RESIGNED. Thaksin Shinawatra, 57, ousted Prime Minister of Thailand; as leader of Thai Rak Thai, the political party he founded in 1998; in London. Thai Rak Thai, once the country's dominant political force, has been hit by the resignation of dozens of party leaders since the Sept. 20 coup. In a handwritten letter faxed to party headquarters, Thaksin took responsibility for allowing the coup to happen and apologized for stepping down, saying, "I want to stress that it is necessary."

BARRED. Laleh Seddigh, 29, female driver dubbed Iran's "Little Schumacher," who in 2004 became the first Iranian woman...

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