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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 28th August 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 28th August 2012

news.com.au – Phuket tourists saved when Thai boat sinks
Australian tourists have told of being rescued when their speed boat sank in rough seas near Thailand’s resort island of Koh Phi Phi.

Bangkok Post – Sathian waved off
The defence minister moved three inconvenient senior officers to inactive posts, clearing the way for a Thaksin-friendly army general to succeed Gen Sathian Phoemthongin as new permanent secretary of defence.

nationmultimedia.com – Treasury Dept eyes property purchases in euro zone
The Treasury Department is interested in buying land and other property in the troubled euro zone due to the attractive prices currently available there.

mcot.net – Commerce Minister concedes export growth target may be reduced
Thailand’s 2012 export growth target may be reduced, but the Department of Export Promotion (DEP) is set to meet with the private sector next month.

Bangkok Post – Abhisit confident
The former prime minister and his deputy told the DSI they had acted legally against the red shirts in 2010, denying responsibility for 91 deaths.

nationmultimedia.com – Panel to issue data on water situation soon: PM
The Water and Flood Management Committee (WFMC) will release data on the country’s water situation later this week, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday in response to a query as to whether drought and flooding would wreak havoc this year.

Bangkok Post – White lies
As the prime minister defended Mr Kittiratt’s strange confession, the government’s NESDB is widely suspected of “massaging numbers” to please her.

Bangkok Post – Chalerm: Reds must stay cool
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung on Monday called on red shirt leaders to dissuade their followers from persistent harassment of Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.

nationmultimedia.com – Latest savings bond rate attractive, insists PDMO
The interest rate of 3.99 per cent for the latest government savings bond issue, which has a six-year maturity, is attractive for retail investors, the Public Debt Management Office said yesterday.

nationmultimedia.com – Myanmar president promotes reformers in cabinet reshuffle
Myanmar’s president reshuffled his cabinet on Monday, a move viewed as a step forward in the country’s fragile political and economic reform agenda.

Bangkok Post – Quarry explosion kills 9 in China
A load of explosives accidentally went off on Monday at a quarry supplying a cement plant in southern China, killing nine people and leaving another missing, state media said.

bbc.co.uk – China seamen missing in typhoon
At least 31 Chinese fishermen are missing after two boats sink as Typhoon Bolaven hits South Korea and lashes China’s coast with huge waves.

bbc.co.uk – Call for PM to act on Heathrow
A Conservative MP urges Prime Minister David Cameron to decide whether he is a “man or a mouse” over the issue of expanding Heathrow Airport.

news.com.au –  British police call off search for ‘lion’
British police have called off their search for a suspected “big cat” after reports of a lion being spotted in a field near a seaside town.

bbc.co.uk – Parade for 800 Team GB athletes
A celebration parade will take place in London on 10 September to mark the success of Team GB athletes at London 2012.

bbc.co.uk – Somali school children blown up
At least six Somali children die after picking up explosives in their school playground in a town recently seized from militants, a local official tells the BBC.

bbc.co.uk – Egypt migrants killed in capsize
A boat carrying Egyptian migrants thought to be on their way to Europe capsizes in the Mediterranean, with more than 30 feared dead.

bbc.co.uk – ‘Intimidation’ keeps SA mine shut
Miners are being threatened into staying away from work at the South African mine where 34 people were recently shot dead by police, the owners say.

bbc.co.uk – Greek exit idea sparks German row
German centre-right politicians criticise a leading conservative partner for suggesting that Greece will have to leave the eurozone.

news.com.au –  France warns Syria over chemical weapons
The French president says the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would be a legitimate reason for a foreign intervention.

bbc.co.uk – Italy miners protest underground
Miners in Italy barricade themselves and hundreds of kilos of explosives inside their pit to protest against a possible closure of the site.

bbc.co.uk – German business confidence falls again, says Ifo
German business confidence has fallen for the fourth month in a row to a 29-month low, according to the closely-watched Ifo survey.

bbc.co.uk – Javelin accident kills German athletics official
An official at an athletics event in the German city of Dusseldorf has died after being speared in the throat with a javelin.

bbc.co.uk – Venezuela refinery fire spreads
A fire at Venezuela’s largest oil refinery caused by an explosion on Saturday spreads to a third tank, as the death toll rises to 48.

news.com.au –  7.3 quake off the coast of El Salvador
A tsunami warning that was issued after a 7.3 earthquake struck El Salvador has been cancelled and there are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

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

news.com.au –  Bid to end 50-year conflict in Colombia
Colombia has announced the start of a peace process, but vows military operations will “continue on every single centimetre of national territory”.

bbc.co.uk – Gaza ‘not liveable by 2020’ – UN
Urgent action is needed to improve basic services in the Gaza Strip or it will not be “liveable” by 2020, according to a new UN report.

news.com.au –  10,000 Syrian refugees stuck at border
Turkey has so far taken in more than 80,000 Syrians, and all nine refugee camps along the border are full.

bbc.co.uk – Obama declares storm emergency
US President Barack Obama declares an emergency in Louisiana, as a strengthening Tropical Storm Isaac churns directly toward New Orleans.

news.com.au –  US approves 4-in-1 HIV combination pill
A new once-a-day pill has been approved in the US to control HIV in adults who have not previously been treated.

news.com.au –  Apple hits new high after US court victory
Apple shares have jumped to a record high after a legal victory against Samsung, reinforcing its place as the world’s most valuable company.

bbc.co.uk – Apple seeks to ban sale of eight Samsung phones in US
Apple has asked a court to ban eight Samsung mobile phones in the US. The phones include the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T model, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile model, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.

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