Thailand’s credit rating was restored to BBB+ by Fitch Ratings four years after political turmoil prompted a cut, signaling confidence in Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ability to maintain social stability.
Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela’s acting president hours after eulogizing his mentor Hugo Chavez in a fiery and tearful state funeral that drew leaders and celebrity activists from around the world.
Allies of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez paid their final respects to the firebrand socialist leader at a state funeral that marked the emotional high point of a week of tributes preceding a snap election to choose his successor.
Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said soldiers acted in self-defense when setting up live-fire zones around a protest site in 2010 as he fights murder charges over a crackdown that killed more than 90 people.
Thai demonstrators again delayed a decision on when they will end protests, testing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s patience after he offered a reconciliation plan that included cutting his term short by 13 months.
The four members of the pioneering electronic band Kraftwerk stand in a row on stage wearing black Spiderman-like suits with a white grid pattern, virtually motionless in front of their consoles, as though navigating a spaceship rather than performing a gig.