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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Saturday 14th July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Saturday 14th July 2012

THAILAND
Bangkok Post – Thrill of victory, agony of defeat
The red shirts cheered, the Democrats slumped, but the upshot is that things are pretty much the same – with the constitutional amendment stuck and the government considering its legal and political options.

Bangkok Post – School failures
Forget the students – the Office for National Education Standards says 2,295 of 8,000 schools have failed to get over the low bar of minimum quality to teach.

Bangkok Post – Baht falls, bonds rise on growth concern
The baht dropped slightly this week despite a rally on Friday as concern that global growth is cooling clouded the outlook for Thai exports, which account for about two-thirds of the economy.

The Nation – ‘Core water management system needed’
Thailand should focus on crafting an integrated system where all mechanisms for water management come under one ruling body to combat flooding more effectively, Dutch architect Cornelius Dijkgraaf suggested at a seminar.

mcot.net – Singapore is Thais No.1 wish-list ASEAN destination
Singapore is the destination which Thai people wish most to visit among countries in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to an opinion survey by the NIDA Poll.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – Asean nations fail to reach agreement on South China Sea
South-east Asian countries have failed to reach an agreement on how to deal with China’s claims on disputed territory in the South China Sea.

bbc.co.uk – Ex-rebel snipers in S Lanka team
Former Tamil Tiger snipers have been selected to represent Sri Lanka in shooting sports at national level, an official says.

bbc.co.uk – Female Afghan politician killed
A prominent female Afghan politician and advocate of women’s rights is killed in a bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

UK
bbc.co.uk – G4S ‘set to lose £50m over Games’Armed fprces at Olympic Park
G4S says it is “deeply disappointed” it has not hired enough security guards for the London Olympics, adding it stands to lose up to £50m on the contract.

news.com.au – Air force may use ‘lethal force’ at Games
Britains Royal Air Force said overnight it was ready to use “lethal force” against aircraft which flout flying restrictions being put in place for the London Olympics.

bbc.co.uk – Homes more affordable, says study
The stagnant housing market is bringing more homes within the reach of first-time buyers, a study suggests.

bbc.co.uk – London 2012: Probe as sponsors’ tickets sold to public
An investigation has been launched after the BBC found sponsors’ Olympics tickets had been sold to the public for 20% more than their face value.

news.com.au – Gordon Brown named UN special envoy
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to become the UN’s special envoy for global education.

bbc.co.uk – Terry found not guilty of racist abuse
Chelsea and England defender John Terry is cleared of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Lemurs sliding towards extinction
A new assessment of Madagascar’s lemurs shows they are far more threatened than previously thought.

bbc.co.uk – South Africa train crashes into farm truck, killing 19
A train has hit a truck carrying farm workers at a railway crossing in South Africa, killing at least 19 people, officials say.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Germany to help Spain with skills
Germany plans to help Spain launch German-style youth apprenticeships, in an effort to tackle record unemployment.

bbc.co.uk – Moody’s cuts Italy’s debt rating
Moody’s has cut Italy’s credit rating, warning that the country was likely to see a sharp rise in borrowing costs.

news.com.au – Call for Pamplona’s bull run to be banned
Animal welfare group Vier Pfoten (Four Paws) urged Spanish authorities overnight to ban the famous Pamplona bull run, which left 22 people injured and 42 bulls dead this week.

bbc.co.uk – Sepp Blatter knew of ‘bribes’ to Fifa officials
Fifa president Sepp Blatter was aware senior officials were paid millions of pounds, according to a court investigation into bribery claims.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Brazil investigates dead penguins
Brazilians scientists are trying to determine what caused the death of about 500 penguins found washed up on the beaches of Rio Grande do Sul.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Leaders condemn Syria killings
World leaders condemn a Syrian army attack on opposition fighters in the village of Tremseh which reportedly left up to 200 people dead.

US
bbc.co.uk – Credit card firms to pay $7.25bn
Credit card firms Visa and Mastercard, along with the banks that issue their cards, agree to a $7.25bn settlement with retailers over card fees.

bbc.co.uk – JPMorgan raises its trading loss
US bank JPMorgan Chase raises its estimated losses in a recent trading error to $5.8bn, but still reports a big profit, sending shares higher.

bbc.co.uk – Apple u-turn as Mac maker rejoins EPEAT green registry
Apple has rejoined an environmental ratings scheme a week after quitting the programme.

news.com.au – Hurricane Fabio gathers strength off US
Fabio has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane off the coast of Mexico and could gather speed this weekend.

news.com.au – Stallone ‘devastated’ by son’s death
Sylvester Stallone is “devastated” by the death of his 36-year-old son Sage, says the actor’s publicist, as speculation swirls as to the cause of death.

 



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