Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 2nd July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 2nd July 2012

The Nation – Baht back strong but challenges remain
Massive flows of global funds mean day-to-day volatility still a concern.

Bangkok Post – Warning to the Court
This is the week the Constitution Court hears the charter change case, and red shirts promise “the biggest rally ever” if judges rule against amendments.

Bangkok Post – Medical bills
Private hospitals say there is an emergency, all right – the government requires them to give emergency room services for all, with slim reimbursement.

Bangkok Post – PM’s export projections questioned
Business leaders have questioned a prediction by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that her government will achieve 15% export growth this year because of the eurozone crisis and problems at home.

Bangkok Post – Looming storms foretell flood likelihood
Thailand should keep a close eye on upcoming storms in the next two to three months to assess the possibility of a repeat of last year’s floods, a weather expert said.

ASIA – Protests on Hong Kong anniversary
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators march in Hong Kong as the former British colony marks 15 years since the return to Chinese rule. – Philippine croc is largest in captivity
Guinness World Records has declared that a huge crocodile blamed for deadly attacks in the southern Philippines is the largest in captivity in the world. – Protest as Japan restarts reactor
Hundreds of protesters gather as Japan restarts the first nuclear reactor since the crisis at Fukushima last year.

UK – PM to face more pressure over EU
David Cameron is facing further pressure over Europe, with ex-minister Liam Fox set to call for the UK to renegotiate its relationship with the EU. – Sir Richard Branson sets new Channel kitesurfing record
Sir Richard Branson has become the oldest person to kitesurf across the English Channel.

EUROPE – Superb Spain win Euro 2012
Spain seal their place in history as the first side to win three successive major international tournaments with a 4-0 win over Italy in Kiev. – Merkel defends compromise on euro
Chancellor Merkel defends a deal to use eurozone bailout funds to help banks, a concession to Spain and Italy which sends stocks soaring.

US – State emergencies after US storms
States of emergency are declared in four US states and Washington DC after violent storms leave millions without power during an extreme heatwave.

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