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World news briefs — compiled Dec. 8


Premier calls for elections

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament early today and called for elections in an attempt to calm the country’s deepening political crisis. Yingluck’s announcement Monday came as thousands of anti-government protesters vowed to march through Bangkok in a “final showdown” against her government. Yingluck said “there will be new elections according to the democratic system.” She did not set a date.


Tear gas fired on dormitories

Egyptian police fired tear gas Sunday in an attempt to disperse supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president protesting at the dormitories of an Islamic university in Cairo. Students at Al-Azhar University hurled rocks at the police and tried to block traffic on a major thoroughfare outside the campus in eastern Cairo, a security official said.


Netanyahu sees ‘cold peace’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that any agreement to emerge from newly restarted talks with the Palestinians will likely initially result in a “cold peace,” and therefore Israel must insist on “iron-clad security arrangements” to protect itself in case the accord collapses. Netanyahu’s cautious outlook in a video address to the Brookings Institution in Washington came a day after President Barack Obama gave an optimistic prognosis before the same audience, insisting a peace framework could be attained in a matter of months.


Blasts rip through markets

Nearly a dozen explosions tore through predominantly Shiite Muslim areas in and around the Iraqi capital on Sunday, killing at least 39 people at crowded marketplaces, commercial districts and car repair shops, officials said. The attacks are part of a wave of violence that has washed across Iraq since a deadly security crackdown on a Sunni protest camp in April. Since then, the bloodshed has reached heights unseen since the country teetered on the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

Compiled from wire reports.


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