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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 7th January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 7th January 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Charter change back on shelf
The aim, said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at a Pheu Thai “wild west” party at Khao Yai, is to amend the constitution and pass a bill on national reconciliation – but right now.

bangkokpost.com – Chalerm lines up Najib meet
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung says he hopes to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to discuss the violence in Thailand’s deep South.

nationmultimedia.com – EC mulls using Thaksin as lecturer
Election Commission chairman Apichart Sukhagganond has admitted the EC had discussed inviting ex-pm Thaksin Shinawatra as a guest speaker for class 4 students in the EC’s advanced course on political development and elections.

nationmultimedia.com – Ten challenges for next city governor
In February or March, the governor of Bangkok – the vast metropolis with complex problems – will be elected under a shadow of deep national division and amid urgent challenges for the new governor, including deteriorating traffic congestion, possible severe flooding and unruly city planning.

bangkokpost.com – Famous final scene
It is a constitutional right in Thailand to see how a soap opera turns out – or so claim the Democrat Party leader and a charter-protection group.

nationmultimedia.com – Popular psychiatrist quits channel 3, citing disgust over end of ‘nua mek 2’
Showing his disgust at TV Channel 3’s decision to cut short its “Nua Mek 2” drama series, which allegedly parodied “people in power”, popular psychiatrist Kampanart Tansithabudhkun has given up his long-running late-night sex counselling show on the same channel.

mcot.net – Dengue fever on the rise Thailand; 10,000 patients in Bangkok last year
More than 70,000 people were infected with dengue fever last year and the spread of the tropical disease will possibly be more serious this year, according to the Public Health Ministry.

bangkokpost.com – Dispute escalates
The Democrats demand the government “clarify” how it intends to fight Cambodian legal claims to the land around the Preah Vihear temple.

mcot.net – Ultra-nationalists charge government with ‘lying’ about Cambodian temple
Beginning next Monday a Thai nationalist group will protest the Foreign Ministry’s handling of the Phra Viharn (Preah Vihear) temple dispute between Thailand and Cambodia.

mcot.net – Deputy PM Chalerm to propose Pha-ngan island a weapon-free zone
He spoke following British ambassador to Thailand Mark Kent asking the Thai government to implement measures for the safety of tourists after Stephen Ashton, a Briton, was killed by a stray bullet while celebrating the new year on Pha-ngan island.

bangkokpost.com – Police called on to help save Supreme Court building
In a desperate move to protect the Supreme Court building in Bangkok, the Fine Arts Department filed a complaint Saturday with police seeking to halt the demolition of the historic structure.

mcot.net – Thai local product producers joins Cambodia’s trade fair
Thailand’s producers of OTOP (One Tambon One Product) local products of three northeastern provinces left for Cambodia today to join a trade fair aimed at bolstering both countries’ relations.

nationmultimedia.com – Parents warned on social media overuse
We, as people living in today’s world loaded with information and technology, face a serious challenge from the use of information technology (IT) at work and even in everyday life. IT is expected to have a beneficial role in people’s lives. A researcher warned that instead, children’s overuse of social media could affect their physical and mental health.

mcot.net – Thailand’s major retail chains asked to sell rural manufacturers’ products
Retail mega stores in Thailand have been requested to promote the sale and distribution of products from rural producers nationwide, Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikua said.

news.com.au – Philippine army kill 13 suspects in clash
Gunmen riding in two black 4WDs opened fire on soldiers in the Philippines when they were flagged down, leading to 13 of their group being shot dead.

bbc.co.uk – India and Pakistan in border clash
Indian and Pakistani troops clash near the Line of Control in disputed Kashmir, with Pakistan saying one of its soldiers has been killed.

news.com.au – Three killed in Indian oil depot blaze
A fire at an oil depot of the state-run Indian Oil Corporation has left three people dead.

bbc.co.uk – Tasmania seeks missing after fire
Australian police are looking for 100 people unaccounted for after wildfires which have ravaged parts of southern Tasmania.

news.com.au –  Chemical leak contaminates Chinese river
A city in northern China has had its water cut off after an accident in a neighbouring province caused pollutants to pour into a river.

bangkokpost.com – Suu Kyi says any peace bid ‘up to government’
Myanmar democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday said she would not step in to help end worsening conflict between the army and ethnic Kachin rebels without government approval.

