Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Saturday 21st July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Saturday 21st July 2012THAILAND
Bangkok Post – Ramadan rampage
A car bomb in Sungai Kolok and a roadside explosion that turned over an armoured car shattered the first day of the Muslim holy month in the deep South – and the military turned up the security alert another notch.

The Nation – Yingluck visits France
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday arrived in France on the second leg of her official visit to Europe since taking office last year and the first visit to France by a Thai premier in seven years.

Bangkok Post – Virus crackdown
Authorities picked up and quickly deported 18 Cambodian child-beggars, just in case – some of whom already had symptoms of hand, food and mouth disease. – Myanmar to try Thai detainees for illegal entry next Friday
Myanmar’s Township Border Committee (TBC) informed its Thai counterpart that the first batch of Thai detainees charged with illegal entry or land encroachment are expected to be tried July 27.

The Nation – Bt10,000 flood payments ok
The Interior Ministry yesterday agreed in principle on flood payments of Bt10,000 to each floodaffected Bangkok resident, at the request of Democrat Party MPs who yesterday had a special meeting with ministry and disastermitigation officials. – US offers technical assistance to Thailand
The United States is ready to provide technical assistance including training for Thai army personnel, according to a top US Army officer.

Bangkok Post – Nattawut: Abhisit must clarify draft case
Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Nattawut Saikuar has accused opposition leader and former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva of not giving clear answers to the allegation of draft-dodging brought against him.

Bangkok Post – Thongchai in the running
Thongchai Jaidee qualified easily to play in the final two rounds of the British Open.

ASIA – ASEAN works to settle sea dispute
Southeast Asian nations on Friday vowed to work towards a “code of conduct” in the disputed South China Sea, but failed to fully mend a rift that marred a regional meeting last week. – Court rejects Ai Weiwei appeal
A court in Beijing has rejected an appeal by Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei against a $2.4m (£1.5m) tax fine, his lawyer says. – Muslims ‘abused’ in Burmese state
Muslims in Burma’s western Rakhine state have been subjected to attacks and arbitrary arrests since communal violence in June, Amnesty International says.

The Nation – More to be done with Laos’ summit preparations
Vientiane – The European Union is “quite happy” with Laos’preparations to host an Asia-Europe summit this year, but said more needs to be done, state media and diplomats said Friday. – India now top migrant source for Australia
India has become Australia’s largest source of permanent migrants for the first time, with six other Asian nations in the top 10, a report says. – Jetstar applies for Hong Kong licence
New budget airline Jetstar Hong Kong has applied for a licence to operate air services in the southern Chinese city.

UK – Farmers renew milk price protests
Farmers renew protests by blockading milk processing plants, after a supermarket chain announces it will pay more for milk. – Cameron ‘should stop aping Blair’
David Cameron should model himself on Margaret Thatcher rather than Tony Blair, former Tory chancellor Lord Lawson says. – Warning over oil production drop
An expert in the economics of Britain’s oil and gas industry warns of sharp falls in production over the next five years. – Dramatic London arrival for flame
The Olympic flame arrives in the host city in dramatic style, being abseiled into the Tower of London from a helicopter at the fitting time of 20:12 BST. – Stores to sell asthma inhalers New
Asthma inhalers will go on sale in supermarkets for the first time, allowing sufferers to get the medicine without seeing their doctor. – Hoy says Wiggins win will be best Brit achievement
Sir Chris Hoy has claimed if Bradley Wiggins wins the Tour de France then it will be the “greatest sporting achievement” by a British athlete.

AFRICA – Hyena attack boy flown to Nairobi
A 10-year-old Kenyan boy who was mauled by hyenas in an attack which left two members of his family dead is flown to Nairobi for treatment. – African-based cybercrime targeted
Law officers and big business join forces to tackle cybercriminals operating out of African countries and other developing nations.

EUROPE – Spain bank deal gives no respite
Spain’s stock market suffers its biggest one-day fall in two years and yields rise despite eurozone finance ministers approving a bank bailout. – Europe nears gene therapy first
Europe is on the cusp of approving a gene therapy – altering a patient’s DNA to treat inherited diseases – for the first time. – France premiere of Batman movie cancelled
The French premiere of a new Batman movie has been cancelled after a gunman killed at least a dozen people at a US cinema. – Uefa fine Cassano for gay comment
Italy footballer Antonio Cassano is fined more than £11,500 for comments he made about homosexuals during Euro 2012.

LATIN AMERICA – 24 die in bus crash in western Mexico
A bus heading to a beach in western Mexico has toppled off a cliff, killing at least 24 people, authorities say.

MID-EAST – UN extends Syria observer mission
The UN Security Council unanimously votes to keep its observer mission in Syria for a “final” 30 days, as violence continues in the capital Damascus. – Another three generals flee Syria
Three more Syrian generals have crossed into Turkey, bringing to 24 the number of generals who have fled the unrest in Syria.

US – US mourns Batman shooting victims
The US begins mourning after 12 people were killed and 58 hurt in a shooting at a screening of the new Batman film near Denver, Colorado.

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