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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 16th October

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 16th OctoberWORLD
news.com.au – Organised crime worth $870 billion worldwide
international organised crime is worth $US870 billion ($A852.36 billion), the head of the UN’s office on drugs and crime (UNODC) says.

news.com.au – Smoking in cars beats UN threshold
Smoking in cars raises levels of dangerous fine-particle pollutants to many times the limit recommended by the world’s health agency.

news.com.au – Planet with four suns discovered
An international team of amateur and professional astronomers has discovered a planet whose skies are lit up by four suns.

THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – 3G auction only hours away
It looks like there will truly be a 3G spectrum auction today – after what seems like years of delay has put the country behind the neighbours – but critics already are on the attack, predicting the three bidders will collude on price.

nationmultimedia.com – Worker ‘saw murder’
Phetchaburi police investigating skeletal remains found on the property of a police doctor have met two Myanmar migrant workers believed to have seen or acknowledged incidents that led to a couple going missing three years ago.

bangkokpost.com – Thaksin cries ‘smear!’
The ex-premier said he will sue leading Democrats for alleging at a rally that he may have been behind the “men in black” during the 2010 violence.

bangkokpost.com – Kittiratt: Boost trade with Europe
Asian countries should take advantage of their strong economic fundamentals to increase investment and trade with Europe, Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said in a speech to the 10th Asia-Europe Finance Ministers Meeting in Bangkok on Monday.

mcot.net – Thailand tourist arrivals to hit 20 million this year
Thailand will achieve its target 20 million tourist arrival by year end, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

ASIA
bangkokpost.com – Calls for blanket amnesty in Myanmar
Myanmar badly needs an international push for socio-economic development to galvanise the country’s huge potential, but it would need a blanket amnesty to get six million exiles abroad to return home to help, the Peace Delegation for Motherland says.

bangkokpost.com – Vietnam PM censured
HANOI : Vietnam’s prime minister escaped disciplinary action from communist party chiefs on Monday despite anger over a string of financial scandals and an economic malaise that have marred his leadership.

bangkokpost.com – Myanmar blocks OIC office after rallies
Myanmar’s president blocked a world Islamic body from opening an office in the country, an official said Monday, bowing to rallies against government efforts to help Muslims in unrest-hit Rakhine state.

news.com.au – Croc escape gives schoolkids day off
Primary schoolkids in Vietnam had a great excuse to skip school – dozens of crocs were roaming their neighbourhood.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Scottish referendum deal struck
A deal setting out terms for a Scottish independence referendum is signed by Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond.

bbc.co.uk – More Britons ‘use emergency food’
A record number of people received emergency food from UK food banks in the last six months, a charity says.

bbc.co.uk – One in five workers on poverty wages: Trust for London
One in five people working in London is being paid “poverty wages”, a charity has claimed.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Libya jail hit by mass breakout
Libyan security forces are on high alert after more than 100 prisoners break out of the al-Judaida jail in the capital Tripoli.

news.com.au – Explosions, gunfire rock Nigeria
Loud explosions and gunfire have rocked Nigeria’s restive northern city of Maiduguri where unknown gunmen earlier in the day shot dead a traffic warden.

bbc.co.uk – Niger aid workers kidnapped by gunmen in Dakoro
Six aid workers have been kidnapped in southern Niger by unknown gunmen, their employers say.

bbc.co.uk – Egypt football season in limbo
Egypt’s football association delays indefinitely the start of the domestic season because of February’s deadly stadium riots.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Portugal announces tough budget
The Portuguese government unveils the country’s toughest budget in years as hundreds of protesters gather outside parliament calling on ministers to resign.

bbc.co.uk – EU imposes new sanctions on Iran
EU member states have announced a new package of sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear programme.

bbc.co.uk – EU demands Google privacy rethink
Google is to be told by the EU that it must make changes to how it gathers users’ personal information to avoid privacy risks.

LATIN AMERICA
news.com.au – Chile police clash: indigenous protest
Police have fired tear gas and water cannons at a rally in support of Chile’s Mapuche Indians.

bbc.co.uk – Controversy over Wyclef’s charity money for Haiti
Wyclef Jean is facing an investigation into what happened to money he raised for victims of the Haiti earthquake.

news.com.au – Paul becomes major hurricane off Mexico
Hurricane Paul has strengthened into a “major” storm in the Pacific off Mexico’s Baja peninsula.

MID-EAST
news.com.au – Syria denies using cluster bombs
Syria has rejected claims by human rights groups that cluster bombs make up its weapons arsenal.

bbc.co.uk – Envoy appeals to Iran over Syria
UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi appeals for Iranian help to implement a ceasefire in Syria over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

bbc.co.uk – Israel sets date for early poll
Israel’s parliament votes to dissolve itself and to hold an early general election on 22 January.

US
bbc.co.uk – US meningitis investigation widens
Two more drugs from a US pharmaceutical firm may be linked to an outbreak of meningitis that has killed 15 people, officials warn.

bbc.co.uk – Skydiver Baumgartner sets YouTube live view record
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner smashed a number of records with his “edge of space” stunt – including for live streaming.



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