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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 5th March 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 5th March 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Dems sweat Pheu Thai gains
The top Democrats took a victory lap on Monday after the re-election of Sukhumbhand Paribatra but party leader and ex-prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the large vote for Pheu Thai in Sunday’s election is a worrying sign.

mcot.net – Insurgents burn tires in seven districts in Yala
Insurgents burned tires at some 40 locations in seven districts of Thailand’s southernmost province of Yala but no casualties were reported.

nationmultimedia.com – What strategy will Thaksin employ now?
The onus is on former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to chart the next move following Sunday’s Bangkok gubernatorial vote.

bangkokpost.com – PM ‘sometimes’ thinks like Thaksin
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Monday during a visit to Sweden that she “sometimes” thinks like her brother and former premier Thaksin.

mcot.net – Strict inspection for bird flu at Thai-Cambodian border
Thai quarantine and livestock officials in this Thai-Cambodian border province have been on alert for the spread of a possible bird flu epidemic, according to a senior official.

nationmultimedia.com – Pongsapat ‘not neutral enough’ to rejoin police force
Failed Pheu Thai Party governor candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen should not return to the police force because he is no longer politically neutral, a former police chief and academic said yesterday.

bangkokpost.com – End of emergency?
Talks with the southern BRN group will focus immediately on whether the militants can agree to lift emergency laws in five districts of the deep South.

bangkokpost.com – New southern army chief likely in April
Maj-Gen Kitti Inthasorn is tipped to take over as army chief in the South in a mid-year reshuffle aimed at a smooth transition of power and no disruption to operations in the restive region.

mcot.net – Commerce Ministry needs Bt320 billion for new round of rice subsidy
A new injection of Bt320 billion (US$10.7 billion) will be needed as subsidy for the Thai government’s rice pledging scheme in the new harvest seasons, a senior Commerce Minister official said today.

bangkokpost.com – Ex-DTAC staff were forced to quit
Former employees of mobile phone operator Dtac say they intend to petition the Labour Ministry to order the company to reinstate them, claiming they were made to resign against their will.

ASIA
bangkokpost.com – Malaysian troops sent to Borneo after police slain
Malaysian security forces launched an operation Tuesday to clear out armed Filipino intruders engaged in a deadly three-week stand-off in Sabah province of Borneo, a government spokesman in the capital said.

news.com.au – Dad dies sheltering girl in Japan blizzard
Mikio Okada was hunched over his daughter, cradling her in his arms and apparently using his body and a warehouse wall to provide shelter, police say.

bbc.co.uk – South Korea’s President Park warns over deadlock
South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has warned that the country is facing “unprecedented” political deadlock which is hampering economic progress.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Future of army bases to be announced
The defence secretary is to announce details of where the British Army will be based in the UK as its withdrawal from Germany gathers pace.

bbc.co.uk – Osborne in bankers’ bonus battle
Chancellor George Osborne is due to fly to Brussels, determined to fight plans to curb bankers’ bonuses, but EU finance ministers look likely to approve the proposals.

news.com.au – Queen leaves hospital after 24-hour stay
The Queen has left a London hospital looking well and smiling following a 24-hour stay with a stomach bug.

bbc.co.uk – UK business ‘too focused on short-term’
Short-termism has become an “entrenched feature” of British business and is damaging economic growth, a business leader has said.

bangkokpost.com – ‘Batman’ captures British suspect
A man dressed as Batman walked into a British police station in the middle of the night and told officers: “I’ve caught this one for you!” as he handed them a crime suspect.

bbc.co.uk – Boos as Bieber goes on stage late
Teen pop idol Justin Bieber angers parents by emerging onstage for a concert at London’s O2 Arena almost two hours late.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Counting starts in Kenyan election
Counting is under way in Kenya’s first elections since the disputed contest of 2007, with the two presidential frontrunners taking an early lead.

bbc.co.uk – Fire kills nine children in Senegal
Nine children are killed by a fire at a Koranic school in a residential district near the centre of the Senegalese capital, Dakar.

news.com.au – S Africa police bail postponed over death
Eight South African police officers suspected of the murder of a Mozambican man dragged to custody behind a van have had their bail hearing delayed.

bbc.co.uk – Deadly plane crash in DR Congo
A plane crashes in Goma, the main city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing at least five people, officials say.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Czech president faces treason charge
Lawmakers narrowly vote to charge outgoing Czech President Vaclav Klaus with treason over a controversial New Year amnesty.

bbc.co.uk – Eurozone confident on Cyprus bailout
Eurozone finance ministers say they are confident of agreeing a bailout for Cyprus by the end of March, set to be worth up to 17bn euros ($22bn; £15bn).

news.com.au – Dutch police arrest woman over art heist
A young Romanian woman has been arrested on suspicion of helping get a haul of masterpieces stolen from a Dutch art museum out of the country.

bbc.co.uk – Latvia applies to enter eurozone
Latvia has formally applied to join the euro in 2014, in a move which could see it become the 18th member of the bloc.

news.com.au – New lizard species fossils found in Spain
The fossilised remains of a new species of lizard that lived 125 million years ago have been discovered in Spain.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Chavez suffers new severe infection
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is suffering from a new, severe respiratory infection following cancer surgery, the government says.

news.com.au – Journalist fatally shot in northern Mexico
A journalist has been shot dead in northern Mexico, with his online publication reporting his body was riddled with at least 18 bullets.

MID-EAST
news.com.au – Syria troops launch major assault on Homs
Syrian troops have launched a major assault to capture the city of Homs a day after 264 people were killed across the strife-torn country..

bbc.co.uk – Egypt security headquarters torched
The security headquarters in the Egyptian city of Port Said is set on fire in a second day of clashes between police and protesters.

news.com.au – 48 Syrian soldiers killed in Iraq
A convoy taking Syrian soldiers to the border through western Iraq has been ambushed, leaving 48 Syrians and nine Iraqis dead.

bbc.co.uk – Suicide bomb attack in Yemen’s Abyan province kills 12
Twelve members of a pro-government militia group have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack in south Yemen.

news.com.au – 7 Saudis appeal for help to stop execution
One of seven Saudis due to be executed by crucifixion and firing squad for armed robbery, has appealed for help.

bbc.co.uk – IAEA demands Iran nuclear access to Parchin site
The chief of the United Nations nuclear watchdog has called for access to Iran’s Parchin military site “without further delay” and without waiting for negotiations to make progress.

US
bbc.co.uk – Woman dies after nurse refuses CPR
Police in California launch an inquiry into the death of an elderly woman after a nurse at her senior living facility refused to administer CPR.

bbc.co.uk – Barack Obama names energy, environment and budget heads
US President Barack Obama has nominated new heads for the energy department and the Environmental Protection Agency, as he reshuffles his second term cabinet.



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