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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 11th February 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 11th February 2013PHUKET
bangkokpost.com – Norwegian gifts Phuket needy
A Norwegian who died of causes believe related to asthma on Saturday left behind a will in which his assets worth more than 100 million baht are to be donated to foundations for the elderly and children in Phuket.

THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Yingluck backs curfew call
An ambushed army truck with the bodies of five soldiers, and the smoking remains of the biggest-ever car bomb that caused the carnage have moved Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to support calls for a curfew in the most violent parts of the deep South.

nationmultimedia.com – Pongsapat Denies link to building scandal
Pheu Thai Party gubernatorial candidate Pol General Pongsapat Pongcharoen had no role in the alleged corruption scandal involving a contract to construct 396 police stations across the country, Department of Special Investigation director-general Tarit Pengdith said yesterday.

bangkokpost.com – King on the mend
A blood test has revealed that His Majesty the King has a bacterial infection, the Royal Household Bureau announced on Sunday.

mcot.net – PM: 2013 will be the Year of Thailand
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday said she wants 2013 to be the Year of Thailand, where the country’s economy is growing and confidence will be restored.

nationmultimedia.com – Cops demand money from shopowner in front of reporter
Two police officers yesterday allegedly tried to extort money for the Chinese New Year from a suit-shop owner in Bang Rak district without realising they were doing so in front of a Nation television journalist.

mcot.net – Many Bangkokians to avoid polls as they are sick of politics: Poll
“Fed up with politics” is a major reason claimed by Bangkokians who said they would not cast their ballots in the upcoming gubernatorial election, a university poll revealed on Saturday.

bangkokpost.com – The female candidates
Four women are running to be governor of Bangkok because, “Today, women are no longer inferior to men” – and hope their sisters agree with that at the polls.

nationmultimedia.com – I sell the truth, not dreams: Sukhumbhand
The Democrat Party’s Bangkok governor candidate MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra was emotional and lost his temper during a speech on Friday evening.

nationmultimedia.com – Democrats firm in opposition to blanket amnesty, Abhisit says
The Democrat Party will not waver in its resistance to a sweeping pardon for political protesters even if it has to go it alone, the party leader said yesterday.

bangkokpost.com – Greet the snake
People across the country and throughout Asia usher in the Chinese New Year, an occasion that could net Thailand 10 billion baht from tourism.

bangkokpost.com – Shark fin protest on Chinese NY
Animal rights advocates launched a nation-wide campaign against the sale and consumption of shark fins on Sunday as celebrations to mark Chinese New Year continue with huge banquets which traditionally serve the controversial delicacy.

bangkokpost.com – Coastal erosion threatens village
TRAT – Residents of a seaside village in tambon Lam Klad of Muang district on Sunday expressed concern over the increased threat of coastal erosion that has already left their homes closer to the sea.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – Holiest day at India’s Kumbh Mela
Some 30 million pilgrims take a dip on the holiest day at India’s Kumbh Mela but officials tell BBC Hindi that 36 people died in a stampede.

news.com.au – Powerful aftershocks rattle Solomons
Am third powerful aftershock has rattled the Solomon Islands five days after an earthquake triggered a deadly tsunami.

news.com.au – China reports two human cases of bird flu
Two Chinese patients with bird flu are reported to be in a critical condition in the southwestern city of Guiyang.

news.com.au – More Chinese ships in disputed waters
More Chinese ships have been spotted in an area that is causing renewed tensions with Japan.

bbc.co.uk – World’s largest captive croc
Lolong, a six metre-long saltwater crocodile weighing over 1,000kg, dies in an eco-park in the Philippines.

bbc.co.uk – ‘Ping-pong diplomacy’ player dies
Chinese table-tennis player Zhuang Zedong, who had a pivotal role in the “ping-pong diplomacy” that led to a thaw in US-China ties in the 1970s, dies.

UK
news.com.au – Scotland may have to reapply to UN and EU
If Scotland decides to secede from the UK after a 2014 referendum, it may have to reapply to join organisations such as the UN and EU, legal experts say.

bbc.co.uk – Horsemeat scandal: Paterson to update MPs
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is to update MPs on the latest developments in the horsemeat scandal.

news.com.au – Britain rules out ‘panic’ EU meat ban
The UK government has ruled out imposing a ban on importing meat from EU countries amid a horsemeat scandal.

bbc.co.uk – Many cancer patients are struggling alone, charity says
Thousands of cancer patients struggle to manage their treatment and recovery because they get no support from family or friends, a charity has said.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Heavy gunfire in north Mali town
Malian troops and suspected Islamist militants are exchanging heavy gunfire in Gao, a day after a suicide bomb attack in the northern town.

news.com.au – Three doctors slain in Nigeria N Koreans
Three North Korean doctors have died after their throats were slit in Nigeria – the latest in a series of attacks on medical workers.

bbc.co.uk – Tunisia party ‘to leave government’
The party of Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki says it will quit the Islamist-led government, amid the country’s worst crisis since the Arab Spring.

news.com.au – S Africa police arrest Congo ringleader
South African police have arrested the ringleader of a group of 19 Congolese rebels, who face charges of plotting a war in Congo.

bbc.co.uk – Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
Sunday Mba scores a magnificent winner as Nigeria win the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time – their first since 1994.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Five dead on Canaries cruise ship
A lifeboat crashes over the side of a Thomson cruise ship while it is docked in the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands, killing five crew members.

bbc.co.uk – French stores pull frozen beef meals
Six French stores pull beef products over fears they may contain horsemeat, as France investigates if the food firms knowingly misled consumers.

LATIN AMERICA
news.com.au –  Moderate 5.7 quake strikes off Chile: USGS
A moderate 5.7 earthquake has struck off Chile, but there are no reports of damage or a tsunami.

bbc.co.uk – Peru, Chile and Bolivia hit by floods after heavy rain
Torrential rain has been causing havoc along the Pacific coast side of South America, with flooding causing the deaths of at least six people in Peru.

bbc.co.uk – Mexico gang ‘security chief’ caught
A man suspected of being the chief of security for Mexico’s most wanted drug dealer is captured without a shot being fired, military officials say.

bbc.co.uk – Venezuela devalues currency by 32% against the dollar
Venezuela has cut the value of its currency against the US dollar by 32%, in an effort to boost its economy.

news.com.au – Give peasants land, Colombia rebels urge
The FARC guerrilla group says the Colombian government has a duty to “settle its historic debt” by turning over land.

bbc.co.uk – Samba for vast crowd at Rio carnival
As Rio de Janeiro’s carnival gets under way, its oldest street parade draws an estimated 1.5m revellers to the city’s business district.

MID-EAST
news.com.au – Syria oppn laments Assad refusal to talk
Syria’s opposition chief has lamented the refusal by the Damascus regime to hold talks to end the conflict in the country.

bbc.co.uk – Attack on Iranian exile camp in Iraq
Five people are killed in an attack on a camp in central Iraq housing members of the People’s Mujahideen Organisation of Iran, officials say.

bbc.co.uk – Jerusalem football club torched
The offices of Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem are set on fire in a suspected arson attack that is thought to be linked to opposition to its signing of Muslim players.

US
bbc.co.uk – $1m reward for fugitive LAPD officer
Los Angeles officials offer a $1m reward in the manhunt for fugitive ex-police officer Christopher Dorner, suspected of three murders.

bbc.co.uk – Snow-hit US states begin clear-up
Thousands of people across large swathes of the north-eastern United States and eastern Canada battle to clear up after an intense snowstorm.



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