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Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 3rd August 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 3rd August 2012

Bangkok Post – Centre of criticism
There is little support for the planned Bangkok command post for the South, with criticism it only lets politicians claim to be doing something.

mcot.net – Thailand’s GDP growth to fall to 5-5.%: UTCC
he University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) will lower its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth prediction for Thailand to 5-5.5 per cent next week, Economic and Business Forecasting Center director Dr Thanawat Polwichai said.

Bangkok Post – PAD threat
Yellow shirts put government on notice: If parliament brings up unity bills, we’ll hit the streets, maybe to overthrow the Yingluck government.

The Nation – Fearing more floods, Nakhon Pathom farmers make changes
Farmers in Nakhon Pathom have changed their ways in anticipation of more flooding this year and are worried that that the government’s floodprevention measures will likely not protect their farms from severe inundation.

Bangkok Post – Auspicious anniversary
Thais across the nation flocked to temples on one of the holiest days – Asarnha Bucha, the 2,600th anniversary of the Buddha’s Enlightment.

Bangkok Post – Singing PM was ‘off key’
The Pheu Thai Party’s spokesman on Thursday defended Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for attending a banquet at a Bangkok hotel where she was seen singing on stage just a few hours after the Tuesday’s car bomb in Pattani, saying the Democrat Party niggled her too much.

mcot.net – Thailand’s first EV charging station opens in Bangkok
The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) opened Thailand’s first electric vehicle (EV) charging station for the public, with nine more stations to be launched by the end of next year, MEA Governor Atorn Sinsawat said Wednesday.

Bangkok Post – HK pollution ‘worst ever’
Hong Kong choked under the worst smog ever recorded in the city Thursday, with residents warned to stay indoors, away from the blanket of toxic haze, officials said.

news.com.au –  Soldier in ‘key role’ in Java boat tragedy
An Indonesian army officer has been accused of playing a key part in organising one of the country’s worst asylum-seeker boat disasters.

bbc.co.uk – North Korea ‘seeks food aid’ Houses flooded at Anju city in South
The United Nations says North Korea has requested immediate food aid after floods last month that killed more than 100 people.

bbc.co.uk – Agencies told to end Rohingya aid
The Bangladeshi authorities order three international charities to stop providing aid to Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Burma.

bbc.co.uk – Inter Milan sells stake to Chinese investors
Inter Milan has said that a group of Chinese investors is to become its second-largest shareholder.

bbc.co.uk – Cameron: Osborne’s going nowhere
Prime Minister David Cameron rebuffs the suggestion that Chancellor George Osborne might be moved in a reshuffle.

bbc.co.uk – Phone hacking: Rebekah Brooks formally charged
Brooks has been formally charged over phone hacking, Scotland Yard has said.

bbc.co.uk – More pupils taking international GCSEs
More pupils in the UK are taking international GCSEs, figures from exam boards suggest.

bbc.co.uk – Joy as medals roll in for Team GB
Sir Chris Hoy’s sprint cycling team wins Britain’s third gold of the day as sports minister Hugh Robertson praises GB’s “great momentum” as it leaps up the medals table.

bbc.co.uk – New Egyptian cabinet sworn in
Egypt’s new cabinet is sworn in at a ceremony in Cairo, with Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi keeping his post as defence minister.

bbc.co.uk – Clinton set for Museveni talks
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flies to Uganda on the latest leg of her Africa tour, condemning autocratic rule on the continent during her earlier visit to Senegal.

bbc.co.uk – ‘Earliest’ evidence of modern human culture found
The earliest unambiguous evidence for modern human behaviour has been discovered by an international team of researchers in a South African cave.

bbc.co.uk – Euro proposals disappoint markets
European markets fall following comments from ECB head Mario Draghi, who says the bank is working on measures to help the euro but gives few details.

bbc.co.uk – ‘Al-Qaeda’ trio arrested in Spain
Police arrest three suspected al-Qaeda members in southern Spain, with explosive material found at one address being sent for testing.

bbc.co.uk – Annan resigns as UN Syria envoy
The UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, is leaving his post, saying increasing militarisation and lack of unity at the UN are hindering his task.

bbc.co.uk – Coptic-Muslim clashes in Egypt
At least 16 people are injured in Egypt after Muslims attack a Christian church and homes near Cairo, in the latest outbreak of sectarian violence.

bbc.co.uk – One dead in Illinois coach crashMegabus crash in Illinois
One woman dies and two dozen people are hurt as a US Megabus coach bound from Chicago for Kansas City, Missouri, crashes into a concrete bridge pillar.

news.com.au – Stock glitch to cost firm $420m
Knight Capital Group has said a software glitch which rattled the New York Stock Exchange will cost the firm around $US440 million ($420 million).

bbc.co.uk – US ‘to resist losing control of net’
The United States signals it would resist any effort to pass control of the internet from US bodies to a UN agency.

news.com.au – Apple extends gains in tablet market
Apple has extended its dominance in the sizzling tablet computer market, a survey has shown.

news.com.au – Beyonce teams up with UN
Beyonce is teaming with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organisations on a global campaign to encourage people around the world to get involved.

The Nation – Microsoft goes cold on Hotmail
Microsoft is pulling the plug on Hotmail, one of the early leaders in web-based email, and plans to transition the service’s more than 350 million users to a new email service called Outlook.com.

news.com.au – Lil Wayne swaps mic for skateboard
More than a decade after he first picked up the mic, hip hop star Lil Wayne is giving rap a rest to fully focus on his passion for skateboarding.

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