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World in brief: Protesters vow rallies across city

Bangkok, Thailand – Thousands of anti-government demonstrators vowed to fan out today to 10 sites in the Thai capital for what they warned would be an “unforgettable” effort in their monthlong campaign to oust the government.

Although it has declared a state of emergency, the government has shown no signs that it would try to use force to stop the demonstrations. On Thursday, it blocked an opposition TV station and dozens of Web sites.

Defiant leaders of the “Red Shirt” movement called for a march today to 10 undisclosed locations in Bangkok, pledging to make it the biggest rally yet in to drive Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva from office and force new elections.

Netanyahu drops planned D.C. visit

Jerusalem – Israel’s prime minister called off his trip to Washington next week to attend a conference on the spread of nuclear weapons, officials in his office said.

Benjamin Netanyahu had said he would attend the conference to underline the dangers of terrorists acquiring nuclear weapons, but suddenly called off the trip less than two days after he announced he would take part.

Officials in his office said early today that Netanyahu reversed himself because some nations planned to use the conference to target Israel over its barely concealed nuclear weapons program.