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BANGKOK—The printer of the International New York Times in Thailand refused to print an article portraying a gloomy outlook for the country, leaving in its place a large blank space at the centre of Tuesday’s front page.
The printing company called the story too “sensitive” but declined to specify the offending material.
The article, titled “Thai spirits sagging with the economy” in the paper’s other Asian editions, described a moribund economy, pessimism after years of political turmoil and concern about the royal succession. The military took power in a May 2014 coup, and elections that were promised have been put off until at least 2017.
Discussion of the monarchy has always been a delicate matter in Thailand, where strict laws limit frank discussion of the royal family. But freedom of speech has been constricted even further under the military government, prompting many publications and reporters to self-censor to avoid offending the junta.
There was no indication that the government was involved in the decision not to print the story.
An official at Eastern Printing Co. overseeing the paper’s account said the printer decided not to publish the article because it was “inappropriate,” without elaborating.
In place of the article was a two-line note that said: “The article in this space was removed by our printer in Thailand. The International New York Times and its editorial staff had no role in its removal.”
“It’s sensitive,” said the official, who declined to give her name for that reason. “The printing company has the right to deny printing articles that touch upon inappropriate issues, according to the contract.”
Beyond highlighting a general sour mood among Thais, the article touches on the eventual succession of the ailing 87-year-old king. Insulting the monarchy is punishable by three to 15 years in prison.
Another blank space appeared on page 6, where the rest of the article was to run. However, the article was still available online to readers in Thailand.
This is the second time in three months that the newspaper’s local printer has blocked publication of a piece about Thailand. The printer decided not to publish the entire Sept. 22 edition because it contained an article about the future of the Thai monarchy that it also called “too sensitive to print.”
Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for The New York Times, said it was notified about the printer’s decision, but that the newspaper played no role in it.
Murphy said there have been rare instances in other countries where printers have chosen not to publish stories because they were deemed too sensitive. “We understand the pressures local publishers sometimes face, but we regret any censorship of our journalism,” she wrote in an email.
The newspaper, known until 2013 as the International Herald Tribune, announced recently that it was ceasing printing and distributing its print edition in Thailand as of year-end. In a letter to subscribers, it attributed the decision to rising operating costs.
The junta, which has curbed dissent through intimidation and detentions, also has said that defence of the monarchy is its priority, and has vigorously pursued prosecutions under the law. Over the past year, there has been a significant increase in convictions.
In a 41-page report on Thailand issued last month, the Paris-based press freedom group Reporters Without Borders noted that due to censorship, threats and harassment of the media and increasing use of repressive laws, the country “is now seen as one of the region’s most authoritarian regimes as regards journalists and freedom of information.”
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OTTAWA — Canada has climbed out of the recession that nudged the economy into reverse over the first half of 2015 — but a rebound in growth during the third quarter has already shown signs of lost momentum.
Statistics Canada said Tuesday that the gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 2.3 per cent during the three-month period that ended in September.
The GDP received boosts from improved performances in exports and household consumption, the federal agency said.
But the economy contracted by 0.5 per cent at a non-annualized rate in September — a decrease largely linked to the country’s hobbled manufacturing and natural resources sectors.
That September reading followed GDP growth at a non-annualized pace of 0.3 per cent in July and 0.1 per cent in August.
Earlier this year, the economy fell into the technical definition of a recession after it recoiled for two straight quarters. It decreased by a revised annual pace of 0.7 per cent over the first three months of 2015 and again by 0.3 per cent in the second quarter.
The overall third-quarter reading came in close to expectations. Economists had expected growth of 2.4 per cent for the third quarter, according to Thomson Reuters.
Statistics Canada said the economy registered 2.7 per cent growth in the exports of goods, led by increases in motor vehicles and parts as well as consumer goods and crude-oil bitumen.
Household spending, meanwhile, grew by 0.4 per cent in the third quarter, the agency said.
The economy’s struggles — led by the deep, negative impact of stubbornly low oil and commodity prices — have forced experts to repeatedly downgrade their growth forecasts for Canada.
Last month, the federal government’s fiscal and economic update contained average forecasts made in October by a group of private-sector economists. They predicted a 1.2 per cent increase in real GDP — a common measure of economic growth — for 2015 as a whole, down from an April estimate of two per cent.
