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By Miguel Gutierrez and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's lower house of Congress on Wednesday gave general approval to an energy reform that would permit the biggest oil industry opening in 75 years, moving the bill close to final approval after the Senate signed off on it earlier in the day. Lawmakers in the lower house voted to bypass committees for energy and constitutional matters after leftists, who are railing against the bill in the world's No. 10 oil producer, padlocked doors to the chamber to prevent a debate. The impromptu shift of venue meant lawmakers were without their electronic voting system, and had to pass a microphone around the auditorium to vote out loud in a rowdy session. Dozens of leftist lawmakers have lodged objections against the reform, but their stalling tactics are unlikely to derail the bill, which has the backing of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and the opposition conservative National Action Party (PAN), who make up the required majority.
Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was indicted for murder Thursday in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok three years ago, prosecutors said. The move comes as fresh political turmoil rocks the Thai capital, with protesters backed by Abhisit's opposition party seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and rid the kingdom of the influence of her brother, deposed former leader Thaksin. "We have indicted him (Abhisit)," Nanthasak Poonsuk, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, told AFP outside the Bangkok court where the closed-door hearing was held.