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American Killed in Phuket Motorcycle Crash; China Ends One Child Policy; Drought Impacts Thailand

Monday, December 28, 2015
UPDATING All Day, Every Day The Foreign Ministry asks Myanmar to contain spreading protests against the Koh Tao court's death sentence for two Myanmar workers convicted of murdering two British tourists.

afp The head of an urban enforcement agency in the Chinese district where a huge landslide left scores of people missing has killed himself, authorities said. Exports continued to slump for the 11th consecutive month in November, by 7.42 percent year-on-year, while imports sank 9.53 percent, the Commerce Ministry announced.

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Today's Top Stories Political motivation appears to be behind the protests over the Koh Tao death sentences, police say, as Thailand fears international fallout from the case.

afp China officially ended its one child policy on Sunday with the signing into law of a bill allowing all married couples to have a second child as it attempts to cope with an ageing population and shrinking workforce.

Phuket World of People

Phuket Update American Jeffery Earl Patterson, 54, died in Vachira Phuket Hospital after an early-morning motorcycle crash on Phuket's west coast road near Le Meridien Resort . Thailand suffered a severe drought in 2015, and many stories about arid paddy fields, empty dams and water shortages made the headlines. This was also the third year in a row that Thailand has faced such a drought. The Bike for Mom and Bike for Dad were two events which brought the most happiness to the Thai people this year while the fatal bombing at the Erawan Shrine was the saddest event of the year, according to Bangkok Poll of Bangkok University. After another day of disastrous flooding in the north of England, its people are braced for further deluges and devastation. Hundreds of flood warnings remain in place - 24 of which the Environment Agency has deemed severe.

reuters Iraq's army declared victory over Islamic State fighters in a provincial capital west of Baghdad on Sunday, the first major triumph for the US-trained force since it collapsed in the face of an assault by the militants 18 months ago. A ''friendly'' intelligence service has warned several European capitals of the possibility of fresh terror attacks being carried out before the New Year, in the form of shooting or bomb attacks, police in Austria have said. The El Al pilots' agency has rejected the company's claims that the pilots' demands are the reason for canceling Sunday's flight to Bangkok. Passengers aboard P&O's newly-launched cruise liner say it is anything but a Pacific Eden, with a gastrointestinal outbreak affecting a number of passengers ahead of its return to Sydney on Monday.

Around the Region A former lounge singer who offered to help fellow Chinese nationals and performers remit money back home at cut-price rates has allegedly disappeared with more than $10 million of their savings. Ms Li Xia, 38, offered to convert $1 to 5.1 yuan, compared with market rates of $1 to 4.6 yuan, according to Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao.

Phuket World of Sport

afp Leicester and Arsenal both lost to tighten the top of the Premier League as more pressure was heaped on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. The results leave Leicester top on 38 points, two more than Arsenal and just three clear of Manchester City, who routed Sunderland 4-1.

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