Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 12th January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 12th January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 12th January 2013THAILAND – Children’s Day wish
Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be politicians – so say the nation’s top experts on the subject, as they engaged in forthright discussions with the country’s top politician. – Soldiers v PAD
The yellow shirts’ mouthpiece called army chief Gen Prayuth “a woman on her period” and about 50 troops went to ASTV Manager to protest. – Chalerm vows to look into Nov 24 crackdown
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said yesterday that he would demand an explanation from the police about the violent clashes with protesters in November. He made this promise after watching video clips of police firing teargas at the protesting Pitak Siam group on November 24 and of police arresting a television cameraman. The clips were shot by reporters, who played them when Chalerm testified in front of a House sub-committee in charge of finding facts about the November 24 crackdown. – Deadly attacks
Insurgents “welcomed” Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung back from Malaysia with a bomb and ambush that left four soldiers and policemen dead. – Deputy PM Chalerm satisfied with Malaysia visit
Deputy PM Chalerm satisfied with Malaysia visit, says problems in southern provinces need more time to be resolved; plans to discuss with Malaysia’s ex-PM Mahathir – Chalerm drunk in Malaysia
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung admitted Friday that he really did get drunk while in Malaysia on a trip to discuss the southern unrest earlier this week. – Change of heart
With US pressure looming, authorities decide to care for 704 Rohingya refugees – and are looking for the politician suspected of trafficking them. – Economy to top agenda during Japan PM’s visit
Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will focus on economic cooperation with Thailand as part of his regional strategic move when he visits the Kingdom next week during a tour of three Asean countries, his first official visit since assuming power. – Democrats drum up campaign to defend Bangkok
As the Pheu Thai Party remains silent on its choie of candidate to run for city governor, the rival Democrats launched a focussed campaign to retain their political hold on the capital city on Friday. – Hospital chief admits mistake over Nation photographer
The director of a Bangkok hospital yesterday admitted that “a mistake” had been made after its medical staff stationed at Parliament refused to rush a news photographer to hospital after he collapsed on Thursday. – Weekend passport service launched
From today onwards, Thai nationals can apply for a passport on the weekends from 9am to 3pm at the Consular Affairs Division on Chaeng Wattana Road, as well as the two temporary passport offices in Bang Na and Pinklao. – BMTA offers free bus for kids on Children’s Day
BMTA offers free bus for kids on Children’s Day Saturday; 2,522 buses available on 108 routes for parents to take kids to activities around Bangkok.

ASIA – Hanoi admits online interference
Vietnamese propaganda officials admit deploying people to engage in online discussions supporting the Communist Party’s policies. – China landslide kills dozens
A landslide in China has killed at least 36 people, including seven from a single family, in a remote village in southwestern China. – Philippine resort fire kills seven people
Three US men were among seven killed in a fire at the Dryden Hotel, a small two-storey building in Olongapo city, a former US naval base west of Manila.

UK – Four officers injured in rioting
Four police officers are injured during violence linked to union flag protests in Northern Ireland.

AFRICA – Mali and France ‘repel Islamists’
Malian forces say they have retaken a town in central Mali from Islamist militants following air strikes by the French military.

EUROPE – Greek media targeted by arsonists
The homes of five Greek journalists are targeted in arson attacks apparently carried out by anarchists angry at media coverage of the economic crisis. – 10,000 protest against Slovenia’s PM
About 10,000 protesters have joined the chief of Slovenia’s anti-corruption watchdog in urging the country’s prime minister and opposition leader to resign

MID-EAST – Rebels ‘overrun Syria airbase’
Rebels are reported to have taken control of a strategic airbase in north-western Syria after weeks of fierce fighting with government forces. – Tent protest over West Bank plan
Dozens of Palestinians pitch tents in an area of the West Bank where Israel recently announced plans to press ahead with new settlement homes. – Bahrain fire at workers’ housing kills 13
A fire at a building housing workers in the Bahraini capital Manama has left at least 13 people dead, officials say.

US – Early Afghan combat handover agreed
US troops in Afghanistan will end “most” combat operations and switch to a support role this spring, President Obama and his Afghan counterpart say. – US flu cases over epidemic threshold
Influenza has reached epidemic proportions in the US, say health officials, but the outbreak may be showing signs of having peaked. – US warns of extreme heat, severe storms
A government report says the US could face severe weather for decades to come as temperatures rise far beyond levels being planned for. – US trade deficit widens as imports increase
The US trade deficit widened unexpectedly in November, after a rise in the import of consumer goods.


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