Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 20th August 2012

Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Monday 20th August 2012PHUKET
Bangkok Post – Tiger Disco toll
Forensic specialists are still working with DNA samples but believe that the four bodies from the Phuket fire are two missing Thais and two foreigners.

Bangkok Post – Man searches in vain to find missing sister
Duangporn Butkho went to the Tiger Disco for a quiet drink with her friends _ now police suspect her body is among the four charred victims found at the horrific scene of the fire.

Bangkok Post – Phuket fire cause unclear
Phuket’s electricity authority Saturday ruled out claims a transformer explosion during a storm was to blame for the Tiger Disco fire tragedy which claimed four lives and left 11 people with serious burn injuries.

THAILAND – GDP figures to fuel monetary policy debate
Will the intense monetary policy debate lead to a cut in the interest rate – or the firing of the central bank governor? – Flooding hits western Tak
Local authorities have geared up to drain water from this province’s Mae Sot municipality, hit by flooding triggered by Kai Tak, a tropical depression which has been downgraded to a low pressure system.

Bangkok Post – Success? More like losers
Politicians including Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva dropped by to wish ex-premier Banharn Silpa-archa a happy 80th birthday – but not before the Democrats labelled the government’s performance “a failure on several fronts”. – Prayuth files complaint against Thaksin lawyer for defamation
Army commander-in-chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has asked police to take legal action against red-shirt lawyer Robert Amsterdam and a Thai female interpreter for allegedly defaming the Army. – Security for end of Ramadan
Security was tight in the southernmost provinces and predominantly Muslim region as people celebrated Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan yesterday.

Bangkok Post – Forest destruction
Authorities have called in firefighters but say it will take days to control swamp fires in the South that apparently were set by influential people.

Bangkok Post – Gang kills warder for refusing to move drugs
A warder at Nakhon Si Thammarat prison was shot dead Saturday after he refused to cooperate with a drug gang, police said. – Beauty obsession
A drastic change in the public’s perception of cosmetic surgery over the past ten years has created a huge demand among Thai consumers, who contribute most of the Bt20 billion in income that surgery clinics enjoy each year.

ASIA – Gu Kailai jailed for China murder
The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai is given a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. – Typhoon kills 27 in north Vietnam
At least 27 people were killed as typhoon Kai-Tak swept across northern provinces of Vietnam over the weekend, officials say. – Anti-Japan protests across China
Anti-Japanese protests take place in cities across China after Japanese nationalists raised their country’s flag on disputed islands. – Asia’s fastest data cable links Tokyo to Singapore
A new high-speed undersea data cable has opened to traffic in Asia. The 7,800km Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) connects Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.

UK – Tougher sentences for dog crimes
Owners of dangerous dogs in England and Wales are to face tougher penalties – with more being jailed – under new guidelines from the Sentencing Council.

AFRICA – SA miners face dismissal deadline
Thousands of South African miners face a Monday deadline to go back to work or face the sack, days after 34 of their colleagues were killed by police.

EUROPE – Don’t break up over euro – Italy PM
The euro must not become a “break-up factor” that pits northern Europe against crisis-choked nations in the south of the continent, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has said in a speech. – Ingushetia bomber kills policemen
At least seven policemen are killed in the Russian Caucasus region of Ingushetia in a suicide bombing at a funeral of a colleague, officials say. – Czech police charge man over ‘Breivik-style’ plot
Police in the Czech Republic have charged a man who is suspected of planning attacks similar to those by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway.

LATIN AMERICA – Ministers back Ecuador on Assange
South American foreign ministers give “solidarity and backing” to Ecuador for granting asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

MID-EAST – UN observer mission in Syria ends
The UN’s observer mission in Syria formally comes to an end, days after it was decided to cancel it in response to mounting violence. – Egypt president ‘to visit Iran’
Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi is to visit Iran to attend meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement at the end of August, state media report.

US – End witch-hunt, Assange urges US
Julian Assange urges the US to end its “witch-hunt” on Wikileaks, in his first public statement since entering Ecuador’s London embassy in June. – US woman attempts Cuba-US swim
A 62-year-old woman attempts to become the first person to swim from Cuba to the US without a shark cage. – John Lennon’s killer up for parole again
Mark David Chapman, the disturbed man who shot dead Beatles frontman John Lennon, is up for parole for the seventh time, with a decision expected later this week. – Madonna sued in Russia over gay rights
Madonna is being sued for millions of dollars by Russian activists who say they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert. – Expendables 2 No.1 at US box office
The Expendables 2 has elbowed out another action tale to debut at No.1 at the US box office, with The Bourne Legacy dropping to No.2.

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