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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 15th October

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 15th OctoberTHAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Plans for the South
The new National Security Council chief Lt-Gen Paradorn Pattanathabutr says it is time to put in motion a plan for a counter-insurgency army division in the deep South – to “douse the flames of the conflict” and bring national reconciliation.

nationmultimedia – Critical condition
Thousands of nurses to rally at Govt House tomorrow; demanding permanent contracts, less workload.

nationmultimedia.com – NBTC under increasing pressure to raise 3G auction reserve price
Besides the uncertainty over whether the auction of the 2.1GHz spectrum on Tuesday will be suspended by the court order in connection to consumer protection cases, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has also faced mounting pressure by many groups to raise the spectrum reserve price on a concern that the state coffer might gain less than it should have from the auction if it turns out to be a low-bidding competition.

bangkokpost.com – Muang Thong wins Premier League
SCG Muang Thong United were crowned the Thai Premier League champions after defeating relegation contenders Chai Nat FC 1-0 on Sunday evening.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – Burma party to pick new leaders
Burma’s army-backed ruling party is to choose a new leadership team ahead of 2015 elections after the party was trounced in April’s polls.

bangkokpost.com – King Norodom Sihanouk dies in Beijing
Cambodia’s former king Norodom Sihanouk, a revered figure in his home country who had suffered from a number of ailments in recent years, died in Beijing on Monday, Chinese state media and close aides said.

news.com.au – Philippine rebel chief to sign peace deal
The leaders of the Philippines’ biggest Muslim rebel group has arrived in Manila for a historic visit aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest insurgencies.

bangkokpost.com – China bank: Inflation before growth
China’s deputy chief central banker said Sunday his top priority is to control inflation, despite calls by developed economies to ramp up consumer demand and domestic pressure to chase growth.

bbc.co.uk – Singapore and Germany in tax deal
Singapore and Germany agree to increase the level of information they exchange in a bid to crack down on tax dodgers.

UK
news.com.au – UK set to opt out of EU justice
The British government will reportedly announce plans to opt out of a range of European Union justice and policing measures.

bbc.co.uk – Independence ‘battle lines’ drawn
The battle lines for a vote on Scottish independence are being drawn with a referendum deal set to be agreed by the prime minister and first minister.

news.com.au – Occupy activists stage UK pulpit protest
Occupy activists chained themselves to the pulpit in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the anniversary of their now-dismantled protest camp.

bbc.co.uk – Virgin Money ‘in contact’ with RBS over bank branch sale
Virgin Money has had “informal” contact with Royal Bank of Scotland about taking over more than 300 branches which RBS originally planned to sell to Santander, the BBC understands.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Gunmen kill 21 at Nigeria mosque
A gang disguised in police uniforms opened fire on worshippers at a mosque in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 21 people, officials and residents said.

news.com.au – 14 die in Egypt ferry accident
Fourteen Egyptian workers have died after a minibus carrying them fell off a ferry into a ditch.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Turkey closes airspace to Syrian flights
Turkey has banned Syrian civilian flights from its airspace, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday, after Damascus imposed a similar restriction on Turkish flights.

news.com.au – Italians divided over Concordia captain
As the captain of the crashed luxury liner Costa Concordia heads to court, Italians including the people of his hometown are divided over his innocence.

bbc.co.uk – Gerhard Richter painting sells for record £21m
An oil painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter has sold for £21m ($34m) – an auction record for a work by a living artist.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Andes survivors mark anniversary
Some of those who survived a plane crash in the Chilean Andes by eating the bodies of dead passengers finally play the rugby match initially planned in 1972.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk  – Syria bans Turkish civil flights
Syria bans Turkish civilian flights over its territory, days after Turkey intercepted a Syrian plane reportedly carrying defence equipment.

bbc.co.uk – Syria ‘cluster bomb use growing’
A leading human rights watchdog accuses the Syrian government of dropping cluster bombs on populated areas during its fight against rebels.

bbc.co.uk – New round of Israel Gaza strikes
Three Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip in 24 hours leave four people dead, including at least three militants.

US
bbc.co.uk – Skydiver surpasses speed of sound
Austrian Felix Baumgartner becomes the first skydiver to break the speed of sound, reaching a maximum velocity of 833.9mph (1,342km/h), officials say.

bbc.co.uk – US cruiser hits nuclear submarine
A US cruiser collides with a nuclear submarine during naval exercises off the Atlantic coast, reportedly causing damage to sonar equipment.

bbc.co.uk – Shuttle Endeavour finally completes Los Angeles journey
The retired US space shuttle Endeavour has finally reached its new home in Los Angeles’ museum after long delays caused by trees along the route.

news.com.au – Amphibious vehicle to go on sale in US
A one-person all-terrain vehicle that doubles as a personal watercraft is set to go on sale in the United States by the end of this year.



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