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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 7th February 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 7th February 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – DSI eyes big catch
DSI chief Tarit Pengdith believes “a very influential figure” is behind the bungled, multi-billion baht police station construction scheme – and that the top members of the last Democrat government including Abhisit Vejjajiva may know useful details.

bangkokpost.com – South curfew floated
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung says the South needs a night curfew – but the defence minister quickly shot down that proposal.

nationmultimedia.com – Officials urge talks with Myanmar, UN on Rohingya
House Standing Committee on State Security chairman Weng Tojirakan yesterday discussed the Rohingya migrant issue and recommended talks with Myanmar to repatriate them or contact the United Nations to find a third country to take them in.

mcot.net – Thai team in UK to prepare temple dispute defence
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana left for London today to meet with legal consultants for preparations for the country’s oral statement before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in April in the Thai defence of the Preah Vihear temple dispute between Thailand and Cambodia.

nationmultimedia.com – Anti-money laundering agency eyes more dens
The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) last month seized the Tao Poon casino in Bang Sue district, and has two or three more illegal gambling dens in its sights.

bangkokpost.com – Dirty politics
The two main parties in the Bangkok election got down in the mud Wednesday, with insinuations, throwing charges, exchanging legal threats.

nationmultimedia.com – Honda plans new Bt17-bn factory in Prachin Buri
Japanese auto-maker Honda will invest Bt20 billion to build a new assembly and engine plant in Prachin Buri as well as expanding the Ayutthaya plant that was hit by the devastating floods in late 2011.

ASIA
news.com.au – Scramble to reach tsunami-hit villages
Disaster relief agencies are scrambling to reach tsunami-hit villages in the Solomon Islands, warning the death toll is likely to rise above 6.

bbc.co.uk – Pakistan rain and storms kill dozens
At least 32 people have been killed and dozens more injured after three days of heavy rain and storms in Pakistan, officials say.

bbc.co.uk – Japan PM condemns China radar act
Japan’s PM calls the move by a Chinese frigate to put a radar lock on a Japanese navy ship a “dangerous act”, as the US warns against any escalation.

bbc.co.uk – Australian sport rocked by doping inquiry
A year-long investigation has found “widespread” use of banned drugs in Australian professional sport.

news.com.au – North Korean nuke test has scientists agog
North Korea’s threatened third nuclear test will provide a gauge of where the rogue state’s nuclear program is headed.

bbc.co.uk – North Korea propaganda taken off YouTube
A propaganda video from the North Korean authorities has been removed from YouTube following a copyright claim by games maker Activision.

bbc.c.uk – Two hurt in attack by komodo dragon in Indonesia
Two men have been injured in an attack by a komodo dragon in a wildlife park in eastern Indonesia, park officials say.

bbc.co.uk – China promises rise in minimum wage to close income gap
China has approved a plan to tackle the widening income gap between rich and poor, which includes raising its minimum wage.

UK
news.com.au – Britain’s NHS ‘needs culture change’
Adamning inquiry into a hospital in Britain’s ailing state health system has recommended a fundamental change in culture to restore patient trust.

bbc.co.uk – Plan to scrap GCSEs ‘abandoned’
Plans to scrap GCSEs in key subjects in England and replace them with an English Baccalaureate Certificate seem set to be abandoned by ministers.

news.com.au – UK cities in tug-of-war over bones of king
Two UK cities are fighting for the bones of King Richard III, unearthed at a Leicester car park and confirmed as his skeleton this week.

bbc.co.uk – Stores withdraw beef products after French supplier issues
Two supermarket chains and a frozen food group have withdrawn some beef products from sale after concerns were raised at their French supplier.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – France seeks quick UN Mali handover
The UN should begin planning for African-led forces in Mali to become a full peacekeeping mission, France tells the Security Council, as clashes continue.

news.com.au – Hundreds march in Cairo for women
Hundreds of Egyptians have staged a rally against sexual violence as Amnesty calls for an end to the culture of impunity in the country.

bbc.co.uk – Elephant poaching ‘out of control’
More than 11,000 elephants have been killed by ivory poachers in Gabon since 2004 according to new research.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – EU set for crucial budget summit
European Union leaders begin a crucial two-day summit in Brussels to try to finally strike a deal on the next seven years of EU spending.

bbc.co.uk – MEPs back major EU fishing reform
The European Parliament approves a major reform of fishing to end the wasteful discarding of dead fish and help depleted stocks to recover.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Farc calls for legal coca farming
Colombia’s Farc rebels present proposals on farming at peace talks with the government, among them legalising coca, poppy and marijuana plantations.

news.com.au – Mexican girl, 9, gives birth
A nine year old Mexican girl has given birth and authorities are looking for the presumed father, who is 17.

bbc.co.uk – Falklanders ‘must decide own future’
It must be up to the people of the Falkland Islands to “decide their own future”, William Hague says after meeting local representatives.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Heavy fighting hits Syrian capital
Fierce fighting breaks out between rebels and pro-government troops in the Syrian capital, as bombings hit a central town and peace talk hopes fade.

news.com.au – Syria opposition wants UN seat
Syria’s opposition coalition is opening offices in Washington and NY as part of a drive to take Syria’s UN seat from President Bashar al-Assad.

bbc.co.uk – Hamas and Fatah ‘in unity talks’
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal tells the BBC he is in talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about forming a national unity government.

news.com.au – Iranians can ‘wipe out’ Israel if attacked
Iran is ready to ‘wipe out’ Israel if it attacks, the Iranian President has warned.

bbc.co.uk – Tunisia PM forms new government
Tunisia is to form a non-partisan government to run the country until elections, the PM says, hours after a leading opposition figure is assassinated.

US
news.com.au – Kerry vows to work for peace, fight terror
John  Kerry has been sworn in as US secretary of state, vowing to stand up to “extremism, terrorism, chaos and evil”.

bbc.co.uk – News Corporation profit doubles
News Corporation has reported a more-than-doubling in profits to $2.38bn, but spent another $56m to cover costs related to the defunct News of the World.

news.com.au – US Post to end Saturday letter service
The US Postal Service is attempting to cut its losses by halting letter deliveries on Saturdays.

bbc.co.uk – Lance Armstrong: US firm to sue disgraced cyclist for $12m
A Texan company plans to file a lawsuit on Thursday to recoup $12m (£7.6m) from disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.



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