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Anti-Government Protester Killed in Bangkok

Police and anti-government demonstrators in Thailand say a protest leader has been shot and killed as the opposition tried to derail early voting for a snap election next week.

Authorities identified the dead man as Suthin Taratin. Police said five people were wounded in the shooting Sunday.

Swarms of demonstrators succeeded in blocking voting at some polling stations Sunday, but the results are still expected to be a forecaster of the outcome of the February 2 polls.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the parliament and called the snap elections in an attempt to end weeks of protests by anti-government demonstrators who want her to step down and turn the government over to an unelected council.

The Election Commission and the opposition want the election postponed. But the government says it will delay the ballot only if protests end and the opposition abandons its boycott of the polls.

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Kurdish Fighters Celebrate Kobani Victory

Video Kurds Celebrate Kobani Victory

Kurdish fighters, backed by US airstrikes, pushed back Islamic State fighters from the Syrian border town Kobani. This exclusive video shows the destruction of the city, celebrations of the fighters, plus continued firing on IS targets on the outskirts of the town. More