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Republicans hit at Arnie verdict

The California Republican Party has denounced the decision by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to commute the sentence of a politician's son.

The former Republican governor reduced the prison sentence from 16 years to seven for Esteban Nunez, the son of former assembly speaker Fabian Nunez, a Democrat. Esteban Nunez pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a 2008 stabbing death.

Thailand: Two soldiers killed

Police say suspected Muslim militants ambushed a military patrol and killed two soldiers in southern Thailand.

Suspected insurgents opened fire on a group of eight soldiers in the Cha Nae district of Narathiwat province, killing two.

Narathiwat is one of three Muslim-majority provinces in the mostly Buddhist country where an insurgency has claimed more than 4,300 lives since 2004.