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Royalists Protest Outside U.S. Embassy in Bangkok

About 100 royalists gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in Bangkok on Friday in support of the kingdom's tough laws against insulting the monarchy, following criticism from Washington.

"We call on the U.S. embassy and Ambassador Kristie Kenney to apologize to all Thai people for their improper action towards our beloved king," said protest leader Chaiwat Surawichai.

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Greeks Fear Bankruptcy as Government Support Slips

An overwhelming majority of Greeks say their country is likely to go bankrupt, a poll found Friday, as support for a new coalition government eroded just over a month after it took office.

Over 65 percent of 2,000 people polled nationwide said Greece would ultimately be unable to break free of a national debt crisis despite a tough recovery plan followed under the supervision of the EU and the IMF for nearly two years.

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Bolt Eyes More Wins to Become a Legend

Record-breaking sprinter Usain Bolt says he will not be regarded a legend of athletics unless he successfully defends his three Olympic titles in London next year.

"I want to be a legend in the sport and defending my Olympic titles will definitely help me in achieving this goal," the 25-year-old Jamaican was quoted as saying by the Times of India on Friday.

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Kwan Elected to U.S. Hall of Fame

American Michelle Kwan, who won five world championship titles, was elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history with nine American titles.

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Villa Injury, Misfiring Torres Give Spain Headache

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque faced the prospect on Thursday of David Villa's broken leg pushing the defending champions' Euro 2012 hopes to breaking point.

Villa, dubbed King David for his spectacular scoring record of 51 goals in 82 internationals, faces five months on the sidelines after fracturing his left tibia in Barcelona's Club World Cup semi-final win over al-Sadd in Japan.

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Schweinsteiger's Return Set for New Year

Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger will not return to action until the start of the new year following recent surgery on a broken collarbone, his club Bayern Munich said on Thursday.

Bayern sporting director Christian Nerlinger said last week he hoped the midfielder would return before the start of the Bundesliga's winter break.

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Vietnamese Gamers Relive Victory over French

The first Vietnamese-made war video game was released on Friday, giving players a chance to relive a historic victory over the French army while riding a wave of nationalism in the communist nation.

Hanoi-based developer Emobi Games chose to recreate virtually the French debacle in the northern valley of Dien Bien Phu, the scene of the greatest Vietnamese military victory in modern times.

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Hong Kong School Closed in Bird Flu Scare

A Hong Kong school was closed on Friday after a dead bird found in the southern Chinese city was tested positive for the deadly H5 strain of the bird flu virus, health officials said.

The closure came after the school clerk, a 48-year-old woman, picked up the sick black-headed gull at the school on Tuesday, which died the next day and was tested positive for the H5 strain, a health department spokesman told Agence France Presse.

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Amazon Selling Over One Million Kindles a Week

Amazon said Thursday that it is selling more than one million Kindles a week and the new Kindle Fire tablet computer is its top-selling item.

"Kindle Fire is the most successful product we've ever launched -- it's the best-selling product across all of Amazon for 11 straight weeks," Amazon Kindle vice president Dave Limp said in a statement.

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South Korea Announces Fresh Sanctions on Iran

South Korea Friday joined a fresh multinational effort to press Iran to scrap its suspected nuclear weapons program, adding more than 100 names to a financial blacklist of Iranian firms and individuals.

The measures announced by the finance ministry did not include a ban on imports of petrochemicals or crude oil, in what one analyst saw as an attempt to protect its economic ties with the Middle Eastern nation.

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