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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 6th March 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 6th March 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Shark battle
A Thai policeman won the award as the world’s top enforcement officer, as the government fought attempts at the Cites meeting to put the shark and manta ray on a protection list, saying fishing restrictions are sufficient.

mcot.net – Thai army chief advocates peace talks for South
Thailand’s army chief yeasterday called on the public to refrain from pressuring the government in its effort to resolve the southern crisis and its initiated peace talks with militant groups.

nationmultimedia.com – EC to decide today on victory endorsement
The Election Commission may today consider whether to endorse the victory of Bangkok governor-elect Sukhumbhand Paribatra, EC Secretary-General Puchong Nutrawong said yesterday.

mcot.net – New Bangkok governor’s first task: 27,000 CCTVs for capital
The citywide installation of 27,000 closed-circuit cameras tops the agenda of newly-reelected Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra when he takes office, tentatively next Monday.

bangkokpost.com – The winner speaks
“I never thought I would be defeated in this election” says MR Sukhumbhand in a wide-ranging interview, crediting victory to anti-Pheu Thai votes.

mcot.net – Gold shop at Yala train station fresh market bombed
Gold shop at Yala train station fresh market bombed; one wounded, but assailant grabs gold before fleeing by motorcycle

bangkokpost.com – Peace talks set
Malaysia will start brokering talks between the government and the BRN on March 28, as the army chief warns of a long, slow process ahead.

nationmultimedia.com – Rice-pledging scheme taking a toll on budget
The government’s rice-pledging scheme is taking a toll on Thailand’s tightly squeezed budget, as some of the funds from fiscal years 2014-16 might be required to offset the Bt100-billion loss.

bangkokpost.com – Lights ‘will stay on’
Electricity supplier Egat says power may run short in early April but vowed to manage the grid to keep the inner city of Bangkok lit up.

nationmultimedia.com – 10 Thais on Forbes’ super-rich list, up from five last year
Thai billionaires have seen their wealth skyrocket in a year, with 10 making it into Forbes’ list of the wealthy, compared with just five last year.

bangkokpost.com – Chelsea confirm Thailand visit
Chelsea will use Thailand as a pre-season training camp during their trip to Bangkok in July, the Premier League club said yesterday.

ASIA
news.com.au – Indian navy helicopter crashes in sea
An air-sea rescue search for two crew members has been launched after an Indian naval helicopter crashed into the sea.

bangkokpost.com – Myanmar asks EU to lift sanctions
Myanmar President Thein Sein on Tuesday asked the European Union to do away with sanctions on his country and continue helping the once-pariah state down the road to democracy, as he vowed to carry on with needed reforms during his first visit to Brussels.

UK
bbc.co.uk – UK isolated as EU backs bonus cap
UK Chancellor George Osborne tells EU finance ministers that he cannot support proposals to curb bankers’ bonuses

bbc.co.uk – Childcare costs ‘rise by £5 a week’
Average childcare costs across England, Scotland and Wales rose by £5 a week (or 6%) per child from 2011 to 2012, according to the Daycare Trust’s annual survey.

bbc.co.uk – Transport poverty hits 800,000 homes, says RAC
The poorest 10% of car-owning households in the UK are spending more than a quarter of their disposable income on buying and running a vehicle, research suggests.

bbc.co.uk – Modern childhood ‘ends at age of 12’
Childhood is over for many children by the age of 12, according to members of a parenting website.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Kenyatta ahead in Kenya vote count
Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces trial at the ICC next month, establishes a large lead over rival Raila Odinga in Kenya’s presidential polls, on results from about 40% of polling stations.

bbc.co.uk – Pistorius family row over gun claims
The family of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused of murder, distances itself from his father’s comments that guns are needed to protect white people from crime.

news.com.au – Mali conflict in bloodiest phase: France
France says the conflict in Mali is undergoing its bloodiest phase to date, as doubt remains over whether a key Islamist commander has been killed.

bbc.co.uk – Zimbabwe ‘bars’ EU and US from observing polls
Zimbabwe says it is not inviting Western observers to the constitutional referendum and elections due this year.

bbc.co.uk – African forest elephants decline by 62% in 10 years
Forest elephant numbers have decreased by 62% across Central Africa over the last 10 years, according to a study.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Italian police ‘seize mafia assets worth 450m euros’
Italian police say they have seized 450m euros ($590m; £390m) of assets and arrested 20 people in anti-mafia raids.

news.com.au – Protesting Greek farmers seek lower taxes
More than 2000 farmers have rallied in Athens, protesting against austerity measures and calling for lower taxes and subsidies to keep them solvent.

bbc.co.uk – EU Commission launches ‘grand coalition’ to tackle IT shortage
The European Commission has launched a “grand coalition” to address the region’s IT skills shortages.

LATIN AMERICA
bangkokpost.com – Venezuela’s Chavez dies
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lost his battle with cancer Tuesday, silencing the leading voice of the Latin American left and plunging his divided oil-rich nation into an uncertain future.

news.com.au – Venezuela says election to be called
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro will take over as interim president and an election will be called within 30 days, after Hugo Chavez’s death.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Syrian planes ‘bomb rebels in Raqqa’
Syrian warplanes bomb the northern city of Raqqa, hours after reports said rebels had overrun it, activists and residents say.

news.com.au – Police and protesters clash anew in Egypt
Police and protesters have again clashed in Port Said, Egypt, where six people died at the weekend.

bbc.co.uk – Gaza race cancelled over women ban
The UN cancels Gaza’s third annual marathon, blaming the refusal of the territory’s governing Islamist Hamas movement to allow women to run.

US
bbc.co.uk – Snowstorm hits US Midwest states
A snowstorm dumps up to 12 inches (30cm) on parts of the US Midwest, cancelling 1,100 flights, before heading to mid-Atlantic states.



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