Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 24th October

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 24th October

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 24th OctoberPHUKET

Phuket travel operators attend trade show in Singapore
About 20 tourism operators from Thailand’s resort island of Phuket are joining the trade show for the Asian Travel Market, ITB Asia 2012, in Singapore.

THAILAND – ‘I’d love to see a coup’
The leader of the anti-Thaksin movement Pitak Siam (Protecting Siam) is Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, and he has only one regret right now – that the army refuses to seize power. – Eid alert in South
Security in the South remains on alert as the Tak Bai anniversary passes but the end-of-Haj festival is set for Thursday. – Deputy PM, army chief to visit far South today
Thai Deputy Prime Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa will visit the restive southern region today to follow up on security operations and boost officials’ moral. – Senators to urge NACC probe of 3G
The Senate committee on good governance will today pay a visit to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to call for an investigation into the bidding process that led to the awarding of nine licences to provide third-generation (3G) mobile telephone services to three firms. – Construction industry faces labour shortage
Thailand’s construction industry is now facing labour shortage resulting in stagnancy of new projects, according to the Construction Institute of Thailand. – DSI chief Tarit rejects ‘chameleon’ tag
Department of Special Investigation (DSI) director-general Tarit Pengdith, whose stance on many matters has been questioned by the media, told The Nation he is a civil servant trained to work in any situation, with every political camp and government. – What tourists need
The Royal Thai Police plan to enforce “tourist safety zones” to make visitors feel both welcome and safe for the Asean integration in 2015. – City set to launch bike rentals
In less than a week, the first 100 bicycles will be ready to rent as part of a project in the heart of Bangkok designed to get commuters to use pedal power, making ours a greener world and reducing traffic congestion.

ASIA – Fast Asian growth brings disaster risks
Asia’s fast economic growth has increased the region’s vulnerability to natural disasters, with new developments springing up in catastrophe-prone areas, the UN warned. – New communal violence
Clashes have started up again between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in western Myanmar, with at least three dead and 50 houses burnt so far. – Suspected arsonist in Taiwan hospital fire
An elderly man has been arrested and detained in Taiwan on suspicion of starting a fire at a hospital that killed 12 people and injured 60. – Cambodia deports woman for destroying Sihanouk photos
A Cambodian court has ordered the deportation of a Chinese factory supervisor found guilty of desecrating pictures of former King Norodom Sihanouk, who died recently.

UK – King says banks must raise funds
The UK and other major economies will remain weak until banks have sufficient capital to absorb “likely” future losses from bad loans, Sir Mervyn King warns. – Ministers in prisoner votes talks
The government is in the final stages of negotiations over a European Court ruling that it must allow prisoners the right to vote, it confirms. – Charles, Camilla to host pre-tour party
Charles and Camilla will host a party in London for Australians, including Jason Donovan, Rolf Harris, Barry Humphries before they leave for Australia. – New food labelling system agreed
A consistent system of front-of-pack food labelling will be introduced in the UK next year to help shoppers find the healthiest option, the government says. – BBC pulls plug on world’s oldest teletext
BBC Ceefax, the world’s first teletext service, stopped transmission on Tuesday after delivering 38 years of up-to-the-minute news and sports updates.

AFRICA – SA striking gold miners sacked
More than 8,000 striking South African gold miners are sacked after ignoring a deadline to return to work, mine owners say. – Nigerian navy detains Russian crew over arms
The Nigerian navy has seized a foreign-flagged ship carrying arms and ammunition and arrested its 15 mainly Russian crew members.

EUROPE – European Parliament clashes with ministers on EU budget
The European Parliament has rejected the 27 EU governments’ position on next year’s EU budget, triggering hard bargaining to reach a deal. – Russia’s lower house passes treason bill
A new treason bill slammed by human rights activists has been passed by Russia’s lower house of parliament.

LATIN AMERICA – Panama land clashes turn deadly
A woman is killed in Panama as protests against new laws allowing the sale of land in Colon turn increasingly violent. – Strong quake strikes Costa Rica
A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake has struck Costa Rica but there is no threat of a destructive widespread tsunami.

MID-EAST – Gaza border bomb wounds Israeli soldier
An Israeli army officer has been wounded and two Palestinians killed in the latest flare-up of violence along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. – Qatari emir’s unity call in Gaza
Qatar’s emir calls for rival Palestinian factions to unite as as he becomes the first head of state to visit the Gaza Strip since Hamas took power in 2007. – Syrian shell hits health centre in Turkey
A shell fired from Syria has hit an health centre in Turkey but there are no reports of caualties.

US – Apple launches iPad Mini tablet
Apple launches its widely-anticipated smaller tablet, the iPad Mini, at an event in California. – US Apple bounce-back patents ruled invalid
A handful of Apple patents have been ruled invalid, throwing doubt on a landmark trial that awarded huge damages to the smartphone maker. – Facebook posts loss despite 32% rise in revenues
Facebook has posted a loss of $59m (£37m) despite seeing revenues rise 32% during the third quarter. – Financier gives $100m to NYC park
A hedge fund manager donates $100m (£63m) to the group that runs New York’s Central Park, a sum more than twice the attraction’s annual budget. – US surfer killed in shark attack
A shark has killed a surfer off a beach at coastal Vandenberg US Air Force Base following a summer of shark sightings.


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