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By Freya Berry LONDON (Reuters) - Expectations of future British house price rises have hit a 14-year high just as central bank chief Mark Carney signalled monetary policy would remain exceptionally loose despite the potential for them to jump at 'warp speed'. Britain is growing faster than many other big rich economies although it has still not passed its pre-crisis peak. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said on Tuesday that 59 percent of surveyors in November forecast prices would rise over the next three months, the highest reading since September 1999. Speaking in New York ahead of the survey, Carney signalled that monetary policy was not about to be tightened even though there were potential dangers in the housing market.
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Her eyes welling with tears, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pleaded on Tuesday for anti-government protesters to clear the streets after she called a snap election, but protests leaders said she should step down within 24 hours. After weeks of sometimes violent street rallies, protesters dismissed her call on Monday for a general election and said she should be replaced by an unelected "people's council", which has stoked concern that Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy may abandon the democratic process. Yingluck insisted on Tuesday she would not step down and said she would continue her duties as caretaker prime minister until the election, which is set for February 2. "Now that the government has dissolved parliament, I ask that you stop protesting and that all sides work towards elections," Yingluck told reporters as she went into a cabinet meeting held at an army club.
Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - 1049 GMT: AFP's Stephen Collinson, travelling with US President Obama, tells us: "Obama's 30+ vehicle motorcade is rolling into the FNB stadium past a few late arrivals to the memorial celebration." 1045 GMT: General Thanduxolo Mandela is now speaking on behalf of the family. "Madiba was a great man but was humble in all things," he says. He adds that Mandela used his greatness "as a means to make all men and women equal so that their lives could be lived to their fullest human potential."