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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 4th March 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 4th March 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Democrats hold Bangkok
Pheu Thai made strong gains but MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra defied the polls and parts of his own party and got to make the victory speech, “I will be the Bangkok governor for everyone.”

natiohnmultimedia.com – Pongsapat’s Loss is a blow for Thaksin
If any candidate from former premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s camp could ever win a Bangkok gubernatorial election, the one who had the most chance was probably Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, especially considering poll results over the past month showing his popularity on the rise constantly.

bangkokpost.com – Soldiers march to Pheu Thai beat
Army personnel were allowed to vote freely without pressure from their superiors and the majority chose Pheu Thai candidate Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen to become the new Bangkok governor, according to an army source after the ballot count at booths near their units.

bangkokpost.com – Red-faced Abac to keep polls secret
Abac Poll has vowed not to disclose the results of its surveys about elections in future after its predictions for the Bangkok poll picked the wrong winner.

bangkokpost.com – Shuttering ivory shops
The prime minister vowed a two-part programme: First, tighten domestic loopholes and cheating, then shut down the ivory trade.

bangkokpost.com – Thaksin positive, Prayuth not
Thaksin Shinawatra insists BRN is the right group to lead the hopes for peace talks to end the southern insurgency, but Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha is sceptical.

bangkokpost.com – Peace talks fail to halt bomb attacks
Two military rangers were killed and 11 others, including rangers and civilians, were wounded in a motorcycle bomb in Yala Saturday in the second day of violence since a deal to negotiate a peace settlement was signed.

mcot.net – PM leaves Bangkok to visit Sweden, Belgium today
PM leaves Bangkok to visit Sweden, Belgium today through Thursday to hold talks in trade, investment, exchange of energy research.

nationmultimedia.com – Health authorities on alert for mosquito attack
A nationwide public health campaign against mosquito-borne dengue fever will be launched to forestall a major epidemic forecast at up to 150,000 cases this year – four times last year’s total.

mcot.net – Myanmar citizens illegally open mom-and-pop shops in Ranong
Shophouse traders in this southern province have urged the Thai authorities to crack down on over 100 Myanmar vendors who have been unlawfully doing retail business here, according to an advisor to the provincial chamber of commerce.

bangkokpost.com – Storm destroys houses in Northeast
A violent storm has ripped through more than 100 houses in the northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon and killed at least one villager.

mcot.net – Thailand’s northern longan orchards hit by drought
Drought has battered longan orchards in this northern province of Thailand, and the  authorities warn that the dry season may continue until mid-May.

bbc.co.uk – Bangladesh deaths rise as Jamaat protest strike begins
At least 16 people have died in clashes in Bangladesh at the start of a strike called over a death sentence given to an Islamist party leader.

bangkokpost.com – Yunnan quake causes wide damage
A shallow 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China on Sunday, causing 700 homes to collapse and leaving 30 people injured, state media said.

news.com.au – Six people die as blizzards hit Japan
Blizzards have hit Japan killing at least six people, including a 40-year-old woman and her three children found dead in a car buried under snow.

bbc.co.uk – Karachi bomb blast kills dozens
An explosion near a mosque in a Shia area of the Pakistani city of Karachi has killed at least 45 people and injured dozens more, police say.

bbc.co.uk – Malaysia police die in fresh Sabah gun battle
At least five police officers have died in an armed clash with gunmen in eastern Sabah state, officials in Malaysia say.

news.com.au – China volunteers rescue 900 dogs in truck
The Chongqing Small Animal Protection Association supporters were alerted online and arrived at the truck to find it chock full of canines.

bangkokpost.com – UK Queen Elizabeth hospitalised
Britain’s 86-year-old Queen Elizabeth II was admitted to hospital for the first time in 10 years on Sunday as a precautionary measure, after struggling to shake off a bout of gastroenteritis.

bbc.co.uk – UK ‘must adapt’ for weather extremes
Britain must become more resilient to both drought and flooding as the climate changes, the chairman of the Environment Agency warns.

bbc.co.uk – Diabetes cases in UK hit high of three million
Three million people in the UK have now been diagnosed with diabetes, says charity Diabetes UK, which warns this new high could create a huge burden on the NHS.

news.com.au – 50 rebels, French soldier killed in Mali
Heavy fighting in Mali has left at least 50 rebel fighters and a French soldier dead, following reports two top Islamist militants have been killed.

bbc.co.uk – Kenyans vote in crucial election
Kenyans are voting in their first general election since the disputed contest of December 2007 that triggered weeks of bloodshed.

news.com.au – Policeman killed in Egypt clashes
A policeman has been killed and an army officer was wounded in Egypt’s city of Port Said, after the authorities decided to move prisoners.

bbc.co.uk – Nigeria army ‘kills 20 Boko Haram members’
Nigeria’s military says it has killed 20 fighters from Islamist group Boko Haram in the north-eastern Borno state.

bbc.co.uk – SA police trial over dragging death
Eight South African police officers are to appear in court over the death of a Mozambican man who was dragged through the streets behind a police van.

bbc.co.uk – Portugal protests against austerity
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in protests across Portugal against government austerity measures.

news.com.au – Large anti-corruption protests in Bulgaria
Tens of thousands of Bulgarians have gathered for protests against poverty and corruption.

bbc.co.uk – EU ‘growth boost from US free-trade deal’
Europe’s most senior trade official has said that a free-trade agreement between the US and European Union would boost its growth by as much as 1%, leading to many more jobs.

bbc.co.uk – Swiss back curbs on executive pay
Swiss voters overwhelmingly back proposals to impose some of the world’s strictest controls on executive pay, final referendum results show.

bbc.co.uk – Brazil troops move into Rio slums
Brazil’s security forces move into slums near Rio’s airport in a campaign to improve security before the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

bbc.co.uk – Marchers seek Chavez health details
Hundreds of Venezuelan students and opposition members march in Caracas demanding more details about President Hugo Chavez’s health.

bbc.co.uk – Rebels ‘control most of Syria base’
Rebels seize large parts of a Syrian police academy near Aleppo, after a fierce battle resulting in heavy loss of life, activists say.

news.com.au – Iran confirms plans for nuclear update
Iran’s atomic chief says Tehran plans to install 3,000 new generation centrifuges at one of its nuclear plants.

bangkokpost.com – US scientists: HIV ‘cured’ in baby
ATLANTA, Georgia – Researchers said Sunday they had, for the first time, cured a baby born with HIV – a development that could help improve treatment of babies infected at birth.

news.com.au – ‘It kills me’ not to be president: Romney
Mitt Romney has admitted it “kills” him to be just another spectator rather than US president as political gridlock paralyses Washington.

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