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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 14th March 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 14th March 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Shooting denied
The Thai navy has rejected the accusation by Human Rights Watch that sailors shot Rohingya asylum seekers, and suggested HRW could lend a hand instead of directing criticism and allegations.

bangkokpost.com – BRN orders ‘scale back’
In a major test of his authority, the liaison of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) has told militants in the deep South to cut the level of violence.

nationmultimedia.com – SBPC, police seek funds to tackle South problems
The NationThe Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC) yesterday explained its spending plans and request for Bt5.085 billion budget for the Beep South.

mcot.net – Deputy PM Chalerm opposes Patani City State idea
Deputy PM Chalerm opposes Patani City State idea; no such idea agreed as precondition with BRN

bangkokpost.com – Ethics probe sought on PM, Surapong
The New Politics Party on Wednesday asked the Ombudsman to investigate whether action can be taken against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul for “violations of political ethics” in returning the passport of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

nationmultimedia.com – DSI chief threatens House panel
Tarit Pengdith, director general of the Department of Special Investigation, yesterday threatened to take action against the House committee that summoned him for questioning over the 2010 “men in black” and walked out when panel members wanted to turn on a video clip.

bangkokpost.com – Jumbo of a problem
The demand for elephants fuelled by tourism threatens their very existence in the wild, and the government doesn’t seem to care, conservationists say.

nationmultimedia.com – Extension of rice-pledging scheme: bad news
The government’s insistence on maintaining the rice-pledging price at Bt15,000 per tonne for another year will not only continue to dampen Thailand’s export competitiveness and the rice-trading industry, but also lead to higher budgetary losses and a gloomy future for rice-farming development.

bangkokpost.com – Red shirt rallies set for April 10
The red shirts’ United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on Wednesday announced it will organise events to mark the third anniversary of Bangkok clashes on April 10 and May 19, 2010.

mcot.net – Bangkok’s airports safe from April 5-14 power outage impact
The Airports of Thailand (AoT) has given reassurances that a possible power outage during April 5-14 will not affect operations at Bangkok’s two major airports – Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang.

bangkokpost.com – Thailand, Laos back new bridge
Thailand and Laos agreed on Wednesday to build another bridge linking the countries across the Mekong River.

nationmultimedia.com – Two Thais make it to WEF Young Global Leaders list
ML Dispanadda Diskul, the chief development officer of Doi Tung Development Project, and Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri, head of Microarray Laboratory of the National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Biotec), are the only two Thais included in the prestigious World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2013.

bangkokpost.com – We’re Thai and we’re connected!
Thailand has moved up another five places in a year and is second in global connectivity in the region – and a surprising 15th most globally connected nation in the world.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – China pulls nearly 6,000 dead pigs from Shanghai river
Officials say the number of pig carcasses found in Shanghai’s Huangpu River has risen to nearly 6,000.

news.com.au – Czech women tourists kidnapped in Pakistan
Two female tourists from the Czech Republic have been kidnapped in a restive province of Pakistan.

bbc.co.uk – Five troops killed as gunmen attack Kashmir security camp
Militants in Indian-administered Kashmir have killed at least five security personnel in a gun and grenade attack near a school in Srinagar.

news.com.au – N Korea takes sexist swipe at president
North Korea has taken its first swipe at South Korea’s new president, using a derogatory Korean term to paint her as overbearing and manipulative.

UK
bbc.co.uk – UK halts new Brazil visa rules
Plans to impose visa restrictions on Brazilian tourists have been put on hold by Home Secretary Theresa May amid concerns about trade.

bbc.co.uk – UK ‘not ready for ageing society’
The UK is “woefully underprepared” for the social and economic challenges presented by an ageing society, a Lords committee warns.

bbc.co.uk – NHS staff ‘gagging clauses’ banned
The government bans “gagging clauses” in NHS severance agreements in England and Wales, to ensure staff with care concerns are not silenced.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Malawians charged with treason
The brother of former Malawi leader Bingu wa Mutharika and 11 others are charged with treason for allegedly trying to prevent Joyce Banda succeeding him as president.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – MEPs want renegotiation of EU budget deal
The European Parliament has demanded further negotiations on the EU’s multi-year budget, after national leaders agreed to a cut of 3.3%.

news.com.au – French court sentences ETA ex-chief
The former military chief of the Basque separatist group ETA has been sentenced to 20 years jail by a French court.

bbc.co.uk – Netherlands raises terror threat level
The Netherlands has raised its terror threat level, citing concerns that Dutch citizens who have fought in Syria are returning more radicalised.

bbc.co.uk – Euro MPs reject radical farm reform
The European Parliament votes against radical reforms that would have tied farm subsidies more closely to protection of the environment.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Argentina’s Bergoglio elected Pope
Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected as the Catholic Church’s new Pope Francis, the first Latin American in the role.

news.com.au – Ten dead in Brazil plane crash
All ten people aboard a twin-engine aircraft that crashed in Brazil have died.

news.com.au – Ecuador’s hopes over Assange future
Ecuador wants the future of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be settled this year and says diplomatic channels remain open.

bbc.co.uk – Chavez ‘unlikely to be embalmed’
The acting president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro says it is highly unlikely that the body of the former president Hugo Chavez will be embalmed.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – EU staff member killed in Syria
A member of the European Union’s delegation in Syria was killed in a rocket attack in the Damascus suburb of Darayya on Tuesday, the EU announces.

news.com.au – UN pleads for Syria aid, warns of threat
The UN has urged governments to release desperately needed funds for Syria, warning of the ‘catastrophic scenario’ of the war spreading over borders.

US
news.com – Obama huddles with Republicans on budget
US President Barack Obama is trying to thrash out a deal with Republicans over key fiscal issues.

bbc.co.uk – Obama upbraids China on hack attacks
President Barack Obama says the US is engaging in “tough talk” with China about hacking attacks, although he plays down talk of a cyber war.

bbc.co.uk – NY manhunt after four shot dead
New York state police launch a manhunt as four people are shot dead in two separate attacks at a car wash and barber shop.

bbc.co.uk – US retail sales beat forecasts
US consumers shrugged off higher taxes to boost retail spending by 1.1% in February, government figures show.



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