Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq told The Times (London) that British troops no longer are needed to provide security in his country. Britain has 4,100 soldiers in southern Iraq, although their mission has not been politically popular there or at home. In an interview published Monday, Maliki thanked them "for the role they have played," but expressed disappointment over their failure to confront "the gangs and the militias" in last spring's fighting in Basra.
Amid chants of "Long live Her Majesty," Thailand's queen attended the funeral Monday of an antigovernment protester, the first outward sign that the revered monarchy has chosen to side with opponents of the ruling People's Power Party. The protester died after she apparently was struck by a tear gas canister fired by police in last week's violent demonstration in Bangkok. Leaders of the opposition postponed a new protest until Wednesday. Embattled Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat offered "regret about what happened" but said he wouldn't resign.