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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 15th February 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 15th February 2013Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 15th February 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Four more attackers caught
As villagers buried and lauded the dead ‘martyrs’, security forces swept up after Wednesday’s attack and picked up four more insurgents wounded and on the run after the marine battle.

mcot.net – Deputy PM: Aid to dead militants’ families up to southern authorities’ judgement
The authorities in Thailand’s far South are empowered to grant assistance to family members of militants who were killed in an attack on a marine outpost in Narathiwat’s Bacho district Wednesday morning, according to Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung.

nationmultimedia.com – In death, another side to insurgent Mahrosu is revealed
Mahrosu Jantarawadee’s parents had to wait for four hours before Narathiwat Hospital would release his body because the commander of the Fourth Army Area and other VIPs wanted to see what the 31-year-old man looked like.

bangkokpost.com – Curfew unwanted
Local residents and the government’s own administration centre are strongly opposing any curfew for the deep South – to be decided at a Bangkok meeting.

nationmultimedia.com – Ombudsman hands Foreign Ministry ultimatum over Thaksin’s passport
The Office of the Ombudsman has stepped up pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to heed its recommendation that former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s passport be recalled, Ombudsman spokesman Raksakecha Chaechai said yesterday.

bangkokpost.com – Nothing to see here
The police panel investigating the 5.8-billion baht scandal over building police stations has looked, but was unable to find any evidence of corruption.

nationmultimedia.com – Turnout, not ideas, to decide city race
The race for the position of Bangkok governor has been very low key, raising concerns that voter turnout on March 3 will be correspondingly low.

mcot.net – Gov’t-backed Pongsapat still leading candidate for Bangkok governorship
Pheu Thai Party candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen remained  favourite among prospective Bangkok voters in a third academic survey by one of Thailand’s leading universities.

bagkokpost.com – UDD bid to observe election rejected
The election committee of Bangkok has rejected the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship’s (UDD) request to dispatch 10,000 volunteers to observe the March 3 Bangkok governor election inside polling units.

bangkokpost.com – Central bank chief says baht under control
The Bank of Thailand appears less concerned about a stronger baht, saying appreciation has eased and stayed within the same range as other regional currencies.

bangkokpost.com – Thai pay rises in line with inflation
A large proportion of businesses – 42% – say they will give pay rises equal to the inflation rate while 19% say they will increase salaries to above the inflation rate despite most international economies heading in the opposite direction.

bangkokpost.com – All you need is love
Valentine’s Day meant lovers, same-sex couples, 90-year-olds tying the knot – and special messages that ‘I Heart the South’ from other regions.

news.com.au – Thai couple sets record for longest kiss
A Thai couple has set a new record for the longest kiss for the second time in three years.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – ‘White phosphorus’ at Burma protest
Burmese police fired military-issue white phosphorus grenades to disperse protesters at a controversial copper mine, a new report alleges.

news.com.au – Ten miners buried in Philippine mudslide
A landslide has hit a coal mining pit in the central Philippines, burying at least 13 workers, three of whom have been rescued.

bbc.co.uk – ‘Nineteen dead’ in Pakistan attacks
At least 19 people are killed in a series of attacks on security forces and an anti-Taliban tribe in north-west Pakistan, officials say.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Arrests in horsemeat investigation
Police probing alleged horsemeat mislabelling arrest two men near Aberystwyth and one in Todmorden, West Yorkshire on suspicion of fraud offences.

news.com.au – UK warns of Western jihadists from Syria
Britain has warned that Islamic extremists from Western countries who have gone to fight in Syria could carry out terrorist attacks when they return home.

news.com.au – UK rents fall for third month in a row
The UK rental market has continued to fall, with rents dropping for the third straight month.

bbc.co.uk – MPs condemn inaction on dog attacks
Government plans aimed at limiting the number of attacks on the public by dogs are labelled woefully inadequate by a committee of MPs.

bbc.co.uk – MPs urge swifter response over anti-social behaviour
Victims of anti-social behaviour should be guaranteed a response from the authorities if they have complained more than five times, an influential group of MPs has said.

AFRICA
bangkokpost.com – ‘Blade Runner’ charged with murder
South African police said Thursday they have charged Olympic sprint star Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius with the Valentine’s Day murder of his model girlfriend, playing down reports she was mistaken for a burglar.

news.com.au – PNG police arrest 100 over burning murder
As many as 100 people have been arrested in PNG after a 20-year-old woman was stripped, tortured and set on fire by a crowd that accused her of sorcery.

bbc.co.uk – Ivory Coast player in fraud arrest
The car of Ivory Coast star Cheick Tiote is seized by UK police after he was arrested on suspicion of fraud.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Eurozone sees recession deepen
The eurozone recession deepened in the final three months of 2012, with the area’s economy contracting by 0.6%.

bbc.co.uk – Germany finds horsemeat in lasagne
Germany is the latest country to report horsemeat DNA in processed beef, as authorities across the EU are told to conduct tests.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Colombian Farc delay hostage release
Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Farc, postpones the release of three hostages, reportedly blaming the move on the media presence in the area.

news.com.au – Red alert over Valparaiso fire
Chile’s emergency office has issued a red alert with a fire in the coastal city of Valparaiso consuming 60 houses and forcing 500 families to be evacuated.

bbc.co.uk – Bolivia stokes Chile border tension
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales renews his calls for the release of three soldiers arrested in Chile, marking the anniversary of the War of the Pacific.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Islamists ‘capture Syrian oil town’
Fighters from the Islamist al-Nusra Front have captured a town close to Syria’s oil city of Hasaka, according to foreign-based anti-Assad organisations.

news.com.au – UN denies new Syria peace plan drafted
The UN has denied a report that it has drafted a new peace plan for Syria, saying it supports peace talks proposed by the opposition.

news.com.au – Iran sought nuclear parts in China: report
A report by a renowned US nuclear scientist claims Iran tried to smuggle thousands of magnets through China to hasten its nuclear weapons capability.

US
bbc.co.uk – Crippled cruise ship Triumph reaches land
A crippled cruise ship with more than 4,000 people aboard reaches land in the US, four days after an engine fire knocked out the vessel’s power.



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