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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Thursday 26th July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Thursday 26th July 2012

THAILAND
Bangkok Post – Southern retaliation
The day after investigators announced a link between northern drug dealers and insurgents in the South, a roadside bomb in Yala killed five anti-drug police agents in what colleagues believe was a revenge attack.

mcot.net – Thai students leave Syria as situation worsens
Seventeen Thai students are leaving the Syrian Arab Republic today after fighting there has worsened and spread into the capital Damascus.

Bangkok Post – Priewpan pilloried
Critics are arguing over whether a trip to see fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra was illegal or just a massive breach of ethics by the national police chief.

Bangkok Post – Shrinking markets
As exports overall slump by 2.5 per cent, rice exporters are even more worried that the government is losing foreign markets by hoarding rice.

The Nation – 92 Thais handed jail terms in Mynamar
Myanmar’s Koh Song Court has sentenced 92 Thais to jail for terms of three-and-a-half years for illegal entry and encroaching on forestland without permission.

Bangkok Post – Drug warning
If your child may have hand, foot and mouth disease don’t even think of giving any medicine with steroids – which seem to work but may wind up killing.

The Nation – Yingluck may take Defence
Talk of another Cabinet reshuffle has re-emerged, as many politicians from the ruling Pheu Thai Party are meeting with former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in Hong Kong this week to celebrate his birthday.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – NK leader’s marriage confirmed
State media in North Korea confirm for the first time that the country’s leader Kim Jong-un is married and mention his wife by name.

bbc.co.uk – Japanese cars are ‘most reliable’
Japanese carmakers Honda, Toyota and Lexus are the most reliable used car brands in the UK, a survey finds.

bbc.co.uk – Burma’s Suu Kyi urges minority rights
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called for laws to protect the rights of ethnic minority groups in her first statement in parliament.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Recession in UK economy deepens
The UK recession has deepened, latest official figures show, after the output of the economy fell by a bigger-than-expected 0.7% between April and June.

bbc.co.uk – £1bn UK investment event opens
More than 4,000 business leaders and politicians are gathering for an Olympics global investment conference that could generate £1bn of deals.

bbc.co.uk – Olympics start with Team GB win
The first day of Olympic events sees a win for Team GB in the women’s football in Cardiff, while North Korean players walk off the pitch over a flag mix-up.

bbc.co.uk – Tuition fees set to rise again
Tuition fee levels in England’s universities will rise again in 2013 – to an average of over £8,500 per year, says the fair access watchdog.

news.com.au – Broken cable car strands passengers
Cable car passengers got plenty of time to view London’s sights after the system linking two Olympic venues broke down.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Ghana’s leader promises stability
Ghana’s new President John Dramani Mahama pledges to promote unity and stability following the death of his predecessor John Atta Mills on Tuesday.

bbc.co.uk – Moroccan runner fails drugs test
Moroccan 1500m runner Mariem Alaoui Selsouli fails a drugs test as agencies announce a crackdown on drugs cheats.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – EU budget rise triggers dispute
The head of the European Commission complains to EU governments over their decision to limit next year’s EU budget increase to 2.79%.

bbc.co.uk – France and Spain call for swift rescue of Spanish banks
France and Spain have called for EU leaders to accelerate a rescue plan for Spanish banks to calm fears of a full international bailout.

bbc.co.uk – Satellites reveal sudden ice melt
The surface of Greenland’s massive ice sheet has melted this month over an unusually large area, Nasa has said.

bbc.co.uk – Peugeot to make deeper cuts after 819m euro loss
Struggling French car firm Peugeot has reported a six-month loss of 819m euros (£638m) on the day the French government unveiled a support plan for the industry.

bbc.co.uk – ‘Racist tweet’ Olympian barred
Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou is expelled from her national team after posting comments on Twitter which were deemed racist.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – ‘Mexico fines HSBC over laundering
The Mexican subsidiary of HSBC bank is fined $27.5m for infringing regulations aimed at preventing money-laundering.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Defections as Syria clashes rage
The US confirms the defection of two more high-level Syrian diplomats, as fighting in the key commercial hub of Aleppo intensifies.

bbc.co.uk – Palestinians warned about economy
The World Bank says the recent economic growth in the Palestinian Territories is unsustainable because of its heavy reliance on foreign aid.

US
bbc.co.uk – Jackson children get new guardian
A Los Angeles court appoints a cousin of Michael Jackson’s children as their temporary guardian after reports of rifts in the family.

news.com.au – Toy maker sues Lady Gaga over doll deal
Lady Gaga is being sued by a toy company that says she sabotaged a deal to make a doll in her likeness that would play snippets of her music.



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