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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 7th December 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 7th December 2012WORLD
bbc.co.uk – Global food prices fall 1.5%: FAO data
Global food prices have fallen to their lowest level since June, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation says.

THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – DSI charges Abhisit, Suthep
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has charged Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and Democrat MP Suthep Thaugsuban for authorising the killing of anti-government protesters during the 2010 unrest in Bangkok.

bangkokpost.com – Chalerm: No terrorism in Thailand
There is no terrorism in Thailand, just political demonstrations and the insurgency in the deep South, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said on Thursday.

nationmultimedia.com – Thailand ranked 8th most dangerous country, top in SE Asia
According to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) covering 158 countries, Thailand is the worst in Southeast Asia and the fifth worst in all Asia. The top four countries in the list are all from Asia – Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India – where terrorist incidents were “heavily concentrated”.

nationmultimedia.com – Govt needs to sell its plan on charter amendments
The government has no choice but to push for charter change come rain or shine, and the legislation’s passage will hinge on how well the Pheu Thai Party can reason with its opponents.

nationmultimedia.com – 40 senators to propose 2 charter changes
The so-called Group of 40 Senators announced yesterday that it supported the amendment of individual articles of the existing Constitution, rather than writing an entirely new charter, to avoid exacerbating social rifts.

bangkokpost.com – Power back on islands
Power is back on Koh Samui and Koh Phangan one day after being officially declared a disaster zone.

nationmultimedia.com – Minister urges 15-day leave for new dads
From this month onwards, men will be allowed to take 15 days off to help take care of their newborns, Labour Minister Phadermchai Sasomsap said as he called on businesses across the nation to cooperate.

ASIA
news.com.au –  Philippines typhoon toll rises to 420
The death toll from a strong typhoon that hit the Philippines, Typhoon Bopha, has risen to about 420 people.

bangkokpost.com – Japan to shoot down N. Korean missile
Japan’s defence minister Friday issued an order to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it threatens the nation’s territory, Jiji Press news agency said.

bbc.co.uk –  Amos pleads for displaced Burmese
Senior UN humanitarian official Valerie Amos calls for urgent access to some 40,000 people in north Burma who have been displaced by fighting.

bbc.co.uk – India accused over Kashmir abuses
More than 500 members of India’s armed forces are accused of human rights abuses in a damning report on the conflict in Indian-administered Kashmir.

news.com.au – HK leader warns of housing ‘talent drain’
Leung Chun-ying says Hong Kong’s housing issues need to be addressed urgently or the space-starved city will lose its competitiveness.

bangkokpost.com – Cambodia suffering labour shortage
The number of Khmers crossing the border to Thailand in search of higher pay has caused a labour shortage in a Cambodian border province which is struggling to find workers for its farms.

bangkokpost.com – Thein Sein cancels Australia visit
Myanmar president Thein Sein has cancelled a trip to Australia next week.

UK
bbc.co.uk – University statements ‘flawed’
The university application process “further disadvantages” low and middle income pupils, a report by an educational charity says.

news.com.au – UK student convicted for Anonymous hacking
A British student has been convicted for his role in a series of cyber-attacks by the hacking group Anonymous, which cost PayPal $5.4 million.

bbc.co.uk – US piracy accused to pay £20,000
A British student accused by the US authorities of running a website which broke copyright laws is ordered to pay £20,000 by a judge in New York.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Morsi calls for Egypt dialogue
The Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi calls for the political crisis sparked by recent government decisions to be solved through dialogue.

news.com.au – Darfur yellow fever worst in decades: WHO
An outbreak of mosquito-borne yellow fever in Sudan’s Darfur region is Africa’s worst in decades, the World Health Organisation says.

bbc.co.uk – Drones aid rare species watching
Drones could soon be helping protect rhinos and elephants in Africa, thanks to cash from Google.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Berlusconi party rebels in votes
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party abstains from confidence votes in parliament, sparking warnings of a political crisis.

bbc.co.uk – ECB cuts euro growth forecasts
The European Central Bank revises down its eurozone economic forecasts for this year and next as “economic weakness extends into 2013.”

bbc.co.uk – Tax avoidance targeted by European Union
The European Commission has announced a series of proposals designed to tackle the “scandalous loss of much-needed revenue” EU members suffer through tax evasion and tax avoidance.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Toxic cloud alarms Buenos Aires
A toxic cloud, caused by a fire at the port of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, causes panic and leads to the evacuation of buildings.

MID-EAST
news.com.au – Syria fighting rages as diplomats fail
Leaders have met in surprise talks on Syria amid fears the 21-month conflict may take a gruesome new turn if the regime unleashes chemical weapons.

news.com.au – Snipers kill 11 Lebanese in Syria conflict
Eleven people are dead, including a 13-year-old boy, in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli in sectarian violence linked to the uprising in Syria.

news.com.au – Syria chemical weapons intel is ‘serious’
Information that the Syrian regime is mixing precursor chemicals that could be used for sarin – a lethal nerve agent – is worrying US officials.

US
bbc.co.uk – Russian fury at ‘absurd’ US law
Russia denounces an “absurd” trade bill passed by the US Congress that will also penalise Russian officials linked to human rights violations.

news.com.au – US navy readies for North Korea rocket
Two US guided missile destroyers have been sent to the Pacific to monitor North Korea’s planned rocket launch.

bbc.co.uk – Space firm aims for Moon launches
A team of former Nasa executives launches a private venture to send people to the Moon for a cost of $1.4bn (£871m).

bbc.co.uk – Apple’s Tim Cook says Macs will be made in US
Apple is to begin manufacturing one of its Mac lines exclusively in its home country.



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