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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 28th September 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 28th September 2012THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Bodies of evidence
A committee of forensic experts have found that two bodies recovered from the orchard of an alleged Dr Death are not those of a missing couple they expected to find – but instead are two men, one of who was shot to death.

nationmultimedia.com – Scandal-hit doctor hit with more charges
Phetchaburi Governor Winai Buapradit has instructed the provincial employment office to file charges of hiring aliens to work and trafficking in humans against Dr Supat Laohawattana.

mcot.net – Southern shopkeepers jittery over rumoured violence on Friday
Many shops in the town centre in this trouble-plagued province in Thailand’s far South will be closed on Friday after a widespread threat of violence if they carry on their business.

bangkokpost.com – Scheme ‘too costly’
The Thailand Development Research Institute will join the lawsuit asking the Constitution Court to force an end to the rice-buying programme.

nationmultimedia.com – Muslim group demands removal of film clip
Some 300 Thai-Muslims gathered outside the US Embassy yesterday and then later at a building where Google Thailand is based to protest that the film deemed offensive to Islam be removed from the Google-owned online streaming service Youtube.

bangkokpost.com – Yongyuth exoneration claim thrown in doubt
Deputy Interior Minister Chuchart Hansawat has denied any knowledge about a ministry committee’s assertion that Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit is qualified for absolution under the 2007 Exoneration Act.

bbc.co.uk – Jatuporn gets suspended jail term
The Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced red-shirt co-leader Jatuporn Prompan to six months in jail, suspended for two years, and a fine of 50,000 baht after finding him guilty of defaming Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.

nationmultimedia.com – PM offers woman’s touch in maritime row
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has offered to bring something new to the negotiating table over the broiling territorial disputes in the South China Sea – a woman’s touch.

mcot.net – Thailand yearns for another Guinness record
Thai people nationwide will wear white T-shirts on December 4—the eve of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 85th birthday, in a show of force hoping to be verified in the Guinness World Records.

ASIA
bangkokpost.com – Myanmar’s president calls for help
Myanmar’s President Thein Sein said Thursday that a strong economy will be vital to the success of democratic reforms, as he appealed for international investment and expertise.

news.com.au – Burma president pays UN tribute to Suu Kyi
Burma’s president has paid tribute to opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi during an address to the United Nations.

news.com.au – Nineteen killed in Kathmandu plane crash
All 19 passengers and crew on board a small passenger plane that crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu were killed.

bbc.co.uk – Tamil families ‘left in jungle’
Sri Lankan Tamils who left a vast displacement camp this week say they were “left in the jungle” with no means to rebuild homes and lives.

news.com.au – Japan ‘stole’ our islands, China tells UN
China’sForeign Minister Yang Jiechi has accused Tokyo of stealing disputed islands.

bbc.co.uk – Dalai Lama: Hope for new China approach to Tibet
The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he hopes for a new Chinese approach to Tibet with the expected change in its leadership next month.

bbc.co.uk – Doubts raised over Heywood death
A Chinese forensic scientist casts doubt on the official version of the death of Briton Neil Heywood, which triggered a huge political scandal.

bbc.co.uk – Western Australia to kill sharks threatening beachgoers
Western Australia has set out measures aimed at reducing the risk of shark attacks at the state’s beaches, after a string of deadly incidents.

UK
bbc.co.uk – UK economy shrank less than thought
The UK economy contracted by less than thought in the second quarter, official figures have shown.

bbc.co.uk – Overhaul of ‘broken’ Libor urged
Regulator Martin Wheatley proposes overhauling the inter-bank interest rate system, and condemns the failure of oversight by the British Bankers’ Association.

bbc.co.uk – Work schemes fraud checks ‘weak’
The government failed to be rigorous enough in efforts to detect fraud among its welfare-to-work providers, a committee of MPs has said.

bbc.co.uk – Pregnancy jab for whooping cough
Hundreds of thousands of pregnant women across the UK are to be offered a whooping cough vaccine to protect babies from an outbreak of the disease.

bbc.co.uk – Overseas pupils ‘not immigrants’
Boarding schools want overseas pupils removed from government immigration figures, to avoid driving away students worth £500m a year in fees.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Nigeria suspends Hajj flights
Nigeria suspends all Hajj flights to Saudi Arabia after the authorities there deported more than 170 women who had arrived without a male escort.

bbc.co.uk – Severe loss to great ape habitat
Great apes, such as gorillas, chimps and bonobos, are running out of places to live, say scientists.

bbc.co.uk – Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe hints at March election
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe wants to hold elections in March 2013 with a referendum on a new constitution this November, court papers reveal.

EUROPE
news.com.au – Berlusconi launches anti-euro broadside
Silvio Berlusconi has hit out at Germany, the euro and the new single currency bailout fund as Italy’s election season heats up.

bbc.co.uk – France braced for tough budget
The government of French President Francois Hollande is to present its first budget, with tax increases expected to bridge the country’s deficit.

bbc.co.uk – Greek government in ‘basic agreement’ on cuts
Greek finance minister Yannis Stournaras says the three parties in the country’s governing coalition have reached a “basic agreement” on the austerity package for 2013-14.

news.com.au – Germany charges two alleged Russian spies
A married Russian couple alleged to have been spying in Germany for more than 20 years have been charged with espionage.

news.com.au – Sweden told: assure Assange on extradition
Amnesty International has urged Sweden to give WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange assurances it will not extradite him to the US.

MID-EAST
news.com.au – Syrian rebels in decisive attack in Aleppo
Syrian rebels have launched what they say will be a decisive battle for control of the northern city of Aleppo.

bbc.co.uk – Israel urges ‘red line’ for Iran
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu calls for a “clear red line” to be drawn over Iran’s nuclear programme, in a speech at the UN General Assembly.

bbc.co.uk – UN set for 700,000 Syria refugees
The UN’s refugee agency estimates 700,000 Syrians could flee their country by the end of 2012, and urges action to tackle the crisis.

US
bangkokpost.com – Alleged anti-Muslim filmmaker arrested
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the alleged filmmaker behind the video that sparked protests across the Muslim world, was arrested Thursday, the Los Angeles district attorney’s office said.

bbc.co.uk – US temporarily reduces staff at Tripoli embassy
The United States is temporarily removing further staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital, the state department has said.

nationmultimedia.com – Magnitude-6.9 quake hits Andreanof Islands in the US
A magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit the Andreanof Islands in Alaska late Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.

news.com.au – NYC skyline to get tallest Ferris wheel
New York is set to get the world’s tallest Ferris wheel – higher even than the Singapore Flyer and the London Eye.

 



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