Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 25th September 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 25th September 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 25th September 2012THAILAND – Bail denied
The policeman known as Dr Death will remain in jail for now, but he has denied in a media circus that he killed anyone with the 40-plus guns seized at his home, or that he drugged his mother so he could get control of her assets. – Seven nabbed in two insurgent attacks in Pattani
Seven men were arrested for allegedly involvement in two separate attacks on government forces, killing more than 10 people and injuring scores in Thailand’s deep southern province of Pattani, according to a state security official. – Govt seeking another quiet deputy PM
The government is stonewalling on the fate of Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit in an attempt to avoid infighting over the Cabinet line-up. – Thaksin’s rice bowl
The ex-premier wants “several more years” of rice-buying, claiming the knock-on economic benefits are triple the amount the government spends. – Transfer ‘not discussed’ on trip: Kamronwit
Metropolitan Police chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang yesterday admitted going to Singapore with Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung but said the subject of his possible transfer never came up. – Yingluck hopes to discuss Dawei with Thein Sein
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is scheduled to meet Myanmar President Thein Sein in New York tomorrow to discuss the progress of cooperation between the two governments over Myanmar’s Dawei deep-sea port project. – Expert warns capital facing deluge threat
Bangkok is at risk of flooding from heavy downpours caused by an unusually lengthy monsoon trough period and an imminent storm early next month, an expert has warned. – Military facilities asked to retain flood water to ease traffic mayhem
The Transport Ministry has floated the idea of having two Bangkok military facilities retain flood water temporarily so commuters can be spared traffic nightmares like those last week. – Economic stability ‘priority’ in deciding policy rate: Prasarn
Bank of Thailand Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul yesterday promised that economic stability would be the central bank’s priority in determining the policy interest rate, which he indicated would not be cut despite intensifying risks from the euro zone as well as more capital inflows as a result of quantitative easing in the US. – NBTC to open digital TV bids
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) plans to issue 36 licences for commercial digital terrestrial television services in February. – Bodybuilders grab five-gold haul at Asian Championship
Defending world bodybuilding champion Somkid Sumethowetchakul wins the men
Thai bodybuilders returned from the 46th Asian Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Championships yesterday toting 12 medals including five gold.

ASIA – 1.5 milion displaced by floods in India
Floods have forced nearly 1.5 million people to flee their homes in northeastern India where authorities have declared a health alert, officials said on Monday. – Taiwan boats in disputed isle waters
Dozens of Taiwanese boats including six coastguard vessels entered territorial waters around bitterly disputed East China Sea islands today, Japanese coastguards said. – North Korea ‘to introduce farming reform’
Reports from North Korea suggest reforms that will see farmers keep more of their crops instead of handing them to the state are to be introduced. – Sri Lanka closes huge Menik Farm displacement camp
A Sri Lankan camp for displaced people – once one of the largest in the world – has closed, officials have said. – Nepal avalanche hit climbers as they slept
An avalanche in Nepal that killed at least nine people hit the climbers as they were sleeping, survivors say. – Brawl halts Foxconn production
Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology, a major supplier to Apple, stops production at a plant in China after a brawl involving 2,000 workers. – China’s super-rich feel slowdown
Nearly half of China’s 1,000 richest people saw their wealth fall last year amid economic slowdown, according to the Hurun Rich List.

UK – Rain, floods and wind batter UK
Parts of the UK are hit by flooding on railways and roads after heavy rain and high winds batter the country. – Cameron to reaffirm UK aid pledge
David Cameron is to reaffirm his commitment to increase Britain’s aid spending later, despite opposition from within his own party. – Abu Hamza extradition approved
The European Court of Human Rights gives its final approval for the extradition of five major terrorism suspects from the UK to the US. – Detective charged in leaks probe
British prosecutors have charged a senior female Scotland Yard police officer on illegally supplying information to the now-defunct News of the World tabloid. – Cancer deaths ‘set for big fall’
Death rates for several cancers are “set to fall dramatically” by 2030, according to Cancer Research UK.

AFRICA – Libya army removes militia chiefs
Libya’s army replaces the heads of two of Benghazi’s main militia groups with colonels as it tries to reassert control over armed groups. – Zimbabwe holds synchronised loo flush
Residents of Zimbabwe’s city of Bulawayo take part in a synchronised toilet flush organised to prevent sewage pipes becoming blocked.

EUROPE – Germany heading for recession
Germany is heading for recession, economists warned as the eurozone crisis pushed down business confidence in the country, Europe’s top economy, to the lowest level since February 2010. – EU struggles to agree on budget
Senior EU officials are warning that it is proving harder than ever to reach an agreement on the European Union’s next multi-annual budget. – ‘Closer’ editor got death threats over topless Kate Middleton snaps
French magazine Closer has said its editor Laurence Pieau had received death threats for publishing pictures of Prince William’s wife Catherine sunbathing topless. – Czech methanol bootleggers nabbed
Czech authorities have arrested the two suspected masterminds of a bootlegging operation that has killed 25 people with methanol-tainted liquor. – Chateau labels for US wine is ‘cheating’
Bordeaux winemakers say a European Union decision to authorise US rivals to use the term ‘chateau’ will amount to “cheating consumers”.

LATIN AMERICA – IMF: Argentina facing ‘red card’
The International Monetary Fund warns Argentina it could face sanctions if it fails to produce reliable inflation and growth data by 17 December. – Uruguay charges over Haiti abuse
Four Uruguayan marines are detained on charges that they abused a young Haitian man while serving with the UN peacekeeping force last year.

MID-EAST – UN ‘must log Syria child trauma’
A new Save the Children report finds numerous cases of horrific abuse against Syrian children and urges the UN to do more to document them. – Iran accuses West of abusing UN veto
Iran’s president has hit out at Western powers for misusing their UN veto power in their nuclear showdown with his country. – Barak floats West Bank withdrawal
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak calls for a unilateral withdrawal from most of the West Bank if peace talks with the Palestinians fail.

US –  Underdog Romney vows ‘fight to finish’
US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is campaigning “pretty darn hard” and has vowed to fight to the finish against President Barack Obama. – Clinton urges unity against extremism
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has met Muslim leaders ahead of UN talks and urged people to work together against extremists. – US card issuer to refund $200m
America’s sixth-largest credit card issuer will pay $200m (£123m) in refunds to settle accusations it misled customers into add-on services.


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