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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 3rd November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 3rd November 2012THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Yingluck takes security post
After the rehearsal of the Royal Barge Procession, the premier reversed field, and appointed herself as minister in charge of national security – and what she hopes is a new, better-integrated command arrested three southern insurgents.

bangkokpost.com – Bring on the ICC
Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul says the country should put the war crimes prosecutor in charge of probing the 2010 red shirt violence.

mcot.net – Ex-PM Thaksin to meet Myanmar leader next week
Noppadon Pattama, legal advisor to ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, confirmed today that the former prime minister is scheduled to meet Myanmar President Thein Sein in Naypyidaw next week.

bangkokpost.com – SEC stresses ethics
TV’s Sorayuth Suthassanachinda still makes news instead of reporting it – as regulators claim his companies were “complicit in supporting corruption”.

bangkokpost.com – Confidence up, but industry still worried
Despite the rise in consumer confidence in October, which may generate more spending, many manufacturers complain they won’t be able to cope with added labour costs once the minimum wage rises to 300 baht daily from Jan 1.

bbc.co.uk – Pakistan petrol attack ‘kills 18’
At least 18 people are killed after attackers open fire at a petrol station in south-western Pakistan, triggering a huge blaze, officials say.

news.com.au – 6.1 quake hits off southern Philippines
No damage or injuries were immediately reported from a strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake which struck off the southern Philippines on Saturday.

bbc.co.uk – UN official urges China to address issues in Tibet
A top UN official has urged China to address issues in Tibet that have led to what she says is a rise in extreme protests, like self-immolations.

bbc.co.uk – Burma passes foreign capital bill
Burma’s president signs into law a bill designed to attract foreign investment, as the European Commission’s president pays a landmark visit.

bbc.co.uk – Cambodia backs hydroelectric dam
Cambodia approves a controversial hydroelectric dam on a Mekong tributary that environmentalists say will be a disaster for local people.

UK Foreign Office raises Egypt terror threat level
The UK’s Foreign Office has raised its terror threat level for Egypt from “general” to “high”.

bbc.co.uk – Fifth UK drug user is infected with anthrax
A drug user in Oxford is recovering from an anthrax infection after injecting heroin, say health experts.

bbc.co.uk – Uganda ‘to pull out of Somalia’
Uganda will withdraw its troops from international missions because of accusations it is arming Congolese rebels, its security minister says.

bbc.co.uk – ‘Youths executed’ in Nigeria city
Dozens of young men have been shot dead in Nigeria by the military in Maiduguri, residents in the north-eastern city tell the BBC.

bbc.co.uk – Libya gunmen end occupation of parliament building
Gunmen have ended their siege of Libya’s parliament, having been given the chance to meet the prime minister to air their grievances.

bbc.co.uk – Anglogold strikers return to work
Striking miners at two Anglogold Ashanti pits in South Africa agree to return to work as tensions across the country’s mineral sector ease .

bbc.co.uk – Swiss group forces migration vote
Swiss environmentalists collect enough signatures to force a controversial national referendum on immigration.

bbc.co.uk – US ‘using web to subvert Cubans’
Cuba accuses the US of helping Cuban dissidents access the internet as part of a campaign to undermine the communist government.

news.com.au – Mayor plans to fire 500 Mexican police
A mayor in Mexico plans to fire 500 of his 1700-strong police force, because they failed tests used to identify corruption.

bbc.co.uk – Syria rebels face war crime claim
The UN says a video that appears to show Syrian rebels murdering soldiers or pro-government militiamen could be evidence of a war crime.

bangkokpost – US jobless rate ticks up
The US unemployment rate rose to 7.9% in October from 7.8% the previous month, the government said Friday in a highly anticipated report ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election.

news.com.au – US death toll from Sandy rises to 92
Rescue workers in New York are continuing to comb destroyed neighbourhoods for survivors as efforts to restore power swing into gear.

bbc.co.uk – US election race reaches endgame
US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney launch a last-gasp dash to win undecided voters, four days before the general election.

bbc.co.uk – Sandy uproar cancels NYC marathon
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg caves in to fury over plans to press ahead with the storm-battered city’s marathon, and calls off the race.

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