Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 10th November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 10th November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 10th November 2012KRABI – ‘Evil Krabi’ video not entirely true, say police
The chief of Krabi police has denied an angry father’s claim that police allowed “easy” bail for a tour guide accused of raping a foreign tourist.

THAILAND – Enforce road rules, says WHO
Thailand has some of the best traffic accident prevention laws in the region, but like a lot of local laws they just aren’t enforced, says the World Health Organisation, which urges the country to act quickly to lower the high road toll. – Take us to the leader
The Democrats aren’t going to mess about with the commerce minister at the censure debate – they demand the prime minister defend her rice pledging project. – Sukampol welcomes court showdown with opposition leader
Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat yesterday shrugged off Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva’s threat to sue him in the Central Administrative Court over a ministry committee’s decision to strip Abhisit of the rank and salary given to him when he worked as military lecturer. – Chaisit tells Pitak Siam to desist from anti-govt rally
Chaisit Shinawatra, an adviser to the prime minister, led some 40 Pre-Cadet Academy graduates yesterday to protest against Pitak Siam or the protect Siam group, which is scheduled to hold an anti-government rally on November 25. – Pageantry and spectacle
Camera shutters clicked like a gigantic swarm of crickets, tourists gaped in awe and thousands of Thais turned out once again to honour the majestic spectacle of the royal barge procession along the Chao Phraya River yesterday. – Thailand advances in Futsal Cup
Thailand has advanced beyond the first round at the Fifa Futsal World Cup for the first time after the Solomon Islands claimed their first-ever win in the tournament.

ASIA – Myanmar train fire leaves 25 dead, dozens hurt
A train carrying petrol derailed in northern Myanmar on Friday, triggering a massive blaze that killed 25 people and wounded dozens more, the government said. – 10 dead, 20 missing in Indonesia floods
At least 10 people have died and another 20 have gone missing in floods on the Indonesian island of Celebes. – Deadly clashes at Sri Lanka jail
At least 13 people are killed as clashes erupt between inmates and guards at Welikada prison in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, hospital officials say. – Tibet protest in western China
Thousands of Tibetans protest in western China as the country’s leadership change gets under way, activist groups say. – Twelve escape from Nepal prison in Jhumka
Twelve inmates have escaped after digging a tunnel out of a jail in the south-east of Nepal near the border with India, prison officials say.

UK – UK to end financial aid to India by 2015
The UK is to end financial aid to India by 2015, international development secretary Justine Greening has said. – Lack of first-time buyers on UK market
Only a quarter of people planning to buy a home in Britain next year will be first-time buyers. – Babies to get ‘gut bug vaccine’
Babies in the UK are to be vaccinated against a tummy bug which causes tens of thousands of cases of vomiting and diarrhoea each year.

AFRICA – Voices heard under Ghana rubble
Voices can still be heard in the rubble of a multi-storey shopping centre in Ghana’s capital, Accra, 48 hours after it collapsed, rescue workers say.

EUROPE – Talks for EU 2013 budget collapse
Talks to agree the EU’s 2013 budget collapse after some governments object to a request for 9bn euros in extra funding for 2012. – Turkey unrest sees 42 Kurd rebels killed
Three days of combat in a town in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast have seen 42 Kurd rebels killed, according to sources. – Algerian cargo plane crashes in France
A plane delivering equipment from France for the Bank of Algeria has crashed, with rescuers so far finding four bodies in the wreckage. – IAG reveals 4,500 Iberia job cuts
British Airways-owner IAG announces 4,500 job cuts at Iberia as part of a widely anticipated restructuring of the Spanish carrier. – Mass murderer Breivik complains in prison
Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in bombings and shootings last year, says he is being held in “inhumane” prison conditions.

LATIN AMERICA – More die in Brazil gang violence
At least 13 people are killed in Brasil’s biggest city, Sao Paulo, as part of an ongoing conflict between police and a criminal gang. – Floods claim as many as 16 lives in Haiti
Floodwaters have inundated impoverished areas of Cap Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city, killing as many as 16 people. – Chevron appeals against freeze
Two Chevron subsidiaries in Argentina appeal against an asset freeze ordered by a judge as part of an environmental damages claim in Ecuador. – Argentines march in mass protest at government policies
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, in protest at the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

MID-EAST – More than 30 Syrians killed in Golan
More than 30 Syrian soldiers and rebels have been killed in clashes over the past week in a demilitarised zone of the Golan Heights. – 11,000 Syrians flee in past 24 hours: UN
At least 11,000 Syrian refugees have fled their country in single day, UN officials say. – Christian activist to head SNC
Syria’s main opposition group, the Syrian National Council, chooses a Christian as its leader amid tense talks in Qatar over the group’s future.

US – CIA’s Petraeus quits over affair
CIA director David Petraeus resigns from his post because of an extra-marital affair, saying he has shown “extremely poor judgement”. – Obama seeks to avoid budget trap
President Obama says the wealthy must pay more taxes under any political deal to avert a looming fiscal crisis, but a top Republican rejects the plan. – Monet painting sells for $A41.5m
A work from Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series has been sold for more than $US43 million ($A41.50 million) in New York.


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