Thailand’s coup leader gets royal endorsement. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the country’s new military ruler, got an endorsement from the Thai king Monday. Prayuth also gave a stern warning to Thai citizens Monday, telling them not to protest or cause problems because “it’s no use.” He warned against promoting dissent through media or social media. An aide for ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Monday that she had been released from captivity, after she was held by the military for three days. So far, there is no timeline for elections in the country.
Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko won’t talk with “terrorists” who seized Donestsk airport. Talk about a tough first day on the job. After winning Ukraine’s presidential election yesterday, Poroshenko quickly dispatched the Ukrainian military to Donestsk, where pro-Russian separatists had seized the airport. In a press conference held in Kiev, he said that his government’s military efforts needed to be “quicker and more effective.” Militants have declared Donestsk a “people’s republic” and prevented citizens from voting there over the weekend. Thick, black smoke could be seen rising from the airport, which serves about 1 million people, and there was no word on whether it was cleared.
Fraud trial starts for London, Ont. Mayor Joe Fontana. Look! Toronto isn’t the only city in Ontario with a mayor who is (allegedly) behaving badly. London’s own Joe Fontana appeared in court for the first day of his criminal trial Monday, where he pleaded not guilty to three fraud charges. The Crown alleges that Fontana used $1,700 of taxpayer money to help pay for his son’s wedding reception, back in 2005 when Fontana was a Liberal MP. Fontana has refused to step aside as mayor during the proceedings, despite calls for him to do so.
No need to stow that electronic device. Transport Canada is finally easing up on seemingly archaic rules that required airline passengers to put away their e-books, tablets, smart phones and other electronic devices prior to take off and landing. Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt made the announcement Monday, noting that the rule change will be effective immediately and will bring Canada inline with the U.S. and global companies. Still, no WiFi or transmission allowed. All devices will have to be operated in airplane mode.
German newspaper publishes photo of Kate’s bum. The duchess of Cambridge has been exposed, again, after a German tabloid published a photo of a wardrobe malfunction during the royal couple’s recent trip to Australia. In the photo, published in Bild, William and Kate are walking away from the cameras as a sneaky gust of wind blows the back of the duchess’ dress up for all to see. The Daily Mail reports that a photographer approached the British press with the photos, but no one would buy them.