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Activists Sue Security Forces Over 2015 Rally Crackdown

BANGKOK — A group of pro-democracy activists on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the authorities alleging they used excessive force during a crackdown on a 2015 political gathering in the capital.

Reconciliation is Junta’s Desired Legacy, Activists Say

BANGKOK — Those who have worked on similar efforts believe the junta’s latest bid to forge national reconciliation is an attempt to leave something lasting after elections are held. Yet they warn it’s unlikely to yield results if it doesn’t move away from a top-down and non-participatory approach.

Crime, Courts, Calamity

Court Fines Man Arrested for Operating Home Microbrew

NONTHABURI — A Bangkok man arrested for making and selling beer at home said he expects to be released on bail Tuesday morning after spending three days in jail.

International

3 Puppies Survive Italy Hotel Disaster, 20 People Still Missing

FARINDOLA, Italy — Italian emergency crews pulled three wiggling, white sheepdog puppies out Monday from under tons of snow and rubble at an avalanche-struck hotel, lifting spirits even as the search for 20 people still missing dragged on five days after the disaster.

Former President George H. W. Bush Well Enough to Leave Hospital

HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush is still suffering from pneumonia, but is well enough to leave the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital, doctors said Monday. His wife, Barbara, has been discharged from the same facility after completing treatment for bronchitis.

Trump Wrongly Blames Illegal Immigrants for Loss of Popular Vote

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump asserted in a private meeting with congressional leaders Monday night that he would have won the popular vote in the 2016 election if 3 million to 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally hadn't voted.

UK Can’t Trigger Brexit Without Parliament, Supreme Court Rules

LONDON — Britain's Supreme Court says that the government can't trigger Brexit without an act of Parliament.

Aussie Open: Venus Williams, Oldest Woman to Reach Semi-Finals

MELBOURNE, Australia — Venus Williams has reached her 21st Grand Slam semifinal, her first at the Australian Open in 14 years.

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