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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Saturday 29th September 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Saturday 29th September 2012THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – First deputy PM steps down
Yongyuth Wichaidit woke up and smelled the roses – then resigned as top deputy prime minister and interior minister, effective Monday, sidestepping the trouble that might have come to Pheu Thai and the government in the wake of the old Alpine land case.

mcot.net – Thailand’s cumulative flood-related patient load exceeds 30,000
Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri said Friday that over 30,000 persons suffered from flood-related illnesses since floodwaters hit 14 provinces early this month.

bangkokpost.com – Business intimidated
A week after a bomb at a gold shop, most businesses in the deep South closed on Friday after rumours that militants were enforcing Islam’s sabbath.

bangkokpost.com – Tida blames Dems for clash
The Democrat-backed Blue Sky television channel is to blame for a clash between yellow-shirt and red-shirt demonstrators that left seven people injured, says UDD chairwoman Tida Tawornseth.

bangkokpost.com – Overseas messaging
In a speech to the UN and in a meeting with the shorter New York mayor Bloomberg, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stressed national unity is on track.

bangkokpost.com – Suvarabhumi’s vultures
Six years on, the touts, cheats, con men and swindlers still descend on arriving passengers – and officials still claim there’s little they can do.

bangkokpost.com – Quake in Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi
A small earthquake with a magnitude of 1.6 on the Richter scale was recorded in Chiang Dao district of Chiang Mai province at midnight on Friday, the Meteorological Department reported on Saturday.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – Pakistan flood death toll rises
Monsoon floods in Pakistan over the last fortnight kill more than 400 people and affect more than 4.5 million others, officials say.

news.com.au – Scientists identify neural disorders
South Korean scientists have discovered what could be a significant source of neurological disorders, such as depression that may lead to better treatment.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Thousands due for Covenant parade
Around 30,000 people are expected to parade through Belfast on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant.

bbc.co.uk – Tributes to Nepal crash Britons
Family, friends and colleagues pay tribute to seven British men who were among 19 people killed in a plane crash in Nepal.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Spain’s banks ‘need 59.3bn euros’
Spain’s banks need an injection of 59.3bn euros ($76.3bn; £47.3bn) to survive a serious downturn, an independent audit calculates.

bbc.co.uk – France to raise taxes on wealthy
France unveils its budget for 2013, avoiding large austerity spending cuts in favour of higher taxes on the wealthy and big businesses.

bbc.co.uk – Deadly floods hit southern Spain
At least seven people die after heavy rains trigger flash floods in the southern Spanish regions of Malaga, Murcia and Almeria, officials say.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Syria ‘moving chemical weapons’
The US says it has intelligence that Syria has moved some of its chemical weapons to safety, as the government continues to battle rebel forces.

bbc.co.uk – Iran will ‘retaliate’ if attacked
In response to the Israeli prime minister’s calls for a “clear red line” to be drawn to stop Iran’s nuclear programme, Iran says it will defend itself if attacked.

US
bbc.co.uk – US issues alert for Manila
The United States issued a security alert for the Philippine capital of Manila on Friday, warning its citizens they could be the target of an unspecified attack.

bbc.co.uk – Obama blocks China wind farm plan
President Barack Obama has stopped a private Chinese firm from building wind turbines in the US state of Oregon, citing national security concerns.

news.com.au – Bank of America settles $2.4bn lawsuit
Bank of America pays $2.43bn (£1.5bn) to settle a lawsuit over its acquisition of Merrill Lynch, after investors’ claims BoA made false statements.



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