Phuket’s daily morning world news round-up – Tuesday 10th July 2012

The Nation – New flood barrier at Bang Pa-in Industrial Park ‘ahead of schedule’
The construction of floodwalls surrounding Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate in Ayutthaya, which was totally inundated last year, is making good progress, with 60 per cent already completed

Bangkok Post – Tricks with troops
Cambodia is certainly not pulling soldiers out of the Preah Vihear temple DMZ, says the army – just away from the temple proper in a propaganda ploy.

The Nation – Thein Sein sets the date to visit Thailand late this month
Myanmar’s President Thein Sein set the date to visit Thailand during July 22-24.

Bangkok Post – Games for all
You have the right to remain silent and watch the London Olympics, no matter what your TV service, under the broadcasting commission’s “must-carry rule”.

Bangkok Post – Police ready for Friday’s verdict
Police have been ordered to prepare for any possible situation on Friday, but not to use force, when the Constitution Court gives its verdict on the constitutionality of the charter amendment bill, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said on Monday.

Bangkok Post – PM denies she’ll also take the defence portfolio
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday denied a report she will take over the defence portfolio in a coming cabinet change, saying a reshuffle is not yet on the cards. – One in three Thai youth ready to go ‘under the knife’: Survey
About one in every three Thai teenagers and university students say that they intend to use diet pills and to undergo cosmetic surgery in the hope of getting more slim and beautiful figures, while half of all children skip breakfast, according to a recent study.

Bangkok Post – Myanmar’s Suu Kyi makes parliamentary debut
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi made her historic parliamentary debut Monday, marking a new phase in her near quarter century struggle to bring democracy to her army-dominated homeland. – South China Sea tops Asean agenda
Tension in the South China Sea is expected to top the agenda for a regional Asean forum in Cambodia, with the US secretary of state joining talks. – Mystery woman for N Korea’s Kim
A mystery woman seen attending events with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un leads to speculation in South Korean media about her identity. – China rewards crew who foiled hijack
A Chinese airline has awarded cars, cash and property to crew members who helped foil a hijack attempt on an internal flight, state media say. – Scientists urge action for coral reef protection
Scientists at a forum in Australia to discuss the future of coral reefs have called for immediate global action to save the world’s reefs from decline.

UK – Families ‘need income of £36,800’
A couple with two children must earn £36,800 to have an acceptable standard of living, anti-poverty charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds. – Bank of England denies Barclays pressure
A senior Bank of England (BoE) official has denied giving any hint to Barclays that it should manipulate reports of its borrowing costs. – Three men facing terror charges
Three men from Birmingham are charged with terrorism offences after a series of raids last week by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit. – UK doctors get child-protection guide
A new guide has been issued to help UK doctors protect children from abuse. – BMW to invest £250m in UK to expand Mini production
BMW is to invest £250m in its UK factories over the next three years, the company has announced. – Queen to greet torch relay flame
The Queen will greet the Olympic Torch at Windsor Castle on day 53 of the relay, when it will be carried by Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Roger Bannister. – Labour wants to set up military schools
A military school could be set up in every region of England under Labour to raise aspirations in poor areas. – Residents in bid to stop Olympic missiles
Residents of a London apartment tower have gone to court in a bid to stop their rooftop from being used as a missile base during the Olympic Games, saying the unprecedented deployment could make the building a terrorist target. – John Terry trial: Anton Ferdinand says racism hurtful
Anton Ferdinand has told a court he would have been “very hurt” if he had heard John Terry racially abuse him.

AFRICA – Egypt military ‘warns’ president
Egypt’s military council says the country’s constitution must be upheld after new President Mohammed Mursi defies a decision by the council to dissolve parliament. – Jibril: National unity for Libya
Leading Libyan politician Mahmoud Jibril calls for national unity as Libyans await the results of momentous national assembly elections.

EUROPE – Spain to get 30bn euros for banks
Eurozone finance ministers agree to offer Spain 30bn euros to help its troubled banks, following emergency talks in Brussels. – Fatal delay in Russia flood alert
Russian officials failed to give adequate warnings before flash floods that killed at least 171 in the southern Krasnodar region, the government says. – Greek government suffers new casualty
Greece’s three-week-old government has suffered its third casualty after the junior labour minister resigned in an apparent dispute over the handling of key talks with EU-IMF auditors. – Small earthquake rattles Rome
A small quake has hit the outskirts of the Italian capital, sending terrified people rushing into the streets less than two months after two deadly quakes devastated the northeast of the country. – Norway government ends oil strike
Oil and gas production in Norway is to be shut down from Tuesday after talks over pensions broke down.

LATIN AMERICA – Turtle eggs crushed in Trinidad
Government work crews in Trinidad have accidentally crushed thousands of endangered turtle eggs and hatchlings at a beach resort, conservationists say. – Chile cold snap deaths total 16
Freezing weather in Chile causes the deaths of two more homeless people, bringing the number of deaths so far this year to 16, officials say.

MID-EAST – Annan Syria talks ‘constructive’
The UN and Arab League’s envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, says he has held “constructive and candid” talks with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

US – Romney widens Obama funding gap
Mitt Romney’s campaign raised $35m more in June than US President Barack Obama, figures show, increasing his cash lead four months before polling day. – US has hottest year since 1895
The last year in the continental US has been the country’s hottest since modern record-keeping began nearly 120 years ago, say scientists. – Reward for Fast and Furious fugitives
The FBI offers a $1m (£644,000) reward for information on four suspects wanted over the killing of a US border patrol agent in December 2010. – Cruise and Holmes reach divorce deal
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have reached an agreement to settle their divorce, representatives of both film stars have confirmed. – Lance Armstrong’s claim against USADA is dismissed
A US Federal judge has dimissed a legal claim launched by Lance Armstrong against the US Anti-Doping Agency after it charged him with using performance-enhancing drugs.

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