news.com.au – Myanmar rebels say troops attack HQ
Kachin rebels have accused Myanmar’s government troops of launching artillery attacks against the city that serves as their headquarters.

bbc.co.uk – China halts new traffic penalties
China suspends tough new traffic penalties, aimed at reducing the country’s soaring accident rate, following a public outcry.

bangkokpost.com – Toyota freezes factory building
Japan’s Toyota Motor has decided to halt the construction of new factories for the next three years in a shift from its previous policy of building new plants almost annually, reports said Sunday.

news.com.au – UK would fight to keep Falklands: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron says he is prepared to fight to keep the Falkland Islands if need be.

bbc.co.uk – UK should ‘ask for change on Europe’
Britain is “perfectly entitled” to ask for change on Europe, UK PM David Cameron says, ahead of a key speech on the EU.

news.com.au – Northern Ireland violence continues
As darkness fell on Sunday, a mob hurled steel barriers, bricks, fireworks and bottles at Northern Ireland police for a fourth consecutive night.

bbc.co.uk – Coalition ‘steadfast and united’
David Cameron and Nick Clegg are to insist the coalition is “steadfast and united”, as they mark the halfway point in their government.

news.com.au – Cameron says wants to be UK PM until 2020
As his government reaches its mid-term mark, David Cameron has revealed he wants to serve as British prime minister until at least 2020.

bbc.co.uk – Consumer spending surveys give mixed messages
UK consumer spending fell in December despite a late Christmas rush, a survey has suggested.

bbc.co.uk – Child benefit changes take effect
More than a million better-off families will lose some or all of their child benefit, under changes which came into force at midnight.

bbc.co.uk – Government adverts back health eating
A government-backed advertising campaign to promote healthier eating habits in England is being launched later.

bbc.co.uk – Sudan leaders back buffer zone
The leaders of Sudan and South Sudan reaffirm their commitment to setting up a buffer zone on their shared border and resuming oil exports.

news.com.au – Seven killed in Nigeria robberies
Armed robbers terrorising northwest Nigeria have killed at least seven people and wounded seven more.

bbc.co.uk – Nelson Mandela ‘has recovered’
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has recovered from a lung infection and gallstone surgery he underwent last month, the government says.

bbc.co.uk – South Africa boosts CAR presence
South Africa is sending more soldiers to support government troops in the Central African Republic, where rebels are threatening the capital.

bbc.co.uk – Two killed in Italian avalanche
Two Italian skiers die in an avalanche in north-eastern Italy, in the same valley where six Russian tourists were killed just a day earlier.

news.com.au – Bulgarians celebrate Epiphany with icy dip
Thousands of men in Bulgaria are wading into icy rivers to collect crucifixes as part of celebrations marking the feast of Epiphany.

bbc.co.uk – Russia’s Mordovia woos Depardieu
The Russian region of Mordovia – famed for its prisons – invites French actor Gerard Depardieu to set up home there, hours after he received a Russian passport.

bbc.co.uk – Nine killed in Mexico bar attacks
Heavily armed gangs burst into two bars in the northern city of Torreon and kill at least nine people.

bbc.co.uk – US condemns Assad ‘puppets’ speech
A speech by Syria’s Bashar al-Assad denouncing opponents as “puppets of the West” is dismissed by the US, which calls it “detached from reality”.

news.com.au – Syrian opposition rejects Assad plan
The opposition Syrian National Coalition has rejected President Bashar al-Assad’s reconciliation plan.

news.com.au – Morsi backs Assad war crimes trial
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has told CNN he’s backing calls for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to be tried for war crimes.

bbc.co.uk – ‘Palestine’ to be used officially
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tells West Bank officials to prepare to put the words “State of Palestine” on public documents.

news.com.au – Tehran air pollution leaves 4460 dead
An Iranian health official has revealed air pollution in Tehran has left more than 4000 people dead in a year.

bbc.co.uk – Four dead in Colorado shooting
Four people, including a gunman, are found dead following a shooting incident and stand-off with police in Aurora, in the US state of Colorado.

news.com.au –  Hillary Clinton headed back to work
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returns to work this week, a month after she took ill on her return from a trip to Europe.

news.com.au –  US considers broad gun sales restrictions
The Obama administration is reportedly considering universal background checks for firearm buyers as part of its effort to reduce gun violence.

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