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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Wednesday 4th July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Wednesday 4th July 2012

Bangkok Post – BoT lowers inflation target to 3.3%
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has lowered its general inflation rate projection for 2012 from 3.5 per cent to 3.3 per cent, because inflation was moving downward in line with the global economic slowdown, BoT governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul said on Tuesday.

The Nation – Residents, activists file court complaints over coal plant
Environmental activists and Map Ta Phut residents yesterday lodged a complaint against a mayor, accusing him of ignoring questionable practices at a coal processing plant.

Bangkok Post – Weather concerns
As Bangkok prepared for another two days of heavy monsoon rains, scientists got 200 million baht for an atmospheric study – and His Majesty the King plans to visit victims of last year’s floods along the Chao Phraya River.

The Nation – Fire at Bangchak’s oil refinery brought under control
Blaze at Bangchak oil refinery in Soi Sukhumvit 64 which is reportedly caused by leaking at an oil pipeline is brought under control

Bangkok Post – Birthday currency
The Bank of Thailand is issuing two commemorative banknotes including the first-ever 80-baht bill to honour next month’s birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

Bangkok Post – Judges double down
The Constitution Court has ordered every one of the 416 MPs, senators and cabinet ministers to justify their votes for charter amendments – in writing.

Bangkok Post – BTS contract
The Bangkok governor defends his 30-year, 190-billion baht contract extension – and claims the government is trying to take it over for the profits.

THAI to launch regional budget carrier in 2013
National carrier Thai Airways is working on plans with its sister budget airline Nok Air to launch a new low-cost airline by the middle of next year, with a focus on the regional market.

bbc.co.uk – Australia search after boat call
Australian vessels search for a boat that issued a distress call off Indonesia, a day after the two pledged more co-operation on people-smuggling.

news.com.au – 6.5-magnitude quake hits NZ’s North Island
A large earthquake has rocked New Zealand’s North Island on Tuesday night but no damage has been reported.

bbc.co.uk – Toshiba gets price fixing fine
Japanese electronics maker Toshiba gets $87m (£55m) fine for conspiring to fix prices of liquid crystal display panels in the US.

bbc.co.uk – Burma releases about 20 political prisoners in amnesty
About 20 political prisoners are among 46 inmates freed in Burma as part of a presidential amnesty, activists say.

bbc.co.uk – Barclays former boss faces MPs
Bob Diamond is due to be grilled by MPs, a day after the Bank of England and Whitehall officials were implicated in the Libor-rigging row.

bbc.co.uk – Man Utd seeks $100m US listing
One of the world’s biggest football clubs, Manchester United, formally applies to start selling shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

news.com.au – Constable masterpiece sells for $34m
“The Lock” by British Romantic painter John Constable has sold for 22.4 million pounds ($34.2 million) at a London sale, smashing the world record price at auction for the artist.

bbc.co.uk – Nigeria agrees $4.5bn oil deal
Oil producer Nigeria signs a preliminary $4.5bn deal with US-based firm to build six oil refineries which could boost production of fuel, most of which is imported.

bbc.co.uk – French police search Sarkozy home
French police search the home and office of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy over allegations of wrongdoing relating to campaign financing.

news.com.au – One dead as fires rage in Spain
A helicopter pilot has been killed as one of the worst forest fires in a decade continues to ravage eastern Spain.

bbc.co.uk – France to tackle ‘crushing debt’
French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault calls on the French people to rally behind efforts to tackle a “crushing” debt crisis in a speech to parliament.

bbc.co.uk – Hikers in deadly Swiss Alps fall
Five foreigners fall to their deaths while climbing in the Swiss Alps, police say, adding it was not clear what caused the accident.

bbc.co.uk – France to introduce gay adoption
France will give gay couples the right to get married and adopt children as of 2013, PM Jean-Marc Ayrault has announced in a keynote speech.

news.com.au – Couple liberates lobsters from restaurant
A German couple on holiday on the Italian island of Sardinia has bought live lobsters off the menu at a posh restaurant for 500 euros ($613) and put them back in the sea.

bbc.co.uk – Home-use HIV test wins US approval
An over-the-counter HIV test that can be used at home is expected to be sold in the US within months, after winning approval from regulators.

bbc.co.uk – US power cuts persist for 1.26m
Some 1.26m storm-struck households in the eastern US are without electricity for a fourth day amid high temperatures and 24 heat-related deaths.

news.com.au – There are no mermaids: US government
The United States government has assured its citizens that, much like zombies, mermaids probably do not exist, saying in an official post: “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.

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