Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Wednesday 17th October

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Wednesday 17th October

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Wednesday 17th OctoberWORLD – Half of all wetlands destroyed since 1900
Half of the world’s wetlands have been destroyed since 1900 according to a new report.

THAILAND – Upsetting the rice bowl
Senators of the anti-government bloc will take the rice-buying plan back to the Constitution Court, claiming it is illegal without a vote of parliament. – Search turns up more evidence at police doctor’s ranch
In the presence of workers from Myanmar, police obtained key information during a search yesterday of the Phetchaburi ranch of a police doctor suspected of murdering a worker from the neighbouring country found buried on the property. – Nurses rally to seek answers over delay to civil job status
About 1,000 professional nurses rallied outside Government House yesterday demanding an explanation for delays in the government’s promise to give them civil servant employment status that would offer them better work benefits. – Critics slam 3G ‘giveaway’
Thailand’s long-overdue sale of third-generation (3G) mobile spectrum bandwidth has attracted a storm of criticism. – Industrial dirt seized in Chon Buri
A combined force of officials from several agencies on Tuesday seized a large quantity of industrial dirt illegally stored in a warehouse in Ban Bung district of Chon Buri province. – Thailand set to boost Halal food industry with Kuwait: PM
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reaffirmed close ties between Thailand and Kuwait and pledged that Thailand is ready to cooperate with the Middle Eastern country to produce Halal food for the world. – Thais warned to reduce salt intake
Thai people should reduce their consumption of salty foods for their own good health, according to the public health deputy permanent secretary. – Bangkok ‘grows lungs’, expands green zones
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), the Thai capital’s city hall, has declared its success in creating green zones accessible to city residents during the past four years, according to a senior environment official.

ASIA – Thein Sein reappointed party head
Myanmar’s reformist President Thein Sein was reappointed Tuesday as head of the ruling party at a key meeting aimed at reviving its flagging political fortunes against a resurgent opposition. – Chinese ‘view US less positively’
Chinese views on the US have plummeted in the last two years, a study finds, with an increasing number of Chinese people seeing relations as hostile. – China to open bomb site to tours
China unveils a plan to open the site where it detonated its first atomic bomb to tourists, state-run Xinhua news agency reports. – Cambodia set for week of mourning
The body of former King Norodom Sihanouk returns to Cambodia on Wednesday, marking the start of a week of mourning. – ‘Fourteen-year-olds’ at Foxconn
Foxconn, Apple’s main supplier in China, admits it has employed interns as young as 14 years old. – India court lifts ban on tourism in tiger core habitat
India’s Supreme Court has lifted its ban on tourism in “core zones” of more than 40 government-run tiger reserves.

UK – Charities voice benefits concerns
Up to 500,000 disabled people and their families could lose out under the government’s planned Universal Credit, a report for a number of charities says. – Depression up ‘by half a million’
The number of people living with depression in England has increased by nearly half a million in three years, according to an analysis of NHS data. – Man charged over Syria kidnapping
A 26-year-old Briton arrested at Heathrow on suspicion of terrorism offences is charged with the kidnap of a UK photographer in Syria, police say. – UK human rights boycotts are inconsistent, say MPs
The UK government has been accused of inconsistency in its dealings with other countries over human rights. – Queen honours stars for Diamond Jubilee celebrations
Celebrities who worked on the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year have attended a reception thanking them for their contribution.

AFRICA – Rwanda leads DRC rebels, says UN
UN experts say Rwanda’s defence minister is effectively commanding the M23 rebellion in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. – ‘Militant blasts’ in Nigeria city
Fighting erupts in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, with the military claiming it killed 24 militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram. – Record number of SA rhinos killed
Poachers have killed a record number of rhinos in South Africa this year, with 455 slaughtered so far, the government says. – Senegal banned from Nations Cup
Senegal are disqualified from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after a riot forced Saturday’s home tie with Ivory Coast to be abandoned.

EUROPE – Top EU health official resigns
The EU commissioner for health, John Dalli, resigns after an anti-fraud inquiry links him to an attempt to influence tobacco legislation. – European car sales ‘fall for 12 months in row’
New car sales in the European Union have fallen for the 12th month in a row in September, according to the region’s biggest carmakers. – Germany ends Kraft chemical emergency
German firefighters have neutralised a chemical spill at a Kraft food factory near Hanover and some 1,400 people who were evacuated have gone home. – Spain police tackle Chinese mafia
Dozens are arrested as Spanish police target Chinese criminal gangs in a nationwide operation against money-laundering. – Monet and Picasso among works stolen from Dutch museum
Paintings by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin and Freud have been stolen from a museum in Rotterdam.

LATIN AMERICA – Colombia negotiators off to talks
Negotiators for the Colombia government and the Farc rebels set off separately for the launch of landmark peace talks in Norway. – Govt to let Cubans travel freely
The Cuban government announced that it will no longer require islanders to apply for an exit visa and will be allowed to travel overseas.

MID-EAST – UN warns of jihadists in Syria
A UN commission on human rights abuses in Syria warns of the increasing risk of foreign Islamist militants radicalising an already volatile conflict. – 90 dead in Syrian attacks on rebels
Activists say at least 90 people have died in Syria in heavy bombardments targeting rebel strongholds.

US – Al-Qaeda driver wins court appeal
A US court throws out the conviction of Osama Bin Laden’s former driver, who had been jailed in Guantanamo Bay for giving material support to terrorism. – Rare quake rattles northeastern US
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake has hit the northeastern US state of Maine. – Microsoft reveals tablet prices
Microsoft’s first tablet computer, the Surface, will start at $559 when it goes on sale on October 26. – Apple sets date for ‘iPad mini launch’
Apple is sending out invitations to reporters for an event next Tuesday, where it’s expected to announce the release of a smaller iPad.


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