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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 20th November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 20th November 2012WORLD
news.com.au – UN votes against death penalty
A record 110 countries have backed a resolution voted on every two years at the UN General Assembly calling for the abolition of the death penalty.

THAILAND
mcot.net – Thai PM urges more Japanese participation in ASEAN
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today called on Japan to play a key role in connecting the Southeast Asian region, particularly in the development of the Dawei deep seaport mega project near the Thai-Myanmar border and cooperation in preparing the region for possible disasters.

bangkokpost.com – Crowd estimates
The national police chief expects around 100,000 people will show up for the Pitak Siam rally on Saturday – double what security officials predict.

nationmultimedia.com – Former aide says Prem not linked to Pitak Siam rally
A former aide to Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday dismissed fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s suggestion that Prem was behind his participation in the anti-government protests.

bangkokpost.com – Wen agrees to joint press briefing with PM Yingluck
Chinese premier Wen Jiabao will hold a joint press conference with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during his official visit to Thailand.

mcot.net – Maximum security provided for Chinese premier
Thailand’s National Police Bureau will provide maximum security measures for the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao similar to those provided for US President Barack Obama who has just wrapped up visit to Thailand early today.

nationmultimedia.com – Will Thaksin gain from state visit by Museveni?
In contrast to this week’s fanfare for Barack Obama of the United States and Wen Jiabao of China, the visit by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to Thailand went almost unnoticed last week.

nationmultimedia.com – Show some respect, TJA urges Chalerm, reporters
Journalists and government officials have been urged to respect each other more after a row between Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung and a television reporter last week.

nationmultimedia.com – Nigeria claim stirs exporters
Rice exporters have called for the government urgently to clarify to Nigeria that Thailand is not selling old rice to the African country.

ASIA
mcot.net – 4.9 Richter earthquake hits Myanmar
4.9 Richter earthquake hits Myanmar, 450km from Mae Hong Son; no impact on Thailand.

bangkokpost.com – Obama in historic Myanmar visit
Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Myanmar on Monday, praising the courage of fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi while also providing a symbolic nod to initial reforms in a nation once notorious for political repression.

bbc.co.uk – Fatal stampede at Indian ceremony
At least 14 people are killed in a crush at a religious ceremony in Bihar, northern India. Many of the dead are thought to be women and children.

bbc.co.uk – China and DR Congo reach communications satellite deal
China is to launch a communications satellite for the Democratic Republic of Congo within the next three years, Chinese state-owned media reports.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Mentor plan for freed prisoners
Every prisoner in England and Wales should be given a mentor to help them keep away from crime on their release, the Justice Secretary is to say.

bbc.co.uk – Ed Miliband: Britain ‘sleepwalking’ into EU exit
Britain is “sleepwalking” into leaving the EU, which would undermine the UK’s economy and leave it “voiceless and powerless,” Ed Miliband has said.

bbc.co.uk – UK minister in Mid-East for talks
UK Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt is in the Middle East to meet senior Israeli and Palestinian figures amid the escalating violence.

bbc.co.uk – PM to crack down on ‘time-wasting’ appeals
David Cameron has promised to crack down on “time-wasting” caused by the “massive growth industry” in legal challenges to government policy.

bbc.co.uk – UK bird population down by 44m since 1966, report finds
The UK bird population has declined by 44 million since 1966, according to a report by conservation groups.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Kenya army ‘rampage’ over deaths
Scores of Kenyan troops go on the rampage in the eastern town of Garissa, beating residents, after three soldiers are shot dead.

bbc.co.uk – DR Congo rejects rebel ultimatum
The DR Congo government rejects a rebel ultimatum to start talks as fighting continues near the main eastern city of Goma, with Rwanda saying its territory has been hit.

bbc.co.uk – Kenya grenade attack: Somalis attacked in Nairobi
Kenyan police have fired tear gas to end riots that broke out in the capital, Nairobi, after a grenade blast killed at least seven people.

news.com.au – Sudan to vaccinate against yellow fever
Sudan has launched a massive vaccination campaign to immunise 2.4 million people against an outbreak of yellow fever in the restive region of Darfur.

EUROPE
bangkokpost.com – Moody’s cuts top French rating, terms outlook negative
France came under fresh economic pressure late Monday as the international ratings agency Moody’s cut the French government bond rating by one notch from the highest level to “Aa1” and warned that an additional downgrade was possible.

bbc.co.uk – Spain’s banks see bad debts hit new high
Problem loans at Spain’s banks hit a new all-time high in September, as the collapse of the country’s property bubble continued to hurt the economy.

bbc.co.uk – SAS cuts deal with unions to avoid bankruptcy
The troubled Scandinavian airline SAS has said it has reached a deal with trade unions needed to avoid bankruptcy, following all-night talks.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Colombia’s Farc declares truce
Colombia’s left-wing Farc rebels declare a unilateral two-month ceasefire as they begin landmark peace talks with the government.

bbc.co.uk – UN gives Colombia disputed isles
The UN’s top court rules that several Caribbean islets belong to Colombia but expands a disputed maritime border in favour of Nicaragua.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Gaza death toll ‘rises over 100’
Israeli air strikes have killed at least 105 Palestinians in Gaza in six days of violence, Hamas officials say, as militants continue rocket fire on Israel.

news.com.au – Peres says Iran instigated Gaza violence
Israel’s President Shimon Peres has accused Iran of encouraging the Palestinians to continue rocket attacks on Israel.

bbc.co.uk – Islamists reject Syria opposition
Islamist rebel groups in the Syrian city of Aleppo say they reject the new Western-backed opposition coalition, and seek to establish an “Islamist state”.

bbc.co.uk – Syria refugees ‘face winter risk’
International charity Save the Children warns that 200,000 Syrian refugee children are at serious risk from freezing temperatures as winter sets in.

US
news.com.au – US opposes UN action on Gaza
The UN Security Council has hit deadlock on a statement on the Gaza conflict.

bbc.co.uk – Ancient carvings vandalised in US
Thieves use power saws to cut out and steal a series of ancient carvings sacred to Native Americans from a California cliff side.

bbc.co.uk – US home sales continue to rise
Sales of previously owned homes in the US rose by more than expected in October, a report suggests, a sign that confidence is returning to the economy.



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