Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 22nd October

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 22nd October

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 22nd OctoberTHAILAND – Bloody weekend
Bombs killed two and wounded nine – including a child – and authorities think it will probably get worse ahead of Thursday’s anniversary of the 2004 Tak Bai massacre. – Security tightened at Monday cabinet meeting venue
Security has been tightened at Suratthani Rajabhat University, the venue for Monday’s cabinet meeting in this southern province. – Finance officials troubled by massive farm scheme debts call for changes
Rice and other farm subsidy schemes have led to the loss of over Bt200 billion and must be reviewed to cap the ballooning cost for taxpayers, Finance Ministry officials said last week. “If the government can’t sell more rice and other products from its stocks, it will lead to a combined loss of Bt260 billion this year,” a ministry source said. – Volume of Thailand rice exports decreases 44% in first nine months this year
Thai rice export figure decreased 44 percent in quantity and 32 percent in value from January to September 2012. – Asean+6 set to launch world’s biggest free-trace market
Asean and six Asian leaders will this November announce the official establishment of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which will make it the biggest free-trade market on the globe. – ‘3G setup’
The TDRI chief says the whole 3G auction was fake – a show to give the telecoms companies exactly what they wanted at a sweetheart price. – Anti-industry rally greets PM on South trip
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: Conservationists rallied during Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s visit to a temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat yesterday in protest against heavy industry in the South. – Thaksin cronies are new life of the party
Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s cronies, who played key roles in the former Thaksin administration, have resumed their political positions and are looking to consolidate their power in the Pheu Thai Party-led government. – More southern tourism help urged
The Tourism Council of Thailand has urged the government to boost the tourism industry in southern Thailand with the construction of a state-owned airport on Koh Samui.

ASIA – Burma’s leader woos home media
Burma’s President Thein Sein holds his first local news conference, in what is seen as another sign of attempts to reform in the country. – Japan saves 64 Chinese seamen
Japan’s coast guard has sent vessels and aircraft after being alerted by Taiwanese authorities about a fire on a 12,700-tonne Chinese cargo ship. – HK moves to weaken local currency
Hong Kong moves to weaken its currency as demand from investors fleeing Western markets has caused a sharp increase in its value. – Bangladesh jails 723 over mutiny
A military court in Bangladesh jails 723 border guards for their role in a bloody mutiny in 2009, amid criticism of the mass trials.

UK – Cameron: ‘We must make prisons work for offenders’
There is no alternative to making “prisons work”, David Cameron will say, as he insists criminals can be punished and rehabilitated at the same time. – UK protesters decry austerity drive
Protesters descended on London in a noisy but peaceful protest at a government austerity drive. – New £33m fund to help Scots poor
Scotland’s deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon announces a £33m welfare fund to help the country’s most vulnerable people. – Benefits warning over workers
Workers are increasingly depending on benefits to pay their rent, the body which represents English housing associations has warned. – eBay saves $80m in UK ‘tax dodge’
Internet shopping giant eBay has reportedly avoided paying nearly $80 million in company tax in Britain.

AFRICA – Deadly clashes in Gaddafi bastion
At least 22 people are killed in several days of fighting in Libya’s town of Bani Walid – former leader Col Gaddafi’s last stronghold – reports say.

EUROPE – Mixed poll results for Spain
Exit polls say nationalist parties in Spain’s Basque Country have won regional elections, but PM Mariano Rajoy’s party retains power in Galicia. – Russian troops strike at militants
Russian troops have reported killed 49 militants during a massive anti-terrorist operation across several republics of the volatile North Caucasus. – French Afghanistan pullout ‘a bit earlier’
The withdrawal of French combat troops from Afghanistan could be completed before the end of December, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says. – Pilgrims evacuated from Lourdes
Hundreds of Roman Catholic pilgrims are evacuated from the sanctuary of Lourdes in southern France after heavy flooding in the area.

LATIN AMERICA – Fidel Castro appears in public
A Venezuelan politician confirms reports by Cuban hotel staff that Fidel Castro made a public appearance there, amid rumours about his health. – Colombian soldiers killed by Farc
The Colombian army says five soldiers have been killed by Farc rebels, in their first major attack since peace talks were launched in Oslo. – Peru doctors ‘to suspend strike’
Thousands of doctors in Peru say they will suspend a strike that has left many poor people without medical care for more than a month. – Argentina orders sailors to evacuate Libertad ship seized by Ghana
Argentina has ordered over 300 sailors to evacuate the navy training ship which was seized by the Ghanaian authorities earlier this month.

MID – EAST – Clashes follow Lebanon funeral
Police in Beirut fire warning shots and tear gas as protesters try to storm the PM’s office after the funeral of security chief Wissam al-Hassan. – UN envoy presses for Syria ceasefire
UN and the Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has met Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in Damascus. – Jordan ‘uncovers al-Qaeda plot’
The authorities in Jordan say they have arrested 11 militants alleged to have planned attacks on Western diplomats and shopping centres. – Kuwait police disperse protesters
Police in Kuwait use tear gas and stun grenades to disperse large numbers of opposition demonstrators protesting against an electoral law. – Iran dismisses US nuclear talks New York Times report
Iran has denied a report in the New York Times saying that it had agreed to one-on-one talks over its controversial nuclear programme with the US.

US – Three killed in US spa shooting
Three people are killed and four injured at a beauty spa in Wisconsin, before the suspected gunman is found dead by police. – Pope names Native American saint
A Native American and six others are named as saints by Pope Benedict XVI at the start of a new drive to deepen the faith of believers. – Armstrong makes first speech since USADA doping report
US cycling star Lance Armstrong says he has been through a “difficult couple of weeks” as he faces a catalogue of cheating allegations.


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