May 18th, 2010
07:29 AM ET

World update: Calls for peace talks amid Thai violence

An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Tuesday:

U.N. official calls for Thai talks: Escalating violence in Thailand between protesters and government forces prompts the U.N.'s top human rights official to implore both sides to resume talks. Full story

Taliban claims it caused deadly blast: Twelve civilians were killed and 48 others injured when a suicide car bomb exploded near a registration center for Afghan army recruits Tuesday morning in Kabul, the interior ministry said. Full story

Hostages freed in Yemen: Two of five German hostages kidnapped last year in Yemen were released Tuesday, the German foreign ministry said. Full story

Union to appeal BA ruling: Cabin crew leaders plan to fight a UK court ruling that prevents them from going on strike in the ongoing dispute with British Airways. Full story

Can air traffic rules beat ash cloud? New measures go into effect Tuesday that will let planes fly in UK airspace at higher ash densities than currently permitted. Full story

Tycoon jailed for 14 years: Huang Guangyu - once China's richest man and the head of Gome, one of China's leading retail chains - was charged with stock-market manipulation, insider trading and bribery. Full story

Nigerian politician arrested with cocaine: Eme Zuru Ayortor has been detained for trying to smuggle almost five pounds of cocaine in his stomach in a scheme to finance his election campaign, authorities said Monday.

Portugal to legalize same-sex marriage: President Anibal Cavaco Silva said Monday he will reluctantly sign a law legalizing same-sex marriages.

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