but a
retrial was ordered last year on a techni-
In all, some 800 people are thought to
have been killed as security forces battled
protesters in the weeks before Mubarak
resigned on February 11, 2011.
Within hours of the court s decision,
demonstrators arrived on Tahrir Square.
Liberal opponents of Mubarak were joined
by supporters of the banned Muslim Broth-
Shortly after the arrival of the Islamists,
police used water cannon and tear gas, driv-
ing the protesters into side streets.
Relatives of those killed in 2011 reacted
with anger to the court s handling of the
"There is no justice for the poor," said
Ramadan Ahmed, who lost his son
Mohammed, in Alexandria during the unrest.
"This is Mubarak s law."
But Mubarak supporters outside the court
cheered the decision.
Mubarak s lawyer, Farid al-Deeb, said it
was a "good ruling that proved the integrity
of Mubarak s era."
Mubarak s elected successor, President
Mohammed Morsi, lasted only a year in
power before being ousted by the military
in July 2013 during mass anti-government
Army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was sub-
sequently elected in his place and under his
rule, TV stations and newspapers have large-
ly dropped criticism of the Mubarak era,
correspondents say. (BBC)
Egypt protests as ex-leader
murder charges dropped
supporters, as he
leaves a helicopter
ambulance after it
landed at Maadi
verdict in Cairo,
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