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  • McDonald's to Thais: Stop hamburgling our arches Friday, 30 May 2014 | 10:32 AM ET
    Thai-army soldiers stand guard outside a McDonalds outlet ahead of a planned gathering in Bangkok on May 25, 2014.

    Thai anti-coup protesters have tacked the golden arches on signs and McDonald's could take action if they don't stop. NBC News reports.

  • *Reports mount of volunteer fighters coming into Ukraine from Russia. KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, May 30- Ukraine's government vowed on Friday to press ahead with a military offensive against separatists, despite a deadly attack on an army helicopter, amid increasing reports that volunteer fighters from Russia were involved in rebellions in the east.

  • * "Russian Orthodox Army" is mostly Ukrainian but identifies as Russian. *One of several armed rebel groups fighting in Ukraine's east. Calling itself the " Russian Orthodox Army", it has been engaged in the heaviest fighting against Ukraine's army in the Donetsk region this month.

  • The burly billionaire businessman who built a vast fortune selling cakes and sweets has inherited a bitter legacy- a wrecked economy, rampant corruption, armed rebellion in eastern Ukraine and hostility from giant neighbour Russia.

  • Why Thailand shares are shaking off the coup Friday, 30 May 2014 | 1:50 AM ET

    Anywhere but Thailand, a military coup combined with an economic contraction would spur a stock selloff, but shares there are surprisingly resilient.

  • INTERVIEW-U.S. Navy secretary defends new warship program Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 9:50 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 28- U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus defended the embattled $34 billion Littoral Combat Ship program on Wednesday and said the ability to reconfigure the ships to carry out different missions would help the Navy keep pace with rapidly changing technologies.

  • OBAMA SAYS MOST DIRECT THREAT TO AMERICA AND WORLD IS TERRORISM, PARTICULARLY FROM DECENTRALIZED AL QAEDA AFFILIATES AND EXTREMISTS- TEXT.

  • *Scores detained since coup on May 22. BANGKOK, May 28- 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.

  • *Scores detained since coup on May 22. BANGKOK, May 28- 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.

  • President Obama announces America's combat mission in Afghanistan will be over by the end of this year. He outlines the United States' objectives going forward.

  • President Obama traveled to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend to thank serving men and women in uniform and deployed civilians. President Obama says America's longest war will come to a "responsible end" this year.

  • *Libya oil output 160,000 bpd vs 1.4 million pre-uprising. *Libya rebels don't recognise new govt, blockade continues. U.S. gasoline fell nearly 3 cents to $2.9940 a gallon as traders sold long positions taken before Monday's holiday in the U.S. for Memorial Day, which marks the start of the summer driving season.

  • *Ukraine army launches offensive in east Ukraine. MOSCOW, May 27- An army assault on pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine will not have taken Vladimir Putin by surprise, but the ferocity of the clashes may have- and could be a game-changer if they spin out of control.

  • *Libya oil output 160,000 bpd vs 1.4 million pre-uprising. *Libya rebels don't recognise new govt, blockade continues. U.S. gasoline fell 2 cents to $3.0026 a gallon as traders sold long positions taken before Monday's holiday in the U.S. for Memorial Day, which marks the start of the summer driving season.

  • *Russia's Putin wants offensive to be halted. DONETSK, Ukraine, May 27- Ukrainian aircraft and paratroopers killed more than 50 pro-Russian rebels in an assault that raged into a second day on Tuesday after a newly elected president vowed to crush the revolt in the east once and for all.

  • NEW DELHI, May 27- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a blunt warning to old adversary Pakistan on his first day in the job on Tuesday, telling his counterpart in a rare meeting that Islamabad must prevent militants on its territory from attacking India.

  • NEW DELHI, May 27- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a blunt warning to traditional neighboring foe Pakistan on his first day in the job on Tuesday that it must prevent militants on its territory from attacking India.

  • SINGAPORE, May 27- Brent crude rose towards $111 per barrel on Tuesday amid supply disruption worries as Ukraine launched air strikes to put down a separatist revolt and Libya struggled to rein in rebels.

  • Brent rises toward $111 on worries over Ukraine, Libya Monday, 26 May 2014 | 11:56 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, May 27- Brent crude rose towards $111 per barrel on Tuesday amid supply disruption worries as Ukraine launched air strikes to put down a separatist revolt and Libya struggled to rein in rebels.

  • The general making waves in Libya: Who is he? Monday, 26 May 2014 | 4:53 PM ET
    A Libyan carries a portrait of retired general Khalifa Haftar during a rally in support of the rogue former general whose forces have launched a 'dignity' campaign to crush jihadist militias on May 23, 2014 in Benghazi, eastern Libya.

    General Khalifa Haftar, once scorned in the North African country, is now the man to watch, after starting a massive military offensive on May 16.