Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 14th September 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 14th September 2012

WORLD – Job strain boosts risk of heart disease
A study of almost 200,000 people has found that “job strain” is a major cause of heart attacks, even when other risks are taken into account.

THAILAND – River residents brace
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was in flooded Sukhothai, certain that the city will be pumped out in two days – small consolation to very fearful homeowners near Bangkok building their own floodwall as the northern run-off surges closer. – Both sides blamed for violence
The long-awaited final report from the Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) on the 2010 crackdown, which was obtained in advance by The Nation, shows that the so-called “men in black” had received cooperation from red-shirt guards. It also said that security officers eventually used live bullets, deployed snipers and were likely responsible for the six deaths at Wat Pathumwanaram on May 19, 2010. – Who’s lying now?
Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong now says he wasn’t lying about the 15 per cent export growth – didn’t lie, has not lied, did not intend to lie, so there! – Abdullah: Engagement key to South solution
Engagement not containment is key in addressing Thailand’s southern problems along with continuous provision of quality education and employment to the locals to subside the sense of deprivation, recommended Malaysia’s former prime minister Abdullah Badawi. – Virabongsa airs doubts about Prasarn
Virabongsa Ramangkura, chairman of the central bank’s board of directors, expressed his dissatisfaction with the performance of the Bank of Thailand governor but refused to reveal whether the board itself on Wednesday night approved of Prasarn Trairatvorakul’s record. – Beer battle
ThaiBev threw a 220 billion baht spanner in the plans of Dutch brewer Heineken, with an offer to take over the Singapore beverage maker F&N, which makes Tiger.

ASIA – Six China ships near disputed isles
Six Chinese government ships sailed into waters around disputed islands claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo early Friday, the Japanese coastguard said, adding it had issued warnings telling them to leave. – Karachi mourns after factory fire
The Pakistani city of Karachi is in mourning following a blaze which killed 264 people at a garment factory, whose owners police are now seeking. –  N Korea says South aid offer is an insult
North Korea has rejected an offer of tonnes of aid from the South as insulting and a gesture to “save face”. – Eight schoolgirls drown in Vietnam lake
eight teenage girls have drowned after going for a swim in a lake in Vietnam. – India raises diesel price by 14%
India announces a sharp rise in the price of diesel, the first increase in more than a year, in an attempt to cut the country’s budget deficit. – Khmer Rouge leader unfit for trial
A war crimes court in Cambodia orders the release of Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Thirith, saying she is unfit to stand trial. – China lift plunge in Wuhan city kills 19
A platform lift at a construction site in central China has plunged 30 floors to the ground, killing its 19 passengers, state-run media report. – South Korea announces fresh stimulus for businesses
South Korea has unveiled a fresh stimulus plan, its second in four days, in an attempt to revive growth in its economy.

UK – Hillsborough: South Yorkshire Police consider IPCC referral
South Yorkshire Police is reopening investigations into the force’s conduct over the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. – Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli on trial over £1.4bn loss
The trial of a former City trader accused of causing the largest unauthorised trading loss in British history will start later. –  UK parliament ponders move for renovations
London’s Olympic Park could find its next tenants are British MPs who may have to temporarily move out of Westminster while major repairs are carried out. – Young children’s ambitions ‘hint at emotional strength’
Big career plans in young children may hint at greater emotional strength and resilience, a study suggests.

ARICA – Arrests over Libya embassy attack
Libyan authorities make arrests following a deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi as further unrest over a US-made anti-Islam film is expected. Ebola virus spreads in DR Congo
Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has already killed 31 people and could affect many more. – Egypt: Ex-PM Ahmed Nazif jailed for corruption
A court in Cairo has sentenced Egypt’s former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif to three years in prison for corruption. – South African miners call for general strike
A leader of South Africa’s striking platinum miners has called for a general strike to “bring mining companies to their knees”. –  Zimbabwe PM faces new bid to stop marriage
Zinbabwe’s prime minister is facing a second bid to stop his wedding this weekend, with a South African woman claiming she is the rightful fiancee. – New monkey identified in Africa
A new species of monkey has been identified in Africa, the second one in 28 years, say scientists.

EUROPE – Russia follows America’s Asian ‘pivot’
Russia is following America’s lead in pivoting towards the booming Asia-Pacific region. – Pro-Europe parties win Dutch vote
Dutch voters back pro-European centrist parties and inflict heavy losses on a far-right Eurosceptic group. – Experts ‘blame captain for Costa’
Experts blame the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, and the firm itself, for errors which led to the deaths of 32 people when the ship ran aground. – Lamborghini recalls 1500 cars due to risk
Lamborghini is recalling some Gallardo models sold from 2004 to 2006 because power steering fluid can leak and catch fire. – Ferrari sales and profits surge to record highs
Italian supercar and Formula 1 racing firm Ferrari has reported record sales and profits for the first six months of 2012.

LATIN AMERICA – Guatemala volcano triggers alert
Tens of thousands of Guatemalans living on the slopes of the Fuego volcano are evacuated as strong eruptions launch molten rocks from its crater. – Brazil cuts growth forecast to 2%
Brazil cuts its growth forecast for this year as the global downturn hits exports and rising local debt levels weigh on consumption.

MID-EAST – UN nuclear agency rebukes Iran
The UN nuclear agency rebukes Iran for failing to stop atomic activity, saying it has “serious concerns” about its failure to stop enriching uranium. – UN envoy says Syria crisis ‘getting worse’
UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has arrived in Damascus on his first official visit, admitting the conflict in Syria “is getting worse”.

US – Fed acts to bolster US economy Ben Bernanke
The US central bank announces it will resume its policy of pumping more money into the economy, with new debt purchases of $40bn (£25bn) a month. – Yosemite virus alert to 230,000
Yosemite park rangers expand a health advisory about a killer virus to nearly a quarter of a million people who have stayed there since June. – Beyonce, Jay-Z to raise money for Obama
Superstar couple Beyonce and Jay-Z are hosting a fundraiser for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign at a swanky New York nightclub. – New York City bans supersize sodas
New York City has approved the first US ban on large-size sodas and other sugary drinks being sold in restaurants and other eateries.


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