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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 7th August 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 7th August 2012THAILAND
Bangkok Post – Exposed: Rice fraud
The Department of Special Investigations (DSI) has ripped open a 100kg sack of tricks used by rice millers to cheat farmers, consumers and especially the government’s rice pledging scheme.

The Nation – All eyes on the reds and court ruling
The Criminal Court order aimed at reining in a protest on Thursday involving the red shirts should serve as a wake-up call for all sides to rethink the pros and cons of street demonstrations.

Bangkok Post – Openness pledge
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra promises greater transparency in government – admission that much remains to be done about accountability.

The Nation –  Still no visits allowed for 92 Thai detainees
All 92 Thais arrested in Myanmar early last month are still being deprived of visits from their relatives.

Bangkok Post – Thai diseases
Graft busters of the NACC say two things are worse for the country than even terrorism: The corruption culture and the persistent patronage system.

Bangkok Post – Security boosted
It is tougher to drive into Hat Yai now, with police tightening road access to try to deter any attempts by southern gangs to bring car bombs into the city.

Bangkok Post – Chuvit: Bangkok casinos have reopened
Six major gambling dens in Bangkok have reopened and are operating as normal, Rak Thailand Party leader and MP Chuvit Kamolvisit said on Monday.

bbc.co.uk – China leaders hold resort talks
Senior Chinese leaders are reported to be gathering at the Beidaihe resort for private meetings ahead of the leadership change later this year.

news.com.au – Heavy rains paralyse Philippine capital
Torrential rains have paralysed the Philippine capital as thousands have been evacuated and schools and offices were closed.

bbc.co.uk – India monsoon floods kill 34
Rescuers are searching for bodies in the debris of destroyed homes in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand where 34 people have been killed by heavy monsoon rains.

news.com.au – 450 trapped in a flooded tunnel in China
Hundreds of construction workers are trapped in a Chinese railway tunnel after heavy rains brought by Typhoon Damrey.

bbc.co.uk – Japan marks Hiroshima anniversary
Japan marks the 67th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, amid growing anti-nuclear sentiments.

bbc.co.uk – S Lanka arrests Chinese fisherman
Sri Lanka arrests 37 Chinese fisherman on suspicion of fishing illegally off its eastern coast.

bbc.co.uk – Tories must deliver, say Lib DemsHouse of Lords
The Tories “must deliver” on the coalition agreement, Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes warns, after plans for Lords reform were abandoned.

bbc.co.uk – UK retail sales ‘subdued in July’, says BRC
UK retail sales were subdued in July, despite better weather and the start of the Olympics towards the end of the month.

bbc.co.uk – Standard Chartered shares dip on laundering allegations
Shares of Standard Chartered bank have tumbled in Hong Kong despite the bank denying allegations that it illegally “schemed” with Iran to launder money.

news.com.au – Singer Gary Barlow and wife lose baby
Singer Gary Barlow and his wife say they are devastated at the loss of their baby daughter.

bbc.co.uk – Britain close on 2008 gold tally
Great Britain win their 17th and 18th gold medals as the showjumping team and Jason Kenny win at London 2012.

bbc.co.uk – Saab owner hits GM with $3bn suit
The owner of Saab sues former partner General Motors for $3bn (£1.9bn), accusing it of forcing the Swedish carmaker into bankruptcy.

news.com.au – Police clear Occupy Frankfurt camp
German police have removed anti-capitalist protesters from an Occupy Frankfurt camp set up nine months ago next to the European Central Bank headquarters.

bbc.co.uk – Fires hit Spain’s Canary Islands
Fires on Spain’s Canary Islands destroy more than 4,000 hectares of land, including part of a UN World Heritage site with unique plants.

bbc.co.uk – Syria ‘crumbling’ as PM defects
The defection of Syria’s prime minister is a sign that the regime is crumbling, Western powers say, as fighting continues in the northern city of Aleppo.

bbc.co.uk – Obama: ‘Soul searching’ needed
US President Barack Obama says “soul searching” is needed on how to reduce violence following a second mass shooting event in the US in a month.

bbc.co.uk – Nasa rover touches down on Mars
The US space agency, Nasa, successfully lands its huge new robot rover in a deep crater on the Red Planet.

bbc.co.uk – Gibson settles discord on timber
The US government has settled its legal case against the iconic Gibson Guitar company over use of illegal timber from Madagascar in its instruments.

bbc.co.uk -Knight Capital to open for trade after rescue deal
Knight Capital has been handed a lifeline after it agreed a $400m (£257m) rescue deal with a group of Wall Street firms, enabling it to continue trading.

bbc.co.uk -Best Buy founder in takeover offer
The founder and former chairman of US electronics retailer Best Buy has offered to buy the struggling retailer for $8.8bn (£5.66bn).

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