Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 17th September 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 17th September 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 17th September 2012

THAILAND – Sukhothai 2: River’s Return
The Yom River pours in to flood the city of Sukhothai on Sunday, just as residents were cleaning up the mess from last week’s flood and – they thought – returning their lives to normal. – 5 provinces inundated
Key provinces in the Central region are now battling floods, according to the Royal Irrigation Department. – Prem urges Thais to foster integrity
Privy Council president and statesman Prem Tinsulanonda has called on Thais to help nurture good, non-corrupt people for the nation and support them to replace the bad and the corrupt. – Ministry ‘studying’ Ombudsman’s take on Thaksin passport issue
The Foreign Ministry is studying the Office of the Ombudsman’s recommendation that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s passport be revoked, and will handle the case in accordance with laws and regulations, permanent secretary Sihasak Phuangketkeow said yesterday. – Thailand and Toyota counting on each other
Thailand hopes to join the world’s top 10 auto producing nations within the next three to four years, and Toyota – the largest auto company in the country – will play a major role in achieving that target. – Out by ’15
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung vows to quit politics at the end of his term – but his son might follow in his footsteps. – Security talks
On the eve of a meeting on the volatile region, ex-prime minister Abhisit says Premier Yingluck should be more hands-on about deep-South decision making. – Historic win for Thai women’s volleyball
The Thai women’s volleyball team has made history after beating the Chinese team in the final of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup on Sunday.

ASIA – Suu Kyi departs on landmark US visit
Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi left Myanmar Sunday for a landmark trip to the United States, set to see her feted by the US president and quizzed on the progress of reforms. – China claims island boat success
After a weekend of anti-Japanese protests across China, Beijing says six boats sent to patrol disputed islands at the centre of the row completed their task. – S. Korea on alert for typhoon
South Korea was Sunday bracing for the arrival of its third major typhoon in two months, with school classes cancelled, ferry routes closed and thousands of ships sheltering in port. – Khmer Rouge ex-minister Ieng Thirith released
A former leading member of the Khmer Rouge has been released after the genocide tribunal in Cambodia ruled that she was unfit to stand trial. –  Japan tooth patch could be end of decay
Scientists in Japan have created a microscopically thin film that can coat individual teeth to prevent decay or to make them appear whiter.

UK – Small businesses struggling to raise finance
Small firms are struggling to raise the money they need to expand, according to a survey by business leaders. – Income levels to rise next year, says CEBR
UK households will see a rise in real income levels next year for the first time since the onset of the financial crisis, a study suggests. – New Hillsborough inquests demand
Families of those killed in the Hillsborough disaster are to press for new inquests. – UK’s ‘top piracy city’ revealed
Manchester is the UK’s piracy capital and Ed Sheeran is the most pirated artist, a study of illegal music downloads suggests.

AFRICA – Libya ‘arrests 50’ over US deaths
Libyan authorities have arrested some 50 people over the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, the president of Libya’s interim assembly tells US media. –  S Sudan army sinks own boat, killing 10
South Sudan’s military has sunk a boat carrying 170 of its own soldiers after mistaking them for enemy forces, killing at least 10. –  SA police in Marikana crackdown
Police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at striking Marikana mine workers, in the latest stage of a government crackdown on unrest.

EUROPE – No third Greek rescue: German official
Germany is unlikely to approve a third financial rescue package for Greece, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition says. – Greece euro exit would be catastrophic, says Samaras
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has reiterated his belief that exiting the euro would be a “catastrophe” for his country. – Spain and Portugal see big anti-austerity rallies
Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Spain and Portugal over the weekend in protest at spending cuts and tax rises in the debt-hit countries. –  Berlusconi’s daughter defends Kate pics
Marina Berlusconi, the daughter of Italy’s former prime minister and the head of publishing house Mondadori, has defended the publication of topless photos of Prince William’s wife Catherine. – Boots agrees deal with China firm
Alliance Boots, one of Europe’s biggest pharmacy chains, agrees a deal to buy a stake in a Chinese pharmaceutical wholesaler.

MID-EAST –  Rebels say Syria envoy’s mission doomed
UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has ended his first visit to Syria on a peace mission that a rebel commander says is doomed to fail. – Hezbollah urges new film protests
The leader of Lebanese Shia Muslim militant movement Hezbollah calls for fresh protests over a film made in the US deemed insulting to Islam.

US – US staff to quit Tunisia, Sudan
The US orders all non-essential diplomatic staff and families to leave Tunisia and Sudan, amid a wave of protests over an anti-Islam film made in the US. – US teachers’ strike row escalates
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will seek a court order to end a strike by teachers, as their walkout affecting 350,000 students goes into a second week. – ‘Resident Evil’ rules US box office
Resident Evil: Retribution ruled the US box office at the weekend, taking in an estimated $US21.1 million ($19.9 million).


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