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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Thursday 12th July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Thursday 12th July 2012

Bangkok Post – UDD hardens threats
As police laid down protection around the Constitution Court for Friday the 13th, red shirt leader Korkaew Pikulthong (inset) said the movement will not accept a negative verdict – and will “arrest” the judges if the police refuse to do it.

Bangkok Post – Joe Gordon, go home
A Thai-American man who spent 13 months in prison for translating a book about the King has been given a royal pardon and is free to leave.

Bangkok Post – Land theft
If you really want to see encroachment on protected lands, the anti-corruption agency invites you to Phuket, home to 30 per cent of the national total.

The Nation – South China Sea disputes ‘must not hinder Asean-China ties’
Thailand will not allow disputes in the South China Sea to obstruct cooperation between Asean and China during its time as coordinator between the two over the next three years, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

The Nation – Thai exports will be hit by Euro crisis
The euro-zone crisis will continue to be a drag on the global economy for the next few years, with Thai exports taking a direct blow and seeing growth at only a single digit this year, far below the target of 15 per cent, exporters and bankers warned yesterday.

mcot.net – Over 60 British volunteers to teach English to Thai students
Sixty-seven volunteer students from leading universities in the United Kingdom will teach English to Thai students nationwide later this month, as Thailand’s Ministry of Education has targeted that 80 per cent of the students will be able to successfully communicate in English.

Bangkok Post – Clinton wants more studies on Mekong dam
Hillary Clinton pushed Laos for more studies on a US$3.6 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River opposed by neighboring countries in the first visit by a United States Secretary of State in 57 years.

bbc.co.uk – Obama eases sanctions on Burma
Barack Obama eases restrictions on US firms investing in Burma, but insists that rights abusers will still be subject to sanctions.

news.com.au – Race is on for next-generation TV
South Korea’s LG Electronics, long overshadowed by Samsung Electronics, is confident it can dominate the world’s next-generation TV market.

bbc.co.uk – Japan’s Ozawa forms rival party
Veteran Japanese politician Ichiro Ozawa, who resigned from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) over plans to raise sales tax, forms a new opposition party.

bbc.co.uk – Olympics troops announcement due
Details of an additional 3,500 troops expected to be provided to help with 2012 London Olympics security are set to be announced by ministers.

news.com.au – Oxford Uni gets $115 million donation
Oxford University has received a STG75 million donation that will allow it to offer scholarships to students from poor families.

bbc.co.uk – Orange Order’s ‘peaceful’ parade plan
The Orange Order says it has come up with a “peaceful solution” to allow a controversial Twelfth of July parade to take place in Belfast.

news.com.au – Branson to take kids on space flight
Richard Branson says his children will join him on the first Virgin Galactic space flight by the end of next year.

bbc.co.uk – Aid agencies make Kenya appeal
Aid agencies operating in a refugee camp near Kenya’s Somali border warn they are facing a funding shortfall, putting tens of thousands at risk.

bbc.co.uk – Mursi seeks talks on Egypt crisis
Egypt’s president says he wants talks with judges and the military to find a way forward in a row over his attempts to reinstate parliament.

bbc.co.uk – UN ‘reliant on private security’
The UN is becoming increasingly reliant on private military and security firms, according to a report by non-governmental group, the Global Policy Forum.

bbc.co.uk – Spain plans sweeping budget cuts
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announces sweeping budget cuts and tax rises, as police clash with protesters in Madrid.

Former Fifa chief ‘took bribes’
Court documents reveal ex-Fifa president Joao Havelange was paid huge sums in bribes by collapsed marketing company ISL.

bbc.co.uk – Peru project fights child labour
Peru launches a US-funded scheme aimed at reducing child labour in the country, where almost a third of children have to work for a living.

bbc.co.uk – Top Syria diplomat abandons Assad
Syria’s ambassador to Iraq says he has defected to the opposition – the first senior diplomat to abandon the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

bbc.co.uk – Civil rights group jeers Romney
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is jeered as he vows to “kill” the Obama healthcare law, in a speech to a US civil rights group.

bbc.co.uk – Israeli jailed for US organ sales
An Israeli man convicted of arranging kidney transplants for profit has been jailed for two and a half years in New York.

bbc.co.uk – San Bernardino is third California city to go broke
A third Californian city in as many weeks has gone bust, a fresh indication of the financial fault lines exposed by the recession in one of America’s wealthiest states.

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