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Sat, January 14, 2006

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Thousands of protesters lay siege to Government House

Thousands of people were encamping in front of Government House Friday night to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a major protest reminiscent of the beginning of the downfall of the Suchinda regime in 1992.

BY TEENS FOR TEENS

A new TV channel launched by Nation Multimedia Group will cater to teenagers and be produced by them. Your TV promises just that: a new television channel custom-designed for teenagers, with content created by teens. In other words, it is a television channel by you – for you.

FTA talks may not finish on time: US chief rep

The head of the US trade negotiating team yesterday expressed concern that Bangkok and Washington may not be able to wrap up free-trade agreement discussions by the agreed deadline. Speaking after concluding the sixth round of Thai-US FTA negotiations, Barbara Weisel, assistant US Trade Representative, said: “There’s some serious concern whether we can do that [finish the talks by May].”

SHIN TAKEOVER: Thaksin: I went there to shop

Premier remains mum but impish as rumours fly about a done deal in Singapore. Prime Minister Thak-sin Shinawatra claimed yesterday he took his family to Singapore during the New Year only to shop, amid intensifying speculation that his family and allies were selling their stakes in Shin Corp Plc to Singapore’s Temasak Holdings. Latest reports on such a deal have sent the company’s shares rising.

Somchai was killed by govt officials, says premier

Missing Muslim lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit has been murdered by government officials, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra revealed yesterday, saying he expected the Justice Ministry’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to wrap up the case in a month’s time. “We are now coming to the conclusion that he is already dead and will file a case of murder,” he told reporters.

Sondhi seeks PM’s ouster

Media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul backed by 4,000 supporters outside Government House last night called for Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra to step down.