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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Saturday 20th October

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Saturday 20th OctoberTHAILAND
bangkokpost.com – A vow to consumers
As AIS, DTAC and Real Future handed over the first cheques, the NBTC made a promise to look after consumer interests, and to keep 3G prices at the same pricing scale as existing service.

bangkokpost.com – (Re)opened for business
After suffering a month of terroristic threats, people in the deep South returned in large numbers to their shops and markets on Friday.

bangkokpost.com – No truth in US Rice Fed fears, says Boonsong
Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom yesterday dismissed US farmers’ concerns that the rice pledging scheme would drive up rice production and lead to dumping of the crop when the stock is released on the market.

nationmultimedia.com – Red Bull heir did ‘coke’ before accident
Traces of cocaine were found in the blood of the Red Bull heir who ran a traffic-police officer over with his Ferrari this year.

bangkokpost.com – PC Air given one more chance to fly
The Department of Civil Aviation has given PC Air one last chance to fly, warning that if passengers are left stranded again the privately owned airline will be grounded.

bangkokpost.com – Chinese conmen arrested
BANGKOK – Police on Friday arrested three Chinese men accused of swindling Thai-Chinese families into transferring money to their accounts.

bangkokpost.com – BBL cuts all interest rates
Bangkok Bank (BBL) has reacted quickly to the Bank of Thailand’s reduction in its policy interest rate, cutting both deposit and lending rates, it said in a statement on Friday.

bbc.co.uk – Kim Jong-un’s nephew in rare interview
The North Korean leader’s nephew talks of reunification, his childhood and his family in a rare interview in Bosnia, where he is studying.

bbc.co.uk – North Korea warns of ‘strike’ over South propaganda leaflets
North Korea has threatened to open fire on South Korean territory if activists send propaganda leaflets across the border next week.

bbc.co.uk – China tariffs on US steel: WTO rejects Beijing’s appeal
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has upheld its decision that China’s tariffs on imports of certain US steel products were illegal.

bbc.co.uk – Tata Group launches bid for Orient-Express Hotels
Tata Group-owned Indian Hotels Company (IHC) has launched a takeover bid for luxury chain Orient-Express Hotels, as it looks to expand its global presence.

news.com.au – UK PM ducks News International queries
A Labour MP has asked the UK prime minister to publish all of his communications with former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks.

bbc.co.uk – Soldiers’ families get green light to sue MoD over Iraq deaths
The families of two soldiers killed in Iraq have been told they can sue the Ministry of Defence for negligence.

news.com.au – Man charged over UK motorway pile-up
A man who operated a firework display on the night of one of Britain’s worst ever motorway crashes has been charged with seven counts of manslaughter.

bbc.co.uk – SNP conference 2012: Leader Alex Salmond attacks UK ‘austerity agenda’
SNP leader Alex Salmond will tell his party’s conference that Scotland needs independence to shake off the the UK government’s “austerity agenda”.

bbc.co.uk – Terror suspects arrested in Somaliland lose UK appeal
Two men accused of being part of a “prolific extremist network” have lost their appeal against control orders.

UN to sanction Congo’s M23 rebels
The UN Security Council says it intends to impose sanctions against leaders of the M23 rebel movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

bbc.co.uk – S Africa gold miners ‘end strike’
Nearly all the 15,000 South African gold miners who faced dismissal for going on an illegal strike report for duty, their company says.

news.com.au – French assembly OKs 75% tax rate on rich
The French national assembly has voted to tax the highest earnings in the country at a rate of 75 per cent.

bbc.co.uk – EU bank deal ‘boosts integration’
France says a deal to launch a eurozone banking union next year will help speed up integration, but admits that EU nations are moving at different speeds.

news.com.au – EU leaders seal bank plan to beat crisis
European leaders have agreed to police thousands of eurozone banks beginning in 2013.

bbc.co.uk – Serbian and Kosovan leaders meet
The prime ministers of Serbia and its breakaway territory of Kosovo meet for the first time at EU-brokered talks in Brussels.

news.com.au – Spain unions call strike for November 14
Spanish trade unions have called a general strike for November 14.

bbc.co.uk – New arrests over Dominican ‘sect’
The Dominican Republic authorities arrest two more Germans, suspected of membership of a doomsday sect, over a deadly shootout earlier this week.

news.com.au – Family denies Fidel Castro stroke rumours
Websites are reporting allegations by a Venezuelan doctor that Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro, 86, suffered a massive stroke and has only weeks to live.

bbc.co.uk – Protests in Panama duty-free zone
Demonstrators in Panama clash with police after a new law is approved allowing the sale of state-owned land in the free trade zone of Colon.

news.com.au – Brazil fears power outages for TV finale
A huge demand for electricity may cause blackouts in Brazil as the finale of a popular soap opera is broadcast.

bbc.co.uk – Beirut blast kills top official
Lebanese domestic intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan was among at least eight people killed in a massive car bomb attack in central Beirut.

bbc.co.uk – UN peace envoy lands in Damascus
UN and Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrives in Damascus to press for a ceasefire in the Syrian conflict, amid continued fighting.

bbc.co.uk – West Bank to hold local elections
Local elections are to be held in the West Bank against a backdrop of internal divisions, the first Palestinian polls in more than six years.

bangkokpost.com – US stocks plunge on earnings
NEW YORK : Poor earnings reports from three companies in the Dow Jones industrial average – Microsoft, General Electric and McDonalds – sent New York Stock Exchange indexes down sharply Friday.

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