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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 23rd July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 23rd July 2012

THAILAND
Bangkok Post – Thein Sein visits deep-sea port
Thailand and Myanmar will sign three memorandums of understanding today to reaffirm their economic cooperation, particularly on the development of Dawei deep-sea port and its strategic link with the Thai Eastern Seaboard.

Bangkok Post – HFMD virus tested for mutation
A sample of Enterovirus-71, or EV-71, is being tested for mutation after it was found in the body of a toddler suspected of being the first fatal case of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Thailand this year.

mcot.net – Southern rubber farmers demand government lift rubber price to Bt120/kg
Southern Thai rubber growers on Sunday called on the government to shore up rubber prices and purchase rubber at Bt120 per kilogramme.

Bangkok Post – Taxi drivers get crash course in English
The Asean Economic Community’s arrival in 2015 will concern business people of all sizes, from major corporation heads down to individual taxi drivers.

mcot.net – Thai Queen treated for insufficient blood flow in brain
Royal physicians are treating Her Majesty Queen Sirikit after magnetic resonance imaging indicated inadequate blood flow to the rear of her brain, according to a statement by the Royal Household Bureau on Saturday.

Bangkok Post – Jatuporn’s bail reviewed today
The Criminal Court will today review red shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan’s bail after he was accused of breaching his bail conditions.

mcot.net – Thai govt developing customs checkpoints, facilities in South
The government is proceeding with developing customs checkpoints and related facilities in South to accommodate future border trade increase after the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015, said Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister Kittiratt Na Ranong.

The Nation – Farmers want to know: Will our plots become water-retention areas?
Anxiety is growing among farmers in the lower Chao Phraya basin because their next farming season is due to start in less than two months and they are still in the dark on whether their paddy fields are marked as water-retention areas.

ASIA
Bangkok Post – Taiwan to get new rocket system
Taiwan is scheduled to take delivery next month of a powerful multiple-launch rocket system aimed at neutralising former rival China’s amphibious landing capabilities, local media reported Sunday.

bbc.co.uk –  Record floods cause Beijing chaos
The Chinese capital’s heaviest rainfall in 60 years leaves 37 dead and strands thousands at the main airport.

bbc.co.uk – Japan to probe Tepco radiation cover-up claim
The Japanese government says it will investigate a report that workers at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were urged to disguise their exposure to radiation.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Migrants in UK ‘Bermuda Triangle’
The UK Border Agency faces a backlog of more than 250,000 failed migrants who need to be removed from Britain, the home affairs committee says.

bbc.co.uk – UK’s energy policy ‘unworkable’
MPs accuse the Treasury of making the government’s clean energy revolution unworkable and raise the risk of higher household bills.

bbc.co.uk – Crackdown on tax avoidance firms proposed by government
The government could force finance companies to hand over the details of wealthy individuals who take advantage of aggressive tax avoidance schemes.

bbc.co.uk – Wiggins turns focus to Olympics
Bradley Wiggins will immediately focus on his London 2012 preparations following his historic Tour de France victory.

news.com.au – Elton, Pnau top UK charts
Flamboyant British pop icon Elton John has scored his first number one album in his home country for over 20 years, his seventh in total.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Drug-resistant HIV ‘on increase’
Drug-resistant HIV has been increasing in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa over the last decade, according to experts writing in the Lancet.

bbc.co.uk – Els wins Open as Scott crumbles
South African golfer Ernie Els clinches his second Open title as long-time leader Adam Scott implodes.

EUROPE
Bangkok Post – Euro falls below 95 yen
The euro hit fresh lows against the Japanese currency on Monday, falling below 95 yen for the first time in more than a decade.

bbc.co.uk – Norway marks killings anniversary
Norwegians commemorate the murder of 77 people in Oslo and Utoeya one year ago, as PM Jens Stoltenberg says “the people have won”.

bbc.co.uk – Three killed in Spain wildfires
Three people die and 135,000 more are told to stay at home after forest fires in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain, rage out of control.

news.com.au – Germany’s Schaeuble warns Greece
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has warned Greece in a newspaper interview that it must redouble efforts to comply with bailout conditions.

bbc.co.uk – Officials held over Russia floods
Russian police arrest three officials in the Krasnodar region accused of failing to warn residents of disastrous floods earlier this month.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Fresh clashes rock Syria cities
Fierce fighting is reported in Syria’s two biggest cities – Damascus and Aleppo – as government forces seek to regain control of rebel-held areas.

news.com.au – Arab nations urge Assad to give up power
Arab nations have called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to swiftly give up power in order to end his country’s unrest,

US
bbc.co.uk – Obama says US stands with Aurora
US President Barack Obama tells families of victims of the Batman film attack in Aurora, Colorado, that the whole country stands with them.

news.com.au – US warns Syria over chemical weapons
The United States says it will “hold accountable” any Syrian official involved in the release or use of the country’s chemical weapons.

news.com.au – Sylvester Stallone attends son’s funeral
Sylvester Stallone has attended the funeral of his oldest son, Sage, who was found dead at his home last week.



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