Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Thursday 6th September 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Thursday 6th September 2012

THAILAND – Cop ‘rammed from behind’
A forensic investigation has found that a Thong Lor police officer did not cut in front of the Red Bull heir’s Ferrari with his motorcycle but was hit by the sports car from the rear. – DTAC fined Bt10m for network failure
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has slapped Total Access Communications (DTAC) with a fine of Bt10 million over its network failure late last month. The mobile-phone service provider must pay the fine within 15 days, NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasit said yesterday. – Corruption remains Thailand’s most vulnerable factor
The Yingluck Shinawatra government has failed to deliver its promised crackdown on corruption, according to a poll at Bangkok’s Dhurakij Pundit University (DPU) – Thailand ranks 38th in competitiveness
Thailand’s global competitiveness ranking has risen one place, to 38th, breaking a six-year streak of declines, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). – Heavy rains trigger flooding in north Thailand
Heavy rain in Thailand’s northern provinces caused localised flooding in this province, affecting about 1,000 homes, and flooding is likely to be reported from wider areas. – Bangkok home to peace council
The Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC), which was officially established yesterday, will set up its secretariat in Thailand. – National lift in 2013
The Central Wage Committee will implement the 300-baht minimum daily wage nationwide from January, but several economists say it might hurt the economy. – Flood drill ‘success’
Government officials have declared the water drainage tests conducted yesterday in the capital as a success.

ASIA – Bo Xilai ex-police chief charged
The former police chief at the centre of China’s biggest political scandal for years is charged with a number of offences, Chinese state media say. – Hillary Clinton visits East Timor
Hillary Clinton makes a landmark visit to East Timor following recent elections – the first US secretary of state to do so since its independence. – Rare earths plant for Malaysia
Australian miner Lynas on Wednesday said it had secured a temporary operating licence for its delayed $800 million rare earths facility in Malaysia and will begin production in October. – India fireworks blaze ‘kills 34’
At least 34 people are killed in a massive blaze at a fireworks factory in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, police say. – Qantas and Emirates form alliance
Qantas Airways agrees to form an 10-year alliance with Emirates as it looks to turn around its loss-making international operations. – Thief swallows $14,000 diamond
A Chinese man arrested for attempted theft after swallowing a diamond worth nearly $14,000 at a gem exhibition in Sri Lanka Wednesday will have to undergo surgery to remove the stone, police said.

UK – Honda invests £267m in UK plant
Japanese car maker Honda is to invest £267m at its UK plant at Swindon as part of a plan to nearly double production. – North Belfast riot talks positive: Robinson and McGuinness
Northern Ireland’s first and deputy first ministers have described talks about contentious parades in north Belfast as “positive and constructive”. – UK rises in WEF competitiveness rankings survey
The UK has risen to eighth from 10th place in an annual study of global competitiveness. – Consultation launched on reducing Scotland’s drink-drive limit
A consultation on plans to reduce the drink-driving limit is to be launched by the Scottish government. – Planning rules set to be relaxed
David Cameron promises to get planning officers “off people’s backs” and make it easier for homeowners and businesses to build extensions and boost the economy.

AFRICA – Nigeria navy retakes hijacked tanker
Nigeria’s navy on Wednesday retook a Singapore-owned oil tanker that had been hijacked near Lagos with 23 Indian nationals on board, a spokesman for the vessel’s managers told AFP. – Malema rallies S Africa strikers
South African activist Julius Malema issues a new rallying call to striking miners, saying they must down tools until wage demands are met. – Wife of Zulu king ‘needs palace’
South Africa’s Zulu king wants the government to build a palace for his sixth and youngest wife at a cost of about $700,000, officials say. – Egypt fans attack football body
Fans attack the Cairo HQ of Egypt’s national football body over plans for the premier league to resume while a trial over deaths at a match continues.

EUROPE – ‘Longer working week’ for Greece
Greece’s international lenders suggest measures to free up the labour market, including increasing the maximum working week to six days. – France bodies found in ‘UK car’
Four people have been shot dead in south-eastern France, with three of the bodies being found in a UK-registered car, local officials say. – 2 hurt in French nuclear accident
Two people have been slightly injured in an accident at France’s oldest nuclear plant. – Lufthansa cancels Friday flights
Lufthansa cancels hundreds of flights on Friday as cabin staff stage another strike at Germany’s three busiest airports. – Spain lifts live TV bullfight ban
Spain’s public broadcaster starts airing live bullfights again after the new conservative government lifts a six-year ban on the tradition. –  Louboutin wins red soles fight with YSL
French shoemaker Christian Louboutin can trademark his famous red soles, a US court has ruled, reversing a ruling that allowed rival Yves Saint Laurent to mark its own outsoles in scarlet.

LATIN AMERICA – 7.6 quake off Pacific coast of Costa Rica
A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck near the Pacific coast of Costa Rica Wednesday, briefly knocking out power and communications and triggering tsunami warnings, authorities said.

MID-EAST – Syria military ‘bombards Aleppo’
Security forces shell several opposition-held districts in Syria’s second city of Aleppo, leaving at least 19 people dead, activists say. – Global donors pledge $6.4bn to stabilise fragile Yemen
Yemen is to receive $6.4bn (£4bn) in global aid to help stabilise the impoverished nation as it battles food shortages and post-Arab Spring unrest, the World Bank has said. – Al-Jazeera website defaced by pro-Syrian hackers
The Arabic website of news network al-Jazeera has been defaced, apparently by hackers loyal to the Syrian regime.

US – Clinton rallies Americans to vote Obama
Bill Clinton’s speech was the highlight of the second day of the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. – Deepwater Horizon: BP accused of gross negligence
The US Justice Department has accused BP of “gross negligence and wilful misconduct” over the Deepwater Horizon disaster, claims which BP denies. –  Oil from BP spill uncovered by Isaac
Waves from Hurricane Isaac have uncovered oil from the 2010 BP oil spill with tar balls and oil reported on shores in Alabama and Louisiana. – Key Arizona migrant clause backed
A judge rules officials in Arizona can demand to check the immigration status of stopped suspects, the most controversial provision of a migrant law. – West Nile virus death toll in US jumps by a third
The death toll from US cases of West Nile virus, which has killed scores of people, has risen by nearly a third in a week, according to health officials. – FBI denies link to leak of 12 million Apple codes
The FBI says there is “no evidence” that a hacker group gained access to 12 million identifying codes for Apple devices via an FBI agent’s laptop. – Motorola unveils its first phones under Google management
Motorola unveiled its first smartphones Wednesday since its takeover by Google – three models of its Razr family that it hopes will emulate the success of the original Razr clamshell model from 2004. – Actor Michael Clarke Duncan died of natural causes
Green Mile actor Michael Clarke Duncan died of natural causes, a US coroner has confirmed.


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