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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Wednesday 1st August 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Wednesday 1st August 2012THAILAND
Bangkok Post – Ramadan attacks continue
The second car bomb attack in four years has targetted and damaged the luxury CS Pattani Hotel and wounded four people – blacking out the southern city when other bombs blew up nearby power transformers.

The Nation – Censure debate could target PM Yingluck
A new session of Parliament begins today, with at least three issues looming – constitutional amendment, the reconciliation bill and a no-confidence debate.

mcot.net – 2012 exports projected to grow at 5.8%, lowest rate in 3 years
Thai exports this year are projected to grow at 5.8 per cent, valued at US$242 billion, the lowest growth in three years thanks to signs of slowing Thai exports from overseas factors, according to an analysis released by the Centre for International Trade Studies of the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).

Bangkok Post – ‘No terrorism here’
The US repeats earlier reports that it has found “no direct evidence” that Thai militants in the deep South are working with international terrorists.

Bangkok Post – Killer cops on bail
The day after they were condemned to die for murder, three Kalasin policemen are set free on bail to appeal – and key witnesses are frightened.

Bangkok Post – BoT chief warns against populist policies
The Thai economy will enjoy strong growth when people throughout the kingdom are given equal opportunity to improve their quality of life, Bank of Thailand governor Prasasrn Trairatvorakul said on Tuesday.

Bangkok Post – Women ‘foolish’ for returning B2m
A woman and her daughter become the talk of the town after returning two million baht to the bank that was wrongly credited to their account, and people said they were foolish for being honest – including a bank official.

Bangkok Post – Boxer Pongprayoon advances
Light flyweight boxer Pongprayoon Kaeo easily defeated Mohamed Flissi of Algeria to move on to the round of 16 at the Olympics tournament early Wednesday.

Bangkok Post – Badminton success
Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam defeated Malaysia’s mixed doubles team of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying to advance to the next stage of the Olympics Group D badminton tournament.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – Delhi power back up after outage
Electricity is restored to the Indian capital, Delhi, but much of the country remains without power after an outage which affected 600 million people.

bbc.co.uk – UN to assess North Korea floods as more rain falls
A UN team is to visit flood-hit parts of North Korea to assess damage, after dozens of people died in recent storms.

bbc.co.uk – Philippines to auction South China Sea exploration blocks
The Philippine government is set to auction off three areas in the South China Sea for oil and gas exploration that are also claimed by China.

bbc.co.uk – Asian Olympic badminton players charged
The Badminton World Federation charges eight women players from South Korea, China and Indonesia with not using their best efforts to win.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Cheap bank lending scheme starts
A special scheme to prompt lenders to make more money available to firms and households starts on today.

EUROPE
news.com.au – Eurozone inflation stable in July
July inflation figures mark the 20th consecutive month that the eurozone has missed the central bank’s medium-term target.

bbc.co.uk – French Ramadan row workers return
The mayor of the French town who had suspended four instructors at a children’s summer camp for observing Ramadan says he will reinstate them to avoid controversy.

bbc.co.uk – Monti: ‘Light at end of tunnel’
Italy’s prime minister says he sees “light at the end of the tunnel” of the eurozone debt crisis as President Barack Obama calls to discuss the issue.

news.com.au – Sexual harassment law passed in France
The French parliament has approved legislation that makes sexual harassment a crime

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – ‘Thousands trapped’ in Syria city
Concern grows over conditions in the Syrian city of Aleppo as the army offensive continues, with a UN official warning that thousands of people are trapped.

news.com.au – Egypt president hopes for Mideast peace
Egypt’s new president has told his Israeli counterpart he hopes the Middle East peace process can get moving again.

bbc.co.uk – Ultra-Orthodox face Israel draft
Defence Minister Ehud Barak gives Israel’s army one month to prepare to conscript ultra-Orthodox Jews, after a controversial exemption law expires.

US
bbc.co.uk – US rallies opponents of EU carbon tax on airlines
The US is hosting a two-day meeting of countries opposed to the EU’s controversial carbon tax on airlines.

news.com.au – US sets new sanctions on Iran oil sector
President Obama has imposed new economic sanctions on Iran’s oil export sector, including Chinese and Iraqi banks the US says helps Tehran.

news.com.au – Apple says Samsung copied phone technology
A US jury has been told that Samsung’s smartphones and computer tablets are illegal knock-offs of Apple’s popular products.

bbc.co.uk – Phelps wins record Olympic medal
Michael Phelps wins a record 19th Olympic medal as he helps the US team to claim victory in the 4x200m freestyle relay.



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