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Ukrainian Cruise Charged

International News Brief: The operator of a Ukraine-registered cruise ship housing a casino, raided by Thai police in October, was charged yesterday with violating foreign exchange and customs laws.

Korea Company Penalized for Online Gambling Operation

International News Brief: A South Korean company lost its status as an inter-Korean business last month after it was found to be engaged in an online lottery and gambling operation run by a North Korean state company.

Thailand's Gambling Debate Rages On

International News Brief: The question of whether to legalise gambling has been a hot topic in Thailand, where illegal casinos operate rampantly, and most agree that the issue must be dealt with.

Malaysia's Magnum Obtains Indonesian License

International News Brief: Malaysian company, Magnum Corp. Bhd., has obtained a license to operate gaming operations in Indonesia.

Push for Jueteng-Free Region Starts

International News Brief: Philippine officials from the Police Regional Office in the Cordillera Administrative Region say that the region has been jueteng-free since December 16.

Baguio Mayor Won't Issue Casino License

International News Brief : Mayor Bernardo Vergara on Tuesday says he will not issue any permit for the operation of the controversial casino at Camp John Hay despite the city council’s approval for its opening.

Thai Lottery Chief Ready for Challenges

International News Brief: Challenges will be plenty in Pol Maj-Gen Surasit Sangkhathong’s new post as the director-general of Thailand’s Government Lottery Office.

Philippine Tribes Oppose Casino Plan

International News Brief: Indigenous people from the boundaries of Ilocos and Cordillera regions joined the local church sector in opposing the planned casino in Camp John Hay.

Cambodian Casino Threatens to Lay Off Thai Workers

International News Brief: Casinos in the Cambodian border town of Poi Pet have threatened to lay off more than 3,000 Thai workers if Bangkok does not ease up on its strict controls on Thais crossing the border to gamble.

Bureaucrats Could Lose Their Jobs Over Casino

International News Brief: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says officials who visit cross-border casinos could lose their jobs and pensions.

Israel Crackdown on Gambling Money

nternational News Brief: Israel’s Supervisor of Banks Yoav Lehman will require the banks to report cash transactions larger than NIS 50,000. This is intended to help identify money from criminal activity such as gambling and prostitution.

Philippine's Pro Casino Forces Want Issue Cleared

nternational News Brief: Councilors who voted for the casino measure here sought to clear issues relative to their approval of controversial gaming complex.

Philippine Bishop: Pray for Enlightenment on Casino Issue

International News Brief: The Baguio-Benguet Vicariate has requested Dawn Mass participants to offer a special prayer that members of the City Council would be enlightened enough to recall a resolution favoring the proposed operation of a casino inside Camp John Hay.

Philippine Police Reminded to Stop Illegal Gambling

International News Brief: The Philippine National Police reminded provincial directors of their duty to stop illegal gambling activities in their respective areas of jurisdiction or face relief. Launches Chinese Sports Book today further expanded its reach into the burgeoning Asian gaming market by launching both Simplified and Traditional Chinese versions of the company's online sports book.

China's Visitor Market Touted

At the Governor's Conference on Tourism, Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt spent most of her speech touting the potential of the huge possibilities of China.

Galaxy Plans Unveils Macao Plans

International News Brief: Galaxy Resort and Casino, one of the newest entrants into Macao's hospitality and gaming industry, unveiled here on Wednesday a $1.1-billion plan for building casinos and hotels in Macao.

Macao Lottery Gets British Accreditation

International News Brief: The Macao Lottery Co. Ltd has become the first sports lottery operator in the world to obtain an accreditation on the safety management of information from the British Standard Institute.

Gaming Helps Boost Macau's GDP

International News Brief: Macau's gross domestic produce rises 24.6 per cent in third quarter, namely thanks to strong growth in gaming revenue and gross fixed capital formation.

Analyst: Israeli Casinos to Create 1,200 New Jobs

International News Brief: According to Business Data Israel, casinos will generate NIS 117-150 million in state revenues and save $150 million in foreign currency per year.

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