Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 17th January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 17th January 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 17th January 2013WORLD – ‘Risky’ Dreamliners grounded worldwide
Boeing suffered another huge blow on Wednesday as US regulators ordered airlines to stop flying 787 Dreamliners until a fire risk linked to the plane’s lithium batteries has been resolved. – Dengue showing global ‘epidemic potential’
Dengue fever is spreading at such an alarming rate it has the potential to become an epidemic, after registering a 30-fold increase over the past 50 years.

THAILAND – United Nations on the scene
The UN’s refugee agency will intervene with the 850 Rohingya languishing in the South but the case now hinges on an even more inconvenient truth – local Thais are too frightened to speak against the masterminds of the human smuggling operation. – Brave teachers
The government has failed even to deliver its promised allowances for them, but teachers in the deep South vow to stand with their students. – Gov’t asked to offer more welfare to teachers in South
The government and agencies concerned should hasten implementation of assistance measures proposed by teachers in violence-plagued Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala, the chairman of the Teachers Confederation of the Three Southern Border Provinces said today, Teachers’ Day. – Police upbraided
It’s an historic ruling by the Supreme Administrative Court – that police used excessive force to break up a Songkhla protest in 2002, and have to pay for it. – European diplomats satisfied with Thailand’s human trafficking solutions
European Union envoys expressed satisfaction with Thailand’s handling of migrant workers after a visit to frozen food factories in this coastal fishing province, the foreign minister said. – Businesses asked to freeze prices
The Ministry of Commerce Minister on Wednesday ordered the Department of Internal Trade to ask manufacturers to maintain their current product prices for at least three more months. – Inquest not conclusive in 2010 shooting
An inquest into the death of a man who was killed during the 2010 political protests was inconclusive on whether he was shot by soldiers or by armed protesters. – Commerce Ministry forecasts Thai exports to growin first half of 2013
Commerce Ministry forecasts Thai exports in first half of 2013 to grow 9.38%; capital inflow will strengthen baht – Every day 370 Thai teens give birth
Every day roughly 370 teenage girls give birth to unplanned babies in Thailand, some under 15 years old, according to a study by the Bureau of Epidemiology. – Culture Ministry website hacked
The Culture Ministry’s Thai website has been hacked by a group demanding the ministry return the banned political soap opera “Nua Mek 2” to the public. – Producers ‘Do NOT Know about politics’
Chatchai Plengpanich, producer of TV Channel 3’s Nua Mek 2 and director Nonzee Nimibutr yesterday said they had no idea whether political interference had led to the abrupt cancellation of the SHOW on January 4, when the reason given for the withdrawal was ‘inappropriate content’. – Tourist surge expected for Chinese NY
About 100,000 tourists from China and Hong Kong are expected to visit Thailand during the Chinese New Year next month and they would generate approximately 4.2 billion baht in tourism revenue, Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) president Piyaman Techapaiboon said on Wednesday.

ASIA – ‘De-escalation’ agreed in Kashmir
India and Pakistan agree to “de-escalate” military tensions in Kashmir after a spate of deadly shootings in the disputed territory, officials say.

UK – Two die in London helo crash
Two people were killed on Wednesday when a helicopter hit a crane at a building site in central London during morning rush hour and plunged to the ground in a ball of flames. – Fears for immigration ‘consequences’
About 50,000 people from Romania and Bulgaria will come to the UK every year when restrictions are lifted next year, a think tank suggests. – Disabled people ‘could be forgotten’ amid social care reform
Adults with disabilities in England are being deprived of basic care and support and are at risk of being forgotten in the wider reform of the social care system, campaigners say.

AFRICA – Algeria troops besiege kidnappers
Security forces in eastern Algeria surround a gas facility occupied by militants who have killed two people and seized some 20 foreign workers. – French ‘fighting in Mali town’
French troops engage Mali’s Islamist rebels in fighting in the town of Diabaly, sources say, the first major ground operation in the conflict. – Deadly shooting in eastern Kenya
At least five people have been killed and four others wounded in a shooting at a restaurant in the town of Garissa in eastern Kenya, police say.

EUROPE – Russia’s ‘top gangster’ Grandpa Khasan shot dead
A man said to have been Russia’s top gangster has been shot dead leaving a restaurant in the centre of Moscow, reportedly by a sniper. – European car sales plunge in 2012
European new car sales dropped at their fastest pace in two decades in 2012 after the euro debt crisis sent the car market into a downward spiral, – EU quizzes Bulgaria on pop grant
Brussels asks the Bulgarian government for an explanation after it awards an EU grant of 1m euros to a broadcaster of sexually-charged pop music. – Pep Guardiola: Bayern Munich to appoint Spaniard as manager
German club Bayern Munich have announced that former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola will take over as their manager at the end of the season.

LATIN AMERICA – Girls’ murders shock Guatemalans
Guatemalan police are investigating the deaths of four females, including two girls aged six and 12, whose bodies were found in the capital.

MID-EAST – Multiple blasts kill 20 in Syria
More than 20 people have been killed in near-simultaneous car bomb blasts in the Syrian city of Idlib, government officials and activists say. – Block of flats collapses in Egypt
At least 25 people die as a block of flats collapses in Alexandria, Egypt, a day after a fatal train crash near Cairo led to criticism of safety standards.

US – Obama unveils gun control plan
President Barack Obama unveils the most sweeping gun control proposals in two decades, which are swiftly rejected by firearm rights advocates. – US to recognise first Somali govt in 20yrs
The US is set to recognise the first Somali government in 20 years when the African nation’s new president visits Washington. – US banks see profits rise sharply
Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan report sharp rises in profits, but JP Morgan’s boss Jamie Dimon sees his pay drop sharply. – US employee ‘outsourced job to China’
A security check on a US company has reportedly revealed one of its staff was outsourcing his work to China.


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