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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 18th February 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 18th February 2013PHUKET
bangkokpost.com – DSI says 14 resorts encroaching
The Department of Special Investigation says that 14 hotels and resorts in Phuket have encroached on national park land, sparking a probe by the Land Department to verify ownership of the concerned plots.

bangkokpost.com – Day of revenge
Southern militants put on a terrorist show of force in Pattani to prove they can bounce back from their military defeat last Wednesday, with 50 bombs in 20 hours including a bloody explosion at high noon at the iconic Pattani clock tower.

bangkokpost.com – Murderer or martyr?
The funeral for “16 warrior martyrs” has angered Thais – but facts of the militants’ attack tell a nuanced story.

mcot.net – PM remarks on bomb attacks in Pattani
PM remarks on bomb attacks in Pattani, expresses concern about safety of residents & authorities; declines to say if attacks are retaliation.

mcot.net – Deputy PM Chalerm to chair security agencies meeting
Deputy PM Chalerm to chair security agencies meeting on Monday to discuss & review measures to deal with southern problems, to propose Internal Security Act enforcement

nationmultimedia.com – A ‘hidden agenda’ in gas-supply
The government has hijacked the public’s concerns over energy supplies in the coming hot season as part of a hidden agenda to build more environmentally unfriendly power plants in the South, conservationists said yesterday.

bangkokpost.com – Dems seek urgent energy steps
The Democrats on Sunday pressured the government to move more quickly in drawing up an emergency operation plan to thwart a nationwide power shortage in April, when Myanmar starts its annual maintenance on gas platforms.

bangkokpost.com – The informant did it
Police are always happy to get aid from the public – but little did they suspect that the helpful man who reported finding a murder victim was the killer.

nationmultimedia.com – No consensus on scope of amnesty law
Amnesty for law violators involved in the political conflict since the coup of 2006 has become a hot topic and has led to heated public debate over who should benefit and who should be excluded.

bangkokpost.com – Hot election campaign
Sunday campaigning was hot – but city planning experts had a look at candidates’ plans and promises, and turned frankly sceptical, especially on traffic.

bangkokpost.com – BoT: Property prices still manageable
Property prices in some areas have quickly increased but they will not affect the entire economy, Bank of Thailand governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul said on Sunday.

bbc.co.uk – Bangladesh protests spark law change
Bangladesh alters a law to allow the state to appeal against the life sentence of an Islamist party leader, after protesters called for his execution.

news.com.au – Floods and landslides kill 13 in Indonesia
Heavy rains on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi have caused landslides and floods, killing at least 13 people.

bbc.co.uk – Pakistan blast: Governor fury at ‘intelligence failure’
The governor of Pakistan’s Balochistan province has accused intelligence and law enforcement agencies of being unable to keep the peace after a bomb blast in Quetta killed at least 81.

news.com.au – Singapore rally demands immigration curbs
Singaporeand have staged a rare demonstration, in protest at government plans to allow more immigration.

bbc.co.uk – Sri Lanka group seeks halal boycott
A hardline Sinhalese Buddhist group in Sri Lanka calls for the abolition of the Muslim halal system of certifying foods and other goods.

bbc.co.uk – Food retailers set for meat talks
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is set to meet food retailers and trade bodies later to establish what is being done to restore consumer confidence.

bbc.co.uk – Cameron in India partnership pledge
David Cameron says Britain and India can be one of the great partnerships of the 21st century, as he arrives on a three-day visit.

news.com.au – BBC journalists begin 24-hour strike
BBC journalists have begun a 24-hour strike t protest at compulsory redundancies, causing possible disruption to the broadcaster’s television and radio.

bbc.co.uk – Fizzy drinks tax needed – doctors
Fizzy drinks should be heavily taxed and junk food adverts banished until after the TV watershed, doctors say, in a call for action over obesity.

news.com.au – Plus-sized models celebrate in London
An alternative event to London Fashion Week has celebrated the larger lady and all her curves.

bangkokpost.com – Nigeria gunmen grab 7 foreigners
Gunmen stormed a Lebanese-owned construction site in northern Nigeria, kidnapping seven foreign workers and killing a security guard, police said on Sunday.

bbc.co.uk – Foreigners held in Libya on suspicion of proselytising
Four foreign nationals have been arrested in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on suspicion of being Christian missionaries, officials say.

news.com.au – Agent cancels all races for Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius’ track career has been put on hold indefinitely because of his murder charge.

bbc.co.uk – Cyprus election goes to run-off
The presidential election in Cyprus heads to a second round after frontrunner Nicos Anastasiades falls short of the 50% needed for an outright majority.

bbc.co.uk – Arsonists attack Hellas gold mine in northern Greece
Dozens of masked intruders have raided a gold mining operation in northern Greece, officials say.

news.com.au – Thousands protest evictions across Spain
Thousands of people have demonstrated in Spanish cities pushing for a new law to end a wave of evictions of homeowners ruined by the economic crisis.

bbc.co.uk – Meteorite fragments found in Urals
Russian scientists say they have found fragments of a meteorite that struck in the Urals region on Friday, injuring some 1,200 people.

bbc.co.uk – Farc releases Colombia soldier held for several weeks
Colombia’s main left-wing rebel group has released a soldier it had held hostage for nearly three weeks.

bbc.co.uk – Ecuador’s Correa is re-elected
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa calls for “another four years of revolution” as he is re-elected for a third term with more than 50% of the vote.

bbc.co.uk – Baghdad hit by deadly bomb blasts
Several car bombs explode in mainly Shia areas in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 21 people and injuring scores more, officials say.

news.com.au – Syria rebels on offensive
Rebels pressed the “Battle of the airports” in north Syria, striking three key facilities.

news.com.au – Libya celebrates revolt anniversary
Libians are celebrating two years since the start of the revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

bbc.co.uk –  Israel lets in wounded Syrians
Israel says Syrians can cross into the occupied Golan Heights “in exceptional cases” after seven are taken to hospital in northern Israel.

bangkokpost.com – Iran confiscates Buddha images
Buddha images have joined Barbie dolls and characters from “The Simpsons” TV cartoon as banned items in Iran.

news.com.au – Obama tees it up with Tiger
US President and keen golfer Barack Obama has played a round with Tiger Woods for the first time.

news.com.au – US protesters urge Obama to act on climate
A rally to urge Barack Obama to take concrete measures to fight global warming has drawn tens of thousands of people to Washington.

news.com.au – Die Hard scores with $25m debut in US
The Jai Courtney and Bruce Willis action vehicle A Good Day to Die Hard has topped the weekend North American box office, taking in $US25 million.

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