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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 5th October 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 5th October 2012

THAILAND
nationmultimedia.com – No-confidence debate to target PM and Thaksin
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra are heading for their first showdown next month.

bangkokpost.com – City braces for tropical storms
State agencies are bracing for heavy rain and potential flooding with tropical storm Gaemi expected to lash the country over the next few days, and another large storm forecast to hit on Oct 20.

nationmultimedia.com – DSI to probe BMA water Tunnels
The Department of Special Investigation will probe allegations of graft and ineffectiveness in the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s multi-billion-baht Rama IX-Ramkhamhaeng “giant tunnel” and six other water drainage facilities, DSI chief Tharit Pengdit announced yesterday.

nationmultimedia.com – Papers for court petition on pledging ready
Academics from the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) said yesterday that the documents necessary for their Constitution Court petition against the government’s rice-pledging scheme were ready.

bangkokpost.com – Shoddy palace upgrade upsets Surapong
Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul expressed disappointment over repairs to Saranrom Palace, which used to house the Foreign Ministry.

bangkokpost.com – Traders told to face down attack threat
Business activities in the far South are expected to proceed as normal today after security agencies assured traders of their safety and asked residents not to believe rumours about a pending attack.

bangkokpost.com – Only one Thai uni in top 400
Only one Thai university has made it into a list of the top 400 leading institutions of higher learning in the world.

nationmultimedia.com – Cancer claims badminton great Pramote
Thai sports has lost an eminent personality in former badminton doubles specialist Pramote Teerawiwatana, who has died after a year-long struggle with lung cancer.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – China landslide children killed
18 children missing after a landslide buried their school in China’s Yunnan province died in the disaster, officials confirm.

bbc.co.uk – Hong Kong mourns victims of Lamma Island boat collision
Hong Kong has observed three minutes’ silence to mourn the 38 victims of Monday’s fatal collision between two boats, as investigations continue.

news.com.au – Skin cells ‘could end biological clock’
Japanese scientists have turned mouse skin cells into eggs that produced baby mice – a technique that could one day end the ticking biological clock.

bbc.co.uk – Samsung sees record profits on smartphone sales
Samsung Electronics has estimated record profits in the three months to September, led by strong sales of its Galaxy smartphones.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Congo fever case found in Glasgow
A man is being treated for Crimean Congo Viral Haemorrhagic Fever – a deadly tropical disease – in complete isolation in a Glasgow hospital.

bbc.co.uk – BMA chief suggests raising taxes to help the NHS
Taxes may need to be raised to help the NHS avoid making cuts to front-line services, the new leader of the British Medical Association has suggested.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – $1m prize for ‘true-talking’ Tutu
Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu is awarded $1m (£620,000) by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for “speaking truth to power”.

bbc.co.uk – Argentina ship in Ghana seized over loans default
An Argentine naval ship has been seized in Ghana at the request of investors who lost out when Argentina defaulted on its loans in 2001.

news.com.au – S Africa police fire tear gas at miners
South African police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas at striking mine workers in South Africa.

bbc.co.uk – Liberia inmates in mass jailbreak
A group of prisoners escape from a jail in Liberia’s south-eastern city of Zwedru near the forested border with Ivory Coast.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – UN condemns Syria’s Turkey attack
The UN condemns a Syrian mortar attack on a Turkish border town, after hours of talks to persuade Russia to agree to the wording.

news.com.au – Nuke safety upgrades needed across Europe
Immediate safety upgrades costing billions of euros are needed in nuclear power plants “nearly everywhere” in Europe, test results show.

bbc.co.uk – Spain ‘foils college bomb plot’
Spanish police arrest a 21-year-old man in Palma on the island of Mallorca on suspicion of plotting to bomb the University of the Balearic Islands.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Chavez ends electoral campaign
In his final rally before Sunday’s presidential election, Hugo Chavez says he needs a third six-year term to promote social reforms and eradicate poverty.

bbc.co.uk – Colombia talks ‘on 17 October’
The Colombian government and Farc rebels will give a news conference in Oslo on 17 October on the start of their peace talks, Norwegian officials say.

bbc.co.uk – Argentine police fury at pay cuts
Thousands of military police and coast guards in Argentina rally across the country to protest against pay cuts of up to 60%.

US
bbc.co.uk – Doctors warned over US meningitis
Doctors and hospitals are being urged to stop using medical products from a firm linked to a widening outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis.

bbc.co.uk – Eight held in US over ‘Russian hi-tech smuggling plot’
Eight people have been arrested in Houston, Texas, on charges of illegally exporting hi-tech components to Russian security bodies.

bbc.co.uk – Facebook passes one billion users
Social networking site Facebook now has over one billion users logging on every month, founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced.



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