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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 18th December 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 18th December 2012THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Thailand to front Myanmar port
Investors and builders are very wary of the deepwater port at Dawei, Myanmar – but Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra opened a new dispute with a promise to President Thein Sein to use Thai taxes to guarantee the increasingly controversial project.

mcot.net – Japanese investment in Thailand unchanged despite new leader
The leadership change in Japan, with ex-premier Shinzo Abe returning to power, will not have an impact on Japanese investment in Thailand, according to a high-level Thai industrialist.

bangkokpost.com – Troubled South
Schools reopened, but teachers and students stayed away, out of fear – as extremists ambushed a civilian songthaew, wounding yet another teacher.

mcot.net – Narathiwat passenger vans & bus company stops services to Su-ngai Kolok
Narathiwat passenger vans & bus company stops services to Su-ngai Kolok passing Cho-airong district indefinitely after chartered pickup was attacked; two government worker killed

nationmultimedia.com – Angry families storm human rights day celebration
Relatives of protesters killed during the 2010 bloodshed yesterday disrupted a Human Rights Day event of the National Human Rights Commission by storming into its office.

bangkokpost.com – ‘Illegal’ vote threats
A bad choice of words to “derail” the referendum has opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva in yet more legal trouble, this time with the Election Commission.

nationmultimedia.com – Chalerm, police chief skip NHRC hearing again
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung and the national police chief failed to show up to testify to the National Human Rights Commission yesterday on the government’s imposition of the Internal Security Act to control an anti-government rally last month.

bangkokpost.com – Soldiers blamed again
The Criminal Court considers another taxi driver’s death in the 2010 violence – ruling the man was “armed” with a video camera and killed by state security.

nationmultimedia.com – First-car buyer scheme to cost Bt70bn
Deputy Finance Minister Tanusak Lek-uthai expects that a total number of 1 million vehicles would be entitled to tax rebates under the government’s first-car buyer scheme, which will cost the government about Bt70 billion.

bangkokpost.com – Loan sharks charging up to 1,095%
Lack of ready access to financial institutions has forced people to get funding from loan sharks who charge up to 3% interest a day – or a whopping 1,095% a year.

bangkokpost.com – Baht touches 10-week high
Thailand’s baht touched a 10-week high as optimism the United States is moving closer to resolving a budget deadlock bolstered demand for emerging-market assets.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – Destructive cyclone batters Fiji
Cyclone Evan, which killed at least five people in Samoa, leaves a trail of destruction across Fiji, forcing evacuations and wrecking homes.

news.com.au – NKorea satellite appears dead: scientist
A satelite launched with fanfare last week by a defiant North Korea appears to be dead as no signal can be detected: US.

news.com.au – China arrests people over doomsday
Chinese police have detained 101 people for spreading rumours of the world’s impending end.

bbc.co.uk – Bangladesh fire ‘was sabotage’
An official inquiry into a deadly factory fire in Bangladesh says the blaze was an act of sabotage and the owner was negligent.

news.com.au – Incoming Japan PM in Obama-Bush gaffe
Japan’s presumptive premier Shinzo Abe got his US leaders mixed-up when he told business chiefs he had been speaking to “President Bush”.

bbc.co.uk –  S Korea rivals in final poll push
Final campaigning is taking place in South Korea ahead of Wednesday’s tightly-contested presidential election.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Care system ‘fails 3,000 children’
Up to 3,000 vulnerable children in care in England and Wales are being failed by youth offending teams, a damning inspection report finds.

bbc.co.uk – Trouble flares at flag protests
Fifteen people, including an 11-year-old child, are arrested as loyalists again protest against restrictions on flying the union flag on Belfast city hall.

news.com.au – Queen to attend first cabinet meeting
The Queen is set to become the first British monarch in more than a century to attend a British cabinet meeting.

bbc.co.uk – UK world view ‘boosted by Olympics’
The Olympics, Paralympics and Diamond Jubilee have improved how the UK is viewed by other countries, a survey finds, but business groups say more needs to be done to promote Britain abroad.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Tomato protest for Tunisia leader
Protesters throw tomatoes and stones at Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki in the town of Sidi Bouzid, where the Arab Spring started two years ago.

bbc.co.uk – Six kidnapped in southern Nigeria
Gunmen in Nigeria’s oil-rich Bayelsa state kidnap four foreigners and two Nigerians working for South Korean company Hyundai, police say.

EUROPE
news.com.au – Thousands in Spain protest austerity
Whistles blowing and horns honking, thousands of people have demonstrated in Madrid to defend their pensions from the austerity policies of the government.

bbc.co.uk – French opposition agrees new vote
The two rivals for the leadership of France’s opposition centre-right UMP agree to re-run their controversial party election.

news.com.au – Berlusconi criticises Germany
Silvio Berlusconi says German-dominated Europe has imposed austerity on Italy.

bbc.co.uk – Santander absorbs Banesto and Banif and shuts branches
Banco Santander is to absorb two Spanish banks, Banesto and Banif, closing 700 branches in the process.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Chavez party extends poll wins Hugo Chavez
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s Socialist Party widens its control of state governorships, winning 20 of 23 races, results from Sunday’s election show.

news.com.au – Cruise ship rescues 5 Jamaican boaters
Five Jamaicans who have been drifting on a small boat in the Caribbean for three weeks have been rescued by a cruise ship.

bbc.co.uk – Brazil opens first 2014 stadium
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff inaugurates the Castelao Arena in Fortaleza, the first of 12 stadiums being renovated or built for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Fuel lack ‘blocks UN Syria aid’
The UN calls on Syria to allow fuel imports for aid deliveries and grant access to 10 more aid agencies amid a growing humanitarian crisis.

bbc.co.uk – Jerusalem settlement plan backed
The Israeli interior ministry gives preliminary approval to controversial plans to build 1,500 more homes at a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem.

news.com.au – Mexico to create new drugs police force
Mexico’s president has announced the creation of a national police force to crack down on crime and battle the country’s powerful drug cartels.

US
bbc.co.uk – School killings spark gun debate
Two senators backed by the US gun lobby call for changes to firearms laws, as the first victims of the Connecticut shootings are laid to rest.

bbc.co.uk – Obama and Boehner meet as fiscal cliff talks pick up
US President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner have met at the White House as talks on avoiding the “fiscal cliff” gather pace.

bbc.co.uk – Morgan Stanley is fined $5m for Facebook IPO disclosure
Morgan Stanley has been fined $5m (£3m) by the Massachusetts securities regulator for “improperly influencing” analysts before Facebook’s share sale.

news.com.au – Zurich Insurance puts Sandy cost at $700m
Zurich Insurance says it has so far received claims worth about $US700 million following superstorm Sandy.

bbc.co.uk – Apple denied Samsung sales ban
A US judge rejects Apple’s plea to ban sales of Samsung’s smartphones that violate patents held by the Californian company.

bbc.co.uk – The Hobbit scores record opening at US box office
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey outperformed the $72.7m (£44.9m) US debut of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Peter Jackson’s previous best opening in December 2003.



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