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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 21st November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 21st November 2012THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Small business threat
The business community is not amused by the 300-baht minimum wage – and predicts small and medium-sized enterprises will be forced to close.

bangkokpost.com – Heavy security
More than 5,000 police will guard the Saturday Pitak Siam rally, but the Democrats already say any violence will be the fault of the government.

nationmultimedia.com – Cabinet members to go on standby during anti-govt rally
Nine Cabinet members will be on standby to convene an urgent meeting over the weekend should the anti-government rally, expected to attract up to 50,000 people, escalate into violence.

mcot.net – Chinese premier begins official visit to Thailand
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has begun his official visit to Thailand this morning and will have an audience with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej later today after meeting with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

nationmultimedia.com – PM, Wen to witness signing of rice deal
Thailand and China will sign a memorandum of understanding on rice trading during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit today, but the document will not contain a commitment from Beijing on the quantity of rice it wants to buy.

ASIA
bangkokpost.com – Obama calls for calm on South China Sea
US President Barack Obama has urged Asian leaders to rein in tensions in the South China Sea and other disputed territories but stopped short of firmly backing allies Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam in their disputes with China.

bbc.co.uk – Australia opens PNG asylum camp
Australia transfers the first group of asylum seekers to a processing centre in Papua New Guinea, immigration officials say.

bangkokpost.com – Aung San Suu Kyi becomes UNAIDS ambassador
Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has been appointed an ambassador of the UN’s programme on HIV and AIDS and has been tasked with fighting discrimination against people living with the disease, the agency said Tuesday.

bangkokpost.com – Japan’s fifth-straight export decline adds recession risk
Japan’s exports fell for a fifth month, hampered by trade tensions with China and weak demand in Europe, pushing the world’s third-largest economy closer to recession ahead of December elections.

bangkokpost.com – Call for nuclear-armed Japan
Firebrand former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, a potential kingmaker in next month’s general election, said Tuesday Japan must acquire nuclear weapons if it wants to be taken seriously.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Church vote rejects women bishops
The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of his “sadness” after the Church of England’s general synod narrowly votes against the appointment of women bishops.

bbc.co.uk – Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks charged in Operation Elveden
Ex-Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks have been charged over alleged payments to police and public officials.

bbc.co.uk – Kweku Adoboli jailed for fraud over £1.4bn UBS loss
A City trader who lost £1.4bn ($2.2bn) of Swiss bank UBS’s money has been jailed for seven years after being found guilty of two counts of fraud.

bbc.co.uk – Unhealthy lifestyles ‘fuel liver disease rise’
High levels of drinking and obesity mean England is one of the few places in Europe seeing a major preventative disease getting worse, the chief medical officer says.

bbc.co.uk – Students to stage protest march
Thousands of students are set to march in London against the rising costs of university and further education.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – UN condemns rebel seizure of Goma
The UN Security Council backs a resolution calling for sanctions against leaders of rebels in DR Congo, hours after they seized the eastern city of Goma.

bbc.co.uk – Kenyans shot after army crackdown
At least eight Kenyans have been shot and more than 50 wounded in Garissa after troops launched a crackdown in the north-eastern town, officials say.

news.com.au – AIDS deaths plunge in sub-Saharan Africa
Deaths from HIV/AIDS have plunged 32 per cent in sub-Saharan Africa and fewer children are becoming infected.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – EU faces crunch Greece decision
Eurozone finance ministers are meeting to decide whether to release the next 33bn euros of bailout cash needed by Greece to stay afloat.

news.com.au – Foreign property buyers offered residency
In an attempt to offload bad debts crippling Spanish banks, the nation’s government plans to offer residency rights to foreign property buyers.

bbc.co.uk – France shrugs off loss of top triple-A credit rating
The French government has downplayed the importance of rating agency Moody’s decision to deprive the country of its top triple-A credit rating.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Nationwide strike halts Argentina
A nationwide strike brings Buenos Aires and other cities to a halt, in another major protest against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Gaza pounded despite truce talks
Gaza has come under renewed heavy bombardment, as agreement on a ceasefire to end a week of violence remains elusive.

news.com.au – Syrian rebels seize base, arms cache
Syrian rebels have seized a crucial military base belonging to the regime along with a large cache of arms.

bbc.co.uk – Dozens injured in Cairo clashes
At least 61 people are injured in clashes between protesters and police in Cairo on the anniversary of deadly street battles.

US
bbc.co.uk – HP writes off $8.8bn after bad deal
Computer maker Hewlett Packard takes a nearly $9bn charge as it accuses a UK software group it bought last year of having lied about its finances.



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