Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 30th July 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 30th July 2012

Bangkok Post – Southern toll mounts
Paramilitary rangers are trying to be friendly about it in Pattani, as security forces across the deep South try to find the 13 men responsible for the deaths of four soldiers that shocked the nation, and the Ramadan toll mounts.

Bangkok Post – Ricebowl corruption
Cheaters may have sold million of tonnes of cheap foreign rice to the government’s buyers – while water projects in the North are overflowing with graft.

Bangkok Post – Aid for Isan
The cabinet is meeting in Surin – and that means “stimulus programmes” and other goodies from new roads to homes for elephants for the Northeast.

The Nation – Water-retention plan compensation details to be released soon
The government will soon be able to announce the exact amount of compensation to be paid to people whose land is within designated waterretention areas that will be used starting from this year’s flooding season, according to a senior watermanagement official said.

Bangkok Post – Pheu Thai firm on charter change
The Pheu Thai Party will continue to push for the amendment of the constitution despite snags, party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said on Sunday.

Bangkok Post – Complaint filed against red leaders
The Constitution Court has filed a complaint against a number of red-shirt leaders, including Pheu Thai MPs Prasit Chaisrisa and Korkaew Pikulthong, on various charges, court spokesman Somrit Chaiwong confirmed on Sunday.

ASIA – N Korean storms threaten homes, lives
North Korea said overnight it was being lashed by severe thunderstorms that threatens more homes and lives. –  Sri Lanka nets 530 Aust-bound boatpeople
Sri Lanka’s navy arrested a boatload of people heading to Australia, raising the number of would-be illegal immigrants detained this month to a record 530. – 8 million phone users have details stolen
Two men have been arrested in South Korea for allegedly stealing the personal details of eight million mobile phone users. – N Korea dismisses talk of reform
North Korea dismisses reports from South Korea that it is planning policy changes that will lead to the opening up of the secretive communist state. – Anti-nuke activists ring Japan parliament
A peaceful demonstration against nuclear power in Japan is on a scale not seen for decades.

UK – UK enforces Pegi video game ratings system
Video game ratings using the Pegi (Pan-European Game Information) system have become legally enforceable in the UK.

AFRICA – Thousands flee Ethiopia clashes
Deadly clashes between two communities in southern Ethiopia cause 20,000 people to flee across the border into Kenya, the Red Cross says.

EUROPE – Germans believe ‘better off without euro’
The majority of Germans think their country would be better off without the euro, a poll suggested overnight. – Euro remarks fuel bond rumours
Germany and Italy saying they will do everything possible to protect the eurozone fuel rumours that purchases of Spanish bonds are to resume. – Eurozone and ECB unite to save currency
The eurozone has reached a crucial juncture and its leaders will work with the European Central Bank to save the single currency – Snoop Dogg banned from Norway
US rapper Snoop Dogg is banned from entering Norway for two years after trying to enter the country with a small amount of cannabis last month.

MID-EAST – Aleppo ‘nail in Assad’s coffin’
Syria’s assault on the city of Aleppo is a “nail in the coffin” of President Assad, says US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta as he starts a Middle East tour.

US – US has ‘moral duty’ to block Iran
In a speech in Israel, US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the US has a “moral imperative” to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons. – Tech titans Apple, Samsung in US court
Apple and Samsung are set to face off in a US court in a closely watched trial over control of the smartphone and computer tablet markets.

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