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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Saturday 4th August 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Saturday 4th August 2012

THAILAND
Bangkok Post – Forget about a curfew
Ministers in charge of the new Bangkok-based command centre said that a curfew would probably be imposed in the deep South – but the army now says again that despite the murderous violence, a curfew would only interfere with peaceful life.

The Nation – External risks to escalate in second half, BOT says
After a strong recovery in the first half, the Thai economy will face some headwinds in the second half as private consumption slows on growing external volatility, the Bank of Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee said.

Bangkok Post – Wanted woman
The US wants extradition of Juthamas Siriwan, former tourism director and her daughter – to face corruption charges that put two Americans in jail in 2009.

The Nation – Shops and clubs flout Buddhist Lent
Despite awareness campaigns and legal actions against alcohol sales during the beginning of Buddhist Lent, stores were illegally selling liquor.

The Nation – 170,000 appear for police entrance exams
Under tightened security to prevent cheating, about 170,000 people yesterday took part in the makeup entrance examination for the recruitment of noncommissioned policemen.

Bangkok Post – Red-shirts told to stay peaceful
Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan has called on his supporters to remain calm and strictly comply with the Criminal Court’s order when it rules on a bail revocation request for him and 24 other red shirts on next Thursday.

The Nation – Dazzling Ratchanok offered multimillion-baht deal
Ratchanok Inthanon has been offered a multimillion-baht deal by a Chinese badminton club after they observed the Thai teenage phenomenon’s brilliant performance in London.

Bangkok Post – Cuban beats Chatchai
Teen-aged Cuban sensation Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana scored a technical knockdown of Chatchai Butdee in the first round and went on to an easy win over the Thai to advance to the last eight of the Olympic flyweight (52kg) boxing event.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – Date set for Bo Xilai wife trial
Gu Kailai, wife of sacked Chinese politician Bo Xilai, will go on trial for the murder of UK businessman Neil Heywood next Thursday, lawyers say.

news.com.au – Typhoons hit Asia as 300,000 flee, 42 dead
Taiwan residents have spent the day cleaning up storm damage and returning to work, a day after deadly Saola slammed into the island.

bbc.co.uk – Samsung rebuked by patent judge
South Korean tech firm Samsung to face “consequences” for publicising evidence banned from its patent trial versus Apple.

bbc.co.uk – Toyota sees profits surge as its recovery continues
Toyota’s profits have surged in the first quarter boosted by strong sales in Japan and the US as it recovers from last year’s natural disasters.

bbc.co.uk – Zhang and Zhao win mixed doubles
China’s Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei claim badminton mixed doubles gold with victory over compatriots Xu Chen and Ma Jin.

UK
bbc.co.uk – UK to increase ‘practical help’ to Syrian opposition groups
The UK is to increase the assistance it is giving to Syrian opposition forces in the coming weeks, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.

bbc.co.uk – Tesco Bank will offer mortgages
The supermarket group Tesco is to start offering mortgages via its Tesco Bank.

bbc.co.uk – RBS boss admits banks became ‘detached from society’
Banks became “detached from society” and still need to reconnect with their customers, the chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has admitted.

bbc.co.uk – Games ready for ‘Super Saturday’
Great Britain will be hoping for more gold medals on Olympics “Super Saturday” – one of the Games’ busiest days with 25 events to be won – after securing a further three on Friday.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Students close S Leone university
Protesting students erect barricades to close the Sierra Leone university, the oldest in West Africa.

bbc.co.uk – Sudan and South Sudan in oil deal
Sudan and South Sudan have ended a dispute on oil payments that has paralysed both countries’ economies, says African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki.

bbc.co.uk – Niger’s slowest rower wins hearts
Niger rower Hamadou Djibo Issaka wows the crowd despite finishing dead last in the men’s singles sculls.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Eurozone companies ‘weak in July’
Europe’s manufacturing and service provider sectors both shrank in July, the 11th consecutive month of contraction, according to an influential survey.

bbc.co.uk – Rajoy considers bailout options
Spain’s implied cost of borrowing remains above 7% as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy submits his budget plans to the European Commission.

bbc.co.uk – France seizes Obiang Paris villa
French authorities seize the Paris mansion of the son of Equatorial Guinea’s leader as part of a money-laundering probe, officials confirm.

bbc.co.uk – Russian cyclist fails drugs test
Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova is expelled from London 2012 after testing positive for testosterone.

LATIN AMERICA
bbc.co.uk – Six killed in Mexico mine cave-in
A cave-in at a mine in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila kills six miners, and leaves another injured.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – UN vote bad for Syria – Russia
Russia says a resolution on Syria passed by the UN General Assembly undermines peace efforts there as fighting continues on the ground.

bbc.co.uk – Saudi woman makes Olympic history
Judoka Wojdan Shaherkani makes history as the first Saudi Arabian female to compete at the Olympics.

US
bbc.co.uk – Mixed jobs report for US economy
The US economy adds 163,000 workers in July, according to official figures, but the unemployment rate inches up from 8.2% to 8.3%.

bbc.co.uk – Knight Capital shares stabilise after costly IT glitch
Shares in trading firm Knight Capital have stabilised after falling by three-quarters over the past two days.

bbc.co.uk – Armed police storm Miley Cyrus’s house
Armed police stormed pop star Miley Cyrus’s house in the US, after receiving an emergency call about a possible kidnapping and shooting.



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