Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 1st November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 1st November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Thursday 1st November 2012WORLD – Cancer drug helps MS patients, trials show
A cancer drug has been found to offers the “prospect of substantial improvement in quality of life and a better future for thousands of people with MS”.

THAILAND – Seh Ai: Government must go
There will definitely be another major anti-government rally aimed at bringing down the government by the end of November and up to one million people could be involved, Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit said on Wednesday. – New Pheu Thai chief says he’ll work to bring Thaksin home
Wants to see ex-PM back before govt’s term ends; calls case ‘political’
Bringing fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra back to the country within this government’s term is one of Charupong Ruangsuwan’s missions as Pheu Thai leader, the newly elected party chief conceded to The Nation during an exclusive interview yesterday. – BMA liable for compo in Santika fire
The Central Administrative Court on Wednesday ruled the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is liable for 20% of the compensation for 12 relatives of those killed and and seriously injured in the Santika Pub fire during the New Year celebration on Jan 1, 2009. – Army chief: prolonged southern violence not linked to military budget
Thai army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday dismissed allegations the the southern insurgency is continuing unabated because the army wants a large military budget. – Red Bull heir finally turns up
Red Bull heir and hit-and-run suspect Vorayuth Yoovidhya showed up for police questioning on Wednesday, and authorities said they have added charges of drunk driving and speeding, deputy Bangkok police chief Pol Maj Gen Anuchai Lekbumrung said. – Sorry, Mr Chalerm
The prime minister is not ready to put Chalerm Yubamrung charge of the deep South problem, and will keep Gen Yutthsak Sasiprapa in the job. – New parks chief cuts entry fees
Admission fees to 29 national parks have been significantly reduced thanks to an order signed by new Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) chief Rerngchai Prayoonvej. – Bangkok thanks FIFA for green light to use Bangkok Futsal Arena in Nong Chok
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) expressed gratitude to the football governing body FIFA for approving use of the Bangkok Futsal Arena in Nong Chok as a venue for the 2012 Futsal World Cup.

ASIA – Burmese refugees feared drowned
More than 100 people – many of them Rohingya Muslims from Burma – are missing after their boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladeshi police say. – ‘Guns, money and drugs’
In its first full year as a fledgling democracy, Myanmar opium production has grown 17 per cent – while Thai authorities have further reduced the size of the minuscule fields in the North. – China group: End one-child policy
BEIJING — China should phase out its unpopular one-child policy and let families have two children by 2015, an influential think-tank with close links to the government has proposed. – Evacuation as cyclone strikes India
Thousands of people evacuated from their homes in southeast India Wednesday as a cyclone slammed into the coast, killing two people, according to reports, and causing an oil tanker to run aground. – Japan man gives rare account of disaster
A Japanese worker says “it was outrageous” for the operator of a nuclear plant to send crews into radioactive areas without adequate protection. – Manufacturing in China expands
Manufacturing activity expands for the first time in three months, a sign that China could be recovering from its slowest pace of growth in three years.

UK – Government loses EU budget vote
The government is defeated in Parliament over the EU budget after 53 Conservative MPs defied their party over the issue. – Protest greets Indonesian leader in London
indonesia’s president has been welcomed to London by the Queen – and protesters accusing him of human right abuses. – Barclays says subject of new regulatory probes
Barclays has announced that it is the subject of two new regulatory probes, soon after a series of scandals that have dented the bank’s reputation. – Child benefit cuts ‘cost £50,000’
Some families may lose as much as £50,000 over the next 18 years due to cuts in child benefit, says the accountancy firm PwC. – Academy plea to private schools
Many private schools are failing to fulfil their original charitable purpose and should embrace the academies programme, Lord Adonis warns.

AFRICA – Libyan congress backs new cabinet
Libya’s General National Congress approves a new government led by Prime Minister Ali Zidan, a day after protesters burst into the chamber. – SA guards ‘shoot dead two miners’
Two miners are shot dead during a confrontation at a pit in South Africa, as industrial disputes continue to dog the industry. – Yellow fever kills 32 in Sudan’s Darfur
Mosquito-born yellow fever has killed 32 people in Sudan’s war-torn Central and South Darfur regions this month, said a health ministry statement.

EUROPE – Eurozone jobless hits record 11.6%
Unemployment in the eurozone hit a record high in September with nearly 150,000 more jobs lost as the bloc’s debt crisis further undermines an economy slumping into recession, EU data showed Wednesday. – Pressure for bailout easing: Spain
Spain says the pressure to demand a European bailout is easing as state borrowing costs drop. – No debt deal yet on Greece
The European Commission denied on Wednesday that a deal had been reached between international creditors and the Greek government on its debt bailout programme but expressed confidence agreement would be reached. – Greece recession and debt problems even worse
Greece’s draft budget for 2013 has forecast a deeper recession and worse debt problems than previously thought. – Portugal backs tax-rise budget
Portugal’s parliament backs a tax-raising budget designed to meet eurozone demands, as hundreds gather in Lisbon to protest. – Hollande wants ‘concrete’ action from Iran
France’s president has called for action from Iran to show it’s not pursuing nuclear arms – or “other sanctions” if it fails to do so. – Russia blacklist law takes effect
Russia brings into force a law that aims to protect children from harmful internet content, but critics say it may increase censorship. – Wine shortage to follow poor 2012 grape harvest
A poor grape harvest in 2012 is predicted to lead to a shortage of wine across the world. – Prehistoric town found in Bulgaria
Archaeologists in north-east Bulgaria unearth what they believe to be the oldest prehistoric town found to date in Europe.

LATIN AMERICA – Haiti food fears grow after Sandy
Hurricane Sandy destroyed many crops in southern Haiti, raising food shortage fears, officials say, as the clean-up in the Caribbean continues. – Haiti storm death toll rises
Haiti’s death toll from Hurricane Sandy has risen, taking the Caribbean total to 71, officials say. – Ecuadoreans to sue Chevron abroad
Ecuadorean plaintiffs who won a legal battle against oil company Chevron over environmental damages say they will sue the company in Argentina.

MID-EAST – Air strikes pound Syria rebels in Damascus
The Syrian regime is pounding rebel sites in Damascus as the UN peace envoy urged China to help end the war. – US warning over Syrian extremism
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton urges the Syrian opposition to reject extremism and says the rebel leadership must be more inclusive. – Russia warns West on Syria
Russia says the ‘bloodbath’ will continue in Syria if the West insists the president must go. – Fire at Saudi wedding kills 25
Twenty-five people have been killed by an electrical fire at a wedding in the Abqaiq region of eastern Saudi Arabia, officials say.

US – Obama visits storm disaster zone
US President Barack Obama tours the state of New Jersey, to survey the devastation two days after the massive storm, Sandy, made landfall nearby. – New York staggers back to business
Brilliant sunshine has shone on New York City as people in storm-ravaged parts of the US take their first cautious steps back to normal life. – At least 24 storm dead in New York:
The number of deaths in New York City from superstorm Sandy has risen from 18 to 24, police have announced. – ‘Stunning’ start for Windows 8: Microsoft
Microsoft says the Windows 8 operating system was off to a “stunning” start with four million upgrades downloaded since its release on October 26. – US player wins $8.5 million poker title
A professional US player, Greg Merson, became World Series of Poker champion after a marathon 13-hour final session, organizers said.


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