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MADRID (AP) — Casino operator Las Vegas Sands on Friday scrapped plans to build a "EuroVegas" resort near Madrid after the Spanish government rejected as illegal concessions demanded for the investment.
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - The leader of a protest group trying to overthrow Thailand's government and scrap planned elections said on Friday the prime minister should either step down or be forced out, and his movement would then need around a year to push through reforms. Suthep Thaugsuban, a lawmaker who resigned from parliament to lead the protest, and his allies have spoken of a volunteer police force, decentralization of power and electoral reform - but apart from that have been short on specifics. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called an election for February 2 in an effort to end the street protests but Suthep, knowing that allies of Yingluck's brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, would probably win any election, wants an unelected "people's council" to take over. Thailand's eight-year political conflict centers on Thaksin, a former telecommunications tycoon popular among the rural poor because of policies pursued when he was in power and carried on by governments allied to him after he was ousted in a 2006 coup.