BBC news 2011-07-04

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The Thai opposition leader Yingluck Shinawatra has led her party to victory in the general election five years after her brother Thaksin was deposed in a military coup. Provisional returns gave Ms Yingluck's Pheu Thai party a clear majority of seats, and the incumbent Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has admitted defeat. Rachel Harvey is in Bangkok.

Yingluck Shinawatra is poised to become Thailand's fifth prime minister in as many years, a statistic which might give her pause for thought. "I don't want to say that Pheu Thai has won today," Ms Yingluck told her jubilant supporters. "This is a victory for the people." Thailand's fragile democracy has been derailed before, including by the military coup which removed Yingluck's brother Thaksin from power. If she's to govern effectively, Ms Yingluck knows she'll have to reach an understanding with the generals.

Syrian tanks and troops are reported to have been deployed around the central city of Hama two days after it was the scene of the largest demonstration yet against President Bashar al-Assad. Owen Bennett-Jones reports from neighbouring Lebanon.

Unverified video images filmed yesterday showed a column of 15 tanks, many adorned with Syrian flags, moving towards Hama on flatbed trucks. And today, there are reports of tanks, soldiers and regime loyalists in civilian clothing being deployed on the entrances to the city, and according to opposition activists, there have been many arrests within the city as well. Last week, there were reports that the frontline security personnel in Hama had been withdrawn. It seems that the government, having tried that policy, is now reverting to the use of a heavy security presence.

Turkey has recognised the rebel Transitional National Council as the true representative of the Libyan people. Speaking in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, in eastern Libya, the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said it was time for the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to go. Turkey has pledged $200m in fresh aid for the rebels.

Reports from Nigeria say at least five people have been killed in an attack on a bar in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. The bar was thought to be frequented by soldiers and policemen sent to Maiduguri to reinforce security. Jonah Fisher reports from Lagos.

The exact sequence of events is still becoming clear, but in common with recent Boko Haram attacks, a drinking establishment was targeted. There's been no claim of responsibility, but the commander of a joint police and army task force immediately pointed the finger at Boko Haram. Two years ago, Nigerian security forces brutally suppressed an uprising by the Islamist sect by destroying their compound and then killing their leader in custody. Instead of disappearing, Boko Haram have regrouped.

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A court in Bangladesh has issued an arrest warrant for Tarique Rahman, the son of the main opposition leader Khaleda Zia, in connection with a grenade attack on a rally. Mr Rahman's party, the BNP, says the charges are groundless and politically-motivated. From Dhaka, here's Anbarasan Ethirajan.

More than 20 people died when grenades were thrown at a rally staged by the Awami League Party, which is now in government but in 2004 was in opposition. The police allege that Tarique Rahman masterminded the attack to eliminate political opponents. Mr Rahman has lived in London since 2008, and it's not clear whether he will return to Bangladesh to face the trial.

The Palestinian authority has had to halve the salaries paid to its civil servants because of a major budget shortfall. The Prime Minister Salam Fayyad called on donors to meet their financial pledges.

About 40 people have been arrested in Turkey for questioning about alleged match-fixing in football. They include the president of the Turkish champions Fenerbahce. Police conducted simultaneous raids on clubs and private homes across at least 12 cities. One match under particular scrutiny is Fenerbahce's final game last season, a dramatic victory which secured them the Turkish league title.

In tennis, Novak Djokovic of Serbia has beaten the defending Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal in four sets in the men's singles final. It's his first Wimbledon title. Speaking to the crowd on Centre Court after his victory, he said it was a dream come true.

"It's really hard to describe this with any words except the best day of my life, the most special day of my life. This is my favourite tournament, the tournament I always dreamed of winning. Thank you all for coming and making this day even more special."

When the tennis world rankings are published on Monday, Djokovic will be world No. 1.

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