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    Thailand Live Sunday 9 Dec 2018

    Jubilant Malays rally after Malaysia refuses U.N. racial equality pledge People pray before an Anti-ICERD (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) mass rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Sadiq Asyraf KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Malay Muslims rallied in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to celebrate the Malaysian government's refusal to ratify a UN convention against racial discrimination. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1072336-jubilant-malays-rally-after-malaysia-refuses-un-racial-equality-pledge/
  2. Jubilant Malays rally after Malaysia refuses U.N. racial equality pledge People pray before an Anti-ICERD (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) mass rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Sadiq Asyraf KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Malay Muslims rallied in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to celebrate the Malaysian government's refusal to ratify a UN convention against racial discrimination. After weeks of pressure by pro-Malay groups, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's multi-ethnic government decided last month that it would not ratify the convention, without giving a reason why it was going back on an earlier commitment to sign. Groups reperesenting Malays, who account for around 60 percent of Malaysia's multi-ethnic population, raised fears that signing the U.N. pledge could have undermined Malay privileges and threatened Islam's status as Malaysia's official religion. Badly beaten in an election earlier this year, Malay opposition parties seized on the issue, along with activists, to organise the rally, as race is a sensitive matter for the southeast Asian nation of 32 million people. Seeking to rebuild support, Najib Razak, Malaysia's scandal-plagued former prime minister, and Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who replaced him as head of the former ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), and the leader of Parti Islam Se-Malaysia, PAS, all attended the rally. Their supporters, wearing white, converged on the capital's Merdeka Square following afternoon prayers. Some chanted "God is Great" and slogans against the UN convention, while holding up placards calling for the defense of Malay rights and dignity. Citing police estimates, media put the size of the rally at around 50,000 people. "We are here to defend our rights as Malays," said Faridah Harun, a 59-year-old mother of seven, who traveled down from the northern state of Perak to join the rally with her husband. "We have ruled this country very well for a very long time, but now there are people who want to take over and do things like shut down MARA," she said, referring to a trust fund for Malays and indigenous people. Affirmative action policies introduced after deadly race riots in the late 1960s gave Malays advantages including university quotas, housing discounts, government guaranteed savings plans, and equity ownership quotas. Whereas Mahathir's coalition enjoyed overwhelming support among voters from the minority ethnic Chinese and Indian communities, who together account for 30 percent of the population, it remains locked in a battle to win over Malays who have remained loyal to UMNO and PAS. In a statement published late Friday, Mahathir said the government had no objection to the rally so long as it remained peaceful and orderly. "On behalf of the government, if the rally is held on the basis of thanksgiving, we are thankful for the support shown," he said in the video posted on his social media pages. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-12-09
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    Thailand Live Sunday 9 Dec 2018

    Myanmar court jails anti-war protesters for defaming military By Thu Thu Aung YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar court jailed three activists on Friday for defaming the military during anti-war protests, amid growing concern about a clamp-down on civil society. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1072335-myanmar-court-jails-anti-war-protesters-for-defaming-military/
  4. Myanmar court jails anti-war protesters for defaming military By Thu Thu Aung YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar court jailed three activists on Friday for defaming the military during anti-war protests, amid growing concern about a clamp-down on civil society. A judge in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state, found two men and one woman guilty of defamation, sentencing them to six months in prison and a fine of $320 each. Lum Zawng, Nang Pu, and Zau Jat took part in demonstrations in war-torn Kachin in April, when an army offensive against ethnic minority guerrillas prompted more than 6,000 people to flee their homes. "They used the word 'military' in their speech," said Doi Bu, a lawyer for one of the defendants, referring to speeches they made at the protest. "'The military doesn’t allow people to leave the conflict zone'," she said, giving examples of what they had said. "'The military blocks people from the conflict zone', and 'the military is threatening people'." The three had denied wrongdoing. The fighting between government troops and one of the country’s biggest insurgent groups, the Kachin Independence Army, stranded hundreds of villagers in the conflict zone and sparked anti-war protests in Myitkyina. After more than two weeks, government leader Aung San Suu Kyi sent her minister for social welfare, relief and resettlement, Win Myat Aye, to the area and in May some 150 trapped villagers were allowed passage to safety. The European Union and Swedish embassies in Yangon condemned Friday’s verdict, urging the authorities to review the decision. The EU said the judgement was "worrying news for civil society in Myanmar". "Protests for peace and for saving people trapped by violent conflict should not be criminalized," the EU said in a statement. The international rights group Amnesty International said the jailing of the three was "appalling". Their sentences reflected a pattern of attacks, intimidation, threats and prosecutions against human rights defenders, journalists and community leaders who speak out in defence of civilian victims of military operations, it said. "It sends a chilling warning," the group said in a statement. The government denies any pattern of rights abuses saying cases are handled according to the law. According to the Myanmar free-speech organization Athan, which means ‘Voice’ in Burmese, 44 journalists and 142 activists have faced trial since 2016, when Nobel laureate Suu Kyi came to power at the head of a civilian government after 50 years of military rule. Activists say her government has failed to use its overwhelming parliamentary majority to scrap colonial-era laws used to stifle dissent, while tightening restrictions on activist groups. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-12-09
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    Thailand Live Sunday 9 Dec 2018

