BANGKOK (AP) — Protesters waging a surreal political fight to oust Thailand's elected prime minister are trying to establish what amounts to a parallel government — one complete with "security volunteers" to replace the police, a foreign policy of their own and a central committee that has already begun issuing audacious orders.
Struggling automaker GM Holden on Wednesday said it will shut down its manufacturing operations in Australia by 2017, shedding 2,900 jobs, in a major blow to the nation's car industry. "The decision to end manufacturing in Australia reflects the perfect storm of negative influences the automotive industry faces in the country," GM chief executive Dan Akerson said in a statement. Holden's decision to end manufacturing and transition to a national sales company follows US giant Ford in May announcing it would stop making vehicles at its unprofitable Australian factories in 2016, with the loss of 1,200 jobs.
Ukrainian security forces stormed Kiev's Independence Square, occupying an area protesters had held for over a week and removing their barricades in a move that sparked immediate international concern. Opponents of President Viktor Yanukovych's rejection of an EU pact were still holding nighttime protests on the square when elite Berkut anti-riot police and interior ministry special forces moved against them at around 2:00 am (midnight GMT). The police also smashed down the barricades that the protesters had put up around the square and ripped down several of their tents. However the protesters regrouped around the main stage set up on one sector of the square, with their numbers increasing by the minute as opposition leaders urged people to rush to the square.