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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 12th March 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 12th March 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Thaksin Skypes in
The fugitive ex-premier has told Pheu Thai to push for amnesty to keep the red shirts loyal to the party – but a meeting to discuss the issue Monday (above) was notable by those who didn’t attend.

bangkokpost.com – Four proposals from watered-down amnesty talks
A meeting of representatives of five groups who attended Monday’s talks on a proposed amnesty for political offenders agreed on four proposals, including the temporary release of those still detained to ease political conflict, Deputy House Speaker Charoen Chankomol said after the meeting.

nationmultimedia.com – Whips give amnesty the cold shoulder
Coalition whips resolved yesterday to put an amnesty bill – seen as being pushed by the red shirts – on the back burner, with the government expected to drag its feet on the matter.

bangkokpost.com – Cites ‘loses patience’ with Thailand
The world’s top officials on illegal ivory trading say Thailand and other “gang of eight” countries must stop the business within a year or suffer severe trade sanctions.

nationmultimedia.com – Chalerm to meet Mahathir over South
A volunteer ranger was killed and two others wounded yesterday when a M26 grenade hidden under the driver’s seat exploded while their pickup was travelling on a road in Yala’s Raman district.

mcot.net – February’s registered firms tally 29% less than January
The Commerce Ministry officially registered 5,736 companies last month with a combined capital of Bt35.765 billion, a minister said today.

bangkokpost.com – Angry fish farmers block road
Angry aquaculture farmers affected by polluted water three months ago blocked all lanes on Rama II Road, which runs through this central province, on Monday afternoon in protest over a subsidy delay, causing a traffic jam stretching over 10km.

nationmultimedia.com – Abhisit’s key goal is ousting Thaksin from politics
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has charted a clear and unyielding course to root out his nemesis Thaksin Shinawatra from the political landscape or at least die trying.

bangkokpost.com – AEC brings ‘new workforce problems’
The launch of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) at the end of 2015 will stir up a wide variety of labour-related problems, speakers told a seminar in Bangkok on Friday.

nationmultimedia.com – Police station contractor seeks to undo asset ‘freeze’
The company at the centre of the much-delayed construction of new police stations submitted documents yesterday requesting that the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) release some Bt450 million in “frozen” assets.

bangkokpost.com – Minutes to Pattaya
The government promises a high-speed train will be on track from Bangkok to the favourite beach resort within five years – three more routes to follow.

bangkokpost.com – Maid in Thailand
Saudi Arabia will continue its ban on Thai workers, turning down a request from its own labour ministry to be allowed to recruit maids from Thailand.

bangkokpost.com – Terrorist killing’s Thai connection
Nigerian terrorists cut short the new life in Thailand that British construction worker Brendan Vaughan had begun carving for himself, a report said Tuesday.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – Five dead in Afghan helicopter crash
Five members of Nato-led foreign forces in Afghanistan die in a helicopter crash, but there was no enemy activity in the area, Nato says.

news.com.au – NKorean leader threatens strike on South
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has issued a detailed threat to “wipe out” a small South Korean island.

news.com.au – Myanmar police used phosphorus at mine
A report has confirmed that police in Myanmar (Burma) used smoke bombs that contain phosphorus during a crackdown on anti-mine protesters.

news.com.au – N Korea accused of crimes against humanity
North Korea may have committed crimes against humanity, a United Nations monitor has told the UN Human Rights Council.

bbc.co.uk – Pakistan-Iran gas link defies US
The presidents of Pakistan and Iran are inaugurating the Pakistani phase of a gas pipeline linking the neighbours, despite US warnings of sanctions.

news.com.au – UN urges Myanmar to tackle unrest
A UN human rights investigator says sectarian violence against Rohingya Muslims is a crucial test for Myanmar as it moves along the road to democracy.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Falklands vote to stay UK territory
The people of the Falkland Islands vote to remain a UK overseas territory, in a referendum held amid pressure from Argentina over its claims on the islands.

bbc.co.uk – Recovering Queen signs Commonwealth charter
The Queen has signed a charter setting out the Commonwealth’s values and commitment to equal rights.

bbc.co.uk – UK snow and ice continue to disrupt travel
Snow, ice and freezing winds have caused travel disruption across parts of the UK, with more expected.

bbc.co.uk – British hostage’s family ‘saddened’
Relatives of a Briton thought to have been murdered by a Nigerian Islamist militant group say they are saddened and pay tribute to a “lovable rogue”.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – ICC drops Kenyatta co-accused’s case
The International Criminal Court drops charges against Francis Muthaura, a co-accused of Kenya’s presidential election winner Uhuru Kenyatta, whose lawyers say he should also be cleared.

bbc.co.uk – Malawi arrests over ‘coup plot’
At least 10 people in Malawi, including current and former ministers, are arrested for allegedly plotting a coup against President Joyce Banda, sparking protests in Blantyre.

news.com.au – Mandela leaves hospital after tests
Former South African president Nelson Mandela is back home after spending a night in hospital for what’s been described as a scheduled medical check-up.

bbc.co.uk – Family says Pistorius ‘not suicidal’
The family of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused of killing his girlfriend, denies reports that he is on the “verge of suicide”.

EUROPE
news.com.au – EU split on sending arms to Syria
The Syria peace envoy has urged a political settlement as the European Union split on supplying arms to rebels.

bbc.co.uk – Medical checks on Berlusconi ordered
A court in Italy orders medical checks to be carried out on Silvio Berlusconi to verify that he cannot attend a trial because of health problems.

bbc.co.uk – EU bans animal-tested cosmetics
A complete ban on the sale of cosmetics developed through animal testing is now in force in the EU.

LATIN AMERICA
news.com.au – Hunger strike at Guantanamo
Detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp are staging a hunger strike to protest the confiscation of personal items, including Korans.

news.com.au – Brazil prison violence kills seven
Seven prisoners are dead after a rival gang set fire to their cell at a jail in Brazil.

news.com.au – Mexico newspaper stops all drug coverage
A Mexican newspaper says it will no longer publish stories on drug cartels after threats were made against its staff.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – UN disputes deadly Gaza strike
A misfired Palestinian rocket rather than an Israeli air strike may have killed the baby son of a BBC journalist in Gaza, a UN agency says.

news.com.au – Cuba lost best friend: Castro on Chavez
Fidel Castro says Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez was “an unforgettable friend” who “did not even himself realise just how great he was”.

news.com.au – Syria jets bomb Homs
Syrian jets have bombed rebel forces attempting to recapture a keenly contested district of Homs.

bbc.co.uk – Iraqi group ‘killed Syrian troops’
A militant umbrella group that includes al-Qaeda in Iraq says it was behind the killing of 48 Syrian soldiers and nine Iraqi guards in Iraq last week.

bbc.co.uk – Libya alcohol poisoning kills 51
At least 51 people have died since the weekend after drinking homemade alcohol in Tripoli, health officials in the Libyan capital say.

US
bbc.co.uk – Venezuela diplomats expelled by US in tit-for-tat row
The United States has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats, following the expulsion of US attaches from Caracas.

news.com.au – Black US lawmakers urge diversity
Barack Obama has been criticised over lack of diversity, after the president failed to nominate any African-Americans to his second-term cabinet.

bbc.co.uk – Rihanna apologises after cancelling gig
Rihanna has to cancelled the second night of her US tour because she has laryngitis.



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