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By Damir Sagolj BANGKOK (Reuters) - A "red shirt" Thai government supporter was shot and killed early on Sunday, raising the death toll to two from political violence in Bangkok as protesters intensified a week-long bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Police called in military back-up to protect government buildings after fatal street clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of Yingluck and her billionaire brother, ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, near a sports stadium where about 70,000 government supporters had gathered. The fighting is the latest in an intractable conflict that broadly pits Thailand's establishment of royalists, wealthy elites and the urban middle class against the poor supporters of Thaksin, who originate mostly from provinces north of Bangkok, the country's lowest-income regions.
The United States called for the "immediate release" of Merrill Newman, an elderly Californian detained in North Korea for alleged "hostile acts" against the reclusive, communist country. The 85-year-old grandfather with heart problems was plucked off a plane last month as he was leaving Pyongyang following a tourist visit. "Given Mr. Newman's advanced age and health conditions, we urge the (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to release Mr. Newman so he may return home and reunite with his family," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said on Saturday. In addition to calling for Newman's "immediate release," Hayden also urged Pyongyang to free another American, Kenneth Bae.
Midfielder Xavi Hernandez believes Barcelona have to recover the intensity in their play if they are to avoid a first league defeat of the season when they travel to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. The Catalans were beaten for the first time in 21 games since Gerardo Martino took charge in July on Tuesday as they produced an insipid display in going down 2-1 to Ajax in Amsterdam in the Champions League. Defeat was the first sign that Barca could be missing the influence of the injured Lionel Messi and Victor Valdes, but Xavi insisted those that are available have to show the right attitude when they face Athletic.
Seven days on from their 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City last weekend, Tottenham Hotspur face another daunting assignment on Sunday when improving Manchester United visit White Hart Lane. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas branded the result at the Etihad Stadium "extremely embarrassing" but if his side are to get back on track, they will need to overcome United at home for the first time in 12 years. United were also left disappointed last Sunday after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Cardiff City but they responded in masterful fashion in the Champions League.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture economists have long warned that farmers are getting old and staying on their land longer, delaying the turnover to a younger generation. But an Ohio State University professor argues that those fears are overstated and the United States likely will have little problem replacing aging farmers as long as business is good, as it has been for the past decade.
Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left feeling his age after Aaron Ramsey scored twice against former club Cardiff City to stretch his side's lead in the Premier League. Ramsey, a Cardiff academy graduate, scored with a 29th-minute header and an injury-time drive, either side of an 86th-minute Mathieu Flamini strike, in a 3-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday. Ramsey cost Arsenal £5 million ($8.2 million, six million euros) when he signed from Cardiff at the age of 17 and Wenger refused to countenance how much it would take for the London club to sell him now.
MANCHESTER (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Code-swapping star Sonny Bill Williams was left "heartbroken" after failing in his bid to become the first player to win World Cups in both rugby union and league. Williams was part of the All Blacks squad that won the union Cup on home soil in 2011, but his attempt to emulate that with the Kiwi league outfit came to a shuddering halt at the hands of an Australian team at the peak of its powers. Sonny Bill has become a cult figure in global sport. "Money Bill" was one moniker given to him after his acrimonious split from NRL side Canterbury Bulldogs for French Top 14 club Toulon in 2008.
Jonathan Martin, the Miami player whose allegations of bullying prompted an NFL probe, won't play again this season. The Dolphins placed Martin on the reserve/non-football illness list on Saturday, ending the offensive tackle's season. The Dolphins' move comes after reports this week that Miami guard Richie Incognito, the teammate alleged to have bullied Martin, agreed to an extended suspension by the team.