Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 17th August 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Friday 17th August 2012PHUKET
Bangkok Post – Phuket fire kills 4 foreign tourists
A fire broke out early Friday at a nightclub popular with foreign tourists on the Thai resort island of Phuket, leaving four people dead and about a dozen injured, officials said.

Bangkok Post – A solid success
Anti-drug agents, the public and rehabilitated addicts praise the government’s “war on drugs” as one of the big achievements of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s first year in office – but the One Tablet Per Student programme not so much.

Bangkok Post – Rice farmers’ debts surge
Household debts of rice farmers are soaring because of higher fertiliser and raw material prices and the rising cost of living, the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has warned. – Smokers face harsher fines, age limits in new law
Smokers who light up in public places would face a harsher punishment and the minimum age of cigarette buyers will be raised to 20 if efforts to push through a tougher anti-smoking law are successful.

Bangkok Post -Security gets boost before Ramadan ends
The government has ordered the governors of the troubled southern provinces to keep security at maximum level amid fears of attacks before the end of the Ramadan holy month.

Bangkok Post – Prayuth asks Tarit to stop blaming army
The army chief has asked the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to stop accusing its soldiers of killing red shirt demonstrators during the crackdown on their protest in 2010. – TrueVisions announces partnership with CTH
TrueVisions Thursday announced its partnership with CTH in order to expand its viewer base in over 300 cable TV operators in provinces. – Kaew, Pimsiri and Chanatip showered with money
Life has become busy for Thailand’s three Olympic heroes these days. Kaew Pongprayoon, Pimsiri Sirikaew and Chanatip Sonkham were mobbed by adoring fans and media when they attended two awards functions at McDonald’s and Siam Commercial Bank yesterday.

Bangkok Post – Thousands ‘displaced’ in Philippine fighting
The United Nations said Thursday deadly clashes between soldiers and a Muslim rebel group in the violence-plagued southern Philippines had displaced up to 45,000 people. – Wen Jiabao warns China’s growth is under pressure
China’s Premier Wen Jiabao has warned that the country’s economy is under pressure and that it is facing problems that may last for some time. – Japan ready ‘to deport activists’
Japan is preparing to deport a group of 14 Chinese, including activists, boat crew and journalists, who sailed to disputed islands, reports say.

UK – Brady ‘reveals location of body’
Moors Murderer Ian Brady is thought to have given location details of victim Keith Bennett’s body, police say, as a woman is arrested over preventing a burial. – Assange granted asylum by Ecuador
The UK says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will not be given safe passage out of the country from his London refuge, after Ecuador grants him political asylum. –  Paralysed man loses right-to-die case
A British man who is paralysed from the neck down has lost his high court battle to end his life of “pure torture” with the help of a doctor. – New home starts reach fresh low
The number of homes started by house builders in England has fallen again, to the lowest level for three years. – Philip ‘responding well to treatment’
The Queen’s 91-year-old husband Prince Philip, who is in hospital with a bladder infection, is responding well to treatment, Buckingham Palace has said. – Students’ anxious wait for places
Hundreds of thousands of students will still chasing remaining university places through clearing, the day after A-level results were published.

AFRICA – DR Congo mine collapse: Dozens killed
At least 60 miners have been killed after a shaft collapsed in a gold mine in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say. – Nigeria to overhaul sports set-up
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan orders an overhaul of the sports sector following the country’s failure to win a single medal at the Olympics.

EUROPE – Eurozone inflation stable in July
National inflation rates varied in Europe in July, from 0.9 per cent in Greece to 3.6 per cent in Italy, with an overall 2.4 per cent for the eurozone. – Police chief quits over Breivik
Norway’s head of police, Oeystein Maeland, resigns after an inquiry found that mass killer Anders Behring Breivik could have been stopped. – Forecast heatwave puts France on alert
Temperatures in some parts of France will reach 40 degrees Celsius this weekend, forecasters have predicted. – Air France flyers ‘asked to chip in’ for fuel
Air France passengers on a flight which was diverted from Beirut and landed instead in Damascus were asked at one point to chip in and help pay to refuel the plane, a passenger has said.

MID-EAST – UN ends observer mission in Syria
The United Nations has called an end to its military observer mission in Syria, days before its mandate was due to expire. – Many dead in fresh Iraq violence
At least 53 people are killed and scores are injured in a wave of attacks in Iraqi cities, including in the capital, Baghdad.

US – US denies seeking to ‘persecute’ Assange
The United States has denied it is pressuring Britain to seize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, after Ecuador granted him asylum. – Facebook shares fall 6% further
Facebook shares fall heavily as the first lock-up period, which had prevented sales by early investors, ends.

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