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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Thursday 23rd August 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Thursday 23rd August 2012PHUKET
Bangkok Post – Phuket awash
High tides blocked drainage, leaving a heavy rainstorm deluging Phuket shops and tourist areas – but the government quickly promised compensation for economic losses.

THAILAND
Bangkok Post – Pattani auto-bomb
Ten armed and masked men broke into a Pattani Honda showroom at 2:30am, sprinked petrol and lit it, destroying 15 new cars and two motorcycles.

mcot.net – Train derails in Phatthalung; passengers slightly injured
Eight carriages on a southern train derailed in Phatthalung this morning, with many passengers slightly injured. State Railway of Thailand (SRT) workers are urgently trying to reopen services.

Bangkok Post – Red shirt re-jailed
One of 19 red shirts had his bail revoked for threatening the Constitution Court – a decision that leaders say they can live with for now.

nationmultimedia.com – Reprieve for Jatuporn complicates reshuffle
A Criminal Court decision yesterday to acquit red-shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan, while putting a lesser-known leader like Yoswarit Chooklom under detention, could obviously complicate the Cabinet reshuffle expected in October, because Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra cannot afford to have two red-shirt leaders in her Cabinet. Natthawut Saikua already serves as deputy agriculture minister.

nationmultimedia.com – Beer and wine tax hike next for Excise dept
The Excise Department is now planning to increase the tax levied on beer and wine, following Tuesday’s Cabinet decision to hike duty for liquor and cigarettes.

ASIA
bbc.co.uk – China adds visa demands
China has tightened visa rules for visitors, adding requirements for a letter of invitation and proof of hotel reservations in a move that could slow its push to become the world’s biggest tourism destination.

news.com.au –  Record radiation found in fish off Japan
TEPCO has found levels of radioactive caesium in greenling, 258 times higher than the government safety standard.

bbc.co.uk – Five ink deal to form rice cartel
Five Asean rice-producing countries are joining forces to form a regional alliance with the ambitious goal to boost rice prices by 10% annually.

bbc.co.uk –  Sri Lanka orders universities shut
Sri Lanka’s government closes down almost all universities for an indefinite period amid a row about the future of education in the island.

bbc.co.uk –  Kim Yong-nam to go to Iran summit
North Korea’s head of parliament, Kim Yong-nam will visit Iran and attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit briefly, state media reports.

bbc.co.uk – Qantas posts $256m annual loss
Qantas has posts its first annual loss since 1995, amid high fuels costs and growing losses at its international operations.

news.com.au –  S Korea smartphone users exceed 30 million
There are more mobile phones in South Korea than people, and 60 per cent have a smartphone.

UK
bbc.co.uk – Teenagers await GCSE exam results
Thousands of pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are finding out their GCSE results, as schools face tougher targets on pass rates.

bbc.co.uk – UK joins US in warning to Syria
The UK joins the US in warning Syria that the use or threat of chemical weapons would force the nations “to revisit their approach”.

bbc.co.uk – Tax focus urged over foreign aid
The UK should give more priority to helping the poorest countries collect their taxes as part of its overseas development strategy, MPs say.

bbc.co.uk – Prince Harry naked photos prompt newspaper debate
The decision of British newspapers not to publish naked photos of Prince Harry shows the Leveson Inquiry has “neutered” them, it has been argued.

AFRICA
bbc.co.uk – Egypt requests $4.8bn loan from visiting IMF chief
Egypt has asked the International Monetary Fund for a $4.8bn (£3bn) loan to help revive its struggling economy.

bbc.co.uk – Dozens killed in Kenya clashes
At least 52 people are killed in ethnic clashes in south-eastern Kenya, in the worst single incident since post-election violence four years ago.

news.com.au –  2 German tourists, 2 pilots dead in Kenya
A plane has crashed in Kenya’s Maasai Mara national park, killing two German tourists and two pilots.

EUROPE
bbc.co.uk – Germany and France in Greek talks
German and French leaders meet in Berlin to consider Greece’s plea to be given more time to make the tough cuts needed for its debt bailout.

news.com.au –  Breivik’s future is at Norway’s Ila prison
Anders Behring Breivik will be calling a top-security Ila prison just outside Oslo home, whether he is found to be sane or insane.

news.com.au –  Berlin zoo’s panda Bao Bao dies
The 34 year old Panda Bao Bao had died at Berlin zoo after his health deteriorated over the last several months.

MID-EAST
bbc.co.uk – Fighting over Syria grips Lebanon
Twelve people are killed and at least 100 wounded after fighting in a north Lebanese city between two Muslim communities divided over Syria.

US
bbc.co.uk – ‘Lost decade’ for US middle class
The US middle class is facing a “lost decade” as its share of the country’s income has been surpassed by affluent earners, a new report says.

bbc.co.uk – Recession alert over US ‘fiscal cliff’
The US economy could face recession if Congress does not avert a so-called fiscal cliff due to come into effect in 2013, a congressional report says.

bbc.co.uk – US West Nile virus outbreak grows
Health officials say the US is in the midst of one of its largest ever outbreaks of West Nile virus, with more than triple the usual number of cases.

news.com.au –  US clears Facebook deal for Instagram
The US Federal Trade Commission says Facebook’s bid to buy Instagram “may now proceed”.



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