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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 26th February 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 26th February 2013

THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Zero tolerance on nukes
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra got a special greeting from brand new President Park Geun-hye, and a very special on-stage ticket for the main very-Gangnam Style inauguration show – as the first female president of South Korea warned the North about nuclear weapons.

nationmultimedia.com – Grenade blast at temple festival kills four, injures 58
A grenade explosion rocked the Phra That Na Dun Festival in Maha Sarakham province late on Sunday night, killing three people and injuring 58 others.

bangkokpost.com – Woman killed in tourist van-train crash
KANCHANABURI – A woman was killed and 10 other people injured when a train hit a tourist van on a railway crossing in Sai Yok district on Monday afternoon.

bangkokpost.com – ‘Don’t talk yet’
Advisers and security officials are desperate to convince the prime minister that Malaysia is the wrong place and time to talk with southern separatists.

bangkokpost.com – Abhisit in favour of government-Pulo talks
Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday encouraged the government to accept the Pattani United Liberation Organisation’s proposal for talks on ending southern unrest, but 4th Army commander Udomchai Thammasaroraj said the separatist group really does not have a key role in the far South.

nationmultimedia.com – Insurgent’s life ‘a sunny day’ after plea-bargain
A former insurgent has urged the government to extend the plea-bargaining scheme to cover the entire southern border areas in order to attract more militants to surrender.

mcot.net – Thai southerners battling rain, flooding
Heavy rains and runoff from a local mountain range have inundated more than 1,000 homes and other structures in this southern province beginning yesterday, and the weather bureau is warning residents in six provinces in the region to be on alert for flash floods.

bangkokpost.com – If I lose...
Behind in all polls for Sunday’s election, Democrat MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra is already thinking about taking a break from politics.

nationmultimedia.com – Sukhumbhand spars, while Pongsapat dances away from policy debates
The Bangkok governor’s election has taken the style of a boxing match, with Pheu Thai Party’s Pol General Pongsapat dancing just out of range as Democrat Sukhumbhand Paribatra stands in the centre of the ring demanding that they exchange punches.

nationmultimedia.com – Abhisit and Korn also have much to lose
The March 3 Bangkok election could prove to be a tipping point not just for the future of its candidate Sukhumbhand Paribatra, but also for the party, its leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Korn Chatikavanij..

mcot.net – Emergency plan ready for April power crisis
Thailand’s Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) has mapped out an eight-step contingency plan to cope with possible power outage during routine maintenance of a critical natural gas platform in Myanmar April 5-14, according to a senior official.

bangkokpost.com – DSI targets Phangnga ‘land grabber’
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is gearing up for a crackdown on alleged land grabbing in beach forest and coastal areas in a national park in Phangnga.

nationmultimedia.com – BOT sees no benefit from dropping rates
Keeping the policy rate at its current level at its next meeting would mean the central bank is running with the tide, not against it, Bank of Thailand Governor Prasarn Trairatvora-kul has indicated.

ASIA
bangkokpost.com – China jams BBC radio
The BBC said Monday that its World Service shortwave radio broadcasts in English are being jammed in China in a deliberate move by the authorities there to cause “maximum disruption”.

news.com.au – N Korea leader monitors ‘actual war’ drill
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw a live-fire artillery drill aimed at simulating an “actual war”.

bbc.co.uk – Burma’s Thein Sein heads to Europe
Burma’s President Thein Sein embarks on his first European tour, where he is expected to engage in high-level talks.

news.com.au – Aquino warns sultan in Malaysian standoff
Philippines leader Benigno Aquino has warned a local ruler to pull back his followers who are involved in a two-week standoff with Malaysia authorities.

bbc.co.uk – ANA cancels more Dreamliner flights
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) cancels all Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights until at least the end of May, in the latest blow to Boeing.

bbc.co.uk – Kingfisher loses flying rights
India’s aviation ministry withdraws international flying rights and domestic slots from Kingfisher Airlines, in a fresh blow to the debt-laden carrier.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Sterling steadies after loss of UK AAA credit rating
The pound stabilised on Monday after a sharp fall over the weekend after the loss of the UK’s top AAA credit rating.

bbc.co.uk – Warning about student ‘money mules’
Fraud experts are warning that hundreds of thousands of people are in danger of being duped into laundering money for fraudsters.

bbc.co.uk – Dementia in care homes ‘more common’
Eight out of 10 residents in care homes are now thought to have dementia or severe memory problems, new data shows.
bbc.co.uk – Bad sleep ‘dramatically’ alters body
A run of poor sleep can have a dramatic effect on the internal workings of the human body, say UK researchers.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – French children in ‘kidnap video’
A video published on YouTube appears to show seven members of a French family, including four children, abducted by Islamists in Cameroon.

bbc.co.uk – Rival DR Congo rebel groups ‘clash’
At least eight people have been killed in the first clashes between rival factions of the M23 rebel group in eastern DR Congo, sources tell the BBC.

bbc.co.uk – Pistorius reports to SA authorities
Oscar Pistorius reports to the authorities in the South Africa, despite not being required to under the bail terms set by a magistrate last week.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Italy deadlock after protest vote
Parliamentary elections in Italy result in stalemate and the possibility of a hung parliament split between the centre-left and centre-right.

news.com.au – Prosecutor seeks trial for Italian captain
Prosecutors have requested a manslaughter trial for the captain of the Costa Concordia, which sank off the Tuscan coast killing 32 people.

bbc.co.uk – Horsemeat found in Ikea meatballs
Swedish-style meatballs for sale at Ikea in the Czech Republic are found to contain horsemeat, inspectors reveal, as EU ministers meet in Brussels.

news.com.au – Depardieu parties with Chechen leader
Gerard Depardieu has been partying with controversial Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, fascinating the state media of his newly adopted homeland Russia.

LATIN AMERICA
news.com.au – Small earthquake shakes Haitian capital
A small earthquake has shaken Haiti, causing people in the capital to scramble out of buildings in fear.

bbc.co.uk – Mexico’s Pena Nieto enacts major education reform
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has passed into law a major shake-up of the education system.

MID-EAST
news.com.au – Car bomb kills five soldiers in Damascus
A suicide car bomb at a Syrian army checkpoint in northeastern Damascus has killed five soldiers.

bbc.co.uk – Syria opposition U-turn on talks
The Syrian opposition reverses its decision to boycott international talks in Rome, after the US and the UK promise to increase their support.

bbc.co.uk – Iranian nuclear talks to resume
World powers and Iran are set to hold their first talks over its controversial nuclear programme since June 2012, in the Kazakh city of Almaty.

US
bbc.co.uk – Obama urges governors to prod Congress to deal
President Barack Obama has urged US governors to prod Congress to strike a budget deal averting a raft of deep budget cuts set to hit on Friday.

bbc.co.uk – NY Times brand to go international
The International Herald Tribune is to be renamed the International New York Times, as it adopts its parent newspaper’s brand.

bbc.co.uk – BP spill trial told it ‘put profits over safety’
BP has been accused of putting profits before safety on the first day of a trial in New Orleans over liability for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

bbc.co.uk – Daniel Day-Lewis makes Hollywood history
Daniel Day-Lewis has made Oscars history by becoming the first man to win the best actor prize three times.



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