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BANGKOK, Oct 20 -- Thailand will export pork to Russia for the first time, and it is projected that Russian demand for Thai pork now is at 50,000 tonnes a year, said Chavalit Chookajorn, permanent secretary for Agriculture and Cooperatives. 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:02

BAAC begins cash handouts to rice farmers

BANGKOK, Oct 20 The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) began cash handouts to rice farmers today at Bt1,000 per rai (1,600 square meters) of paddy fields to help offset costs. Some 3.4 million households will benefit from the scheme.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:59

Xi to chair APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting

BEIJING, Oct 21 Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend and chair the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting to be held in Beijing on Nov. 10 and 11, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang announced on Monday.

Leaders or representatives of the APEC members will attend the meeting, themed "Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership."

Xi will also deliver speeches at the APEC CEO Summit and the APEC Business Advisory Council Dialogue with Leaders, to be held on Nov. 9 and 10, said Qin.

Beijing is set to host the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week. Apart from the above-mentioned meetings, there will be a senior officials' meeting on Nov. 5 and 6 and the 26th ministerial meeting on Nov. 7 and 8.

The 21 APEC members, including the United States, China, Japan and Russia, account for over half of the world's economic output, 40 percent of the world's population, and 46 percent of total global trade.

LOEI, Oct 20 --Popular tourist destinations in Loei's Phu Rua, Chiang Khan and Phu Kradung districts are packed with enthusiastic tourists these days, especially on weekends. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014 13:38

US praises Thai preparations to handle Ebola

BANGKOK, Oct 17 -- Senior officials of the US embassy in Thailand on Friday met with Deputy Public Health Minister Dr Somsak Chunharas on public health cooperation between the US and Thailand and expressed appreciation to the kingdom on its preparations to respond to the Ebola epidemic.

UBON RATCHATHANI, Oct 17 – Commercial flights at Thailand's Ubon Ratchathani airport in the northeast resumed normally early today after a fire broke out at souvenir shops inside the facility overnight, injuring two airport workers who inhaling smoke, officials said.

Saturday, 18 October 2014 13:33

Thai prisons most crowded in ASEAN

BANGKOK, Oct 17 - Thai prisons are the most “overcrowded among member countries of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations),” said Vittaya Suriyawong, director-general of the Corrections Department, quoting Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as expressing his concern.

SA KAEO, Oct 17 -- Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukavanich on Friday inspected an industrial facility contracted to eliminate both toxic and non-toxic industrial wastes in Sa Kaeo province bordering Cambodia and ordered concerned officials to strictly enforce the law on eliminating industrial waste throughout Thailand.

MILAN, Oct 17 Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha has called for increasing cooperation between Asian and European countries and for Europe to participate more in mobilising funds for investment in basic infrastructure projects in the Asian region.

His proposals were made Thursday in a speech at the opening of the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) which opened in this Italian city on Wednesday.

Leaders of 51 countries and two international organisations are participating in the four-day meeting, began Wednesday.

Gen Prayut said Thailand has constantly helped develop partnership between the two regions in the past and because of the global complexity, there is a need for reviewing strategies designed for promoting financial and economic cooperation between the two regions.

There is a need for political leadership in widening Asia-Europe connectivity as well as using knowledge and expertise, resources and investment, said Gen Prayut, adding that he would like to propose three major strategies.

He said Thailand has plans to develop basic infrastructures which would connect with its neighbouring countries.

These projects are aimed at developing goods transportation, services and labour in order to open new markets to cater for the launching of the ASEAN Economic Community, due to get off the ground at end-2015, and for the future cooperation between Asia and Europe, said Gen Prayut.

He also urged every party to realise a possible shortage of food and energy in future due to global climate change and rising demand.

On Thursday, Gen Prayut held bilateral talks with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen and both agreed not to let the two countries’ border problem to obstruct trade and investment.

Gen Prayut proposed that the two countries help cooperate in maritime energy resources, set up a special economic zone in Thai border area opposite the Cambodian border town of Poi Pet, establish facilities for Cambodian people to work in Thailand.

Mr Hun Sen, meanwhile, agreed to Gen Prayut’s proposals and asked that they be discussed in detail during his October 30-31 visit to Cambodia.

Yesterday Gen Prayut also met his Singaporean counterpart  Lee Hsien Loong, whom he asked for more Singaporean investment in Thailand, especially in agricultural products food processing.

Gen Prayut also asked for more cooperation in developing transportation modes between the two countries.

In response, Mr Lee said the Thai government should accelerate boosting confidence for foreign investors and tourists and invited Gen Prayut to visit and explain Thailand’s concerns and situation to the Singapore business community.

Friday, 17 October 2014 14:52

Malaysia wins UN Security Council seat

NEW YORK, Oct 17 - Malaysia won a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), taking 187 out of the total 192 votes.

The voting took place at the United Nations General Assembly hall to fill five vacancies among the Security Council's non-permanent membership.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman was at the hall to cast the vote for Malaysia.

Malaysia needed to garner at least 130 votes to get elected.

A total of 193 representatives of UN member countries were eligible to cast their votes to elect the five new members of the council.

The new members will take up their seats on Jan 1, 2015 and will serve on the Council until Dec 31, 2016.

The five seats available for election in 2014, distributed regionally, are: one seat for the African Group (currently held by Rwanda); one seat for Asia-Pacific Group (currently held by the Republic of Korea);

One seat for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, (currently held by Argentina); and two seats for the Western European and Others Group (currently held by Australia and Luxembourg).

Lithuania will maintain for another year the seat for the Eastern European Group.

The respective winners for other vacancies were Angola (Africa), Venezuela (Latin America and the Caribbean) and New Zealand (Western European and Others Group) while Spain and Turkey are involved in a third round of balloting to fill the remaining seat.

The five permanent Council members, which each wield the power of veto, are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Along with Lithuania, the non-permanent members that will remain on the Council until the end of 2015 are Chad, Chile, Jordan, and Nigeria.

Under the UN Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. Each of the Council's members has one vote. Under the Charter, all UN Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or acta of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. In some cases, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.

The Security Council also recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations.

And, together with the General Assembly, it elects the judges of the International Court of Justice.

Prior to this, Malaysia has been on the UNSC thrice - in 1965, 1989 till 1990 and 1999 till 2000.

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