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The UN Security Council voted Thursday to impose sanctions on anyone contributing to violence and instability in Somalia. The resolution, adopted unanimously by the 15-nation council, is a framework that does not identify individuals or entities to be sanctioned. That will be decided later by a sanctions committee, diplomats said.

Russia's economy is protected against a sharp change in the ruble rate by large foreign currency and gold reserves, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday at a congress of the United Russia party. While the reserves help in maintaining macroeconomic stability, Putin added that the nation's economy is still too dependent on natural resources.

The leader of a long-running, antigovernment street movement in Thailand called for a major rally Sunday to protest the death of one its supporters in a grenade attack Thursday. The government denied Sondhi Limthongkul's accusations of official involvement in the blast, which occurred in the prime minister's compound, which has been occupied by the People's Alliance for Democracy since August.

The Palestine Liberation Organization took the unprecedented step of placing full-page ads in four major Israeli newspapers Thursday to promote a six-year-old Arab peace plan for the region. The campaign, a PLO spokesman said, was meant to inform Israelis about an initiative that has been "misinterpreted by the extreme Israeli right wing as an Arab conspiracy against Israel and its future."


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