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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 8th October 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 8th October 2012PHUKET
bangkokpost.com – LPG ship catches fire off Phuket
A fire broke out on a vessel carrying LPG tanks moored in Taphao Yai Bay about 2 kilometres from the Phuket deep-sea port off Muang district on Sunday morning. It was later put out by firefighting launches. The damage was estimated at 20 million baht.

nationmultimedia.com – Export strategy adjusted with focus on regional markets, FTAs Pranee Muenphangwaree
The Commerce Ministry is rushing to adjust its export strategy for major traditional markets, particularly Asean and other trading partners with free trade agreements with Thailand.

bangkokpost.com – 3G or not 3G: The tease continues
Ten days to go to the high-speed spectrum auction – or maybe not, as a lone-wolf telecoms expert asks the Administrative Court to delay 3G yet again, saying the regulators in charge do not have the public interest at heart.

mcot.net – Overnight rain in Sa Kaeo due to impact of Gaemi
Continuous rain has fallen in the eastern province of Sa Kaeo since Sunday night as the province tropical depression “Gaemi” passed over the area, despite being downgraded to an active low pressure cell early this morning.

bangkokpost.com – Repairing treasures
Six historic sites damaged last year and under flood threat are under renovation, as Gaemi loses her punch and officials continue to contradict each other.

nationmultimedia.com – Is it a ‘low’ risk?
Residents with homes near gas pipelines in Bangkok and other regions say they live in fear of gas leaks, explosions and other fatal accidents following a series of incidents recently. They claim gas leaks are happening more often and that pipelines, some of them laid 32 years ago, were not installed in accordance with international safety standards.

bangkokpost.com – Philippines signs pact with Islamists
Philippine President Benigno Aquino said his government reached a preliminary agreement with Muslim rebels to end a decades-long insurgency that has killed at least 100,000 people and stunted growth in the mineral-rich south.

bbc.co.uk – Khan protest stops at tribal belt
A motorcade protest against US drone strikes in Pakistan, led by former cricket star Imran Khan, is stopped from entering the restive tribal regions.

news.com.au – Volatile Indonesia volcano erupts
A volatile volcano has erupted in northern Indonesia, spewing smoke and ash and causing muddy rain to fall on nearby villages.

bbc.co.uk – S Korea extends reach of missiles
South Korea announces a deal with the US to extend the range of its ballistic missile system, saying it will counter the threat from North Korea.

bbc.co.uk – Osborne in £10bn benefit cut vow
Chancellor George Osborne will say he is determined to find £10bn in extra benefit cuts, in his keynote Conservative conference speech.

news.com.au – UK finance minister warns of welfare cuts
British finance minister George Osborne has warned the government will clamp down on welfare claimants.

news.com.au – UK prime minister sends first tweet
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has sent his first tweet, after saying in 2009 that he would steer clear of Twitter.

bbc.co.uk – UK ‘would veto’ EU budget
Prime Minister David Cameron says he would use Britain’s veto to block a new European Union budget “if necessary”.

bbc.co.uk – Businesses ‘lack trust’ in banks
Businesses’ trust in banks and other financial institutions is falling, according to a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

bbc.co.uk – RPI changes ‘may hit pensioners’
Private sector pensioners, and some savers, could be hit by changes to the way retail prices index (RPI) inflation is calculated, experts say.

bbc.co.uk – Nigerian troops ‘kill militants’
About 30 suspected members of Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram have been killed in a battle with troops in the north east, the military says.

bbc.co.uk – Ivory Coast reopens Ghana borders
Ivory Coast is to reopen its land and sea borders with Ghana more than two weeks after they were shut following a deadly cross-border attack.

bangkokpost.com – Eurozone to launch ESM rescue fund
The eurozone finally gets its 500 billion euro rescue fund on Monday when finance ministers meet amid growing uncertainty over Greece’s tortuous debt bailout and whether Spain will need help in turn.

news.com.au – Anti-austerity protests grip Spain
Tens of thousands of Spanish protesters have chanted slogans against austerity and waved placards reading “youth without jobs, society with no future”.

bbc.co.uk – Turkey responds to Syrian fire
Turkish artillery return fire after a Syrian mortar round lands in a border village and a car bomb kills a policeman at a police headquarters in Damascus.

bbc.co.uk – Chavez wins Venezuela election
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has won a fourth term in office after defeating opposition leader Henrique Capriles, electoral officials say.

news.com.au – ‘Mother of all battles’ intensifies
Aleppo has been shaken by the heaviest fighting of an almost three-month offensive against rebels in Syria’s second city.

bbc.co.uk – Militants hit in Gaza air strike
Two Palestinian militants are among a number of people wounded in an Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip, officials say.

bbc.co.uk – Iran in subsidy reform rethink
Iranian MPs vote to consider suspending further reform of food and fuel subsidies, after protests over the sharp drop of Iran’s currency, the rial.

bbc.co.uk – Terror suspects before US court
Islamist cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects appear in court in the US, after being extradited from the UK following a long legal battle.

news.com.au – US issues terror alert for Islamabad
The United States has urged its nationals in Islamabad to avoid going to parts of the city because of possible terror attacks.

bbc.co.uk – FBI raises US border death doubts
A US border guard killed while on patrol to stop illegal migrants may have been inadvertently shot by one of his own colleagues, the FBI says.

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