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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Wednesday 10th October 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Wednesday 10th October 2012WORLD
bangkokpost.com – UN: 12 pct of world still hungry
One in eight people worldwide still suffers from chronic hunger, the UN’s food agency said Tuesday, describing the figure as “unacceptable” and warning that the fight against hunger was slowing down.

news.com.au – 350 million people have depression
More than 350 million people suffer from depression globally, the World Health Organization said, ahead of World Mental Health Day on Wednesday.

news.com.au – Cannabis eases sclerosis stiffness
Use of cannabis extract helps ease painful muscle stiffness among patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a large trial published on Tuesday.

PHUKET
nationmultimedia.com – Education forum in Phuket
At a two-day meeting in Phuket, education officials discussed international studies in an attempt to discover students’ abilities, performance and problems.

THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Rising bloodshed
A female pump attendant was shot out of her sandals and killed in Pattani – just one of seven killings in the past 48 hours by southern gangs stepping up terrorist-type attacks.

nationmultimedia.com  – Philippine-style talks ‘not suited’ to South
Thai security experts are reluctant to apply the “Philippine model” to Thailand’s Muslim insurgency in the deep South, saying the two countries’ separatist problems have their own peculiarities.

nationmultimedia.com  – Make Fridays a holiday in South, scholar advises
A Muslim scholar in Yala urged the government yesterday to declare Fridays a public holiday in three southern provinces to be in line with people’s ways of living and to reflect government’s understanding.

bangkokpost.com – Rice scheme officials risk court
Officials who implement the government’s controversial rice pledging scheme could be damaging the country and risk being taken to court, a senior economist from the Thailand Development and Research Institute (TDRI) has warned.

nationmultimedia.com – Thailand urged to abolish death penalty
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and World Coalition Against the Death Penalty (WCADP) on Tuesday sent an open letter to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, asking her to abolish the death penalty.

nationmultimedia.com – Bangkok ‘still at risk’
Bangkok still needs to be on guard against the risk of flooding, a prominent expert warned yesterday

nationmultimedia.com – Red-shirt leaders met Thaksin
Red-shirt leaders Jatuporn Promphan and Natthawut Saikua were granted permission to leave the country temporarily because it was believed they would not jump bail, the Criminal Court said yesterday.

bangkokpost.com – 3G at last?
The Big Three of mobile phones won the right to bid for 3G spectrum – putting the country days away from an auction for the second time in 25 months.

nationmultimedia.com – Thailand get tough qualifying draw
Thailand’s soccer team were left cursing their luck after being drawn in a difficult 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers group along with a Middle East trio led by powerhouses Iran.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – China in Japan IMF meeting snub
China’s central bank governor is missing the IMF and World Bank meetings in Japan, as a territorial row between the two nations rumbles on.

news.com.au – Bali terror threat: Indonesian intel
Indonesian authorities say they’ve received information about a possible threat to dignitaries attending the 2002 Bali bombing anniversary.

bbc.co.uk – China hints at labour camp reform
China is working to revise its system of labour camps, where people can be jailed for up to four years without trial, a senior judicial official says.

news.com.au – Singapore tightens home loan rules
Singapore’s central bank has tightened rules on residential property lending amid fears that the real estate market could be heading into a dangerous bubble.

bbc.co.uk – Cybercrime law is suspended by Philippines court
The Philippines’ top court has suspended a controversial law targeting cybercrime, following protests by critics who say it stifles free speech.

UK
bbc.co.uk – ‘Sink or swim time’, says CameronDavid Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron is to warn the UK is facing an “hour of reckoning,” in his big speech to the Conservative Party conference.

news.com – UK PM, Scottish govt in referendum talks
The British prime minister and Scotland’s first minister are set to meet next week to finalise arrangements for a referendum on Scottish independence.

bbc.co.uk – Wet weather to hit UK food prices
Food prices look set to rise after poor harvests for British farmers following record-breaking wet weather over the summer.

AFRICA
news.com.au – Rebels shell Sudan town, 5 women killed
Five women have been killed and more than 20 injured in rebel shelling in Sudan, near the border with South Sudan.

bbc.co.uk – Kenya president rejects MP bonus
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki rejects an attempt by MPs to award themselves a $105,000 (£65,660) bonus, saying it is unconstitutional and unaffordable.

EUROPE
bangkokpost.com – Hollande to abolish homework
French President Francois Hollande potentially won the hearts of thousands of future voters on Tuesday by announcing he wants to abolish homework.

bbc.co.uk – Merkel pledges support for Greece
German Chancellor Angela Merkel – on a visit to Athens – praises Greece for progress towards ending its financial crisis, as protesters and police clash in the city.

bbc.co.uk – Red Cross to make Spain appeal as economic crisis bites
The Red Cross is to make its first ever public appeal in Spain to help those affected by the economic crisis.

bbc.co.uk – BAE and EADS merger hopes rest on government talks
The UK, French and German governments are holding talks that will decide whether the merger between defence companies BAE and EADS goes ahead.

LATIN AMERICA
news.com.au – Colombia cops seize $1.8m in fake US notes
Colombian police have found a printer, metallic plates, black and green ink as well as thousands of counterfeit $US100 notes.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Syria intelligence complex bombed
Syrian rebels carry out a bomb attack on an intelligence agency complex in Damascus, with one activist group saying dozens of people were killed.

news.com.au – Five rockets from Gaza hit Israel: police
An Israel police spokesman says five rockets fired from inside Gaza have landed in southern Israel.

bbc.co.uk – Netanyahu calls early Israel poll
Israel’s prime minister calls an early general election, following the failure to agree the annual budget with his coalition partners.

US
news.com.au – US banks to get new stress tests
The US Federal Reserve announced new rounds of stress-tests for big American banks on Tuesday, part of efforts to end the excessive risk-taking that led Wall Street to near-collapse in 2008.

bbc.co.uk – Obama’s Big Bird ad prompts row
The creators of Big Bird call on the Obama campaign to withdraw a new advertisement that uses the character to attack rival Mitt Romney.

bbc.co.uk – Chevron loses $19bn fine appeal
The US Supreme Court refuses to block an Ecuadorian court’s ruling that oil firm Chevron pay billions in damages for pollution in the Amazon.

bbc.co.uk – Baumgartner skydive bid aborted due to gusty winds
Austrian adventurer Felix Baumgartner has been frustrated in his attempt to make the highest ever skydive.



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