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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 17th July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 17th July 2012

THAILAND
Bangkok Post – All fired up
Red shirts burn photos of the Constitution Court judges – but more to the point, the ruling Pheu Thai Party will change some tactics but press ahead with charter change.

The Nation – ‘No detainees to be released’
The 92 Thais being detained in Myanmar over allegedly encroaching on land will be held for a few more days to be questioned by military officials, a local Army commander said yesterday.

The Nation – His Majesty the King’s condition improves
His Majesty the King’s cerebral haemorrhaging has stopped and his overall condition is now improving, according to the Royal Household Bureau.

Bangkok Post – $1.9 billion win
The exploration arm of Thai energy conglomerate PTT has forced Royal Dutch Shell out of a long bidding war to buy Africa-focused Cove Energy.

Bangkok Post – Red eye flights
Suvarnabhumi renovations should be finished by 2017 – and in the meantime there may be more flights late at night to avoid congestion.

Bangkok Post – Controversy over Women’s Fund
The Yingluck government is determined to proceed with its 100 million baht per province Women’s Fund, despite strong criticism from academics and civil society that elections of district and provincial fund committee members were riddled with nepotism and political favouritism.

The Nation – Holidaying Cristiano Ronaldo has special message for Thai fans
Sun-tanned Christiano Ronaldo delivered sweet lines for Thai fans after renewing a multimillion-baht contract to represent Toyota Hilux Vigo Champ as its brand ambassador yesterday.

ASIA
news.com.au – IMF cuts China growth forecast
The IMF says a “hard landing” is still possible in China, as it cut its growth forecast for the country’s slowing economy.

news.com.au – Heavy rain hampers Japan clean-up
Heavy rain has again lashed southwest Japan, triggering fears of more landslides and hampering the clean-up operation after a record deluge that left at least 32 people dead or missing.

bbc.co.uk – WTO: China discriminates against foreign card companies
The World Trade Organisation has ruled that China discriminates against foreign credit-card and debit-card providers.

Bangkok Post – Fire traps New Zealand miners
A fire in a New Zealand gold mine Tuesday trapped a group of miners underground and forced them to take shelter in refuge chambers, gold producer Newmont said.

Bangkok Post – Sri Lanka navy stops boat people
Sri Lanka’s navy Monday arrested 61 would-be asylum seekers heading to Australia and seized their fishing trawler, police and naval officials said, in the third incident of its kind in just two days.

bbc.co.uk – India and Pakistan to resume cricket ties
India and Pakistan look set to resume bilateral cricketing ties after a gap of several years, with plans for Pakistani cricketers to tour India.

UK
bbc.co.uk – G4S boss faces questions from MPs
The G4S chief executive will go before a committee of MPs later to explain why his firm said it would not be able to provide the Olympic security staff it had promised.

bbc.co.uk – Border staff ‘being cut too fast’
The UK Border Agency has cut 1,000 more staff than intended and is having to hire extra people and increase overtime to meet its workload, a report says.

bbc.co.uk – Barclays’ had ‘culture of gaming’
A senior FSA banking regulator tells MPs that Barclays’ had a ‘culture of gaming’ that came from the top of the bank.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Mubarak ordered back to prison
Egypt’s prosecutor orders that convicted former President Hosni Mubarak be moved back to prison, saying his health has improved.

bbc.co.uk – Libya Olympic official ‘abducted’
The president of Libya’s Olympic committee, Nabil Elalem, is reported to have been abducted in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

EUROPE
news.com.au – Risks to economic growth rising: IMF
The IMF says the world economy looks weaker than just three months ago, with downside risks continuing to loom large.

bbc.co.uk – West ‘blackmails’ Russia on Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Western attempts to get Moscow to discuss possible sanctions on Syria contain “elements of blackmail”.

bbc.co.uk – HSBC ‘allowed money laundering’
Lax controls at HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, allowed money laundering for almost a decade, a US Senate investigation says.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Assad ‘may use chemical weapons
The most senior Syrian politician to defect to the opposition tells the BBC that the regime will “not hesitate” to use chemical weapons if it is cornered.

bbc.co.uk – Clinton issues new Iran warning
The US will use all its powers to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says on a visit to Israel.

bbc.co.uk – US Navy ship attacks boat in Gulf
A US Navy ship fired on a boat that ignored warnings off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, US officials say, with one person reported killed.

bbc.co.uk – Gaza families visit Israeli jail
Palestinian families from Gaza are allowed to visit their jailed relatives in Israel for the first time in five years.

US
bbc.co.uk – US faces worst drought since 1956
The US is enduring the widest drought since 1956, according to new data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

bbc.co.uk – HIV-prevention drug Truvada approved by US
US health regulators have for the first time approved a drug to prevent HIV infection.

bbc.co.uk – US retail sales down in June for third straight month
US consumers cut back on retail spending in June, official figures have shown, the third month in a row that sales have fallen.

news.com.au – Uma Thurman gives birth to a baby girl
It’s a girl for Uma Thurman and her financier boyfriend.



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