    France's 'yellow vests' clash with police in Paris By Sybille de La Hamaide and Sudip Kar-Gupta Protesters wearing yellow vests walk past burning trash bins during clashes with police at a demonstration during a national day of protest by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris, France, December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe PARIS (Reuters) - Anti-government protesters faced off with French riot police in Paris on Saturday, hurling projectiles, torching cars and vandalising shops and restaurants in a fourth weekend of unrest that has shaken President Emmanuel Macron's authority. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1072334-frances-yellow-vests-clash-with-police-in-paris/
  6. France's 'yellow vests' clash with police in Paris By Sybille de La Hamaide and Sudip Kar-Gupta Protesters wearing yellow vests walk past burning trash bins during clashes with police at a demonstration during a national day of protest by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris, France, December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe PARIS (Reuters) - Anti-government protesters faced off with French riot police in Paris on Saturday, hurling projectiles, torching cars and vandalising shops and restaurants in a fourth weekend of unrest that has shaken President Emmanuel Macron's authority. Police used tear gas, water cannon and horses to charge protesters on roads fanning out from the Champs Elysees boulevard, but encountered less violence than a week ago, when the capital witnessed its worst unrest since the 1968 student riots. As night fell and many demonstrators started returning home, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said there had been about 10,000 protesters in Paris by early evening and some 125,000 across the country. Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse and other cities also saw major clashes between protesters and police on Saturday. "The situation is now under control," Castaner said at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. He said about 120 demonstrators and nearly 20 police officers had been injured nationwide. Nearly 1,000 people had been arrested, 620 of them in Paris, after police found potential weapons such as hammers and baseball bats on them. Philippe said police would remain vigilant through the night as some protesters continued to roam the city. Groups of youths, many of them masked, continued skirmishing with police in the Place de la Republique area as some stores were looted. Named after the fluorescent safety vests that French motorists must carry, the "yellow vest" protests erupted out of nowhere on Nov. 17, when nearly 300,000 demonstrators nationwide took to the streets to denounce high living costs and Macron's liberal economic reforms. Demonstrators say the reforms favour the wealthy and do nothing to help the poor and billed Saturday's protest "Act IV" of their protest after three consecutive Saturdays of rioting. The government this week cancelled a planned rise in taxes on petrol and diesel in a bid to defuse the situation but the protests have morphed into a broader anti-Macron rebellion. "Very sad day & night in Paris," U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter message. "Maybe it's time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes?" SHUTTERED SHOPS The protests are jeopardising a fragile economic recovery in France just as the Christmas holiday season kicks off. Retailers have lost an estimated one billion euros in revenue since the protests erupted and shares in tourism-related shares saw their worst week in months. [nL8N1YC18R] Swathes of Paris' affluent Right Bank north of the Seine river were locked down on Saturday, with luxury boutiques boarded up, department stores closed and restaurants and cafes shuttered. The Louvre, Eiffel Tower and the Paris Opera were also closed. Demonstrators left a trail of destruction on Paris streets, with bank and insurance company offices' windows smashed, cars and scooters set on fire and street furniture vandalised. On the smashed front of one Starbucks cafe, vandals scrawled: "No fiscal justice, no social justice." The government had warned that far-right, anarchist and anticapitalist groups would likely infiltrate protests and many of the skirmishes saw police tackling gangs of hooded youths, some of them covering their faces with masks. "It feels like order is being better maintained this week," Jean-Francois Barnaba, one of the yellow vests' unofficial spokesmen, told Reuters. "Last week the police were tear-gassing us indiscriminately. This time their actions are more targeted," he added. MACRON U-TURN The government this week offered concessions to soothe public anger, including scrapping next year's planned hikes to fuel taxes in the first major U-turn of Macron's presidency. It will cost the Treasury 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion). [nL8N1Y919Y] But protesters want Macron to go further to help hard-pressed households, including an increase to the minimum wage, lower taxes, higher salaries, cheaper energy, better retirement benefits and even Macron's resignation. "We want equality, we want to live, not survive," said demonstrator Guillaume Le Grac, 28, who works in a slaughterhouse in Britanny. Macron is expected to address the nation early next week to possibly further soften planned reforms and tax increases. [nL8N1YC0UD] -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-12-09
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    Thailand Live Sunday 9 Dec 2018

