Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 12th October

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 12th October

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 12th October WORLD – Third of world has Internet
More than a third of the world’s population is online while mobile phone uptake increased by more than 600 million in 2011 to around six billion, a UN agency said Thursday. – Lifestyle blamed as strokes hit young
Unhealthy lifestyles may be increasing the number of younger people suffering strokes, say researchers.

THAILAND – Govt prepares for possible Obama visit
Preparations have started for US President Barack Obama to make his delayed visit to Thailand pending next month’s presidential election, a US Embassy source said yesterday. – Signs of frustration
If the Central Administrative Court so much as considers the 3G auction challenges on Friday, next Tuesday’s spectrum sale is off – and disgusted phone users will stay in the slow lane for weeks or months longer. – Officials work hard to prove working on Fridays not against Islam
Authorities in three provinces in the deep South worked really hard yesterday to explain to local people that working on Fridays did not go against Islamic teachings and that they should not be afraid of insurgents’ threats. – PM joins campaign over Friday trade
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has joined a campaign to bolster sagging confidence among traders in the deep South and stop businesses closing on Friday under threats by insurgents. – MPs are told of troubles with tablets
The are many problems with the government’s “One Tablet Per Student” initiative for Prathom 1 students, a Democrat member of the House’s ICT committee said yesterday. – Bangkok policy
At a meeting on Friday, City Hall will defend the strangeness of sandbags in the drains – and the government will tell them to stop it. – Thaksin warrant issued
A warrant for the arrest of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been issued by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions. – Will Chalerm survive next reshuffle?
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung has definitely been enjoying a political windfall, although this begs the question of how long his good fortune will last. – Boonsong: Rice sales ‘secret’
Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom yesterday remained tight-lipped over the government-to-government (G-to-G) rice export controversy, saying details of rice sales are confidential and cannot be released to the public.

ASIA – Strong earthquake shakes eastern Indonesia
There have been no reports of damage or injuries from a strong earthquake that has shaken eastern Indonesia. – Bali set to remember bomb dead
Survivors and relatives of the dead will read tributes, poems and lay flowers for the 202 people killed in Bali’s nightclub bombings in a 10th anniversary ceremony Friday to be held under tight security on the resort island. – Japan, China to hold talks on islands
Senior officials from the Japanese and Chinese foreign ministries agreed at a meeting in Tokyo on Thursday to hold talks on disputed islands. – 19 dead, 1500 missing in Bangladesh storm
Storms that swept Bangladesh early on Thursday have killed at least 19 people, police say. – Forced evictions rising in China
Forced evictions – many involving violent clashes – have risen significantly in recent years in China, fuelling public anger, Amnesty says. – Hong Kong beauty treatment death prompts probe
Hong Kong authorities are investigating after a beauty treatment that involved blood transfusion left one woman dead and three in hospital.

UK – UK fishermen ‘attacked by French’
Fishermen are calling for Royal Navy protection after claims they were attacked by French vessels. – UK marines arrested for Afghan killing
British military police have arrested seven Royal Marines in connection with a 2011 murder in Afghanistan. – Retailers told to change websites
More than a third of the UK’s top online retailers could be breaking consumer laws and must be changed, the Office of Fair Trading says. – Plan to save England’s heritage
A scheme is launched to save England’s Grade II listed buildings by assessing those sites most at risk of being lost.

AFRICA – Shell rejects Nigeria spill claim
Oil giant Shell rejects claims that it should pay compensation to four Nigerian farmers, in a case that may set a legal precedent. – Africa shows progress on hunger, report says
Africa has had more success than South Asia in tackling the problem of hunger over the past decade, according to a report on world food production. – South African mine fights claim two lives
One person died on Thursday in a hospital after being hit by two rubber bullets likely fired by police trying to disperse striking South African miners. – Egypt reopens pyramid to tourists
Egypt reopens one of its great pyramids as it attempts to revive a tourism industry badly hit by last year’s uprising.

EUROPE – IMF chief calls for more time for troubled eurozone nations
The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday called for more time to be allowed for Spain, Portugal and Greece to stabilise their economies. – EU explores new eurozone budget
EU leaders meeting in Brussels next week will consider creating a separate budget for the 17-nation eurozone, in a drive to unite fiscal policy. – Germany ‘risks entering recession’ say think tanks
A group of leading think tanks in Germany have cut growth forecasts for the country and warned of recession. – Greece unemployment hits a record 25% in July
Unemployment in Greece hit a record 25.1% in July, with the level among young people reaching 54.2%, according to the latest official figures. – Turkey approves Iraq cross-border raids
Turkey’s parliament has extended a bill that allows the military to stage operations against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. – French ‘plot biggest in years’
Prosecutors in France say an alleged Islamist terror cell was planning the biggest bomb attack on France since the mid-1990s. – Greek shelter plan for 20,000 Syrians
Greece plans to provide shelter for 20,000 Syrian refugees on Crete and Rhodes, in line with obligations under the United Nations charter.

LATIN AMERICA – Guatemalan army soldiers charged
An army colonel and eight soldiers are arrested in Guatemala, charged with killing demonstrators during a protest over electricity prices last week. – Earthquake shakes Chilean capital
An earthquake has shaken central Chile, but there are no reports of injury or damage.

MID-EAST – 87 die in worst day for Syria’s army: NGO
At least 210 people have been killed in a bloody day of fighting across Syria, including 87 government troops, 64 rebels and 59 civilians. – Turkey ‘lying’ over Syria plane
Syria accuses Turkey of lying over its claim that a Syrian-bound plane forced to land in Ankara was carrying Russian-made defence equipment. – Hezbollah admits to Israel drone
The Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah has admitted launching an Iranian-made drone that was shot down over Israel last week.

US – Meningitis cases hit 170, 14 dead
The US government says 170 people now have been sickened in the meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid shots, and 14 of them have died. – US hikes China solar cell tariffs
The US is to impose sharply higher tariffs on solar cells imported from China, which it says will offset the subsidies China pays its manufacturers. – US court lifts ban on Samsung phones
A US court ruling opens the door to Samasung resuming sales of the Galaxy Nexus phone, but that is only one part of a massive patent fight with Apple.


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