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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Wednesday 11th July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Wednesday 11th July 2012

Bangkok Post – Red shirts pessimistic
A little more than 48 hours before the Constitution Court rules, red shirts expect the worst – and while Pheu Thai Party may survive, UDD leaders seem to be itching to kick off a mass rally to protest.

Bangkok Post – Arson unsolved
There is still a lot of mystery about the “black shirts” of the 2010 violence – but the DSI says they definitely did not torch the CentralWorld mall.

Bangkok Post – Abhisit ‘got it wrong’
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says she will tell US business of investment opportunity – with not a word about oil under the Gulf of Thailand.

The Nation – Many industrial estates still not flood-proof
Barriers at key sites in Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani not finished.

The Nation – Breath-test refusers ‘drunk’ under law change
Cabinet yesterday approved a change to the Land Traffic Act that gives police the right to treat motorists who refuse to take an alcohol breath test without sound reason as drunk drivers.

The Nation – Jatuporn guilty of libel
The Criminal Court yesterday found red-shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan guilty of libel and handed down a six-month jail term suspended for two years due to it being his first conviction.

The Nation – Myanmar ‘to free Thai encroachers soon’
The 49 Thai nationals now in Myanmar custody would be freed once fines are paid to Myanmar authorities for the Thais’ encroachment on Myanmar soil, Army commander General Prayuth Chan-ocha said yesterday.

The Nation – Boonsak eyes gold in last Olympics
Veteran Boonsak Ponsana and teen ace Ratchanok Inthanon carry Thai badminton’s medal hopes in the London Olympics, with the former out to prove that he has matured like fine wine in his fourth Olympic Games appearance and the latter aiming to leave her mark on her debut.

mcot.net – Cabinet approves 106km double-track railway in eastern route
The Thai Cabinet on Tuesday approved the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) project to build 106km of double-track railway from Chachoensao to Saraburi, according to deputy government spokesperson Pakdiharn Himathongkham.

mcot.net – Rubber farmers block highway in Surat Thani
Some 1,000 rubber growers on Tuesday blocked Asian Highway Route 41 in this southern Thai province, demanding that the government resolve the  falling natural rubber price.

bbc.co.uk – S Korea’s Park seeks presidency
The daughter of South Korea’s former dictator Park Chung-hee, Park Guen-hye, launches her bid to become the country’s first female president.

bbc.co.uk – Burma nominates vice-president
Burma’s military nominates a former general, Myint Swe, to be one of the country’s two vice presidents.

news.com.au – Sri Lanka stops 82 people heading to Australia
Sri Lanka’s navy seized two fishing trawlers transporting at least 82 would-be asylum seekers heading to Australia on Tuesday, police and naval officials said.

bbc.co.uk – Singapore plans changes to mandatory death penalty
Singapore is proposing changes to its mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking and murder in some cases.

bbc.co.uk – Bail for athlete Pinki Pramanik
Pinki Pramanik, a female athlete arrested on charges of rape and claims that she is actually male, is granted bail by an Indian court.

bbc.co.uk – Anger over social-care confusion
Anger is mounting over the government’s plans to reform care for the frail and elderly in England, which are being set out later, with campaigners and council leaders warning greater clarity is needed on funding.

bbc.co.uk – Biggest Tory rebellion over Lords
The coalition suffers its biggest rebellion since it came to power after 91 Conservative MPs opposed plans for a mainly elected House of Lords.

bbc.co.uk – London 2012: Missile tenants lose legal ruling
Residents have lost their High Court battle to prevent surface-to-air missiles being stationed on the roof of their tower block during the Olympics.

bbc.co.uk – Eva Rausing found dead in home
One of the UK’s richest women has been found dead in west London and a man arrested over her death, police confirm.

bbc.co.uk – Poverty target ‘will not be met’
The UK has no chance of meeting its target of eradicating child poverty by 2020, the government’s adviser on social mobility says.

bbc.co.uk – John Terry ‘angry’ over Anton Ferdinand racism claims
Chelsea captain John Terry has said he was “very angry and upset” at being accused of racism by fellow footballer Anton Ferdinand.

news.com.au – Kylie and Jason reunion rained out
A London concert that was to reunite Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan for the first time in more than 20 years has been cancelled because rain turned the outdoor venue into a mudbath.

bbc.co.uk – Egypt court overturns Mursi order
The highest court in Egypt overturns a decree by President Mohammed Mursi in which he recalled parliament in defiance of the ruling military council.

bbc.co.uk – Congo warlord jailed for 14 years
Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga is jailed for 14 years for recruiting and using child soldiers, in the first sentence from the International Criminal Court.

bbc.co.uk – Timbuktu mosque tombs ‘destroyed’
Islamist fighters destroy two tombs at the Malian city of Timbuktu’s famous Djingareyber mosque, residents say.

bbc.co.uk – Costa captain ‘sorry’ for sinking
The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship tells Italian TV he is sorry for the sinking in which more than 30 people died in January.

news.com.au – Greece clawing for $3.6b in savings
Greece must quickly come up with savings worth three billion euros ($3.6 billion) to keep its accounts in order and remain under EU/IMF financial protection.

news.com.au – ‘Italy may need eurozone rescue one day’
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has refused to rule out that Rome may one day need to get help from the eurozone rescue fund in order to bring down the country’s borrowing costs.

bbc.co.uk – Russian Wikipedia goes dark in protest at censor law
The Russian version of Wikipedia has shut down for 24 hours in protest at a law that would give the government powers to blacklist certain sites.

bbc.co.uk – German court hears pleas against eurozone bailout fund
Germany’s Constitutional Court is hearing objections to the new EU permanent rescue fund, with petitioners hoping to block its introduction.

bbc.co.uk – Obama and Romney duel over wealth
US President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign ramps up pressure on Republican rival Mitt Romney, over the issue of his offshore accounts.

bbc.co.uk – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on historic Laos visit
Hillary Clinton is due in Laos as the first US secretary of state to visit the country in 57 years.

news.com.au – Google to pay millions over Apple privacy
Google is close to reaching a deal to pay $US22.5 million ($A22.12 million) to settle a lawsuit over its secret bypassing of privacy settings of millions of Apple users, the Wall Street Journal says.

bbc.co.uk – San Francisco to stop buying Macs
San Francisco’s Department of Environment plans to ban city agencies from buying Macs after Apple pulls out of an environmental scheme.

news.com.au – West Nile Virus reaches New York City
The West Nile Virus has been detected in New York City, officials said as they urged residents to take precautions against the mosquito-borne disease.

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