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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 31st July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 31st July 2012

THAILAND
Bangkok Post – Killer cops condemned
Three policemen who tortured and hanged a teenager in one of the most shocking extra-judicial murders of the 2004 war on drugs were manacled and marched to Death Row on Monday.

The Nation – ‘HMFD cases not that bad’
Scientists yesterday quelled fears over the outbreak of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HMFD), revealing that almost half of the cases in Thailand were caused by a less dangerous strain of the virus.

Bangkok Post – Southern action
The government will pour 391 million baht into “emergency” military action against Ramadan violence – and put Deputy PM Chalerm Yubamrung in charge.

mcot.net – Thai Cabinet waives jewellery tariff, tax to boost trade
The Cabinet on Monday endorsed a waiver of tariff and value added tax for jewellery and personal income taxes from jewellery sales.

Bangkok Post – Bang Rakam model blamed for flood
Angry farmers in Sukhothai province on Monday lodged a police complaint against a contractor in the government’s flood relief scheme, known as the Bang Rakam model, for allegedly causing their farms to flood.

mcot.net – Almost half of Thai monks suffer overweight problems
A research study indicated that almost half of Thai monks are having overweight problems or are affected by congenital diseases.

The Nation – Weightlifter Pimsiri wins first Olympic medal for Thailand
Weightlifter Pimsiri Sirikaew on Monday wins Thailand’s first Olympic medal at the 2012 London Games.

Bangkok Post – Chatchai advances in boxing
Chatchai Butdee easily defeated his first-round opponent Eker Selcuk of Turkey in the 52kg division.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – Taiwan cuts growth forecast
Taiwan’s economy contracted in the three months to the end of June, as the global slowdown weighed on export-dependent countries.

bbc.co.uk – Massive power failure hits India
A massive power cut causes disruption across swathes of northern India, including in the capital, Delhi.

news.com.au –  Typhoon kills seven in Philippines
A typhhon has dumped torrents of rain as it swept past the Philippines, killing at least seven people and displacing more than 20,000.

news.com.au –  More heavy rain hits North Korea
Rain continues to pound North Korea, submerging buildings, cutting power, flooding rice paddies and forcing people to find safety on rooftops.

bbc.co.uk – Japanese industrial output in unexpected fall
Industrial production in Japan unexpectedly fell for the third straight month, prompting renewed fears the economy is losing steam.

bbc.co.uk – Millions lost on Afghan projects
Hundreds of millions of US taxpayer dollars may have been wasted on poorly managed infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, says a report to Congress.

bbc.co.uk – Australia and New Zealand restore full ties with Fiji
Australia and New Zealand have agreed to restore full diplomatic ties with Fiji after expelling each other’s top envoys in 2009, officials say.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Disabled people ‘feel hostility’
A survey by the charity Scope suggests many disabled people feel media coverage about benefit cheats has a negative impact on them.

bbc.co.uk – Peers criticise broadband focus
The government’s broadband strategy risks leaving many communities behind, by focusing on speed over reach, says a House of Lords committee.

bbc.co.uk – Man Utd to sell shares at $16 each in New York sale
Manchester United has said it plans to raise as much as $330m (£210m) in a share listing in New York.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Euro crisis: Geithner and Schaeuble call for co-operation
A meeting between US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and the German finance minister has boosted hopes of imminent action on the eurozone crisis.

news.com.au – Sweden asked to question Assange in UK
Sweden has been asked to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London.

bbc.co.uk – Nine killed as minibus and train collide in Poland
Nine people have been killed and one person is seriously injured after a train and a minibus collided in the Polish town of Bratoszewice.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Syrian rebels hold out in Aleppo
Syrian rebels have held out for another night in the city of Aleppo as a government offensive enters its fourth day and a refugee crisis worsens.

US
news.com.au – Global warming due to humans: ex-sceptic
US climate change sceptic Richard Muller has reversed course, saying he now believes greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming.

news.com.au – US hits out at Asian nations over religion
The US says the world is sliding backwards on religious freedoms, criticising China, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

news.com.au – Apple shares jump after new iPhone reports
The price of Apple shares jump after unconfirmed reports it is preparing to launch the iPhone 5 with shipment due to start by September 21.

news.com.au – Sheryl Crow granted restraining order
Sheryl Crow has been granted a temporary restraining order against a man who publicly threatened to shoot the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter.



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