    VIPs arrive at pre-wedding bash for daughter of India's richest man By Malini Menon Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poses with Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, and his wife Nita Ambani after her arrival in Udaipur to attend pre-wedding celebrations of their daughter Isha Ambani in the desert state of Rajasthan, India, December 8, 2018. Reliance Industries/Handout via REUTERS NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Dozens of chartered planes carrying celebrities, including former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, flew into a sleepy airport in western India for the lavish pre-wedding festivities for the daughter of India's richest man. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1072332-vips-arrive-at-pre-wedding-bash-for-daughter-of-indias-richest-man/
  8. VIPs arrive at pre-wedding bash for daughter of India's richest man By Malini Menon Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poses with Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, and his wife Nita Ambani after her arrival in Udaipur to attend pre-wedding celebrations of their daughter Isha Ambani in the desert state of Rajasthan, India, December 8, 2018. Reliance Industries/Handout via REUTERS NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Dozens of chartered planes carrying celebrities, including former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, flew into a sleepy airport in western India for the lavish pre-wedding festivities for the daughter of India's richest man. Isha Ambani, 27, daughter of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, will marry Anand Piramal, 33, in the financial capital of Mumbai next Wednesday, but the celebrations began this weekend in the desert city of Udaipur, with feasts, singing and dancing, and other pre-wedding rituals. Security was beefed up as the high-profile guests started arriving at Udaipur's airport, said a source at the scene, who asked not to be identified. Outside, they were awaited by luxury sedans driven by chauffers wearing white uniforms and colourful Rajasthani turbans. The Clintons and the Ambanis have an association that goes back more than 18 years and have met several times both in India and abroad, according to Indian media reports. Then President Bill Clinton held meetings in India with the Ambanis, including deceased founder and Mukesh's father Dhirubhai Ambani, just before and after he left the presidency in 2000-2001. In March this year, when Hillary Clinton visited India to deliver a keynote speech at a conference in Mumbai, she dined with the Ambanis at their 27-floor Antilia residence - one of the world's most expensive homes, according to local media. Many other top industrialists, politicians, sports and Bollywood stars descended in Udaipur on Saturday to join what has been dubbed locally "the big, fat Indian wedding." Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and newly-weds, actress Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas were among the guests joining the bash. Former head of advertising giant WPP, Martin Sorrell, BP Group CEO Bob Dudley, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih are also invited. Guests for the celebrations, which will bring together two of India's most influential families, have access to an app mapping out the activities, which include a private concert by Beyonce. Many in India, where millions live in dire poverty, have closely followed the preparations, including the Ivy League-graduate couple's engagement at the luxury Villa D'Este hotel on Italy's Lake Como, attended by more than 600 guests, and featuring a private performance by singer John Legend. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-12-09
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    Thailand Live Sunday 9 Dec 2018

    Thais nation-wide ready for the biggest bicycle ride of the year Altogether 25 roads in Bangkok will be closed as of noon on Sunday until 8 pm to facilitate the biggest cycling event of the year, the Bike UnAiRak 2018, to be led by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha and HRH Princess Sirivanavari. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1072331-thais-nation-wide-ready-for-the-biggest-bicycle-ride-of-the-year/
  10. Thais nation-wide ready for the biggest bicycle ride of the year Altogether 25 roads in Bangkok will be closed as of noon on Sunday until 8 pm to facilitate the biggest cycling event of the year, the Bike UnAiRak 2018, to be led by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha and HRH Princess Sirivanavari. In Bangkok, the cyclists will take a 39-km bike ride from the Royal Plaza to the Lat Pho health park in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan province. Cyclists can bring their bicycles on board the BTS skytrain and subway whereas nine parking lots around the Royal Plaza and 76 other parking space are being made available to accommodate up to 20,000 cars for motorists who have already registered to take part in the bike ride. Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thais-nation-wide-ready-for-the-biggest-bicycle-ride-of-the-year/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2018-12-09
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    Thailand Live Sunday 9 Dec 2018

    Phuket’s hotel and property players look north By Bill Barnett One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area up over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1072330-phuket’s-hotel-and-property-players-look-north/
  12. Phuket’s hotel and property players look north By Bill Barnett One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area up over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga. In Natai, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra is creating renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach. Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator. Full story: https://thethaiger.com/thai-life/property/phukets-hotel-and-property-players-look-north -- © Copyright The Thaiger 2018-12-09
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    Thailand Live Sunday 9 Dec 2018

    Assistant to PMO minister meets with Thai students granted Malaysian scholarships supawadee wangsri BANGKOK, 8 December 2018 (NNT) - An assistant to a minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) visited Songkhla to meet with the sixth batch of Thai students who were granted scholarships from the Malaysian government. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1072329-assistant-to-pmo-minister-meets-with-thai-students-granted-malaysian-scholarships/
  14. Assistant to PMO minister meets with Thai students granted Malaysian scholarships supawadee wangsri BANGKOK, 8 December 2018 (NNT) - An assistant to a minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) visited Songkhla to meet with the sixth batch of Thai students who were granted scholarships from the Malaysian government. Adinan Pakbara, the assistant to the Prime Minister's Office, presided over the ceremony for welcoming the Thai students who were granted the Malaysian scholarships. Mr. Adinan congratulated the students for their graduation in the academic year 2018. On behalf of the Ministry of Education, he thanked the Malaysia's Ministry of Education and teachers from SBPI Jempol and SMKA Maahad Hamidiah schools for providing the opportunity for the Thai students. -- nnt 2018-12-09
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    Thailand Live Sunday 9 Dec 2018

    Energy minister follows up on crude palm oil purchase project in Surat Thani Tanakorn Sangiam SURAT THANI, 8 December 2018 (NNT) - Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan followed up on a crude palm oil purchase project for electricity generation to help increase demands for it. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1072328-energy-minister-follows-up-on-crude-palm-oil-purchase-project-in-surat-thani/
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