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Thai police foil terror attack

Thai police discovered bomb-making material after the detention of a Lebanese man suspected of planning an attack, but the prime minister insisted today that everything was under control.

Authorities have beefed up security in parts of the capital and other popular tourist areas after the US and Israel warned on Friday of a possible terrorist attack.

Police detained a Lebanese man reportedly carrying a Swedish passport. Officials said he had links with Hezbollah, a Shi'ite Islamist group in Lebanon that is on the US blacklist of foreign terrorist organisations.

Latino stars on campaign trail

The US Republican Party is beefing up its minority outreach across the US and preparing to put its rising Latino stars on the campaign trail, amid concerns that tough immigration rhetoric in the presidential primary is taking on an increasingly anti-Hispanic tone.

But immigrant-rights groups and some political watchers say the damage may be irreversible.

They argue that the Republican Party has severely hampered itself as it looks to woo the critical Latino voting bloc.

Pirate victims freed for ยค3m

Somali pirates have freed the 18-man crew of a Maltese-flagged chemical tanker after the payment of a $4m (e3.1m) ransom.

Andrew Mwangura, the maritime editor of the Somalia Report, said the crew -- three Turks and 15 Georgians -- sailed to the Kenyan port of Mombasa in a tugboat after their release last week.

The Greek-owned and operated chemical tanker was seized in the Gulf of Aden while on its last trip before the scrapyard.

Court order for Pakistan's PM

Pakistan's Supreme Court

has issued a contempt notice to Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, ordering him to appear before the court over failure to prosecute government officials in long-running corruption cases.

The move could throw the country even deeper into crisis.

The prime minister is expected to appear in court on Thursday.