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For at least the third time in two months, Pakistani authorities closed the main supply route for deliveries of food, fuel, and other supplies to coalition forces in neighboring Afghanistan. One administrator said the move was necessary because Pakistan's Army had begun a new offensive against militants along the border. US commanders in Afghanistan say they have adequate stocks to continue their mission but are exploring new supply routes.

Making his required first policy address, new Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva pledged to heal the nation's deep political divisions and "help the country weather economic hardship." But critics noted that opposition pressure – thousands of demonstrators have been blocking Parliament – caused him to give the speech at the Foreign Ministry. A spokesman for the protesters said they wouldn't have harmed Abhisit; they only wanted him to have to walk through their midst.

Voters in Bangladesh gave former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's alliance a landslide victory in the first election there in seven years. But she asked supporters not to celebrate publicly out of worry that doing so could cause violent confrontations with backers of the rival Nationalist Party. The Election Commission said her Awami League and its partners were headed for a two-thirds majority in Parliament. Analysts cautioned that the size of the victory may raise expectations that she'll be able to deliver on all her campaign promises.


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