Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 16th February 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 16th February 2013

 Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Saturday 16th February 2013THAILAND – No curfew in South
With all forces already in place, security leaders saw no need to impose a curfew in parts of the far South at a meeting Friday, and will instead work on better ties with local communities. – Fugitive militants hole up in Budo mountains
Six core collaborators in Wednesday’s daring attack on a marine outpost in this southern province are in hiding in the Budo mountain range which spreads across Thailand’s three southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani, according to a police report. – Far South teachers demand power to appoint executives
Southern teachers have demanded the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) return the authority to appoint school executives to primary educational service area offices. – Southerners agitated by omnipresent leaflets
Urgent action is needed to deal with the widespread distribution of anti-government leaflets in Thailand’s far South which can lead to misunderstanding among the public, a teachers’ leader said yesterday. – Thailand’s political scene loses an old hand
Thailand’s veteran politician and Lower House MP Sanan Kachornprasart died at Siriraj Hospital on Friday of acute blood infection. He was 78. – Power struggle
Planned cut in gas supplies from Myanmar from April 4-12, the peak of the hot season, has Thai authorities scrambling to avert possible power shortages.

ASIA – North Korea ‘upgrading rocket launch site’
North Korea appears to be upgrading one of its two rocket launch sites, US experts say, perhaps in a move to test bigger rockets. – S Korea halts sea search for nuke samples
South Korea says it has failed to detect radioactive elements from North Korea’s third nuclear test. – Chinese ships enter disputed waters: Japan
Three Chinese maritime surveillance vessels have sailed near disputed Japanese-controlled islands, according to the Japanese coastguard. – G20 not expected to criticise Japan
Finance ministers of the G20 nations meeting in Moscow will not criticise Japan for weakening the yen, a leaked draft communique suggests. – Three killed in Bangladesh clashes
Three people die in the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar amid protests over a tribunal investigating war crimes during the 1971 independence war. – Sabah stand-off with Filipino group
Malaysian troops are negotiating with about 100 men from the Philippines holed up in a remote part of Sabah on Borneo island, officials say. – India’s Kumbh Mela: Tight security for key festival day
Security has been tightened for another peak day at India’s Kumbh Mela festival, days after a stampede killed 36 pilgrims at a railway station.

UK – Tests by food giants find horse DNA
Catering giant Compass Group and Whitbread, one of Britain’s largest hotel chains, have found horse DNA in products sold as beef, it emerges. – UK schools hit by horse meat scandal
Horse meat has been discovered in British school dinners for the first time since the scandal began, it was revealed. – Third family member has ‘Sars-like virus’
A third member of a family in the UK has been infected with a new respiratory illness similar to the deadly Sars virus, officials say. – Fall in condom use behind HIV rise
A fall in the proportion of gay and bisexual men using condoms is behind the rise in HIV infections in those groups in the UK, say researchers.

AFRICA – Pistorius denies girlfriend’s murder
South African star athlete Oscar Pistorius strongly rejects a charge that he murdered his girlfriend, after he appears in court weeping. – Deadly hepatitis E outbreak hits S Sudan
The United Nations says an outbreak of hepatitis E has killed 111 refugees in camps in South Sudan since July. – Mali to hold ‘early July election’
Mali will hold presidential elections on 7 July, a key step to stabilising the country after the intervention of France to oust Islamist fighters, the government says.

EUROPE – Meteor strike in Russia hurts almost 1000
The meteor that has hit Russia, injuring almost a thousand people, is unprecedented in modern times. – EU launches wider horsemeat tests
EU member states plan to start testing immediately for horse DNA in processed beef foods and to detect an illegal medicinal drug in horsemeat. – Prince to headline Montreux Jazz Festival
Rock star Prince will return to the Montreux Jazz Festival for three nights in July, organisers have announced.

LATIN AMERICA – First post-surgery images of Chavez
The first images of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez since he underwent cancer surgery two months ago are published by the government. – Jamaica agrees $750m IMF loan terms
Jamaica has agreed terms with the International Monetary Fund to receive a new $750m (£483m) loan. Colombian Farc releases two hostages
Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Farc, frees two hostages held since 25 January, and ELN rebels release five mine workers seized a week earlier. – Brazil troops to fight violence
Brazil’s government sends military reinforcements to tackle a wave of violence in the southern state of Santa Catarina, after more than 100 attacks. –  Chile’s Pinera visits fire victims
Chilean Sebastian Pinera visits the city of Valparaiso, following one of the most destructive forest fires in decades, promising to re-house victims and rebuild the area.

MID-EAST – Syria rebels take military airbase
Syrian rebels have captured a military airbase in the north as they gear-up for a major battle against loyalists. – Second day of protests rocks Bahrain
A second day of clashes rocks the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain after two people were killed on Thursday amid protests against the rule of the country’s Sunni royal family. – Thousands demand fall of Iraq government
Thousands of people in Sunni-majority areas of Iraq have called for the government’s fall amid a spike in violence. – UN warns Yemen leaders of sanctions
The UN Security Council warns Yemen’s former president and vice president they face sanctions if they interfere in the country’s democratic transition.

US – Jesse Jackson Jr ‘misspent funds’
The former congressman and son of the prominent civil rights leader is charged with spending $750,000 (£483,000) in campaign funds on personal expenses. – Cruise passengers make their way home
Ecstatic passengers have disembarked from the stricken cruise ship in the US state of Alabama, and are now on the way home. – Facebook ‘targeted by hackers’
Facebook reveals it was the target of a “sophisticated attack” by hackers last month, but says it does not believe any user data was compromised.


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