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  •  - Thai red-shirt supporters rally in front of the parliament to demand the removal of judges in Bangkok

    Thai red-shirt supporters rally in front of the parliament to demand the removal of judges in Bangkok

    Posted: 6/7/2012 10:06:36 AM EST
    Thai red-shirt supporters rally in front of the parliament to demand the removal of judges, whose order to halt a parliamentary debate on changes to the constitution has sparked fears of a fresh round of political turmoil in Bangkok June 7, 2012. The "red shirts", who are mostly supporters of former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra, and a government led by his sister Yingluck, fear last week's Constitutional Court suspension could lay the foundations for a "judicial coup" to topple a pro-Thaksin government for the third time in six years. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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    Posted: 5/31/2012 2:45:47 AM EST
    FILE - In this May 27, 2012 file photo, Nepal's Brahmins and Chhetri society members hold a demonstration near the Constitution Assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, as they demand that states proposed in the new constitution should not be determined on the basis of ethnicity. For centuries, the resentments simmered in this Himalayan nation, a place where everyone knew who belonged to the country's small elite and who did not. Ethnic minorities and low-caste Nepalis knew they had little chance to join the economic and political leadership, which was dominated by high-caste members of just two ethnic groups among the country's dozens. Now, as Nepal struggles to create a stable republic, those resentments have erupted anew, with regional, ethnic-based politics that helped cause the government's complete collapse last weekend and sparked worries of widespread ethnic unrest. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
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    Posted: 5/31/2012 2:45:47 AM EST
    FILE - In this May 27, 2012 file photo, police baton charge Nepal's Brahmins and Chhetri society members who tried to enter restricted area as they take out a demonstration near the Constitution Assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, as they demanded that states proposed in the new constitution should not be determined on the basis of ethnicity. For centuries, the resentments simmered in this Himalayan nation, a place where everyone knew who belonged to the country's small elite and who did not. Ethnic minorities and low-caste Nepalis knew they had little chance to join the economic and political leadership, which was dominated by high-caste members of just two ethnic groups among the country's dozens. Now, as Nepal struggles to create a stable republic, those resentments have erupted anew, with regional, ethnic-based politics that helped cause the government's complete collapse last weekend and sparked worries of widespread ethnic unrest. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
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    Posted: 5/31/2012 2:45:46 AM EST
    FILE - In this May 26, 2012 file photo, members of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities hold a demonstration near the Constitution Assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, as they demand that states proposed in the new constitution be determined on the basis of ethnic groups. For centuries, the resentments simmered in this Himalayan nation, a place where everyone knew who belonged to the country's small elite and who did not. Ethnic minorities and low-caste Nepalis knew they had little chance to join the economic and political leadership, which was dominated by high-caste members of just two ethnic groups among the country's dozens. Now, as Nepal struggles to create a stable republic, those resentments have erupted anew, with regional, ethnic-based politics that helped cause the government's complete collapse last weekend and sparked worries of widespread ethnic unrest. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
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    Posted: 5/31/2012 2:45:46 AM EST
    FILE - In this May 18, 2012 file photo, members of the Tamang ethnic community participate in a protest against the government demanding ethnicity-based federalism outside the building of the Constitution Assembly hall in Katmandu, Nepal. For centuries, the resentments simmered in this Himalayan nation, a place where everyone knew who belonged to the country's small elite and who did not. Ethnic minorities and low-caste Nepalis knew they had little chance to join the economic and political leadership, which was dominated by high-caste members of just two ethnic groups among the country's dozens. Now, as Nepal struggles to create a stable republic, those resentments have erupted anew, with regional, ethnic-based politics that helped cause the government's complete collapse last weekend and sparked worries of widespread ethnic unrest. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
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    Posted: 5/28/2012 9:15:49 AM EST
    Nepal's Brahmins and Chhetri society members try to break police barricade and enter restricted area as they hold a demonstration near the Constitution Assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 27, 2012. They demanded that states proposed in the new constitution should not be determined on the basis of ethnicity. Nepal's highest court Thursday ordered that the government finish the country's long-awaited new constitution by the Sunday deadline. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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    Posted: 5/28/2012 9:15:49 AM EST
    Nepal's Brahmins and Chhetri society members hold a demonstration near the Constitution Assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 27, 2012. They demanded that states proposed in the new constitution should not be determined on the basis of ethnicity. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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    Posted: 5/28/2012 9:15:48 AM EST
    Policemen stand behind barbed wire as Nepal's Brahmins and Chhetri society members hold a demonstration near the Constitution Assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 27, 2012. They demanded that states proposed in the new constitution should not be determined on the basis of ethnicity. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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    Posted: 5/28/2012 9:15:48 AM EST
    Nepal's Brahmins and Chhetri society members hold a demonstration near the Constitution Assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 27, 2012. They demanded that states proposed in the new constitution should not be determined on the basis of ethnicity. Nepal's highest court Thursday ordered that the government finish the country's long-awaited new constitution by the Sunday deadline.(AP Photo/Binod Joshi)
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    Posted: 5/28/2012 9:15:48 AM EST
    Nepal's Brahmins and Chhetri society members try to break police barricade and enter restricted area as they hold a demonstration near the Constitution Assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 27, 2012. They demanded that states proposed in the new constitution should not be determined on the basis of ethnicity. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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    Posted: 5/28/2012 9:15:48 AM EST
    Nepal's Brahmins and Chhetri society members hold a demonstration near the Constitution Assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 27, 2012. They demanded that states proposed in the new constitution should not be determined on the basis of ethnicity. Nepal's highest court Thursday ordered that the government finish the country's long-awaited new constitution by the Sunday deadline.(AP Photo/Binod Joshi)
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    Posted: 5/28/2012 9:15:48 AM EST
    Nepalese lawmakers from various political parties chant slogans demanding timely constitution draft inside the constitution assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 27, 2012. Nepal's highest court Thursday ordered that the government finish the country's long-awaited new constitution by the Sunday deadline.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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    Posted: 5/28/2012 9:15:48 AM EST
    Nepal's Brahmins and Chhetri society members hold a demonstration near the Constitution Assembly building in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 27, 2012. They demanded that states proposed in the new constitution should not be determined on the basis of ethnicity. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
  •  - A member of the Nepalese Armed Police Force stands guard outside the Constitution Assembly building as members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society stage a protest nearby, in Kathmandu

