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An estimated 20,000 supporters of exiled ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra were gathering in Bangkok, Thailand, with more expected to join in protests until the new government holds a national election. Police locked the gates to Parliament Sunday, but the so-called Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship said it would not block legislators from the building. Parliament is due to hear new Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's first policy address Monday. Abhisit's opponents consider him illegitimate because he was installed by the military.

More than 80 million people are eligible to vote Monday in Bangladesh's first national election in seven years, and the interim military-backed government vowed it will be free and fair. Still, despite intense security precautions, 85 people were hurt in violence Saturday between supporters of the rival Awami League and the Nationalist Party. The former is seen by analysts as the more likely to win.


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