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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 15th December 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 15th December 2012WORLD
news.com.au – UN seeks $8.5b for emergency aid worldwide
The United Nations is appealing for $US8.5 billion to help some 51 million people engulfed in 16 major crises around the world.

THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – ‘Royal’ trophy claim false
Much more trouble for Thaksin’s cousin Chaisit and other organisers of the controversial Macau muay Thai event – who must seek royal pardon for falsely claiming the trophy was from His Majesty the King.

nationmultimedia.com – NBTC delays move on Thaksin broadcast
The broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has postponed its decision on what action should be taken over the appearance of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Channel 11 until its next meeting early next year.

mcot.net – DSI boss undiscouraged in Democrat leaders ‘murder’ case
Thailand’s embattled chief investigator Tarit Pengdith vowed today to continue his probe into the fatal shootings of 91 civilians in 2010 which implicated two Democrat Party heavyweights and drew public criticism.

nationmultimedia.com – Democrat riled over posting of Abhisit photo
The Democrat Party yesterday demanded that legal action be taken against a Department of Special Investigation official for taking a photograph of former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva getting his fingerprints taken and posting it on the Internet.

bangkokpost.com – Deadline firm
The sixth deadline is really final, and the Labour Minister will start punishing migrant workers who failed to register, and their employers.

bangkokpost.com – Traffickers in brown
Police in Nan have arrested five drug smugglers with a million speed pills and ice – only to discover all five are veteran police officers.

nationmultimedia.com – Army blames weather for airship’s ’emergency landing’
The military says bad weather forced an “emergency landing” of its airship in the South on Thursday, disputing media reports that it had crashed.

bangkokpost.com – Blimp repairs to cost B30m
The army will spend at least 30 million baht to repair its troubled blimp which crash-landed in Pattani province on Thursday while on duty.

nationmultimedia.com – First-car policy ‘putting people’s health at risk’
More than 381,184 Bangkok commuters are suffering from respiratory diseases caused by air pollution that has been associated with traffic jams, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration revealed yesterday.

bangkokpost.com – Thai-Cambodia buses ready to roll
Thailand and Cambodia will launch the first bus services linking Bangkok with Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in the next two weeks.

nationmultimedia.com – Somtam, pla ra listed as national treasures
Diners can now serve themselves a double helping of pride in Thai cuisine by eating papaya salad seasoned with fermented fish, as both traditional delicacies have been registered as national treasures by the Culture Ministry in one of seven categories established to preserve the Kingdom’s traditional heritage.

ASIA
mcot.net – Earthquake, 5.2 on Richter scales, on India-Myanmar border
Earthquake, 5.2 on Richter scales, on India-Myanmar border, 673 km from Mae Hong Son’s Pang Mapha district.

news.com.au – 22 children hurt in China school attack
Chinese police say 22 children and an adult have been hurt in a knife attack outside a primary school.

bbc.co.uk – Japan set for general election
Japan awaits a general election on Sunday widely expected to usher in a new government, with nuclear policy, the economy and China key issues.

bangkokpost.com – Cambodia snubs critical UN envoy
The UN human rights envoy to Cambodia voiced regret Friday at an apparent snub by government officials adding he was also “surprised” by criticism he has received for highlighting rights abuses.

news.com.au – Two dead after barge capsizes
Two construction workers were confirmed killed and 10 others missing after a barge carrying a crane capsized off South Korea’s southeast coast, the coastguard said.

bbc.co.uk – China submits islands row to UN
China submits a detailed explanation of its claims to a disputed part of the East China Sea to the United Nations.

news.com.au – ‘Samsung chip plant caused cancer’
The South Korean government says a woman died of breast cancer after working at Samsung’s chip factory and ordered the company to pay compensation.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Cathedral prays for Kate nurse
The nurse who was found hanged days after answering a hoax call about the Duchess of Cambridge will be remembered at Westminster Cathedral later.

bbc.co.uk – Winter bug prompts hospital ban
Hospitals around the UK have been closing wards to visitors in the hope of preventing the spread of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

bbc.co.uk – School sport at risk, says Labour
Labour says the government has risked “salami slicing” school sport by abolishing a requirement that all pupils do at least two hours PE a week.

AFRICA
news.com.au – Mandela stays in hospital, questions grow
The 94-year-old patriarch of South Africa’s democracy has been hospitalised since Saturday, first undergoing tests and later being diagnosed with the ailment

bbc.co.uk – Egypt set to vote on constitution
Egyptians are set to vote in a referendum on a draft constitution that has divided the country and sparked deadly unrest.

news.com.au – Clashes in Egypt on eve of election
Fifteen people have been injured in the latest clashes on the eve of the Egyptian referendum.

bbc.co.uk – ‘Refugee numbers up’ in DR Congo
Humanitarian agencies warn of a sharp rise in refugees in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of recent fighting.

bbc.co.uk – Mali intervention refugee fears
Some 400,000 more people could be made homeless in Mali if West African armies try to oust Islamists from the north, a UN report warns.

EUROPE
news.com.au – Assad losing, must go quickly: France
French President Francois Hollande says Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is losing the war and must be made to go as quickly as possible.

bbc.co.uk – Deeper eurozone union ‘agreed’
EU leaders have agreed on a roadmap for eurozone integration beyond the deal on centralised banking supervision, Germany’s Chancellor Merkel says.

news.com.au – Russia develops new long-range missile
Russia’s military says it is developing a new long-range ballistic missile, with several tests having taken place already.

bbc.co.uk – New move to ban German far right
Politicians in Germany ask the Constitutional Court to outlaw the far-right National Democratic Party, often accused of promoting neo-Nazi ideology.

bbc.co.uk – Russia’s stance on Syria ‘will not change’
Russia’s foreign ministry has insisted that the country has not changed its position on Syria and “never will”.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Chavez recovery ‘satisfactory’
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is recovering well, but gradually, from cancer surgery in Cuba, his communications minister says.

news.com.au – Moderate 5.1 quake off Guatemala coast
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has hit off the Guatemalan coast with no reports of casualties or damage.

MID-EAST
news.com.au – US deploys troops near Syria border
Russia has backflipped on an official’s comments that the Syrian regime may lose the war as the US deploys troops and missiles at the Turkish border.

news.com.au – Yemen airstrikes kill 6 al-Qaeda suspects
Officials say six al-Qaeda suspects have been killed and 12 others wounded in army attacks on militant positions in Yemen.

bbc.co.uk – Israeli foreign minister resigns
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigns after prosecutors decide to charge him with breach of trust.

bbc.co.uk – Palestinians attend Hamas rally in Hebron in West Bank
About 3,000 Palestinians are marching towards an Israeli checkpoint in Hebron, not far from Jewish settlements in the centre of the West Bank city.

US
bbc.co.uk – US primary school shooting ‘kills 27’
A gunman kills 20 children and six adults at a primary school in Connecticut – in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent US history.

news.com.au – US school shooting suspect son of teacher
Neighbours of the alleged shooter in Friday’s US school shooting have described him as a loner and a goth.

news.com.au – Two strong quakes strike off California
Two strong earthquakes have struck off the Californian coast with no reports of casualties or damage.

news.com.au – Adele named top Billboard artist of 2012
Billboard says Adele is the year’s biggest artist and her diamond 21 album, released in February 2011, is this year’s top album.



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