    A member of the Nepalese Armed Police Force stands guard outside the Constitution Assembly building as members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society stage a protest nearby, in Kathmandu

    Posted: 5/27/2012 10:37:48 AM EST
    A member of the Nepalese Armed Police Force stands guard outside the Constitution Assembly building while members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society stage a protest nearby against federalism, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu May 27, 2012. A new constitution is widely seen as crucial to helping end the instability that has plaguedNepal since the end of a Maoist-led civil war in 2006 and subsequent overthrow of the monarchy, but it has been thwarted by demands for the country to be divided into states along ethnic lines. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
  •  - Members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society protest against federalism, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu

    Members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society protest against federalism, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu

    Posted: 5/27/2012 10:30:57 AM EST
    Members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society protest near the Constitution Assembly building against federalism, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu May 27, 2012. A new constitution is widely seen as crucial to helping end the instability that has plagued Nepal since the end of a Maoist-led civil war in 2006 and subsequent overthrow of the monarchy, but it has been thwarted by demands for the country to be divided into states along ethnic lines. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
  •  - Members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society protest against federalism, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu

    Members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society protest against federalism, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu

    Posted: 5/27/2012 5:59:26 AM EST
    Members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society protest near the Constitution Assembly building against federalism, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu May 27, 2012. A new constitution is widely seen as crucial to helping end the instability that has plagued Nepal since the end of a Maoist-led civil war in 2006 and subsequent overthrow of the monarchy, but it has been thwarted by demands for the country to be divided into states along ethnic lines. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - Members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society try to enter a restricted area while protesting against federalism, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu

    Members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society try to enter a restricted area while protesting against federalism, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu

    Posted: 5/27/2012 5:57:38 AM EST
    Members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society try to enter a restricted area while protesting near the Constitution Assembly building against federalism, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu May 27, 2012. A new constitution is widely seen as crucial to helping end the instability that has plagued Nepal since the end of a Maoist-led civil war in 2006 and subsequent overthrow of the monarchy, but it has been thwarted by demands for the country to be divided into states along ethnic lines. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
  •  - Members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society protest against federalism as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu

    Members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society protest against federalism as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu

    Posted: 5/27/2012 5:55:18 AM EST
    Members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society protest near the Constitution Assembly building against federalism, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu May 27, 2012. A new constitution is widely seen as crucial to helping end the instability that has plagued Nepal since the end of a Maoist-led civil war in 2006 and subsequent overthrow of the monarchy, but it has been thwarted by demands for the country to be divided into states along ethnic lines. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
  •  - Nepalese Constitution Assembly members stage a protest as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu

    Nepalese Constitution Assembly members stage a protest as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu

    Posted: 5/27/2012 5:53:31 AM EST
    Nepalese Constitution Assembly members protest at the Constitution Assembly building against federalism and the dissolution of the constitution assembly, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches in Kathmandu May 27, 2012. A new constitution is widely seen as crucial to helping end the instability that has plagued Nepal since the end of a Maoist-led civil war in 2006 and subsequent overthrow of the monarchy, but it has been thwarted by demands for the country to be divided into states along ethnic lines. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
  •  - A riot police officer stands in front of barricades as members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society try to enter a restricted area, in Kathmandu

    A riot police officer stands in front of barricades as members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society try to enter a restricted area, in Kathmandu

    Posted: 5/27/2012 5:50:18 AM EST
    A riot police officer stands in front of barricades as members of the Brahmin-Chhetri Society try to enter a restricted area while marching towards the constitution assembly building to protest against federalism in Kathmandu, May 27, 2012, as the midnight deadline of the nation's first federal constitution approaches. A new constitution is widely seen as crucial to helping end the instability that has plagued Nepal since the end of a Maoist-led civil war in 2006 and subsequent overthrow of the monarchy, but it has been thwarted by demands for the country to be divided into states along ethnic lines. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)