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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 27th August 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 27th August 2012

mcot.net – Transport Ministry orders speeding up of illegal taxis registration in Phuket
The Land Transport Department was ordered to register about 3,600 illegal taxis in the resort town of Phuket to solve the problem of overcharging, said Deputy Transport Minister Chatchart Sithipan.

Bangkok Post – Building a vanity cabinet
The foreign minister kicked off an orgy of back-patting and self-congratulation by a government that has not made an error for an entire year – starting with minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul’s claim that capturing Thaksin is not his duty.

mcot.net – PM affirms balanced water management in dams
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra affirms water management in Thailand’s dams is balanced, and denied that drought in some areas resulted from too much release of water from dams.

mcot.net – Bangkok prepares for this year’s possible flood
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has been bracing for possible flood and the water run-off from the North.

mcot.net – PM to meet Myanmar President to discuss Dawei project
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will visit Myanmar next month to discuss development of the Dawei deep-sea port project with the country’s president, Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Sunday.

nationmultimedia.com – Universities agree to start academic year later from 2014
The Council of University Presidents of Thailand (CUPT) yesterday resolved to postpone the start of the academic year to August or September from 2014 onward. The move is aimed at bringing the schedule in line with those of other Southeast Asian nations and Europe.

nationmultimedia.com – Thai players enjoy double success
Thai badminton players were on cloud nine yesterday after capturing two titles at the Vietnam Open Grand Prix in Ho Chi Minh.

bbc.co.uk – Typhoon lashes Japan’s Okinawa
A powerful typhoon moves past the Japanese island of Okinawa, causing power cuts and forcing thousands of residents to take cover.

bbc.co.uk – Burma floods displace thousands
Major flooding in Burma displaces 85,000 people from their homes and destroys rice crops, the government says.

news.com.au –  6.4-magnitude quake hits off Indonesia
A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck off Indonesia’s Moluccas islands, the US Geological Survey said, revising down a preliminary reading of 6.8.

bbc.co.uk – Chinese bus collides with tanker, killing 36
At least 36 people have died after a sleeper-bus collided with a methane-laden tanker in northern China, state-run media say.

bbc.co.uk – Samsung to appeal after $1bn Apple award in US case
Samsung says it will appeal against a US court ruling that the South Korean giant stole designs from Apple to make smartphones and computer tablets.

bbc.co.uk – UK Wikileaks’ Julian Assange ‘threat’ over
Britain has “given up its threat” to enter Ecuador’s London embassy to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Ecuador’s president has said.

news.com.au –  Recovered Prince Philip appears in public
Prince Philip has accompanied the Queen to church in his first public appearance since being discharged from hospital.

news.com.au – Murdoch sends message in royal photo saga
Commentators say Rupert Murdoch may have let The Sun run photos of a naked Prince Harry to warn Britain’s establishment he can still shake things up.

news.com.au –  British parliament could shut for 5 years
The Palace of Westminster, the London building where Britain’s parliament sits, may have to close for several years for repairs.

news.com.au –  Branson hails ‘extraordinary’ Armstrong
British tycoon Sir Richard Branson, whose company is launching a space tourism program, has hailed the late US astronaut Neil Armstrong as “an extraordinary individual”.

bbc.co.uk – Niger floods leave dozens dead
Flooding in Niger kills dozens of people and leave thousands homeless across the country, as aid begins to arrive.

bbc.co.uk – Drought-hit Serbs pray for rain
Worshippers in Serbia heed a bishop’s call to pray for rain in order to end weeks of drought that have blighted crops and sparked wildfires.

bbc.co.uk – Fires burn at Venezuela refinery
Two tanks are still on fire at the Amuay refinery in northern Venezuela after a gas leak set off an explosion, which left 41 people dead.

bbc.co.uk – Haitian migrant boat runs aground
A boat carrying more than 150 illegal Haitian migrants capsizes off the Bahamas, with most on board surviving, but more than a dozen feared drowned.

bbc.co.uk – ‘Scores of bodies’ found in Syria
Opposition activists say they found scores of bodies in a town near the Syrian capital where government forces carried out a “massacre”.

news.com.au – US Gulf states declare Isaac emergency
Three US Gulf Coast states have declared states of emergency as Tropical Storm Isaac barrels towards land, threatening to slam into Louisiana as a hurricane.

bbc.co.uk – Obama leads tributes to Armstrong, first man on Moon
US President Barack Obama has led tributes to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, who died on Saturday at the age of 82.

news.com.au –  Apple ‘to unveil mini iPad in October’
Apple will unveil a new, smaller version of its wildly popular iPad in October after the release of the latest version of its iPhone next month, the All Things Digital website has reported.

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