Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 13th February 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 13th February 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Wednesday 13th February 2013WORLD – Human trafficking found in 118 countries
A new UN report paints a grim picture of the millions of people being trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced labour.

PHUKET – Jellyfish warnings for Phuket
The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has launched a campaign warning tourists in Phuket to beware of venomous jellyfish when swimming in the Andaman Sea after a number of foreigners were stung and required treatment.

THAILAND – ‘Terror threat’ doubted
The warning of a terrorist plot against the US consulate in Chiang Mai by al-Qaeda and local drug traffickers turned very exclusive late Tuesday – with no special alert by US authorities, no warning to US citizens, and no changes to the nearby Cobra Gold war games. – 17 gunmen killed in Thai military base attack: army
Scores of heavily armed gunmen stormed a military base in unrest-plagued southern Thailand, an army spokesman said Wednesday, in a major assault that left at least 17 militants dead. – Curfew? No big deal
Mr Chalerm promises to propose a curfew in the South on Friday, and accept the vote – as opposition to the plan mounts among local and religious leaders. – Govt to recruit more volunteers in restive region
More than 2,000 additional defence volunteers will be recruited in the trouble southern region as the government struggles to control the rising insurgent violence in the border area. – 52,000 Thai workers lose jobs from minimum wage hike
More than 52,000 employees under Thailand’s social security scheme have applied for unemployment benefits due to losing their jobs in the wake of the country’s minimum wage hike, Labour Minister Phadermchai Sasomsub said. – Thailand will not withdraw from hosting WorldExpo2020
PM asserts Thailand will not withdraw from candidacy for hosting WorldExpo2020 – Tortured slave girl learns to smile again
Sympathy and support is pouring in for a Karen girl who was allegedly kidnapped, enslaved, tortured and scarred over half of her body by a couple in Kamphaeng Phet. – Sereepisuth aims to rid City Hall of political influence
Bangkok governor candidate Sereepisuth Temeeyaves says one of his key aims is to free the city administration from political influence. – Amnesty shouldn’t cover my father’s assassin, MP says
Pheu Thai party list MP Kattiya Sawasdipol, who lost her father, Maj Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol, during the political rally in 2010, said yesterday that whoever shot dead her father intended to kill him and could not be pardoned as part of an amnesty bill. – Thailand endorses first Palestinian ambassador to Thailand
The Thai Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed the appointment of the first Palestinian ambassador to Thailand, Government spokesperson Tossaporn Serirak said. – Police feel a draft
With conscripts in the news, the police want in, and are proposing they take 10,000 men out of the draft to beef up the “understaffed” national police force. – Chiang Mai monitors burning to prevent worsening smog
Murky weather in the northern province of Chiang Mai could worsen if more forest fires occur,  Deputy  Governor Adisorn Kamnerdsiri said today. – Thailand breaks world hula hoop record
Thailand has set a world record for the most people dancing with hula hoops together. – To Guinness with love
No country ever has swung as many hips at one time in one location – and no couple ever has kissed so long. Let the crazy Valentine’s week stunts begin!

ASIA – UN condemns North Korea test
The UN Security Council on Wednesday “strongly condemned” North Korea’s third nuclear test amid US demands that it face new sanctions to halt its weapons development. – China summons N. Korea ambassador
China has summoned the North Korean ambassador to condemn Pyongyang’s nuclear test. – Knifeman kills three in Guam attack
A man wielding a knife kills three people and injures 11, many reportedly Japanese tourists, in the US Pacific territory of Guam, officials say. – Police ‘shoot dead eight’ in Assam election violence
Police in the Indian state of Assam say they have shot dead at least eight people in violence during local polls. – Indonesia passes anti-terror funding bill
Indonesian authorities will be able to freeze the bank accounts of those suspected of terrorist activities after new laws were passed. – Myanmar to offer foreign press visas
Myanmar will offer members of the foreign media short and long-term visas under new press freedom regulations.

UK – CBI: UK to avoid triple-dip recession
The UK will avoid falling into a so-called triple-dip recession, according to the business lobby group, the CBI. – Slaughterhouse and meat firm raided
A slaughterhouse and a meat firm are raided by the Food Standards Agency and police as part of inquiries into alleged labelling of horsemeat as beef. – Elderly ‘suffer from poor home care’
A quarter of home-care services provided to the elderly in England are failing to meet quality and safety standards, inspectors say.

AFRICA – Mali ‘hesitant’ over UN peace force
The government of Mali is “hesitant” over the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force, a senior UN official says. – Fears of ‘catastrophic’ violence in Mali
The UN is warning that Mali risks being overwhelmed by ‘catastrophic’ violence. – Two French charity workers jailed
Two workers from French charity Zoe’s Ark are jailed for two years for illegally trying to fly 103 African children from Chad to France in 2007.

EUROPE – Spain moves to give bullfighting special cultural status
Spanish MPs have voted to consider giving bullfighting special cultural status – a move that could overturn regional bans on the age-old tradition. – Evicted couple commit suicide in Spain
A retired couple in Spain have killed themselves because they faced eviction. – Russia Duma votes to ban smoking in public spaces
Smoking in Russia will be banned from restaurants, long-distance trains and housing block entrance halls under a tough new bill passed by parliament.

LATIN AMERICA – Chile’s Mapuche clash with police
Members of Chile’s Mapuche indigenous group are arrested after clashing with police at a protest to demand the release of one of their jailed leaders. – Two killed in Colombia rebel attack
FARC rebels are believed to be behind a grenade and gunfire attack in Columbia that has killed two people and wounded 27. – Four killed in Brazil Carnival float fire
Four people died when a float at the end of a Brazilian Carnival parade ran into a power line and caught fire – Jamaica in crisis debt-swap plan
Jamaica announces plans for its second debt swap in three years in the face of a “serious economic crisis”. – Peru temple ‘up to 5,000 years old’
The remains of a small temple believed to be between 4,000 and 5,000 years old are discovered at an archaeological site near Peru’s capital, Lima.

MID-EAST – Syria opposition ‘seizes air base’
Syrian rebels have captured a military air base near the northern city of Aleppo, activists say, a day after taking control of a major dam. – Syria death toll nearing 70,000: UN
Almost 70,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict, the UN says.

US – Obama pledges to reignite economy
President Obama urges Congress to back his plans for government action to revive the sluggish US economy in his annual State of the Union speech. – US to launch free trade talks with EU
The US will launch free trade talks with the EU to spur jobs growth, US President Barack Obama has announced in his State of the Union address. – Grammys attracts second biggest audience in 20 years
The Grammy Awards scored their second-biggest audience in 20 years on Sunday.


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