Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 16th October

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 16th October

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 16th OctoberWORLD – Organised crime worth $870 billion worldwide
international organised crime is worth $US870 billion ($A852.36 billion), the head of the UN’s office on drugs and crime (UNODC) says. – Smoking in cars beats UN threshold
Smoking in cars raises levels of dangerous fine-particle pollutants to many times the limit recommended by the world’s health agency. – Planet with four suns discovered
An international team of amateur and professional astronomers has discovered a planet whose skies are lit up by four suns.

THAILAND – 3G auction only hours away
It looks like there will truly be a 3G spectrum auction today – after what seems like years of delay has put the country behind the neighbours – but critics already are on the attack, predicting the three bidders will collude on price. – Worker ‘saw murder’
Phetchaburi police investigating skeletal remains found on the property of a police doctor have met two Myanmar migrant workers believed to have seen or acknowledged incidents that led to a couple going missing three years ago. – Thaksin cries ‘smear!’
The ex-premier said he will sue leading Democrats for alleging at a rally that he may have been behind the “men in black” during the 2010 violence. – Kittiratt: Boost trade with Europe
Asian countries should take advantage of their strong economic fundamentals to increase investment and trade with Europe, Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said in a speech to the 10th Asia-Europe Finance Ministers Meeting in Bangkok on Monday. – Thailand tourist arrivals to hit 20 million this year
Thailand will achieve its target 20 million tourist arrival by year end, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

ASIA – Calls for blanket amnesty in Myanmar
Myanmar badly needs an international push for socio-economic development to galvanise the country’s huge potential, but it would need a blanket amnesty to get six million exiles abroad to return home to help, the Peace Delegation for Motherland says. – Vietnam PM censured
HANOI : Vietnam’s prime minister escaped disciplinary action from communist party chiefs on Monday despite anger over a string of financial scandals and an economic malaise that have marred his leadership. – Myanmar blocks OIC office after rallies
Myanmar’s president blocked a world Islamic body from opening an office in the country, an official said Monday, bowing to rallies against government efforts to help Muslims in unrest-hit Rakhine state. – Croc escape gives schoolkids day off
Primary schoolkids in Vietnam had a great excuse to skip school – dozens of crocs were roaming their neighbourhood.

UK – Scottish referendum deal struck
A deal setting out terms for a Scottish independence referendum is signed by Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond. – More Britons ‘use emergency food’
A record number of people received emergency food from UK food banks in the last six months, a charity says. – One in five workers on poverty wages: Trust for London
One in five people working in London is being paid “poverty wages”, a charity has claimed.

AFRICA – Libya jail hit by mass breakout
Libyan security forces are on high alert after more than 100 prisoners break out of the al-Judaida jail in the capital Tripoli. – Explosions, gunfire rock Nigeria
Loud explosions and gunfire have rocked Nigeria’s restive northern city of Maiduguri where unknown gunmen earlier in the day shot dead a traffic warden. – Niger aid workers kidnapped by gunmen in Dakoro
Six aid workers have been kidnapped in southern Niger by unknown gunmen, their employers say. – Egypt football season in limbo
Egypt’s football association delays indefinitely the start of the domestic season because of February’s deadly stadium riots.

EUROPE – Portugal announces tough budget
The Portuguese government unveils the country’s toughest budget in years as hundreds of protesters gather outside parliament calling on ministers to resign. – EU imposes new sanctions on Iran
EU member states have announced a new package of sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear programme. – EU demands Google privacy rethink
Google is to be told by the EU that it must make changes to how it gathers users’ personal information to avoid privacy risks.

LATIN AMERICA – Chile police clash: indigenous protest
Police have fired tear gas and water cannons at a rally in support of Chile’s Mapuche Indians. – Controversy over Wyclef’s charity money for Haiti
Wyclef Jean is facing an investigation into what happened to money he raised for victims of the Haiti earthquake. – Paul becomes major hurricane off Mexico
Hurricane Paul has strengthened into a “major” storm in the Pacific off Mexico’s Baja peninsula.

MID-EAST – Syria denies using cluster bombs
Syria has rejected claims by human rights groups that cluster bombs make up its weapons arsenal. – Envoy appeals to Iran over Syria
UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi appeals for Iranian help to implement a ceasefire in Syria over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. – Israel sets date for early poll
Israel’s parliament votes to dissolve itself and to hold an early general election on 22 January.

US – US meningitis investigation widens
Two more drugs from a US pharmaceutical firm may be linked to an outbreak of meningitis that has killed 15 people, officials warn. – Skydiver Baumgartner sets YouTube live view record
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner smashed a number of records with his “edge of space” stunt – including for live streaming.


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