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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 18th March 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 18th March 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Making ends meet
The government will table details of its 2.2-trillion baht infrastructure construction plan at parliament Tuesday – and the Lower House will debate the programme next week, and discuss where the money is coming from for projects like the Purple Line bridge over the Chao Phraya.

mcot.net – Subdistrict official killed in his car by gunmen
Subdistrict official killed in his car by gunmen in pickup truck in Narathiwat’s Si Sakhon district

nationmultimedia.com – Prisoners riot after inmate ‘left to die’ of heart attack
A riot broke out briefly yesterday morning at a prison in Samut Sakhon after an inmate was refused emergency treatment for chest pain and died of apparent cardiac arrest.

bangkokpost.com – The Thaksin factor
Mixed signals are coming from Chiang Mai, where the Pheu Thai Party insists it is not setting up a scene to elect Thaksin’s sister to parliament.

bangkokpost.com – First step in a long and difficult journey
Despite all the criticism of the historic signing of the agreement to launch peace talks with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) separatist organisation on Feb 28 in Kuala Lumpur, the Pheu Thai-led government appears to have won popular support and, as such, scored political points for the initiative.

mcot.net – Dengue fever cases rise significantly in Thailand
Dengue fever cases rise significantly in Thailand with 16 deaths &13,200 people infected during first two months of 2013: Health Ministry

nationmultimedia.com – Foundation urges steps to tackle growing threat from TB
Tuberculosis strikes about 86,000 Thais each year, kills at least 10 per cent of them – and is a growing menace.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – North Korea tells South to leave islands
A North Korean propaganda website has warned of strikes against Southern islands and advised residents to leave.

bbc.co.uk – New China leader seeks renaissance
The new Chinese President, Xi Jinping, says he will fight for the “great renaissance of the Chinese nation”, in his first speech as head of state.

bbc.co.uk – Pakistan’s Ashraf government makes history
Pakistan’s PM has hailed as “a victory” for democracy the completion of a full term by an elected government for the first time in the country’s history.

news.com.au – China joins world’s top arms exporters
China has joined the world’s top-five arms suppliers while remaining the second largest arms importer: report.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Press regulation deal ‘very close’
A deal between Britain’s political parties on measures to regulate the press is “very close”, Downing Street sources say.

news.com.au – UK protesters rally against ‘bedroom tax’
More than 10,000 people have taken to the streets across Britain in protest of a new “bedroom tax”.

bbc.co.uk – UK to help troops hit by Cyprus levy
The UK will compensate British troops and government workers in Cyprus if they are hit by the plans to introduce a bank levy as part of an EU bailout, says the chancellor.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Odinga files Kenya election appeal
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga files a Supreme Court appeal against Uhuru Kenyatta’s narrow victory in the first round of the presidential election.

news.com.au – Mandela’s ex-wife ‘shocked’ at death probe
Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie is said to be shocked prosecutors may investigate her over the deaths of two anti-apartheid youths almost 25 years ago.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Cyprus MPs in bailout crisis session
Cyprus’ parliament will hold an emergency session on a bailout deal, amid public anger over demands that bank customers pay a one-off levy.

bbc.co.uk – Greek prison siege ends peacefully
A hostage drama at a Greek prison ends peacefully with the surrender of an Albanian killer who previously escaped twice from a high-security jail.

LATIN AMERICA
news.com.au – Argentines cheer new Pope Francis
The faithful have flocked to the parishes of Buenos Aires to celebrate their first Sunday Mass with Argentinian Pope Francis as leader of the Church.

bbc.co.uk – Lima mayor ‘survives recall vote’
Susana Villaran, the first woman mayor of Peru’s capital Lima, narrowly survives a vote to depose her from office, exit polls suggest.

news.com.au – Venezuela airs re-runs of Chavez video
Venexuela’s late president Hugo Chavez is back on the air just like the old days, in reruns of his weekly television show “Alo Presidente”.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Iraq car bomb kills 10 near Basra
Ten people are killed as a car bomb explodes at a bus station near Basra in southern Iraq, days before the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion.

bbc.co.uk – Syria conflict: General ‘defects to rebels’
A Syrian army general has reportedly defected to the opposition, saying that morale in the army had collapsed.

US
bbc.co.uk – BP appeal over ‘absurd’ Gulf oil spill payouts
Oil giant BP is taking legal action in the US to limit payouts by a fund set up to compensate those affected by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.



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