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Thai anti-government protesters on Friday set a new deadline for bringing down the government, vowing that December 9 was an auspicious time for all of their supporters to join a final push for victory. Leaders of the opposition movement met at a sprawling government administrative centre that they occupy to debate how to breathe fresh life into their movement, showing no signs of giving up even through protest numbers have dwindled. The demonstrations are the latest eruption of a conflict pitting the Bangkok-based royalist establishment against mostly poorer Thais loyal to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was toppled by the military in 2006 and lives in self-imposed exile. More than one in three members of Germany's center-left Social Democrats (SPD) has already voted on a proposed coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, ensuring the internal party referendum will be valid. After a month of talks with the SPD, the two camps clinched a coalition agreement that includes a 185-page policy blueprint for a new government. Almost 200,000 members had submitted their postal ballot by Friday lunch time, according to a letter by SPD General Secretary Andrea Nahles seen by Reuters on Friday, easily beating the participation rate needed to make the vote count. Halfway through an ambitious nine-month process aimed at forging Mideast peace, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, after another round of shuttle diplomacy, has little to show for his efforts. The participants have reported no progress, a top Palestinian negotiator has resigned in frustration, and few believe Kerry can broker the comprehensive settlement set as his official goal. Instead, there are rumblings about what will happen when the clock runs out — either an extension of talks, an interim deal, unilateral moves or the outbreak of violence. Iran and six world powers plan expert-level talks next week to work out details of...