Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 27th July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 27th July 2012THAILAND
Bangkok Post – Boy’s death triggers panic
The death of a Cambodian boy of suspected hand, foot and mouth disease in Rayong province has set off new concern about whether the virus is mutating – and in Bangkok, clean-up campaigns extended even to train exteriors at Hua Lamphong station.

Bangkok Post – Rice record falling
The Commerce Ministry muddled export losses, but refutes US experts who say India will topple Thailand after 50 years as the world’s top rice seller.

The Nation – Govt says only so much it can do for 92 held in Myanmar
Authorities are seeking ways to assist 92 Thais sentenced to jail terms for illegal entry and encroaching on forestland in Myanmar.

Bangkok Post – Suthep ‘overstepped’
Anti-graft investigators found heavyweight politician Suthep Thaugsuban overreached his authority and want him banned from politics for five years.

Bangkok Post – Bills held back
The touchy unity proposals are off parliament’s opening-day agenda next week, but the Speaker says that they could be back a few days later.

The Nation – Panida, Siriwimon target thailand’s first medal
Thailand’s Olympic gold hunt starts tomorrow when weightlifters Panida Khamsri and Siriwimon Pramongkol battle it out in the women’s 48kg category for the first medals on offer in the London Games.

ASIA – Bo Xilai wife charged with murder
The wife of disgraced Chinese political leader Bo Xilai is charged with murdering UK businessman Neil Heywood, state news agency Xinhua reports. – Landslides kill 7 in northern Vietnam
A landslide in Vietnam has buried a mother and two of her children as Typhoon Vicente causes havoc. – Beijing floods toll climbs to 77
At least 77 people died in floods in Beijing at the weekend, more than double the number previously said to have died, state media report. – Yi Jianlian to carry China flag
China names 2.13m (7ft) basketball player Yi Jianlian as flag-bearer for the Olympic opening ceremony, maintaining a tradition of tall picks.

UK – Torch greeted by royals at palace
The Olympic torch is met by Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, before a cauldron is lit at a huge concert in Hyde Park. – Free school meals ‘boost results’
A report says offering free school meals to everyone in a school can boost pupils’ results “significantly”. – London mayor hits out at Romney
London Mayor Boris Johnson chides Republican Mitt Romney for suggesting London is not ready for the Olympics, a day before the opening ceremony. – Spain suffer shock Japan defeat
Japan pull off the first shock of the Olympic football competition by beating 10-man Spain 1-0 at Hampden Park.

AFRICA – Mandela plot treason convictionMike du Toit (May 2003)
The mastermind of a white supremacist plot to kill Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, is convicted of treason. – Egypt Olympians get ‘fake’ gear
Members of the Egyptian Olympic team have been given fake Nike gear, a synchronised swimmer alleges, leaving officials shocked and embarrassed.

EUROPE – Greek PM in crunch bailout talks
Greek PM Antonis Samaras is set to meet international creditors to try to persuade them Athens deserves its final instalment of bailout money. – Drugs tests rule out hopefuls
Two European Olympic medal hopefuls – a high jumper and a discus thrower are out of the Games after drug tests.

MID-EAST – US fears for ‘massacre’ in Aleppo
The US says it fears Syrian forces are preparing to carry out a massacre in the country’s most-populous city, Aleppo, as troops encircle it.

US – Obama urges guns ‘common sense’
US President Barack Obama says he wants to introduce common-sense measures to control guns in the wake of the Denver killings. – US drought rapidly intensifying
The drought in the US heartland is rapidly intensifying, a new report shows. – Facebook loss blamed on payments
Facebook reports a $157m (£100m) loss as a result of payments to shareholders such as founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.

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