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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 30th January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 30th January 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Red shirts stand down
The government headed off a threatened prolonged protest by an offshoot of the red shirts, with a promise by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung to “consider” an amnesty for political offenders as proposed by the Nitirat group.

mcot.net – Red Shirt demand won’t cause conflict with government
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said today she could not appease the demand of the Red Shirt group seeking the release of political prisoners, but said she had assigned her deputy to seek help from the Council of State on the matter.

nationmultimedia.com – Grassroots red-shirt rally puts govt in tricky spot
Yesterday’s rebel red-shirt protest caught many political observers by surprise. The rally drew a little over 1,000 people and had failed to get the blessing of the movement’s leaders, but it will likely put the government in an awkward position.

mcot.net – Narathiwat teacher protection unit ambushed
Narathiwat teacher protection unit ambushed in bombing on patrol; one soldier killed, two wounded

bangkokpost.com – King suffers slight fever
His Majesty the King has been advised to suspend royal activities for a while after he was diagnosed with a slight fever and experiences fatigue, the Royal Household Bureau said on Tuesday.

bangkokpost.com – New Rohingya arrivals
Two boats crammed with 350 Muslim migrants from Myanmar were intercepted in Phuket and Ranong provinces – given food and then sent on their way.

nationmultimedia.com – Time to face the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine state
The best place on earth to discuss the Rohingya issue is Myanmar – and it’s timely to raise the issue with the authorities in Nay Pyi Taw now as they are in the process of seeking political reform for national reconciliation. And reform cannot take effect unless the Rohingya issue is addressed.

bangkokpost.com – Plodprasop ‘meddled’
A Chinese company is favoured in bidding for 300-billion baht water management contracts – and the deputy prime minister is accused of using his influence.

nationmultimedia.com – Wage hike ‘hit hardest’
Kasikornbank, the market leader in SME lending, believes the impact of the rise in the daily minimum wage to Bt300 is more serious than either the strength of the baht or the severe flooding of late 2011 for small and medium-sized enterprises, as they will take longer to adjust to the increased cost.

bangkokpost.com – Park chief says police officer will be charged
The evidence is strong and has been verified and it is just a matter of time before a police officer protected by his colleagues will join eight other suspects facing charges of hunting protected animals inside Kaeng Krachan National Park, the park chief said on Tuesday.

bangkokpost.com – B70m to repair history sites
The cabinet has approved a 70 million baht budget for urgent repair to 11 historical sites damaged by the great flood of 2011.

mcot.net – Thailand proposes Kaeng Krachan Forest as UNESCO World Heritage Site
Thailand has proposed Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex for listing as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, with documents to be submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre next month.

bbc.co.uk – Gillard sets Australia poll date
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard calls a general election for 14 September, announcing the vote eight months in advance.

bbc.co.uk – Passenger jet crashes near Almaty
A passenger plane crashes near Kazakhstan’s commercial capital, Almaty, killing at least 20 people, officials say.

news.com.au – S Korea prepares high-stake rocket launch
Final preparations are being made for a South Korean satellite launch.

bbc.co.uk – Rescuers battle floods aftermath
Rescue workers in Australia are working to help people affected by floods which have inundated two eastern states.

bbc.co.uk – Burma lifts 25-year-old ban on public gatherings
The reformist government of Burma has abolished a 25-year-old ban on public gatherings of more than five people.

news.com.au – Chemical leak at Samsung plant in S Korea
A worker has died and four others were injured when they attempted to stop a deadly chemical leak at Samsung’s plant in South Korea.

bbc.co.uk – Severe pollution shrouds Chinese capital
Severe pollution has covered the Chinese capital for the second time in two weeks, reducing visibility to 200m in some places.

bbc.co.uk – Rare pygmy elephants ‘poisoned’
Ten rare pygmy elephants are found dead in Borneo, with Malaysian officials saying they “highly suspect” poisoning.

bbc.co.uk – Cameron visiting Algeria for talks
David Cameron will focus on the struggle against al-Qaeda in North Africa when he visits Algeria later for talks with the country’s PM and president.

bbc.co.uk – Police recruitment facing shake-up
Plans to allow police in England and Wales to recruit senior officers from other professions are to be detailed, amid much opposition from the service.

bbc.co.uk – Army warns of Egypt’s ‘collapse’
Egypt’s armed forces chief General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi warns that the current political crisis “could lead to a collapse of the state”.

bbc.co.uk – Mali donor meeting raises $455m
Global donors pledge $455m towards an operation against Islamist militants in Mali, half of what African leaders had requested.

news.com.au – Fires rip through S.Africa’s winelands
Strong winds and hot weather are stoking runaway fires that are blazing through South Africa’s scenic wine-growing region.

bbc.co.uk – Nigeria lead poison fund welcomed
The release of $4m (£2.5m) promised by Nigeria’s president seven months ago to clean up villages contaminated by lead is welcomed by campaigners.

bbc.co.uk – Catalonia asks Spain for 9bn euros
The independence-minded region of Catalonia asks the Spanish central government for an extra 9bn euros (£7.7bn) in bailout money.

bbc.co.uk – ‘Bankrupt’ France comments rebutted
France’s politicians are defending the health of its economy after Labour Minister Michel Sapin described the state as “totally bankrupt”.

news.com.au – Russia eyes oil, gas projects in Venezuela
Russia will keep deepening cooperation with Venezuela’s government in oil, natural gas and electrical projects, Rosneft chief executive says.

bbc.co.uk – Peugeot Citroen job cuts plan suspended by French court
A court in France has suspended the restructuring plans of Peugeot Citroen, saying the carmaker had failed to consult some of its employees properly.

bbc.co.uk – Brazil fire ’caused by flares’
The chief investigator in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria says cheap fireworks meant for outdoor use caused a deadly nightclub fire.

news.com.au – Dozens found shot execution-style in Syria
The bodies of at least 68 young men and boys, all executed with a single shot to the head or neck, have been found in Syria.

bbc.co.uk – Syria being destroyed, says envoy
The conflict in Syria has reached “unprecedented levels of horror”, UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says, hours after evidence of another massacre emerges in Aleppo.

bbc.co.uk – Israel boycotts UN rights council
In an unprecedented step, Israel boycotts its regular review by the UN Human Rights Council, prompting concern that its work could be undermined.

news.com.au – US immigration reform within grasp: Obama
US President Barack Obama has announced a plan to usher 11 million illegal immigrants towards citizenship.

bbc.co.uk – Kerry approved to replace Clinton
The US Senate approves Senator John Kerry’s nomination as secretary of state, after he was backed unanimously by the foreign relations committee.

news.com.au – Congress okays $US50bn Sandy aid bill
The US Congress has sent a $US50 billion aid bill for victims of superstorm Sandy to the president for his signature after dragging their feet for 90 days.

bbc.co.uk – Ford shares down on Europe losses
Shares in Ford fall, despite the US carmaker reporting strong profits for the last three months, as problems in its European business mount.

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