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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 11th March 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 1th March 2013PHUKET
bangkokpost.com – Tourism firms cry foul over Russian rivals
Local tourism operators in Phuket are unhappy with competition posed by Russian rivals.

THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – ‘Losing patience’
Top Cites officials on ivory trading give Thailand and its “Gang of 8” allies a year to stop the business or suffer heavy trade sanctions.

bangkokpost.com – 2 suspects nabbed for elephant killing
Two men have been arrested for suspected involvement in the shooting of an elephant in Kaeng Krachan National Park.

bangkokpost.com – Militants murder three
Police officers stepped up security at checkpoints in Yala on Sunday, but militants killed three more people in attacks in Pattani province.

mcot.net – Thailand’s southern residents want bigger role in peace talks
A group of residents including a Democrat MP has proposed a three-point demand to the government on resolutions of the crisis in Thailand’s far South.

nationmultimedia.com – Reds in bid to foil Democrat rally
Hundreds of red shirts yesterday gathered in Khon Kaen University before a Democrat Party rally at the venue. They also set up a stage on a loudspeaker truck with leaders giving a speech at the same time as the Democrats. Udon Thani red shirts leader Kwanchai Sarakham (Praipana) observed the rally in the area.

bangkokpost.com – PT to petition EC over Dem leaders
Pheu Thai Party’s legal team plans to submit to the Election Commission texts of speeches made by core members of the Democrat Party during the last campaign prior to the Mar 3 Bangkok governor election, Prompong Nopparit said on Sunday.

nationmultimedia.com – Thirachai warns against off-budget loan
Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala, the first finance minister of the Yingluck Shinawatra administration, yesterday warned against the government’s move to seek a Bt2-trillion “off-budget” loan for its mega-infrastructure plan.

mcot.net – Transport Ministry affirms it will use govt’s Bt2 trillion budget for infrastructure development
Transport Ministry affirms it will use part of govt’s Bt2 trillion budget for infrastructure development to develop Pak Bara deep-sea port in Satun, to facilitate distributing goods to Malaysia, Singapore

bangkokpost.com – Shrinking guest list
Plans for broad agreement on amnesty Monday are rapidly falling apart, as groups suspect hidden motives over who would be forgiven – like Thaksin.

nationmultimedia.com – Top red shirts buoyed by court verdict on arson
Red-shirt leaders’ spirits have been lifted by the recent Ratchadaphisek Civil Court ruling that the arson attacks at CentralWorld and Zen Department Stores were not acts of terrorism while ordering Deves Insurance to pay more than Bt5 billion in compensation to Central group.

bangkokpost.com – Rice purchases continue
Farmers will continue to get the base price of 15,000 baht per tonne for rice, but the national rice policy committee meets Monday to set new quality standards.

nationmultimedia.com -Students win a cut in hours
The number of study hours at schools will drop to around 800 per year, as soon as big changes planned by the Education Ministry take effect.

ASIA
bangkokpost.com – Teen dies, 3 hurt in Malaysia incursion
Malaysian police shot dead a teenager and injured a man Sunday as they tried to end a month-long incursion by Filipino gunmen in remote Sabah state that has seen 62 people killed.

bbc.co.uk – Pakistan arrests scores over Lahore anti-Christian riot
Police in the Pakistani city of Lahore have made 150 arrests after Muslims torched dozens of Christian homes in response to an allegation of blasphemy.

news.com.au – Dust storm shrouds Tokyo in haze
Visibility in the Japanese capital Tokyo deteriorated quickly as dry dust particles whirled through the air.

bbc.co.uk – Drills begin amid Korea tensions
The US and South Korea begin annual military exercises amid high tensions with North Korea in the wake of a UN sanctions vote.

news.com.au – Japan marks second tsunami anniversary
Japan is marking the second anniversary of a ferocious tsunami that claimed nearly 19,000 lives and sparked the worst nuclear accident in a generation.

bangkokpost.com – Suu Kyi reappointed as Myanmar opposition leader
Aung San Suu Kyi was re-elected as Myanmar opposition chief Sunday at a landmark congress that disappointed some members hoping for new blood in the wider leadership ahead of a key 2015 election.

news.com.au – 900 dead pigs found in Shanghai river
Chinese officials have fished out 900 dead pigs from a Shanghai river that is a water source for the city.

UK
news.com.au – Police targeted in Belfast bomb attack
Three Belfast police officers have escaped injury in a bomb attack in Northern Ireland.

bbc.co.uk – UK ‘should build 50,000 new homes’
Boosting homebuilding should be the main goal of George Osborne’s forthcoming Budget, according to the business lobby group, the CBI.

bbc.co.uk – Child neglect danger ‘underestimated’
Child neglect should be taken as seriously as physical or sexual abuse because some cases will lead to death or long-term damage, a charity is warning.

news.com.au – Queen to sign rights charter
The Queen will mark Commonwealth Day by signing a charter that calls for an end to discrimination across the 54 member nations.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Nigeria hostages are feared dead
A Nigerian militant group’s claims to have killed seven foreign hostages it seized last month are credible, Western governments say.

news.com.au – 6.7-magnitude quake strikes PNG
A 6.7-magnitude earthquake has struck PNG but a tsunami warning has not been issued and it’s unlikely to have caused any major damage.

bbc.co.uk – Kenya poll a ‘triumph of democracy’
Uhuru Kenyatta promises to serve all Kenyans “without fear or favour” after being declared winner of the presidential election by the smallest of margin.

bbc.co.uk – Mandela at home after hospital tests
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94, is back home in Johannesburg after spending the night in hospital following a check-up, officials say.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Children die in German house blaze
A fire sweeps through an apartment building in the German town of Backnang, killing eight people – reportedly a mother and her seven children.

news.com.au – Mass protests over Spain austerity
Thousands of demonstrators have protested in Spain against the government’s austerity measures amid an ongoing recession.

bbc.co.uk – Norway oil wealth fund made big gains in 2012
Norway’s oil fund, one of the biggest investors in the world, rose in value by 13.4% last year, its second-best performance ever.

LATIN AMERICA
news.com.au – Fourteen dead in Peru bus accident
A bus has plunged over a cliff on a fog-shrouded highway in southern Peru leaving at least 14 people dead.

bbc.co.uk – Capriles to stand in Venezuela poll
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles confirms he will stand in April’s presidential elections, called after the death of Hugo Chavez.

bbc.co.uk – Falklands holds vote over UK status
The people of the Falkland Islands are voting in a referendum on whether to remain a British overseas territory, amid claims on the islands by Argentina.

MID-EAST
news.com.au – Syria rebels launch dawn assault in Homs
Syria rebels have staged a dawn raid to retake a key district in Homs, as Islamists set up a religious council to administer rebel-held areas in the east.

bbc.co.uk – Syria refugee numbers may soar – UN
The number of refugees from Syria may double or even triple this year if the conflict does not end, the UN’s refugee chief says.

news.com.au – Deadly riots in Cairo after soccer verdict
Rival football fans in Egypt have protested over sentences handed down over riots at a match in Port Said in February last year.

bbc.co.uk – Freed UN hostages arrive in Jordan
A group of 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers captured by rebels in Syria earlier this week arrive in Jordan after being released.

US
news.com.au – Oz bewitches box office at debut
Disney’s prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has debuted in first place at the US box office, earning about $80 million in its opening weekend.



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