Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 29th October

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 29th October

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Monday 29th OctoberTHAILAND – Second rally already planned
A larger crowd than expected showed up Sunday to protest against the government, and convinced coup-hungry organiser Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit to hold another one next month, hoping it will be even bigger. – Playing the red card
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung will try to reason with red shirts – livid that icon Jatuporn Prompan was left out of the new cabinet. – Ammar slams rice ‘blunders’
Outspoken economist Ammar Siamwalla on Friday lashed out at the government’s “disastrous” rice-pledging scheme and dared former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to use his own money to speculate in the rice market. – PM orders state agencies to work with private sector for AEC readiness
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has instructed all concerned agencies to work with the private sector to prepare the country for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, while the Thai government has outlined eight key strategies for Thailand’s readiness. – Thailand arrests lorry driver transporting tiger cubs
Thai authorities have arrested a lorry driver after 16 tiger cubs were discovered in the back of his vehicle. – Youngsters ‘fail behavioural tests’
The development of Thai children aged 3-5 has worsened, with many failing standard tests on early childhood behavioural competency, a study has found. – Organisers floored
The World Cup of futsal starts Thursday, and the materials for the Arena floor haven’t arrived – but they could be ready in 15 days, or so.

ASIA – UN: 22,000 displaced by Myanmar communal violence
MINBYA, Myanmar: More than 22,000 people from mainly Rohingya communities have been displaced in western Myanmar, the UN said Sunday, after a fresh wave of violence and arson that has left dozens dead. – Australia unveils Asia manifesto
Australian PM Julia Gillard outlines a major foreign policy plan aimed at improving Asian ties, setting out 25 national objectives to be met by 2025. – Deadly tropical storm Son-Tinh batters Philippines
At least 24 people have been killed as a result of tropical storm Son-Tinh in the Philippines, the government says. – Six dead in Philippines bus crash
A bus has slammed into a wall surrounding a house after its brakes failed while negotiating a curve killing six people in the central Philippines. – Pakistan’s Imran Khan says US questioned him on drones
Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan says he has been stopped by US immigration officials and questioned about his views on US drone strikes in his country. – China protesters force halt to Zhejiang factory plan
Plans to expand a petrochemical plant in eastern China have been shelved after days of protests.

UK – Five million ‘below Living Wage’
One in five workers in the UK is paid less than required for a basic standard of living, a KPMG report claims. – Mental illness ‘biggest UK health challenge’ – Miliband
The problem of mental illness in the UK is the “biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age”, Labour leader Ed Miliband is to say in a speech later. – Medium-sized firms ‘optimistic’ about overseas expansion
UK medium-sized firms are upbeat about the prospects for overseas expansion, a survey by accountants BDO suggests.

AFRICA – Suicide attack at Nigeria church
At least seven people have been killed and dozens hurt in a suicide attack at a Catholic church in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna.

EUROPE – Spain austerity: Thousands join new budget cuts protest
Thousands of people have joined fresh protests in the Spanish capital, Madrid, angered by budget cuts and calling on the government to quit. – Sheep take over streets of Madrid
Spanish shepherds led a flock of more than 2000 sheep through central Madrid in a protest against urban sprawl. – Greeks have given everything: president
The Greek president says the people have given all they have to drag the country out of its crippling economic crisis. – Italy ex-PM Berlusconi threatens to topple Monti government
Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi has threatened to bring down the government of technocrats led by Mario Monti. – Top ETA leader arrested in France
One of the three main leaders of the banned Basque separatist group ETA has been arrested in eastern France. – France Euromillions site hit by religious hackers
The French site of the Euromillions lottery has been hacked, with the homepage replaced by a passage from the Koran condemning gambling. – Greece holds ‘bank leak’ reporter
A Greek journalist is arrested after publishing what he says is a list of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts, with some suspected of tax evasion.

LATIN AMERICA – Deadly Peru market clashes worsen
Deadly clashes erupt for the second time in three days, between Peruvian police and protesters trying to stop the closure of a market in Lima. – Hurricane Sandy death toll rises to 65
As Americans braced for Hurricane Sandy, the storm-related death toll across the Caribbean was raised to 65, with 51 of those coming in Haiti. –  Panama scraps Colon land sale law
Panama’s National Assembly repeals a controversial law allowing the sale of land in Colon Free Zone, Latin America’s biggest duty-free zone.

MID-EAST – ‘Truce’ hit by more Syria clashes
The Syrian government has heavily shelled several areas of the country, say activists, despite a UN-backed ceasefire for the festival of Eid al-Adha. – Tourists die in Jordan bus crash
Four Belgian tourists are killed and six seriously injured in a coach accident in central Jordan, Belgium’s foreign ministry says.

US – Mild tsunami disrupts normal life in Hawaii
HONOLULU – A mild tsunami hit Hawaii Sunday afternoon after a powerful earthquake off the west coast of Canada, forcing a state-wide evacuation from coastal areas but apparently failing to cause major damage. – US states begin storm shutdown
President Obama warns Americans to take Hurricane Sandy seriously, as the Eastern Seaboard starts to shut ahead of “Frankenstorm”. – Airlines cancel thousands of US flights
Thousands of flights have been cancelled into and out of airports along the US east coast as Hurricane Sandy approaches. – Minor 3.9-magnitude quake shakes LA
A minor 3.9 magnitude earthquake has shaken Los Angeles residents but appears to have caused no damage. – SpaceX capsule returns to Earth
A capsule owned by the private SpaceX company returns to Earth after the first commercial re-supply mission to the International Space Station.


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