Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 19th December 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 19th December 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 19th December 2012THAILAND – DSI chief doubles down
The head of the DSI is now considering 700 charges of attempted murder against ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy Suthep Thaugsuban, in cases linked to the 2010 violence. – Income tax rates cut
The cabinet approved cuts in tax rates across the board for next year, but came under criticism that the changes benefit the rich the most. – Teacher protection
The education ministry believes targetted teachers might be safe if they wear bulletproof vests, to be issued quickly – and some will carry guns. – Princess Sirindhorn has surgery
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn underwent surgical removal of calcium deposits in her chest, the Royal Household Bureau announced on Tuesday afternoon. – Grand old buildings under threat
Conservationists and members of social media are demanding that plans to demolish a complex of buildings, including the former Supreme Court, near Sanam Luang be scrapped. – AFF Suzuki Cup final begins Wednesday
Singapore host Thailand Wednesday in the first leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup final at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

ASIA – S Koreans vote for new president
South Koreans are choosing between the daughter of a military strongman and son of North Korean refugees in presidential election seen as too close to call. – Six polio workers shot dead in Pakistan
Gunmen in Pakistan have killed six health workers at the start of a nationwide polio vaccination drive. – World Bank raises China forecast
The World Bank raises its growth forecast for China, saying stimulus measures and infrastructure projects will help boost growth.

UK – Action on police corruption urged
Police forces in England and Wales must improve plans to combat corruption in the service, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary says. – Ruling on Hillsborough inquests
High Court judges will be asked later to quash verdicts of accidental death and order new hearings into the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. – Nissan invests £250m in Sunderland
Nissan has said it is investing £250m in Sunderland to make a small luxury car, creating “hundreds of jobs” in the UK.

AFRICA – Landslide win for ANC’s Zuma
Jacob Zuma secures a landslide victory in the South African ANC’s leadership election, while anti-apartheid veteran Cyril Ramaphosa becomes his deputy. – Fresh protests in Egypt over constitution
Hundreds of people have begun gathering in Cairo ahead of mass rallies against a draft Egyptian constitution. – Chad troops to fight CAR rebels
Chad troops enter the Central African Republic (CAR) to help fight rebels who have seized several towns and threaten to overthrow the government. – Sudan races to stem yellow fever
Experts say the outbreak of yellow fever gripping Sudan is the worst the world has seen in at least 20 years.

EUROPE – S&P raises Greece’s credit rating
Standard and Poor’s raises Greece’s credit rating, praising the “strong determination” of fellow eurozone countries to help it stay in the grouping. – ‘You need me’: Berlusconi
Italy’s indefatigable former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is vowing to return to political life, telling Italians “You need me”. – 37 dead in 24 hours in Ukraine cold snap
A cold snap in Ukraine has killed 37 people in 24 hours after temperatures dropped to minus 20C, the government says. – Facebook real name row in Germany
Facebook is ordered to stop making people use their real names on the social network by a German data protection body.

LATIN AMERICA – Chavez ‘stable after infection’
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is stable after overcoming a respiratory infection following his cancer surgery, according to government officials. – Mexico prison clash leaves 17 dead
Eleven prisoners and six guards have been killed in clashes at a prison in northern Mexico that erupted when inmates attempted a jailbreak.

MID-EAST – Syria rebels ‘make fresh gains’
Rebels in Syria are reported to have made fresh gains across the country, as fighting inside two Palestinian refugee camps in the south of Damascus intensifies. – Palestinians flee amid clashes, air raids
Tens of thousands of residents of a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria have fled as fighting intensifies between rebels and the army. – Seven activists ‘arrested in UAE’
Seven online activists are reported to have been arrested in a continuing crackdown in the United Arab Emirates.

US – Obama ‘backs assault weapons ban’
US President Barack Obama wants to reinstate a ban on assault weapons, the White House says, following the killings at a school in Newtown, Connecticut. – Democrats dismiss Boehner’s ‘Plan B’
Republican lawmakers wrangle with President Barack Obama over how to steer the economy past the so-called fiscal cliff. – NBC News team free after Syria abduction
Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent of NBC News, escapes from heavily armed captors during a firefight in Syria after several days in captivity. – Court bans group from approaching whalers
A US court has ordered environmental group Sea Shepherd to maintain a distance of 500 metres from Japanese whaling ships.


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