Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 6th November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 6th November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Tuesday 6th November 2012THAILAND – Dam you, Laos!
Thai activists told Laos what they think of the decision to start full construction of the Xayaburi dam on Wednesday, but Laos told the Asia-Europe Meeting that the studies were over, and it is time to start digging. – Thaksin death plot
Mr Chalerm Yubamrung personally vouches there is a plot to assassinate him, so friends of Thaksin may call off the trip to Tachilek. – Widows fight order to repay pension
More than 70 widows sought help from the Lawyers Council of Thailand yesterday over a move by the government to take back a military-compensation pension associated with their late husbands, all of who were killed while serving in the police or armed forces. – 2010 violence cases
Senators say the foreign minister has no right to toss Thai justice into the dockets of the International Criminal Court – and insist parliament be involved. –  Women in Bangkok found working long hours
Most women in Bangkok spend up to nine hours a day at work, which means many have little time to spend with their children. – Dengue fever cases on the rise
The number of people diagnosed with dengue fever in all parts of Thailand has risen significantly this year, with 52 deaths attributed to the mosquito-born disease, a senior health official said on Monday. – BMA says Bangkok Futsal Arena in Nong Chok ready for FIFA Futsal World Cup
BMA says Bangkok Futsal Arena in Nong Chok ready for FIFA Futsal World Cup for Nov 14, 16, and 18 matches after floor completed yesterday morning.

ASIA – Myanmar ‘resettling; after unrest
Myanmar is working to resettle tens of thousands of people displaced by communal bloodshed in western Rakhine state as soon as possible, the country’s foreign minister said on Monday. – Beijing ramps up congress security
As China prepares to begin its once-in-a-decade leadership change on 8 November, security is being tightened both in the capital and beyond. – Three Japan tourists die on Great Wall
Three Japanese tourists have died in a snowstorm on the Great Wall of China. – China files EU solar complaint
China files a complaint with the World Trade Organization against subsidies provided by some European governments to solar panel makers. – South Korea shuts nuclear reactors over unapproved parts
South Korea has shut down two nuclear reactors after it was revealed that some parts used had not been properly vetted, an official says. – US and Japan begin military drills amid China tension
The US and Japan have begun joint military exercises, amid simmering tensions with China over disputed islands in the East China Sea. – French fry deal sparks Japanese frenzy
A French fry deal at McDonald’s in Japan has sparked a phenomenon of “potato parties”, where friends order absurd amounts of fries for fun.

UK – UK PM woos sovereign Gulf investors
David Cameron will try to persuade the sovereign wealth funds in the United Arab Emirates to invest in the UK on the second day of his Gulf trip. – Water supply ‘at weather’s mercy’
A new report blames the government for leaving the UK’s water resources at mercy of the weather. – Diabetes care depressingly poor, say MPs
The standard of care for diabetes in England is “depressingly poor”, causing unnecessary deaths and disabilities, a parliamentary committee says.

AFRICA – Mass arrests over Biafra protest
Some 100 people are charged with treason in south-eastern Nigeria after a march supporting independence for Biafra, their lawyer says. – Anti-gay laws suspended in Malawi
Laws criminalising same-sex relationships are suspended in Malawi pending a decision on whether to overturn the ban, the justice minister says. – Whale lands on boat in South Africa
Three men were hurt when a whale breached and landed on their boat off Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

EUROPE – Greek govt introduces austerity bill
Greece’s government introduces a new austerity bill needed for a creditor lifeline, as media, transport, electricity workers strike and hospitals are slow. – Greece braces for 48-hour strike
Greece braces for a 48-hour general strike with marches planned in Athens, as MPs debate more austerity measures aimed at staving off bankruptcy. – Number of jobless in Spain jumps by 2.7% in October
The number of people looking for work in Spain rose by 2.7% in October, marking the third month in a row that unemployment levels have risen. – IMF and Gallois report urge France to cut labour costs
France’s President Francois Hollande is under pressure to reform its flagging economy after both the IMF and a separate government-commissioned report urged him to slash employment costs.

LATIN AMERICA – Haiti appeals for emergency aid
The Haitian government renews calls for international aid more than a week after Hurricane Sandy caused major damage to crops and infrastructure. – 26 reported dead in Sao Paulo violence
Worsening violence in Brazil’s Sao Paulo has left at least 26 people, including a 10-year-old girl, dead over the past three days.

MID-EAST – Israel ready to strike Iran: Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was ready to order a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities “if necessary”, in an interview aired by Channel Two television on Monday. – Deadly car bombings rock Syria
A number of people have been killed in two car bomb attacks in Syria, state media and activists say, as opposition figures meet in Qatar.

US – US heads for cliffhanger election
US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney make their closing arguments to voters, one day before an election too close to call. – A new storm looms for New York
A new storm threatens to force evacuations in New York and New Jersey this week, areas still recovering from superstorm Sandy. – Storm Sandy: New York inquiry into overpricing
New York’s attorney-general has launched an investigation into hundreds of complaints of prices being increased in the aftermath of storm Sandy. – HSBC raises money laundering provisions by $800m
HSBC bank has put aside a further $800m (£500m) to cover potential money-laundering fines in the US and has announced a fall in quarterly profits. – Apple v Google: US judge dismisses patent lawsuit
A US judge has dismissed Apple’s case in which it alleged that Google’s Motorola unit was seeking excessive royalty payments for patents.


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