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Cambodian military police opened fire with assault rifles on Friday to quell a protest by garment factory workers demanding higher pay and human rights workers said at least four people were killed. Chaos during nationwide strikes erupted for a second day as security forces were deployed to halt a demonstration by thousands of workers who refused to move and threw bottles, stones and petrol bombs at an industrial zone in Phnom Penh. The clash represents an escalation of a political crisis in Cambodia, where striking workers and anti-government protesters have come together in a loose movement led by the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). Pakistan said Friday it would welcome a visit by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who said he would visit Pakistan if circumstances are "appropriate". Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam, when asked at a briefing in Islamabad if a visit by the Indian prime minister was the offing, said: "There is an outstanding invitation to the Indian prime minister which was extended to him by Pakistan and was accepted. Obviously we would welcome the visit." Manmohan Singh, asked at a press conference in New Delhi why he had not gone to Pakistan since taking office in 2004, said he "would very much like to go to Pakistan". Thailand’s election commission ignored the demands of antigovernment demonstrators on Friday and said elections scheduled for next month would go ahead despite continuing efforts to sabotage them and the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra . Protesters, who say they are fighting to eradicate corruption and banish Ms. Yingluck and her clan from the country, have blocked candidate registration sites over the past week and clashed violently with the police, leaving two people dead. Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, B.S Yeddyurappa, said on Friday that he rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party because he wants to help Narendra Modi become the prime minister of the country. Yeddyurappa met the state assembly Speaker for the merger of his party Karnataka Janata Paksha with the BJP. "We have taken decision to merge KJP with the Bharatiya Janata Party, and that same resolution has been handed over to the Speaker just now, and in the interest of the country and only hope in the country is Narendra Modi," he said.

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