Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 16th January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 16th January 2013

 Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 16th January 2013

THAILAND – Unhealthy developments
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the cabinet are concerned about a surge of illegal Rohingya migrants requiring care and UNHCR conferences – and she has ordered the Navy to head off future groups. – Trade on agenda for Yingluck’s meeting with Japanese prime minister
Thailand will propose a boost in bilateral trade with Japan to US$100 billion by 2017 through closer cooperation via both government and the private sector. – Iranians deny Bangkok bomb plot
Two Iranians on trial for an alleged botched bomb plot against Israeli diplomats in Bangkok appeared in court again Tuesday, where their Thai lawyer protested their innocence. – Business conflict behind arson : Chalerm
The recent torching of 76 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Yala was the work of losers in the bidding for the CCTV camera-installation contract, not an insurgent attack, claimed Deputy PM Chalerm Yoobamrung yesterday. – Cabinet extends deadline by 3 months for illegal migrant workers
Cabinet extends deadline by 3 months for illegal Myanmar, Lao, Cambodian migrant workers to stay in Thailand to obtain temporary passport or Certificate of Identity – The party’s over
It was a happy day for new Pheu Thai governor candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen – until someone asked about theft of a radio in the US. – Thai finance ministry set to seek Bt2 trillion loan
The cabinet will be asked to approve a Bt2 trillion loan to develop mega projects on infrastructure to uplift Thailand as the communication hub of Southeast  Asia, the finance minister said. – Baht surges to 16-month high
At close to 30 per US dollar, the baht has climbed to a 16-month high on speculation that the Thai authorities will not rein in the exchange-rate spike. – UDD demands criminal amnesty law
The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on Tuesday demanded an executive decree be issued granting amnesty to those accused of criminal offences in connection with political conflicts between Jan 1, 2007-Dec 31, 2011. – Red prisoners: Compensation too slow
Payment of compensation to red-shirts charged, detained and later acquitted of charges laid during the 2010 riots is slow in coming, and there is mounting dissatisfaction with the process. – Bidders asked to supply 400,000 tablets each
The successful bidders in the next round of the One Tablet Per Child scheme will supply more than 400,000 devices each, up from 140,000-180,000 called for under the original resolution.

ASIA – Pakistan court orders PM arrest
Pakistan’s top judge Tuesday ordered the arrest of the prime minister over graft allegations, threatening to worsen turmoil as thousands of protesters demanded the government step down. – Violence kills 12 Pakistan security forces
Clashes and a landmine explosion have killed at least 12 Pakistani security forces in insurgent troubled regions. – Japan airlines ground Dreamliners
Japan’s two main airlines ground their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after one was forced to make an emergency landing because of battery problems. – Japan’s Nikkei hits highest level since April 2010
Japan’s stock market has closed at its highest level in almost three years after the head of the Bank of Japan said he would take further action to help boost economic growth. – 1m tourists visit Myanmar
A record one million foreign visitors surged into Myanmar last year, official figures showed Tuesday, as dramatic reforms lured travellers to the long-isolated nation as it opens to the world.

UK – Horsemeat found in beef burgers
Horse DNA has been found in some beef burgers being sold in UK and Irish supermarkets, Ireland’s food safety body confirms. – Tory group wants EU powers back
A group of Conservative backbench MPs is to publish a report later calling for a substantial return of powers to the UK from the European Union.

AFRICA – Mali town ‘still in rebel hands’
French officials deny a town seized by rebels last week has been recaptured, as reports emerge of troops heading towards another rebel-held town. – S Africa miner to cut 14,000 jobs
Anglo American Platinum says it will cease production at four mine shafts in South Africa’s Rustenburg region, which could lead to some 14,000 job losses. – S African woman gored by rhino
A 24-year-old South African woman is gored by a rhino, suffering injuries to her shoulder, lungs and ribs, moments after posing beside it for a photo.

EUROPE – France to triple Mali deployment to 2500
France could boost its troop numbers in Mali from 750 to 2500, a defence source claims. – ‘Stolen’ train crashes into flats
A cleaning woman stole an empty commuter train in a suburb of Stockholm and crashed it into a house, injuring herself, Swedish officials say. – Alleged KGB spy couple in German trial
One of the biggest espionage court cases since WWII has begun in Germany where a married couple is accused of spying for the KGB. – Germany’s economic growth slows sharply in 2012
The German economy grew by 0.7% in 2012, a sharp slowdown on the previous year, preliminary figures show. – Greenland rare earths: No special favours for EU
The prime minister of Greenland says he will not favour the EU over China or other investors when granting access to highly prized rare earth minerals.

LATIN AMERICA – Cuba confirms cholera in HavanaHealth warning in Havana
Cuban health officials confirm that 51 people have contracted cholera in the capital, Havana, the biggest outbreak there in decades. – Chavez deputy gives state address
Venezuela’s Vice-President Nicolas Maduro will give the state of the nation address as Hugo Chavez is still recovering from cancer surgery, officials say. – Mexico violence ‘leaves 38 dead’
A wave of violence in Mexico has left nearly 40 people dead in three days, with at least 16 the victims of drug gangs, authorities say.

MID-EAST – Deadly blasts at Syria university
More than 80 people have been killed by two blasts at a university in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on the first day of exams, activists and officials say. – Iraqi MP killed by suicide bomber
A suicide bomber kills a Sunni member of Iraq’s parliament, Eifan Saadoun al-Issawi, along with at least two bodyguards in Fallujah, officials say.

US – Obama to unveil gun control plan
US President Barack Obama is set to unveil measures aimed at curbing gun violence, following New York’s passage of tough firearms restrictions. – US House approves $51bn Sandy aid
The US House approves $51bn in aid to areas struck by ‘super-storm’ Sandy, despite opposition from conservatives criticising the spending. – US retail sales beat expectations
US retail sales rose in December by more than analysts had expected as Americans spent more on cars and home furnishings, figures show. – Oprah: Armstrong ‘did not come clean’
Lance Armstrong “did not come clean” to Oprah Winfrey on his use of banned drugs, the talk show host said on Tuesday, as anticipation built for the telecast of her interview with the shamed cyclist.


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