Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 16th November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 16th November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 16th November 2012THAILAND – A new, joint vision
After 50 years, a new Thai-US Defence Alliance by the top cabinet officials throws away the anti-communist reference, and talks about a partnership to ensure Southeast Asia security by Washington and “regional leader” Thailand. – Pheu Thai files complaint with Constitution Court seeking court barring Pitak Siam
Pheu Thai files complaint with Constitution Court seeking court barring Pitak Siam from rallying, claiming it is threat to democracy. – Police to use crowd-control plan to cope with anti-government rally
Police to use crowd-control plan to cope with anti-government rally: Metropolitan Police Bureau chief. – Pitak Siam: No siege of parliament
Protesters at the anti-government rally on Nov 24 will definitely not lay siege to the parliament, Pitak Siam group leader Boonlert Kaewprasit said on Thursday. – Obama to begin visit with tour of Wat Pho
US President Barack Obama’s visit to Thailand will not focus solely on important bilateral issues, but will include a cultural element, as the president has chosen to begin his trip with a visit to Wat Pho on Sunday. – One or both?
US and Chinese leaders could put Thailand in an uncomfortable position – but the defence minister says “both countries are our friends”. – Thailand must be cautious, thoroughly study pros & cons
Thailand must be cautious, thoroughly study pros & cons of US-initiated Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement: BoT chief. – Samet resorts to be dismantled
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk confirmed Thursday authorities will demolish three illegal resorts on Koh Samet in Rayong province but will wait until the Legal Execution Department finishes putting up demolition notices at all of them. – Judge backs Sorayuth
It’s not a final verdict but an Administrative Court judge says the Channel 3 newsman is right – Mcot owes him millions, not vice-versa. – 7 million CTH subscribers seen on EPL deal
Cable Thai Holding is set to became the country’s largest subscription-based TV operator with 7 million subscribers by 2015 after having acquired the broadcasting rights for the English Premier League soccer matches for the next three seasons.

ASIA – Burma prisoner release criticised
Burma begins releasing 452 prisoners ahead of US President Obama’s visit, but activists say no political detainees are among those freed. – Activists slam Cambodia obstruction
Phnom Penh: Southeast Asian activists on Thursday cried foul over attempts by Cambodian authorities to derail their meetings just as the government prepares to host the Asean summit. – China anoints Xi as new leader
Xi Jinping is confirmed as the man to lead China for the next decade, as reformists miss out on membership of the top decision-making body. – Japan wants improved relations with China
Japan says it hopes the new leadership in China will work towards a “mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests”.

UK – PM speaks to Israel’s Netanyahu
UK Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the tension in southern Israel and Gaza. – Syrian opposition in London talks
Syrian opposition leaders are due in London for talks over the conflict in the country with the UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague. – Britain should exit Afghanistan: ex MP
Former British politician and diplomat Paddy Ashdown has argued for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. – CBI calls on Treasury to back construction projects
The government should boost the UK economy by committing £1.5bn to backing major construction projects, the CBI business organisation has said. – Many teenagers ‘can’t read GCSE exam papers’
Thousands of UK teenagers cannot read well enough to understand their GCSE exam papers, a large-scale analysis of pupils’ reading ability suggests.

AFRICA – Fresh Ebola outbreak in Uganda
A new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda kills at least two people near the capital, the East African nation’s health ministry says. – DR Congo fighting near Goma city
Clashes have broken out in eastern Democratic Republic Congo near Goma city between UN-backed government troops and rebels, in the most serious fighting since July.

EUROPE – Eurozone slides into recession
The eurozone returns to recession for the first time in three years as the bloc’s economy contracts by 0.1% between July and September. – Spain warned amid Gibraltar row
The Spanish ambassador to London has been summoned to the UK Foreign Office after Britain lodged a protest about recent Spanish incursions into territorial waters off Gibraltar. – Greek protesters hurl coffee at German diplomat
Protesters in Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki, have hurled coffee at a German diplomat amid resentment over austerity measures advocated by Berlin. – EU gives ‘yellow card’ to eight nations for illegal fishing
The European Commission warned eight developing countries Thursday of sanctions if they did not do more to stop “criminal” illegal fishing, saying it was taking the first step of its kind.

MID-EAST -Israel to take ‘whatever action necessary’
Israel’s army is prepared to “significantly expand the action” in Gaza, says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. – Israel calls up army reservists
Israel’s defence minister authorises the call-up of 30,000 reservists, amid speculation about a possible ground offensive on Gaza. -Relentless strikes kill 19 Palestinians
Among 11 Palestinians killed on Thursday were five militants, two children and a teacher at a United Nations-run school, medics and a UN official said. – 15 women die in Yemen cliff accident
Fifteen women in the same family were killed and 16 others were injured when their vehicle carrying 30 women fell off a mountain cliff in northern Yemen.

US – Four die as train hits US parade
Four people die and 17 others are injured, 10 critically, as a train hits a parade float on its way to an event honouring wounded veterans in Texas. – Obama tours storm-struck New York
President Obama consoles bereaved residents in areas of New York that still have no electricity 17 days after the deadly super-storm Sandy. – US sees dramatic rise in diabetes rates
Between 1995 and 2010, the prevalence of diabetes increased by at least 50 per cent in 42 of the 50 US states, according to official statistics. – BP receives record criminal fine
BP receives the biggest criminal penalty in US history for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and two workers are indicted on manslaughter charges. – US Postal Service in $16bn loss
The US Postal Service has reported an annual loss of a $15.9bn (£10bn), ending a year in which it defaulted on payments twice to avert bankruptcy. – Christie’s New York art sale sets post-war contemporary record
The US art season ended with a record-breaking sales total of $412m (£259.9m) for Christie’s, with records set for works by 11 artists. – Stars fight Pandora music site over royalties issue
Billy Joel, Rihanna and Missy Elliot are among the stars who have signed an open letter to US music site Pandora over possible changes to royalties.


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