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Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 2nd March 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 2nd March 2013THAILAND
bangkokpost.com – Battle for Bangkok
With voters heading to the polls on Sunday to elect a new city governor, a close race is all but guaranteed with the Pheu Thai Party and its arch-rival the Democrats both confident of victory.

nationmultimedia.com – Police to be equipped with cameras and meters to prevent poll rigging
Police personnel dispatched to polling stations throughout Bangkok tomorrow will be equipped with counting meters and shoulder-mounted cameras in a bid to prevent electoral fraud in the capital’s gubernatorial polls.

bangkokpost.com – Jatuporn deputy city boss reports quashed
Pheu Thai yesterday dismissed reports that red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan would become a deputy governor if the party wins tomorrow’s Bangkok election.

bangkokpost.com – Explosions after peace deal
At least 5 people were injured in two bomb blasts in Narathiwat, a day after the government signed a peace talks deal with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional.

bangkokpost.com – DSI tipped to fail teachers on tests
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is expected to ask the Education Ministry to nullify recruitment exam results for 2,000 assistant teachers nationwide after finding evidence of cheating.

nationmultimedia.com – Demand in Thailand ’cause of African elephant poaching’
More than 500 soldiers have been working hard in the Bouba Ndjida National Park on a mission to end a bloody business – elephant poaching. And though this operation is taking place thousands of miles away, it is very much related to the ivory trade in Thailand.

mcot.net – Impressive Bt6.5 billion net profit for Thai Airways International
Thai Airways International (THAI), Thailand’s national flag carrier, today announced a net profit of over Bt6 billion for last year’s operations – a sharp turnaround from 2011 when the company suffered a Bt10.2 billion loss.

bangkokpost.om – Economists dismayed by baht row
Local economists have voiced disappointment over the most recent public debate on baht appreciation and the use of monetary policy to address it.

bangkokpost.com – Market momentum clipped
SET jumps to a 19-year high in early trade on the return of foreign buying but slips back as local and foreign investors fret about US budget impasse.

mcot.net – Export Business Index expands less than 1% in January
Thailand’s export business index in January expanded marginally at less than one per cent at 0.93, compared to the index in December 2011 and despite the 16.9-per cent growth of exports overall in January, according to the Thai National Shippers’ Council.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk –  China parades condemned killers
Four men are paraded live on television before being executed in China for the murder of 13 Chinese fishermen on the Mekong river in 2011..

bbc.co.uk – ’14 dead’ in Sabah stand-off clashes
At least 14 people are reported to have died in clashes to end a siege at a village in Malaysia’s Sabah province by a Philippines clan, police say.

bbc.co.uk – Bangladesh war crimes verdict sparks more violence
Protesters clashed with police for a second day, after a senior Islamist party leader was sentenced to death by a special war crimes tribunal.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Defence secretary warns on more cuts
Further big cuts in defence spending would lead to the loss of the UK’s military capability, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond warns.

bbc.co.uk – UK ‘using less petrol but more gas’
A report from the Office for National Statistics shows that Britons are becoming more economical with vehicle fuel but more profligate with gas.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Top al-Qaeda leader ‘killed in Mali’
Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, a senior al-Qaeda militant accused of killing Western hostages, has been killed in Mali, Chad’s president says.

news.com.au – Dozens wounded in DR Congo hospital attack
Battles between the army and a rebel militia in eastern DR Congo have left at least 36 people dead and thousands have sought refuge at a UN base.

bbc.co.uk – SA police held over dragging death
Eight South African police officers are arrested over the death of a Mozambican man who was dragged through the streets behind a police vehicle.

news.com.au – Two killed in blasts at Somali restaurant
Two explosions in the Somali city of Mogadishu have killed at least two people in what is the latest in a string of attacks in the war-ravaged city.

bbc.co.uk – DR Congo: Bunagana residents flee M23 clashes to Uganda
More than 4,000 people have fled at night from a border town into Uganda after rival rebel factions fought in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – President rejects new polls in Italy
The prospect of an early repeat vote in Italy to break the February election gridlock recedes after the outgoing head of state rejects the idea.

news.com.au – Berlusconi claims innocence in trial
Billionaire Silvio Berlusconi takes the stand at his appeal trial in Milan against a tax fraud conviction.

bbc.co.uk – Eurozone unemployment hits 11.9%
The rate of unemployment in the eurozone rose to a fresh record high in January, climbing from 11.8% to 11.9%.

news.com.au – Don’t tear down wall: Berlin protesters
Protestors are unhappy that a section of the Berlin Wall is about to be taken down to make way for a new development.

LATIN AMERICA
news.com.au – Venezuela slams media ‘lies’ about Chavez
Venezuela’s vice president has slammed rumours about the fate of the ill President Hugo Chavez, calling it psychological warfare to confuse people.

bbc.co.uk – Brazil economy grew 0.9% in 2012
The Brazilian economy grew at its slowest pace for three years in 2012, according to official figures, expanding by 0.9%.

news.com.au – Rio police set to occupy slum near airport
Rio authorities are moving to assert control in lawless favelas, or slums, ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio summer Olympics.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Pakistan-Iran pipeline ‘to start’
Work on a gas pipeline between Iran and Pakistan is to begin on 11 March, Pakistani officials say, despite US warnings of possible sanctions.

bbc.co.uk – Iraq bombings kill at least five in Diwaniya market
At least five people have been killed in a double car bombing at a market in the southern Iraqi city of Diwaniya, officials say.

US
bbc.co.uk – Obama signs budget cuts into effect
US President Barack Obama signs into effect a wave of steep spending cuts after political leaders fail to reach a deal to avert them.

news.com.au – US budget cuts threaten military: Hagel
US Defence officials say they will be forced to reduce the working week of 800,000 civilian employees due to the massive spending cuts about to roll out.

bbc.co.uk – Kerry holds Syria talks in Turkey
US Secretary of State John Kerry holds talks with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on the conflict in neighbouring Syria, amid differences on how best to support the opposition.

bangkokpost.com – Armstrong faces two new lawsuits
Lance Armstrong was facing two more lawsuits on Friday spawned by his admission that all seven of his Tour de France victories were fueled by banned drugs.



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