08 Nov '11, 7am

Thai PM to skip APEC summit due to flood crisis

BANGKOK: Thailand's prime minister said on Tuesday she would miss an Asia-Pacific summit in Hawaii this weekend, postponing her debut on the world stage to deal with the kingdom's worst floods in half a century. The announcement came as the death toll from the three-month-old disaster climbed to 527 and the floodwaters advanced deeper into the capital. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, facing the first crisis of her fledgling leadership, had been planning to brief leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) about the crisis and boost investor confidence in the country. But with the mass of water now threatening the heart of Bangkok, a city of 12 million people, Yingluck said she would send Deputy Prime Minister Kittirat Na-Ranong, who is also the commerce minister, on her behalf. "I think that at this time all Thai people must help" in the flood crisis, she told re...

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