Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 1st December 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 1st December 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 1st December 2012THAILAND – Red shirt Korkaew back in jail
Co-leader Korkaew Pikulthong got lots of support from his UDD colleagues, but the accused terrorist got no love from the Criminal Court, which revoked his bail – as the red shirts called a big rally for Dec 22. – Abhisit gets a break
With the court now involved, the defence minister has halted his attempt to shame and strip the military rank from the Democrat Party leader. – ISA extended
On the heels of Islamic criticism, security forces declared emergency powers in the South for a year – but are looking for ways to ease up. – Commission needs new law to give it teeth
Consumer rights organisations are pushing for the passage of a new law to help an independent commission better protect consumers against unfair practices by both private and government sectors.

ASIA – Suu Kyi: Apologise
The Myanmar opposition leader says violent police injured scores of villagers and monks at a brutal crackdown against protesters at a mine. – Search after Kashmir avalanche
At least 18 people are missing, including eight soldiers, after an avalanche in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. – Partner therapy ‘cuts HIV cases’
Treating people with HIV who have uninfected partners significantly reduces transmission rates, researchers in China have found. – Asean chief Surin Pitsuwan warns on China’s ship patrol plan
The head of Asean has said China’s plan to board ships in disputed areas of the South China Sea could escalate tensions.

UK – Papers set challenge by minister
The culture secretary will tell newspapers to draw up a better model for self-regulation than the one they put to the Leveson Inquiry, at talks next week. – Flood defence funding of £120m announced
The government has announced £120m of funding for flood defences, as households across Britain contend with the aftermath of heavy storms. – UK stops Rwanda aid payment
The UK suspends aid to Rwanda worth £21m ($34m), amid concerns about the country’s role in the conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo.

AFRICA – Congo police land in rebel city
A contingent of Congolese police arrives by boat in Goma, which rebels say they will now leave by Sunday, as looting is reported in the city. – Cairo’s Tahrir Square fills with anti-Morsi protesters
Tens of thousands of protesters opposed to Egypt’s president and the sweeping new powers he assumed last week are in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, hours after a new constitution was hastily approved.

EUROPE – Slovenia clashes over budget cuts
Protesters clash with riot police in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana during a rally against budget cuts and alleged corruption. – Eurozone unemployment rate hits new high in October
The eurozone’s unemployment rate hit a new record high in October, while consumer price rises slowed sharply. – Moody’s cuts rating of ESM fund
Moody’s cuts the triple-A rating of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) euro rescue fund on Friday by one notch. – Spain gives peek at shipwreck treasure
A tiny portion of shipwreck treasure won back by Spain in a hard-fought legal battle has made a public debut before going on display next year.

LATIN AMERICA – Rousseff acts on Brazil oil plan
Part of a law intended to share royalties from Brazil’s oil fields across the country’s 26 states is vetoed by President Dilma Rousseff.

MID-EAST – Israel authorises settler homes
Israel is to build 3,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, a day after the UN upgraded the Palestinians’ status. – Fierce clashes near Damascus airport
Syrian regime troops and rebels have clashed near Damascus airport, as 60 members of the Friends of Syria group meet in Tokyo. – Syria conflict: ‘Brutality’ appals UN’s Ban Ki-moon
Violence in Syria is “reaching new and appalling heights of brutality”, the UN secretary general has said, as fighting continued across the country.3 – Kuwait to vote amid mass protest
Kuwaitis will cast their ballot a day after tens of thousands of opposition supporters called for an election boycott over voting law changes.

US – Obama warns of ‘Scrooge Christmas’
President Obama warns of a “Scrooge Christmas” if no deal is struck on the “fiscal cliff”, but a senior Republican says talks are going “nowhere”. – Yahoo ‘ordered to pay $2.7bn’
Internet group Yahoo says it has been ordered by a Mexican court to pay $2.7bn in a case related to a yellow-pages listing service.


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