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Sunday
Feb062011

Ceasefire Collapses As Cambodian, Thai Troops Re-Engage

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SISAKET, Thailand) -- Just a day after Thai and Cambodian military officials had agreed to a ceasefire over a border dispute, reports from Thailand say Cambodian troops fired artillery onto Thai soil on Sunday.

A report from the Bangkok Post says Cambodian soldiers launched an attack targeted at the village of Chong Done Aow, and that Thai military officials confirmed fire was returned. The report says the battle is ongoing.

Military officials from both countries met Saturday to negotiate a temporary settlement in which no artillery fire would be exchanged and no further troops would be brought to the border which separates the two countries. The dispute is over the ancient Preah Vihear temple, which lies on the northern boundary of Cambodia and the southern border of Thailand.

Fighting over the temple has gone on for many years. According to a 1962 ruling by an international court, the temple belongs to Cambodia, although the main entrance to the structure is in Thai territory.

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Tuesday
Nov162010

Alleged Russian Arms Dealer Extradited to the US

Photo Courtesy - Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images(BANGKOK) -- Thai police say the man many refer to as the "Merchant of Death" -- alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout -- has been extradited from Thailand to the U.S.

Police say Bout left Bangkok Tuesday in the custody of American agents and will face terrorism charges in the U.S., where he could serve life in prison.

The former Soviet Air Force officer is accused of trafficking weapons to Africa, the Middle East, and South America.  He is also reported to have smuggled arms to Afghanistan during Taliban rule.

Bout was arrested in Bangkok in 2008 after allegedly agreeing to sell weapons to U.S. agents who were posing as middlemen for Colombia's FARC rebels, but his extradition was held up by a series of court cases.

Russia has demanded his release, saying the extradition by the U.S. is politically motivated.  "From a legal perspective, what has taken place cannot have a rational explanation or justification," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.  "It is without doubt that the illegal extradition of Viktor Bout is a consequence of unprecedented political pressure exerted by the U.S. on the government and the judicial authorities of Thailand."

Bout says he is merely a businessman, and that he runs a legitimate air transport business.´╗┐

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