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BANGKOK - Thailand's ruling junta said on Wednesday it had lifted martial law imposed just before a coup 10 months ago, but it invoked a security clause in the country's interim constitution that will mean the military will retain broad powers.
SACRAMENTO - California Governor Jerry Brown, acting as the state enters the fourth year of a record-breaking drought, on Wednesday ordered a mandatory 25 percent reduction in water usage for cities and towns.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama launched a new sanctions program on Wednesday to target individuals and groups outside the United States that use "malicious" cyber attacks to threaten U.S. foreign policy, national security or economic stability.
Typhoon Maysak finally entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility before midnight Wednesday and was locally codenamed Chedeng. PAGASA's 11:30 p.m. advisory said Chedeng will bring heavy to at times intense rainfall within its 150- to 200-km radius. PAGASA said it will raise Public Storm Warning Signal 1 over Bicol and Samar in 18 hours, and "sea travel over these areas will be possibly suspended." Chedeng may make landfall over the eastern coast of Samar, Quezon or Isabela by late Saturday to early Sunday.
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn will visit the Philippines April 6 to 7, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.
The National Bureau of Investigation arrested a swindler who dupes people into investing in fake companies supposedly connected with the local government unit of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. In the NBI's entrapment operation for her, the suspect tried to get P200,000.