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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 25th March 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 25th March 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Dispute over fire tragedy
Witnesses saw wind-blown embers land on a thatched hut and start the blaze that killed 37 Karen refugees including 10 children – but as survivors held a prayer service on Sunday, the Royal Forest Department says that’s impossible because there was no fire in the area.

nationmultimedia.com – UN staff to aid survivors after refugee-camp fire
The UN refugee agency will dispatch social workers to assist refugees affected by a fire that claimed at least 36 lives and destroyed hundreds of dwellings at a camp in Mae Hong Son’s Khun Yuam district on Friday.

mcot.net – Paramilitary rangers wounded in bomb blast in Pattani
Seven paramilitary rangers wounded in motorcycle bomb blast in Pattani’s Sai Buri district while en route to military base

bangkokpost.com – South on alert
Peace talks open this week and the anniversary of the Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel is near – so security officials are on edge and on red alert.

bangkokpost.com – Police transferred after casino raids
City police chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang has signed an order to transfer the top five police officers at Klong Tan and Bang Na police stations to temporary duty at Metropolitan Police headquarters for 30 days pending an investigation after casinos in the two areas were raided.

nationmultimedia.com – Govt says loanbill report transparent
The Democrats’ attempts to fault the government in regard to the Bt2.2-trillion loan bill are unjustified, Deputy Government Spokeswoman Sunisa Lertpakawat said yesterday. “The Democrats are making a number of groundless allegations against the government,” she said.

bangkokpost.com – Graft fear in B2.2 trillion loan
A slight majority of people agree with the government’s plan to acquire 2.2 trillion baht in loans for transport infrastructure but most are concerned over corruption in the implementation of the various projects, Suan Dusit Poll revealed on Sunday.

nationmultimedia.com – Govt to push for article by article change
The government has opted to push for constitutional amendment by individual articles after its efforts to have the post-coup charter replaced by a new one ran into strong opposition.

nationmultimedia.com – ‘Ignoring court advice may ignite protests’
Thammasat University will warn the government not to ignore the Constitution Court’s advice to hold a public referendum on rewriting the Constitution as that could rekindle political protests.

mcot.net – Strong baht to wreak havoc on Thai auto industry
The rapid appreciation of the baht combined with a labour shortage may inflict a serious blow on Thailand’s automotive industry as some companies mull relocating their production bases to Indonesia, according to a Thai industrialist.

bangkokpost.com – Power saving record for Bangkok
Bangkok set a record for power saving during the global “Earth Hour” energy-saving campaign on Saturday, City Hall revealed on Sunday.

ASIA
bangkokpost.com – China pushes NKorea over nukes
China is trying to punish ally North Korea for its nuclear and missile tests, stepping up inspections of North Korean-bound cargo in a calibrated effort to send a message of Chinese pique without further provoking a testy Pyongyang government.

bangkokpost.com – Myanmar unrest spreads: officials
Dozens of houses and a mosque have been torched as communal violence spread in Myanmar, officials said Sunday, adding scores of people have been arrested.

news.com.au – Foreign maids lose fight for HK residency
Hong Kong’s top court has denied permanent residency to two Filipino domestic helpers in the final decision of a landmark legal case.

bbc.co.uk – Musharraf returns to Pakistan
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf returns to Pakistan, ending his self-imposed four-year exile and defying death threats.

news.com.au – Imran Khan rallies thousands in Pakistan
Around 100,000 people have turned out for a rally by Pakistani politician Imran Khan in Lahore.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Border agency condemned over backlog
The UK Border Agency is still plagued by backlogs of unresolved immigration cases, reports the Home Affairs Committee of MPs.

bbc.co.uk – Power cuts persist amid severe cold
Engineers are hampered by snow-drifts up to 18ft high in some parts as they try to restore power to thousands of UK homes hit by the severe weather.

bbc.co.uk – Profit at Big Five banks ‘wiped out’
The major UK banks saw their core profits for 2012 wiped out by a mix of regulations and their own mistakes, a KPMG report says.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – CAR coup leaders ‘must remain calm’
France urges restraint on rebels in the Central African Republic, who have taken over the capital and forced the president to flee.

news.com.au – Prisoners escape in Nigerian jail attack
Gunmen have attacked a jail in eastern Nigeria allowing more than 100 inmates to escape.

bbc.co.uk – Islamist rebels attack Mali town
Islamist rebels attack Gao in northern Mali, officials say, and are only repelled after a firefight lasting several hours.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Deal reached in Cyprus bailout talks
A key meeting of eurozone finance ministers has produced a deal on a crucial bailout for Cyprus.

news.com.au – Eleven escape in Greek prison shooting
Eleven prisoners have escaped a Greek jail, using ropes and bed sheets tied together to climb down a guard tower that had been attacked by outside gunmen.

news.com.au – Protest hits Italy high-speed rail link
Thousands have protested a new rail link in Italy that would cut the train travel time between Paris and Turin to around four hours from seven.

bbc.co.uk – Paris rally against gay marriage
Hundreds of thousands gather in central Paris for a final protest against a bill to legalise same-sex marriage, as police fire tear gas amid scuffles.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Mexico uncovers ancient pelota courts at Tajin site
Archaeologists in Mexico say they have uncovered three ancient playing fields at a pre-Hispanic site in the eastern state of Veracruz.

news.com.au – Moderate quake rattles Trinidad & Tobago
A moderate earthquake has rattled Trinidad & Tobago, causing some alarm but no reported damage or injuries.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Israel opens fire after ‘shooting from inside Syria’
The Israeli government has said its military destroyed a machine-gun nest inside Syria after troops were shot at twice in the Golan Heights.

news.com.au – Rebels besiege Libyan PM office
About 200 former rebel fighters in Libya have besieged the prime minister’s office, demanding that he resign.

bbc.co.uk – Syrian opposition leader resigns
The leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition says he has quit his job, but a report claims the coalition has refused his resignation.

US
news.com.au – Kerry warns Iraq PM on Iran-Syria flights
The United States has urged Iraq to stop allowing Iranian flights apparently carrying military equipment through its airspace headed to Syria.

bbc.co.uk – Obama ends Middle East trip with visit to Petra ruins
US President Barack Obama has ended his visit to the Middle East with a trip to the famous ruins of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.

bbc.co.uk – Schwarzenegger mentor Weider dies
Bodybuilding guru Joe Weider, the man who launched Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Hollywood career, has died aged 93.



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