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bangkokpost.com The looming censure debate has forced Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to postpone an informal meeting with Singapore's leader, but the mobile cabinet meeting in southern Songkhla province next week will go ahead.
Phuket Update Syrian Abdullaman Saloom, 20, was arrested in a raid on the Orient Restaurant on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Road in Patong and charged with overstaying his visa. Mr Saloom was also charged over smuggling 31 hookahs into Thailand along with 1.6 kilos of tobaccot. New Kathu District Chief, Sayan Chanachaiyawong, led the raid.
nationmultimedia.com An Italian tourist, Dominico Franco, was beaten by two teenagers in Pran Buri, Prachuab Khiri Khan. He told police later that the teenagers, 15 and 16 years old, used a baseball bat to hit his head. They took his Bt500 cash, a shirt and a helmet.
Phuket Update Russian tourist Oleg Fomenko, 31, arrested on October 24 for damaging a statue of a monk at Phuket's Karon Wat, has organised for relatives to pay 310,000 baht in compensation. A new statue is likely to be built. Mr Fomenko remains in Phuket Prison awaiting a court appearance.
kamcity.com Central Retail Corp has announced plans to open 260 new outlets in Thailand next year, spread over its supermarket and convenience store banners. According to the Bangkok Post, CRC will open 60 new outlets under its Tops supermarket banner, and 200 under the FamilyMart banner.
theaustralian.com.au Australia's Abbott government is bracing for the possible release of more embarrassing material from leaked US intelligence about Indonesia and other Asian nations.
aljazeera.com President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has temporarily suspended co-coordinated military operations with Australia, including those which target people-smuggling, after significant public outcry in Indonesia over the reports. '' find it personally hard to comprehend why the tapping was done. We are not in a cold war era,'' President Yudhoyono said.
bangkokpost.com The World Bank is cutting its forecast for Thailand's GDP this year on a sluggish third quarter and weak exports, says Kirida Bhaopichtr, the bank's senior economist for Thailand.
zeenews.india.com The United States will on Friday mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy, a dark turning point in the nation's history and a day many still remember vividly. In cities and towns across the country, people will reflect upon the words of a charismatic president whose soaring rhetoric continues to inspire.
wsj.com As the official death toll from Typhoon Haiyan jumped to 4919, a determined few Filipinos vowed to stay put in even the most devastated towns in the central Philippines, finding creative ways to rebuild their lives and make money.
watoday.com.au Australia are in a commanding position to win their first Ashes match against the old enemy in the last eight Tests after an inspired bowling display from the enigmatic Mitchell Johnson. At one stage England lost six wickets for nine runs.
On November 24 the Camillian Social Center in Phang Nga, north of Phuket, will be holding a 30-kilometre charity bicycle ride. Team, family and individual entries are invited. The centre, supported by the Sarojin Khao Lak Community Fund, provides day care, education, food and physiotherapy for disabled children in the region. Start: 8.15am. Contact Khun Somchai at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 24-December 1 Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest. Laguna Phuket
November 26 Phuket's honorary consuls meet with officials
November 28 French Fair, Jungceylon
December 5 HM The King's birthday
December 26 Commemoration of 2004 Asian Tsunami
January 9-12 Phuket International Boat Show, Royal Phuket Marina
September 24-October 2 Vegetarian Festival, Phuket
November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket