Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 11th January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 11th January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 11th January 2013

THAILAND – 400 Rohingya rounded up at border
SONGKHLA – Security officials have rounded up nearly 400 Rohingya migrants who claimed they were being trafficked to Malaysia. – KL offers to act as a go-between in South
Malaysia supports Thailand’s efforts to negotiate an end to the separatist violence in the South and is ready to assist with a peace initiative and act as a mediator if requested. – Red Shirt activists sue former PM Abhisit
A lawyer representing the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) led two Red Shirt activists to file petitions at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) accusing former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban of attempted murder. – Ambulance refused to photographer at Parliament
Medical staff at Parliament House yesterday refused to use an ambulance on standby to ferry a seriously ill news photographer to hospital. – Get the lead out
It was a case of “Justice at Klity Creek” at the Supreme Administrative Court – who told the Pollution Control Department to pay Karen villagers 4 million baht and get to work ASAP to properly control the poisonous lead contamination in the waterway. – Thai finance minister rejects extra loans for rice pledging scheme
Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong has stood firm that the government’s loan ceiling of Bt150 billion for the highly-criticised rice pledging scheme and the Bt480 billion loan limits for state enterprises will not be expanded. – Pongsapat to outline vision as governor
Deputy national police chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen, who will run as the Pheu Thai Party’s candidate in the upcoming Bangkok governor election, will outline his vision for the city at a meeting of the party’s executive committee on Tuesday. – Ratanakosin’s homeless to be moved on
The Interior Ministry will join hands with Bangkok City Hall and police to relocate vendors and homeless people from the banks of Klong Lod, in a bid to boost tourism in Bangkok. – ‘Fed up’ with patriots
The army chief flicked off PAD’s yellow shirts as an unwanted pressure group, and said he backs the government in its approach to the Cambodian temple. – Thirachai warns govt on household
Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala, a former Bank of Thailand deputy governor and former finance minister, has shot off a warning to the government over household debts, which could be aggravated by its populist policies, while urging people to be cautious in their spending and savings. – Hair today, gone tomorrow
The most hated school regulation of them all is history – as the education minister abolishes the 40-year-old rule on hair length and appearance.

ASIA – Pakistan explosions kill scores
Twin blasts at a snooker hall in the south-western Pakistani city of Quetta kill 81 people, police say, after 11 died in an earlier market bombing. – Philipines hotel fire kills six people
A fire has swept through adjacent hotels in the Philippines, killing three American retirees, one South Korean and two locals. – Japan gets $116bn stimulus boost
Japanese government approves a fresh 10.3 trillion yen ($116bn; £72bn) stimulus package in an attempt to spur a revival in its economy. – China’s one-child policy analysed
Children growing up under China’s one-child policy are less trusting, risk averse and pessimistic, a study in the journal Science concludes.

UK – UK holds four in Syria terror probe
Detectives investigating the support of alleged terrorist activity in Syria have arrested four men – three of them in east London – police say. – Officer guilty of offering NoW leak
A senior Metropolitan Police detective is found guilty of trying to sell information on the phone-hacking probe to the tabloid at the centre of the scandal. – Seven prison closures announced
Seven prisons in England are to be closed, two more will be partially shut and plans for a new super prison are announced.

AFRICA – UN call to expedite Mali force
The UN calls for the “swift deployment” of an international force to Mali, after clashes between militant Islamists and government forces. – CAR rebels ‘agree one-week truce’
Rebels fighting the government in the Central African Republic say they have agreed to a conditional, one-week ceasefire following talks in Gabon. – Police shoot at South African farm workers
Police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas at rock-throwing South African farm workers during a second day of strike violence. –  Somali pirate ‘Big Mouth’ quits
A man named by the UN as a pirate kingpin and known by his nickname “Big Mouth” renounces crime, a community leader in Somalia confirms to the BBC. – Ancient tombs unearthed in Egypt
Egypt’s antiquities ministry says Italian archaeologists have unearthed tombs in Luxor that are more than 3,000 years old.

EUROPE – Greece unemployment hits highest rate in European Union
The latest unemployment rate for Greece has risen to 26.8%, the highest figure recorded in the European Union (EU). – Eurozone interest rates unchanged at 0.75%
The European Central Bank (ECB) has left eurozone interest rates unchanged at 0.75%, as had been widely expected. – France police hunt Kurds’ killers
French police hunt the killers of three Kurdish activists – including a co-founder of the militant PKK group – who were found shot dead in Paris. – Two Swiss trains collide, 17 injured
Two passenger trains have collided at a train station in northern Switzerland during morning rush hour, injuring at least 17 people. – German MPs warn over UK EU exit
A delegation of German MPs visiting London warns that the UK leaving the EU would be disastrous for its economy.

LATIN AMERICA – Chavez rally marks inauguration
Supporters of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez rally outside the presidential palace in Caracas showing their backing for the cancer-stricken leader on the day he was due to be inaugurated for another term. – Two killed in Dakar rally crash in Peru
Two people have been in killed in Peru in a head-on collision involving a support vehicle for a British team contesting the Dakar rally.

MID-EAST – Syria ‘fires ballistic missile’
The Syrian military has fired a ballistic missile towards cities in the north, Nato says, the third in recent days. – Syria says Turkey involved in looting
Syria has called on the United Nations to take action against Turkey for allegedly looting factories in the industrial city of Aleppo. – Deadly storms sweep Middle East
The worst storms to hit the Middle East in a decade claim several lives and leave parts of Israel and Jordan blanketed in snow. – Tel Aviv rocked by car explosion
At least four people are injured as a car is blown up in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, but police say it was probably a criminal not political incident. – Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah agree on unity deal
The leaders of the rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas have agreed in Cairo to renew efforts to implement a two-year-old unity deal.

US – Biden to make gun recommendations
US Vice-President Joe Biden says his task force on gun control will make its recommendations to President Barack Obama as early as Tuesday. – American Express cuts 5,400 jobs
Credit card provider American Express announces plans to cut 5,400 jobs from its total workforce of 63,500 by the end of 2013. – US takes Indonesia to WTO over import restrictions
The US has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Indonesia’s restrictions on imports of horticultural and animal products. – Most of US gripped by flu outbreak
The US is grappling with a major flu outbreak, as 29 states report high levels of influenza-like illness, a US health agency says.


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