BANGKOK (AP) — Since being ousted as Thailand's prime minister in a 2006 military coup, Thaksin Shinawatra has been a very busy man. The billionaire bought and sold England's Manchester City football club, acquired a titanium mine in Zimbabwe, started a lottery in Uganda and acquired a Nicaraguan passport. He met with Vladimir Putin and Nelson Mandela.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Two weeks ago, the European Union's foreign policy chief was at a summit in Lithuania, wooing Ukraine's president with offers of preferential dealings with the world's largest trade bloc. This week, she stood in Kiev's Independence Square with protesters bent on ousting the same man.
By Kate Holton and Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's troubled Co-operative Group named ex-Treasury minister Paul Myners to its board on Thursday on a token salary of just one pound ($1.6) to help review the running of the customer-owned retail-to-funerals operator. The Co-op has been rocked in recent months after the former chairman of its bank arm Paul Flowers was arrested as part of an investigation into the supply of illegal drugs. Chancellor George Osborne has ordered an inquiry into Co-op Bank and Prime Minister David Cameron has questioned why Flowers, a one-time local Labour politician and Methodist preacher with no banking qualifications, was judged suitable for the chairmanship during a period when the bank nearly collapsed. Myners, 65, was previously Financial Services Minister in the Treasury and has been chairman of retailer Marks & Spencer, Guardian Media Group and Land Securities.