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BVT News Roundup 21 January 2014.

Morning News Read 9 December 2013.

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In Focus: Oil Spill Blackens Thai Island Beaches

Last Saturday, July 27, about 13,200 gallons (50,000 liters) of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Thailand, pouring from a leaky pipeline, creating a huge slick miles wide. The oil slick soon began washing ashore on the tourist island of Samet, fouling several popular white sand beaches, and now has spread to nearby smaller islands. Pipeline operator PTT Global Chemical Plc. has apologized and pledges to have the spill cleaned within days, as tourism officials have raised alarms about the sharp drop in tourist dollars. Gathered here are images of the early clean-up work taking place on Thailand’s Samet Island.

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Buddhist monks launch paper lanterns into the sky at a temple in Suphan Buri province during a traditional pilgrimage to pay homage to Lord Buddha and bless Thailand as it enters the new year. (Photo: Sukree Sukplang / Reuters via The Telegraph)

Buddhist monks launch paper lanterns into the sky at a temple in Suphan Buri province during a traditional pilgrimage to pay homage to Lord Buddha and bless Thailand as it enters the new year. (Photo: Sukree Sukplang / Reuters via The Telegraph)

Vehicles at the Honda car factory in Ayutthaya, central Thailand, are covered in mud as floodwaters recede.  More than 600 people have been killed in flooding that has inundated most of the country over the past four months.  (Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP via the Telegraph)

Vehicles at the Honda car factory in Ayutthaya, central Thailand, are covered in mud as floodwaters recede.  More than 600 people have been killed in flooding that has inundated most of the country over the past four months.  (Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP via the Telegraph)

GRAY LADY DROWN    A man reads a newspaper as he sits in his flooded shop in the Wijit  Kolnimit Community of Bangkok. Thailand is experiencing the worst  flooding in over 50 years which has affected more than nine million  people; at least 600 deaths resulted from the floods, now entering the fourth month.  (Photo: Gideon Mendel / Corbis via MSNBC.com)

GRAY LADY DROWN    A man reads a newspaper as he sits in his flooded shop in the Wijit Kolnimit Community of Bangkok. Thailand is experiencing the worst flooding in over 50 years which has affected more than nine million people; at least 600 deaths resulted from the floods, now entering the fourth month.  (Photo: Gideon Mendel / Corbis via MSNBC.com)

DROWNTOWN   A man in a makeshift raft paddled near a gas station in a flooded area of Bangkok Friday.  (Photo: Sukree Sukplang / Reuters via the Wall Street Journal)

DROWNTOWN   A man in a makeshift raft paddled near a gas station in a flooded area of Bangkok Friday. (Photo: Sukree Sukplang / Reuters via the Wall Street Journal)

FLOOD / PLANE   A man maneuvers his boat inside Don Muang airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 15.  At least 562 people have been killed in flooding that could leave parts of the country inundated until next year.  (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP-Getty via MSNBC.com)

FLOOD / PLANE   A man maneuvers his boat inside Don Muang airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 15.  At least 562 people have been killed in flooding that could leave parts of the country inundated until next year.  (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP-Getty via MSNBC.com)

SEEPS WEEK   A reporter and videographer worked in floodwaters near Don Muang  International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday. Angry residents  briefly blocked a major highway as frustration mounted that parts of the  Thai capital remain flooded. (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP-Getty via the Wall Street Journal)
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SEEPS WEEK   A reporter and videographer worked in floodwaters near Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday. Angry residents briefly blocked a major highway as frustration mounted that parts of the Thai capital remain flooded. (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP-Getty via the Wall Street Journal)

A good shooter always uses his sticks when possible.

Dude’s a good shooter.

STILL, WATER   People and vehicles on a flooded street in Lat Phrao, Bangkok, Thailand.  (Photo: News Pictures / Rex Pictures via the Telegraph)

STILL, WATER   People and vehicles on a flooded street in Lat Phrao, Bangkok, Thailand.  (Photo: News Pictures / Rex Pictures via the Telegraph)

RESIGNED   A woman sat in her flooded house in the flooded Min Buri district of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday.  (Photo: Rachen Sageamsak / Xinhua via the Wall Street Journal)

RESIGNED   A woman sat in her flooded house in the flooded Min Buri district of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday. (Photo: Rachen Sageamsak / Xinhua via the Wall Street Journal)