Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 3rd January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 3rd January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 3rd January 2013THAILAND – Governor under legal siege
DSI chief Tarit Pengdit has the letter from public prosecutors charging Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra over the BTS contract – throwing the Feb 17 elections into confusion. – UK cautions citizens after Pha-ngan killing
The British ambassador has warned his countrymen to exercise caution when travelling in Thailand, following the killing of a British tourist by a stray bullet at a New Year’s beach party on the popular island of Pha-ngan. – New Year road death toll 365
A total 365 were killed and 3,329 injured in 3,176 road accidents throughout the country over the “seven dangerous days” (Dec 27-Jan 2), Panadda Diskul, deputy permanent secretary for interior, said on Thursday. – Thai foreign minister anxious about Cambodian border temple conflict
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has expressed concern on a decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning the Thai-Cambodian dispute on area around the Phra Viharn (Preah Vihear) temple. – Dishing the South
TV Malayu goes on the air to Yala Thursday, a new attempt by authorities to communicate with Thais in the deep South – this time in their native language. – Rice purchase defender
The economist behind the rice-purchase scheme says it can run long-term if needed, and promised large rice sales this year to recoup losses.

ASIA – Burma military ‘targeting rebels’
Military aircraft have been targeting rebel areas in Burma’s northern Kachin state over the last five days, video footage obtained by the BBC shows. – Drop in North Korean refugees to South Korea
There has been a significant decrease in the number of refugees from North Korea to South Korea in 2012 compared with 2011, data from South Korea shows.

UK – Migrants wrongly told to leave UK
Some migrants living legally in the UK are wrongly contacted by a firm hired to trace illegal immigrants and told to leave the country, a BBC probe finds. – Extreme rainfall in UK ‘increasing’
The frequency of extreme rainfall in the UK may be increasing, according to analysis by the Met Office. – Winter vomiting cases at 1.1 million
Cases of the winter vomiting bug norovirus have exceeded 1.1 million, figures for England and Wales suggest. – Start-up loans scheme expanded
The government is expanding its start-up loans scheme, which offers young entrepreneurs loans of about £2,500 to help them start businesses.

AFRICA – CAR rebels halt advance on Bangui
Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic say they are halting their advance on the capital, Bangui, as neighbouring countries deploy troops. – Mauritania bans plastic bag use
Mauritania bans the use of plastic bags to protect the environment and the lives of animals and fish, the environment minister says.

EUROPE – Portuguese budget sent to court to assess its fairness
The Portuguese president has said that he will send this year’s controversial budget to the Constitutional Court. – Italy’s Monti launches campaign
Italy’s caretaker Prime Minister, Mario Monti, promises to cut labour taxes in an interview seen as the launch of his election campaign. – Three ‘shot dead’ in Swiss village
A gunman has opened fire in a village in Switzerland, killing three people and wounding two others, before being arrested, media reports say. – Family of five die in French flat fire
All five members of a family – including two teenagers and a child – have died in a pre-dawn fire at an apartment building in the suburbs of the Paris, officials say.

LATIN AMERICA – ‘Truth’ demand over Chavez health
Venezuela’s opposition calls for an “objective” account of the health of President Chavez, who is said to be “stable but delicate” in hospital. – Argentine president stirs Falklands row
The Argentinian president has written an open letter to British PM David Cameron, urging the UK to give up the Falkland Islands.

MID-EAST – Syria unrest ‘has killed 60,000’
More than 60,000 people have died since March 2011 in Syria, a sharp jump on other estimates, says the UN human rights commissioner.

US – Clinton discharged from hospital
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is discharged from a New York hospital after treatment on a blood clot between her skull and brain. – Markets rally on US fiscal cliff deal
Global stock markets have rallied after a short-term deal to stave off the US “fiscal cliff” was reached. – Republicans slam leader over US storm aid
Republican leader John Boehner has been criticised by his own party for stalling on a package that would have released aid to superstorm Sandy victims. – Sandy Hook children back to school
Children from the primary school where a gunman killed 26 people last month are to start the new term at what police say is the US’s “safest school”.


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