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Bangkok Traffic Horror; Myanmar Protests Warning; Phuket Mourns Wave Dead

Sunday, December 27, 2015
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AFP Myanmar's army chief has called on Thailand to review the death sentence against two Burmese men for murdering a pair of British backpackers. General Min Aung Hlaing asked Thailand for a ''review of the evidence'' against the two men, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported. The senior officer who implicated a network of politicians, army and police officials in the trafficking of Rohingya migrants has repeated claims that he received several death threats while heading his investigation. Pol Maj Gen Paween Pongsirin fled to Australia in fear for his life earlier this month and is now seeking asylum there.

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Today's Top Stories Bangkok traffic moved at an average of 15kph in the morning rush hour this year, says a new study that also names the five most miserable places to drive. The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) is close to completing the first version of the draft charter, which should be ready soon for a public referendum, an official said. Thai authorities are confident that protests in Myanmar against the Koh Tao murder convictions will not get out of hand, but an army officer suggests Thai travellers now in the country should consider coming home just the same.

Phuket World of People

aap Provinces in southern Thailand have held memorial services in various locations along the western coast that was hit by giant waves that killed more than 5300 people, including Australians, 11 years ago. Anniversary events were held at Kamala Memorial Stone, Mai Khao Memorial Wall, Phuket City Hall and Patong Beach in the southern resort island of Phuket. Interfaith ceremonies were also held in resort towns across the Andaman coast from Phang Nga province to Phi Phi archipelago. Ranong province did not host a tsunami anniversary service. Officials opted instead for a campaign for public knowledge on how people can protect themselves and survive disasters in the future. Provincial governor Suriyan Kanchanasil said related agencies would soon survey evacuation routes and re-arrange them, as well as fix disaster warning towers to be ready for use, to boost public confidence. The small fishing village of Nam Khem north of Phuket lost more than half its population when the devastating Boxing Day tsunami struck Thailand's coast. When the water finally ebbed, only 49 buildings were still standing. Relatives of the victims gathered at Tsunami Memorial Park, bringing flowers and prayers for their loved ones. Facebook may have damaged a small business of a pub by suspending their account based on the assumptions that their name was racist or contained offensive language. Named as the Blackcock Inn, the family business has been run for 175 years. New land appraisal prices nationwide for 2016-19 are up 27.8 percent from the levels set in 2012-15, while property on Silom Road remains the most expensive in the country, according to the Treasury Department. China is effectively expelling a French journalist who criticised Beijing's treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority in the north-west region of Xinjiang. Beijing is refusing to renew the press visa of Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing correspondent for the weekly L'Obs news magazine. Hundreds of people had to flee their homes after torrential rain triggered flooding in towns across Lancashire and West Yorkshire, and dangerously high waters even reached the cities of Manchester and Leeds.

Around the Region A Malaysia Airlines flight from Auckland is the subject of a safety probe after the pilot radioed air traffic control to ask why the flight was tracking on a route he didn't expect. Passengers on the Christmas Day flight were unaware of the confusion.

Phuket World of Sport

AP The Malaysian government said it has accepted the withdrawal of two Israeli windsurfers from the ISAF world youth sailing championships. Amir Gill, chairman of the Israel association, also told local media that Malaysia had placed '''unacceptable''' demands by forbidding athletes from carrying their country's flag or wearing any symbol on their attire and surfboards that showed their country of origin. It really did happen and, for the second season in succession, Southampton did win this fixture, beating Arsenal 4-0.

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