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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 23rd November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 23rd November 2012WORLD
news.com.au – Smartphone users: watch for online tricks
Attention smartphone shoppers: watch for cyber criminals using phony apps or messages in an effort to hijack your device or steal your data.

THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Government invokes security law
Tomorrow’s Pitak Siam rally poses a threat to national security, which justifies the invocation of the Internal Security Act (ISA), Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday.

bangkokpost.com – Crowd of many colours
From hard-core Thaksin haters to farmers with land grievances, it will be a diverse crowd at the Saturday rally sponsored by Pitak Siam..

nationmultimedia.com – Abhisit wants longer Parliament session
Opposition Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has come up with an ambitious plan as the censure debate draws near – asking the government to extend the current Parliament session, which will end one day after the debate.

bangkokpost.com – Details later
Deputy PM Kittiratt Na-Ranong got out in front of Sunday’s censure debate, denying the rice-buying programme will lose 300 billion baht.

bangkokpost.com – A rice deal that never existed in the first place
The truth is out, that the Commerce Ministry’s claim of a 15-million-tonne government-to-government rice deal with China over three years is anything but real.

mcot.net –  Thai deputy premier predicts 5% economic growth
Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong expressed confidence yesterday that Thailand will enjoy a 5 per cent economic growth this year despite a disappointing export expansion.

bangkokpost.com – 3G cleared again
Two more investigations including by the DSI say there was nothing wrong with the 3G auction – but there are still hurdles before you can go high-speed.

bangkokpost.com – Govt’s fiscal status still strong
Government revenue collection for October totalled 150.05 billion baht, up 21% on last October, increasing the treasury reserve to 297.5 billion baht, Finance Ministry spokesman Somchai Sajjapong said on Thursday.

nationmultimedia.com – Youth forgetting how to communicate: Ohec
Young people are having problems with interpersonal skills because instead of having face-to-face conversations, they are talking more via digital means, the Office of Higher Education Commission (Ohec) revealed yesterday.

ASIA
news.com.au – NKorea threatens to attack SKorean island
Upset by South Korea’s plan to open a “victorious battle memorial hall” on Yeonpyeong Island, North Korea has threatened to attack.

bbc.co.uk – Pacific island ‘does not exist’
A South Pacific island shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Maps and on Google Earth, is proven not to exist, Australian scientists say.

news.com.au – Suu Kyi disappointed by naming
The decision to refer to Myanmar by a name chosen by military leaders appears to have left Aung San Suu Kyi disappointed.

bbc.co.uk – Vietnam officials to face votes
The communist-dominated parliament of Vietnam is to subject elected leaders including the president and prime minister to annual confidence votes.

bbc.co.uk – India parliament in stormy start
India’s parliament is disrupted with opposition parties questioning the government over recent economic reforms.

news.com.au – Philippine miners trapped in flooded pit
At least three people are trapped and believed dead after an explosion in an illegal gold mine in the Philippines.

news.com.au – Police storm bank, arrest hostage-taker
Japanese police have stormed a Japanese bank to free five people held hostage overnight by a man who demanded the resignation of the prime minister.

bbc.co.uk – Sony and Panasonic ratings cut
Tech firms Sony and Panasonic have their credit ratings slashed to the level of junk status for the first time.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Carbon target not in Energy Bill
The government publishes details of its long-awaited Energy Bill, but the absence of a target for reducing carbon emissions by 2030 is under fire.

bbc.co.uk – Quality of care suffering, says regulator
The quality of services provided to people across the health and care sectors in England is beginning to suffer, according to the regulator.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – DR Congo’s army chief suspended
The head of the army in DR Congo is suspended over claims he sold weapons to armed groups, as the government says it has seized back a town from rebels.

bbc.co.uk – Egyptian fury over Mursi ‘coup’
Opposition groups denounce Egypt President Mursi’s decree giving himself sweeping powers as a “coup against legitimacy” and call for protests.

news.com.au – Egypt to reinvestigate protesters’ deaths
Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi has ordered new investigations into the deaths of protesters during last year’s uprising.

bbc.co.uk – Nigeria hit by ‘blasphemy’ riot
A rumour that a Christian blasphemed against Islam sparks a riot in Nigeria as the incoming Anglican church head launches a religious tolerance initiative.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – EU budget deal unlikely – Merkel
Angela Merkel says she doubts EU leaders will close a deal on their budget during the current summit in Brussels.

news.com.au – Russia warns Turkey on Patriot missiles
Russia has warned Turkey against deploying surface-to-air Patriot missiles to protect its troubled border with Syria, calling its moves a “worrying sign”.

news.com.au – Judges grill Sarkozy on campaign finance
Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy has faced judges over accusations his campaign was financed with funds secured illegally from France’s richest woman.

news.com.au – Swiss to vote on banning expat tax breaks
Switzerland is to hold a referendum on abolishing special tax breaks for wealthy foreigners.

bangkokpost.com – EU ends shark finning
The European parliament on Thursday called a definitive halt to shark finning, the long contested practice of fishermen slicing off fins and throwing the live body overboard to drown.

bbc.co.uk – Euro MPs warn of UN net control
The UN’s telecommunications union should not be allowed to take over control of the internet, the European Parliament warns ahead of a key meeting.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – China hostages freed in Colombia
Marxist rebel group Farc free four Chinese oil workers they had held for 17 months, days after peace talks with the Colombian government begin.

bbc.co.uk – Argentina rejects US debt ruling
Argentina says it will appeal against a US ruling ordering it to pay $1.3bn owed to foreign bond holders since its debt default in 2001.

bbc.co.uk – Sharp jump in Sao Paulo murders
Brazil’s biggest city, Sao Paulo, sees murders more than double in October compared with last year, with 176 killings.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Life resumes after Gaza ceasefire
People in Gaza and southern Israel begin to resume normal life following an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

news.com.au – Hamas celebrates, truce with Israel holds
As Hamas celebrates what it perceives as a victory over Tel Aviv, Israeli officials have flown to Cairo to hammer out details of the truce.

bbc.co.uk – Syrian rebels ‘capture key base’
Syrian rebels say they have captured a key army base near the city of Deir Ezzor, giving them control of a large swathe of eastern Syria.

news.com.au – Libyan leader opposes aid to Syria rebels
Libya’s interim president Mohammed al-Megarif says he opposes arming the Syrian rebels and is against foreign intervention in the conflict.

US
bbc.co.uk – US marks Thanksgiving with parade
Millions of people in the US mark Thanksgiving Day, with the Macy’s parade winding through New York but many still suffering in storm-hit areas.

bbc.co.uk – Deadly 100-vehicle pile-up in US
Two people die and dozens are injured after a Thanksgiving pile-up involving some 100 vehicles on a foggy motorway in the US state of Texas.

news.com.au – Storm gives New Yorkers new family
Thanksgiving has brought out the community spirit for New York’s victims of superstorm Sandy, with even the neediest getting some turkey and pie.

bbc.co.uk – Facebook criticised over decision to stop public privacy votes
Facebook is set to remove the ability for users to vote on changes to its data privacy policy, in a move that has angered campaigners.



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