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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Thursday 19th July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Thursday 19th July 2012

THAILAND
The Nation – King’s health has improved
His Majesty’s health condition has improved and no longer been given intravenous medications, the Royal Household Bureau’s 55th statement said last night.

Bangkok Post – 800m of Suvarnabhumi runway fixed
An 800 metre section of Suvarnabhumi airport’s eastern runway has been repaired and that section is open for use again, Deputy Transport Minister Chadchart Sittiphan said on Wednesday morning.

The Nation – Priewpan could hold cabinet post : Chalerm
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said outgoing National Police chief Priewpan Damapong was qualified to join the Cabinet in light of his experience in drug suppression.

mcot.net – Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in Thailand not new strains
The cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) currently being found in Thailand are neither new strains nor mutations, according to Emerging Infectious Diseases Bureau director and Disease Control Department spokesman Dr Rungruang Kitpati.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – Virus fears shut Cambodia schools
Cambodia closes schools weeks ahead of the summer holidays to prevent the spread of a virus that has killed dozens of children since April.

bbc.co.uk – Taiwan crew freed by Somali pirates aided by Chinese vessel
The crew of a Taiwanese trawler held for nearly 19 months by Somali pirates have been taken to safety by a Chinese naval vessel.

news.com.au – Katy Perry accused of ‘indecency’
An Indian court will hear accusations of indecency against US pop star Katy Perry over her dancing at a cricket event.

bbc.co.uk – Bollywood’s Rajesh Khanna dies
Bollywood “first superstar” Rajesh Khanna has died at the age of 69, his family says, from an unspecified illness.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Get a grip on Olympics, MPs urge
MPs warn the government to “get a grip” on security firm G4S to ensure the Olympic Games run smoothly.

news.com.au – British PM visits troops in Afghanistan
British Prime Minister David Cameron has backed up a pledge to pull more troops out of Afghanistan next year.

bbc.co.uk – Alcohol marketing curbs urged
Tougher rules on alcohol marketing may be needed, including possibly a ban on sports sponsorship, MPs say.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Tanzania ferry sinks off Zanzibar
At least 24 people are killed and dozens more are missing as a ferry carrying about 280 passengers sinks near the island of Zanzibar.

bbc.co.uk – ‘Quiet’ 94th birthday for Mandela
Official celebrations for Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday are held with millions of schoolchildren across South Africa singing a special song.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Spain’s banks facing 156bn euros of risky loans
Spain’s banks had 155.84bn euros ($191bn; £122bn) of loans on their books in May that are at risk of not being repaid, the highest since 1994.

bbc.co.uk – Bulgaria bus blast kills Israelis
At least seven people are killed and more than 20 injured as a bomb explosion rips through a bus which picked up Israeli tourists at a Bulgarian airport.

news.com.au – Merkel unsure ‘European project’ will work
While she is optimistic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she can not be certain that the “European project” will work.

news.com.au – Fires in Greece prompts state of emergency
Greek authorities have declared a state of emergency near the country’s third-largest city due to raging wildfires.

bbc.co.uk – Iceberg breaks off from Greenland
Greenland’s northern Petermann Glacier calves an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan, the second to break off in two years, scientists say.

bbc.co.uk – Crews battle Tenerife wildfire
Firefighters try to put out forest fires on the Spanish island of Tenerife which have caused hundreds of people to be evacuated from a nearby town.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – US sees Assad ‘losing control’
The killing of three top figures at the heart of Syria’s defence establishment shows President Bashar al-Assad is losing control, the White House says.

US
bbc.co.uk – US drought spells crop-price hike
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warns that the worst drought to parch the US in decades will result in higher crop prices.

news.com.au – US keeps eye on China’s space program
As China carves out its place in space, American experts are beginning to question what it means for the US at a time NASA is undergoing a fundamental shift.

bbc.co.uk – Capital One fined for misleading millions of customers
ovider Capital One Financial for misleading millions of customers into buying unnecessary products.

bbc.co.uk – Google works around Motorola import ban after Microsoft dispute
Google is refusing to disclose details of how it intends to circumvent an import ban imposed on some of its Motorola devices in the US.

bbc.co.uk – JPMorgan pressed on emails in US energy prices probe
US authorities investigating claims JPMorgan manipulated the electricity market have challenged the bank’s refusal to hand over subpoenaed emails.



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