In October, the Bank of Canada predicted the economy to expand by 2.5 per cent in the third quarter and 1.5 per cent in fourth.
The central bank has projected growth of 1.1 per cent for 2015 as a whole and two per cent for 2016.
The Bank of Canada, which cut its key interest rate twice this year to cushion the economy from the major drop in oil prices, is scheduled to make a rate announcement Wednesday. It is widely expected to hold its trend-setting rate at 0.5 per cent.
The weaker economic conditions have put pressure on the new Liberal government’s election promises, which include big-ticket spending for projects like infrastructure that it says will produce jobs and growth.
Even with billions in spending commitments, the Liberals committed to keep annual deficits under $10 billion over the next two years, generate a shortfall of only $5.7 billion in the third year and balance the books in time for the next election in 2019.
But the Liberals announced in their fiscal update last month that they inherited federal books from the Conservatives that will drive the country billions of dollars deeper in the hole than expected, raising doubts they will meet all their fiscal goals without changing some of their plans.
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LE BOURGET, PARIS—The African Union, an alliance of 54 countries, announced a plan to mobilize $20 billion to develop at least 10 gigawatts of renewable energy on the continent by the end of the decade.
The African Renewable Energy Initiative was announced Tuesday at the United Nations climate summit. It will be hosted by the Abidjan, Ivory Coast-based African Development Bank.
From deserts encroaching on African farmland to rising sea levels shrinking islands of the South Pacific, leaders of poor nations most affected by climate change shared their stories of global warming with leaders of some of the richest.
The encounters highlighted one of the biggest debates in the effort to reach an international accord to fight global warming: how much aid rich countries should give poor ones to help them adapt to climate change and reduce their emissions.
The African Union program is expected be partially funded from the $100 billion pledged by rich countries in 2009.
French President Francois Hollande heard from 12 African leaders who described the Sahara Desert encroaching on farmland, forests disappearing from Congo to Madagascar and rising sea levels swallowing homes in West African river deltas.
“When a young student is forced to go study under a street lamp at night, it clearly demonstrates the electricity issue,” Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said.
Hollande said France would invest billions of euros in the coming years for renewable energy in Africa and to increase Africans’ access to electricity: “The world, and in particular the developed world, owes the African continent an environmental debt.”
U.S. President Barack Obama, meeting with leaders from island nations, says without ambitious action on climate change, people may be forced to flee island nations and will become refugees.
The Hawaiian-born Obama, referring to himself as “an island boy,” said the island populations are “among the most vulnerable to the ravages of climate change.”
Presidents and prime ministers from Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, St. Lucia, Barbados and Papua New Guinea are attending the meeting with Obama.
The climate conference began Monday with an unprecedented gathering of world leaders outside Paris. Presidents, prime ministers and princes urged the delegates to build a better planet for future generations, hoping to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing collapse of a similar effort in Copenhagen in 2009 to reach a global climate accord.
On Tuesday, the negotiations began in earnest, with the key task of figuring out who will pay for everything the leaders said needs to be done.
“You have now started the fundamental work,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the negotiators. “I implore you to advance on the substance in a way that allows us to respect the strong mandate given by the diverse heads of state and government yesterday.”
Developing countries say they need financial support and technology to relocate threatened populations and make their own transition to cleaner energy.
The talks, which run through Dec. 11, are aimed at a broader, tougher replacement to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. That treaty required only rich countries to cut their emissions, while this time the goal is for everyone to pitch in.
One of the proposals involves saving the world’s forests, which absorb carbon dioxide released by burning oil, gas and coal.
Britain’s Prince Charles, indigenous leaders and other dignitaries met Tuesday to call attention to shrinking global forests from South America to Russia and Africa, in part because of illegal logging.
More than 180 countries have pledged to cut or curb their emissions, but scientists say much bigger reductions are needed to limit man-made warming of the Earth to 2 deg C over pre-industrial times, the internationally agreed-upon goal.
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A rare fossil from eastern North America of a dog-sized horned dinosaur has been identified by a scientist at the University of Bath. The fossil provides evidence of an east-west divide in North American dinosaur evolution.
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