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World news briefs - August 21



Protesters unfurl Ukrainian flag on Moscow building

Moscow:
A Ukrainian flag was unfurled on the top of a Moscow skyscraper near the Kremlin on Wednesday, officials said.

The Soviet star on the Stalin-era skyscraper was also painted in the yellow and blue colours of the national flag.

"The flag was attached by unidentified criminals to the top of the Kotelniki skyscraper," a spokesman for the Russian emergencies ministry, Roman Kilkeyev, told AFP.

Workers were brought in to remove the flag and give the star a new coat of gold-coloured paint.
 

Thai junta leader Chan-O-Cha likely to be picked as PM

Bangkok:
Thailand's coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom's new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said Wednesday, cementing the military's hold on power in the politically turbulent nation.

Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is likely to be the sole candidate for the premiership when the 197-strong appointed assembly convenes on Thursday to select a new leader for the Southeast Asian country, the sources told AFP.

"It was difficult to find people to become prime minister other than General Prayut. If it's not him, who else should it be?" one junta official said on condition of anonymity.

Reasonable chance of finding MH370 in search: Abbott

Canberra:
A new underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had a "reasonable chance" of finding the plane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, adding that searchers would not give up easily.

Flight MH370 vanished inexplicably en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, and there has been no sign since of the aircraft or the 239 people onboard.

"They are now going to search the entire probable impact zone which is, from memory, something like 60,000 square kilometres of the ocean floor, off the coast of Western Australia," Abbott told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


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