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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 8th March 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 8th March 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Silence from Cambodia
Cambodia was one of the world leaders in getting a global ban on landmines, so it is a shock that a Thai solider has lost his leg in the blast of what seems to be new mines planted on the Thai border in direct violation of the ban.

nationmultimedia.com – Soldier tells court of ‘men in black’
In his testimony to the Criminal Court yesterday, an Army lieutenant said that he saw two “men in black” hiding behind a Skytrain pillar near the Ratchaprasong intersection when six people were killed inside Wat Pathum Wanaram on May 19, 2010.

bangkokpost.com – Where’s the peace?
The focus is on dialogue but daily violence has continued in the South, bringing Democrat criticism: What is the value of peace talks without peace?

mcot.net – Thai PM asks for patience in resolving southern unrest
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said it will take years to resolve the crisis in Thailand’s far South, saying that the recent agreement with an insurgent group was merely a primary step towards peace.

nationmultimedia.com – An issue that could ignite Bangkok again
Should the rival camps decide to throw caution to the wind, Thailand may once again be mired in street protests and chaos.

bangkokpost.com – Stockpile fire sale
The government will take a big loss by selling off the rice stockpile at market prices. The scheme has already cost taxpayers 476 billion baht.

nationmultimedia.com – Contractor denies fraud in Bt3-bn police projects
In its first statement to criminal investigators, construction company PCC Development and Construction has dismissed two charges of fraud and violation of a law against rigging of bids for government projects, a senior Department of Special Investigation official said yesterday.

bangkokpost.com – Critics blast amnesty
Politicians, academics and the yellow shirts quickly united against 42 red shirt MPs who put forward an amnesty bill – which now looks dead on arrival.

nationmultimedia.com – Economy may be growing too fast
Thailand’s economy is rapidly gaining momentum on loose monetary and fiscal policies, but it may be growing too quickly for its own good, according to Nomura Research.

mcot.net – February consumer confidence highest in 19 months
Thailand’s consumer confidence index in February rose to 74.3 from 72.1 for the previous month, the highest in 19 months since August 2011, according to the Economic and Business Forecasting Centre of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.

bangkokpost.com – BoT seeks extra yuan bond quota
Thailand’s central bank aims to increase holdings of Chinese bonds and add overseas corporate debt to its US$179 billion of foreign-exchange reserves as it seeks to boost returns.

nationmultimedia.com – Guard’s story ‘suspicious’ : police
Police investigating the disappearance of Bt9.2 million in cash from a Krungthai Bank (KTB) armoured truck on Wednesday in Chiang Mai say the story of one of the three guards forgetting his wallet is suspicious.

mcot.net – Don Mueang Airport to pass 27 million passengers in 3 years
Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok’s budget airline facility, will boost its capability to take 27.5 million passengers annually in 2016, an airport executive said yesterday.

ASIA
bangkokpost.com – N. Korea hit by new UN sanctions
The UN Security Council on Thursday imposed new sanctions against North Korea amid escalating tensions as the North threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States.

bbc.co.uk – N Korea ends peace pacts with South
North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and its crossing point between the two countries.

news.com.au – China trade surplus narrows in February
China’s trade surplus narrowed month-on-month to $US15.3 billion ($A14.98 billion) in February, a month with fewer working days.

bbc.co.uk – Malaysia rejects Filipino ceasefire
Malaysia rejects a call for a ceasefire in Sabah state to end an incursion by a group of Filipinos who say the land belongs to them.

news.com.au – Suu Kyi Myanmar party to stage conference
Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party will hold its first ever conference in Yangon from Friday.

news.com.au – Warning as Indonesian volcano spews ash
Tourists to Java have been urged to stay off a smoking volcano’s slopes as it spews smoke and ash nearly 500 metres into the air.

news.com.au – Randy pandas get privacy at Tokyo zoo
Officials at Ueno Zoo in the Japanese capital are keeping visitors away, hoping the pandas will feel more amorous if no-one is watching.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Lib Dems in critical state – Farron
The Liberal Democrats are in a “critical state” and should not assume “survival is guaranteed”, party president Tim Farron has said.

bbc.co.uk – David Cameron: We will hold firm on economy
Changing course on the economy would plunge the UK “back into the abyss”, David Cameron has said.

bbc.co.uk – Justin Bieber treated by doctors after O2 Arena concert
Pop star Justin Bieber was treated by doctors after suffering breathing problems during his concert at London’s O2 Arena, his spokeswoman has said.

news.com.au – Baby girl born on packed London train
A baby girl has been born on a London train packed full of commuters, one of whom said it was the first good excuse they’d heard for a delayed service.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Kenya software bug hampered vote
Kenya’s electoral commission says a computer bug is to blame for a large number of rejected votes in the presidential election, which has led to disputes and fraud claims.

news.com.au – France kills more than 150 Mali rebels
The French military says it has killed more than 150 Islamist rebels since mid-February in fighting for Mali’s north.

bbc.co.uk – Nigeria Boko Haram amnesty dismissed
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan rejects an amnesty for the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, despite a recent appeal by a Muslim leader.

bbc.co.uk – Ex-detective in Pistorius case quits
The ex-lead detective in the Oscar Pistorius case, who faces separate charges of attempted murder, has resigned, South African police say.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Bolshoi acid attack ‘was a mistake’
A Bolshoi soloist accused over an attack on the ballet’s artistic director tells a court he did not mean for acid to be used, but discussed beating him up.

bbc.co.uk – Berlusconi convicted over wiretap
Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is convicted and sentenced to a year in jail over an illegal wiretap.

news.com.au – Greek unemployment dips to 26.4pc
While the jobless figures have dropped slightly, Greeks have been warned there’s no more good news forecast.

bbc.co.uk -Carrefour faces ‘difficult’ year ahead in weak eurozone
Carrefour, Europe’s biggest supermarket chain, says the year ahead will be tricky as recessions in Italy and Spain have hit demand.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Hugo Chavez body to stay on display
The body of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez will be put on display after his funeral, the government says.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – UN observers seized in Syria ‘safe’
UN observers taken hostage by Syrian rebels appear in videos saying they are safe and being well treated, amid reports of their expected release.

bbc.co.uk – Syria unrest ‘wrecks health system’
Syria’s health system has collapsed after two years of conflict, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says.

US
bbc.co.uk – US arrests Bin Laden ‘spokesman’
A man described as a spokesman for Osama Bin Laden has been arrested in Jordan and will be tried in New York City, the US confirms.

bbc.co.uk – US trade deficit widens in January
The gap between the value of imports to the US and exports from the US widened in January.

news.com.au – US gun background-check bill stumbles
Bills banning assault weapons and expanding background checks to nearly all gun buyers face a tough battle in the US Senate.

bbc.co.uk – Facebook gives itself a facelift
Facebook redesigns its site to offer a less cluttered news feed that increases the size of adverts and other posts.



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