Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 13th December 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 13th December 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 13th December 2012THAILAND – Classes cancelled
Teachers are closing 1,200 schools across the South for the rest of the week, in the hope that security forces will finally start to make good on their promise to protect them – and track down the killers involved in recent murders of educators. – Teachers want to flee South
A large number of Buddhist teachers in the troubled deep South have applied for transfers, with their morale at its lowest point following reports that they have become a new target group in the southern insurgency, Deputy Education Minister Sermsak Pongpanich said yesterday. – Army chief says money alone cannot end southern insurgency
Without civic cooperation, the decade-long violence in Thailand’s far South will not be resolved despite the government’s allocation of a huge anti-insurgency budget, according to Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha. – Charged atmosphere
Former premier Abhisit and security minister Suthep are due to hear murder charges at the DSI Thursday, with 400 police to ensure a safe atmosphere for all. – Thaksin sues Boonlert, MP for defamation
A lawyer for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday filed a defamation complaint with police against the leader of the anti-government group Pitak Siam and a Democrat MP. – Experts call for end to death penalty in Thailand
Thailand is falling behind its neighbours when it comes to abolition of the death penalty, activists and experts said at a seminar yesterday. – Sidewalk booze ban
Come New Year, and you probably can’t have a beer with your som tam or buy alcohol after midnight – and the public health minister is vague on exactly why. – Computer snags hinder 12/12/12 couples
Computer software glitches frustrated many couples trying to register their marriages Wednesday on the auspicious date of 12/12/12.

ASIA – UN condemns N Korea rocket launch
The UN Security Council condemns North Korea for launching a rocket in defiance of UN resolutions as a ‘clear violation’ for which the US says Pyongyang will face “consequences”. – Philippines typhoon death toll tops 900
The death toll from typhoon Bopha in the Philippines has climbed above 900, with hundreds still missing and 149,000 homes destroyed. – Rights crisis in Pakistan borders
Pakistan is failing to address thousands of human rights abuses taking place in its tribal areas in the north-west, Amnesty International says. – Kate royal hoax: Australian watchdog launches inquiry
The Australian media watchdog has launched a formal inquiry into the hoax call to the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated. – Monks protest in Burmese cities over mine crackdown
Buddhist monks have held rallies across Burma to demand further apologies from the authorities over a crackdown last month against a copper mine protest.

UK – UK unemployment falls by 82,000, says ONS
The number of people out of work fell by 82,000 between August and October, to 2.51 million, official figures have shown. – NHS facing ‘tough savings challenge’
The NHS in England has been warned it must raise its game if it is to hit the ambitious savings targets it has been set and maintain services to patients. – Record fall in university places taken up, says Ucas
There has been a record fall in the number of people taking up places at UK universities this year, figures show. – Rebekah Brooks receives £10.8m News International payoff
Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News International, was paid £10.8m after she resigned, it has emerged.

AFRICA – Egypt opposition backs ‘No’ vote
Egypt’s opposition urges a “No” vote in a disputed constitutional referendum but may still boycott it if its demands on running the ballot are not met.

EUROPE – EU wrestles with banking union
EU leaders prepare to meet in Brussels to try to hammer out a banking union deal, seen as vital to bolster the euro and prevent bank failures. – Greece buyback puts debt at 34% of its value
Greece has managed to buy back some of its debt, but did not succeed in reducing its total debt by as much as its backers had hoped. – Greece due for bailout payment
Greece is due to receive the latest tranche of bailout funds needed to keep the economy afloat later on Thursday. – Porsche breaks car sales record in 2012
German luxury carmaker Porsche has said it has already beaten its annual record for most cars sold.

LATIN AMERICA – Chavez ‘faces difficult recovery’
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is stable after cancer surgery, but faces a “complex and difficult” recovery, ministers say.

Syria ‘fires Scud-type missiles’
Forces loyal to the Syrian government have fired “Scud-type missiles” at rebels, media quote US officials as saying. – Syrian building blast kills at least five
Rebels fighting to overthrow Syria’s President Bashar Assad are edging closer to the capital, the symbol of his power.

US – US Fed sets new targets for ratesBen Bernanke
The Federal Reserve will keep interest rates at near-zero at least until the US jobless rate falls below 6.5% and will continue to buy $85bn (£53bn) a month of assets. – US urges China to press North Korea
China has been urged to work with the United States and the international community to insist that North Korea live up to its security commitments. – Fiscal cliff: Obama and Boehner make new offers
The White House and Republicans in Congress have each made new offers as US negotiations continue in an effort to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff”.


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