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PRESS DIGEST - Thai newspapers - August 5

BANGKOK, Aug 5 (Reuters) - These are some of the leading stories in Thai newspapers on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

POLITICS AND GENERAL NEWS

- Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will not send Suthep Thaugsuban to Cambodia for talks on the Preah Vihear temple while Phnom Penh refuses to show more interest in discussing the dispute (BANGKOK POST)

- Thailand is working with Asean to expand free-trade accords to include the economic powerhouses of the United States and Russia through an “Asean+8” trade-integration strategy (THE NATION)

- Metropolitan police have detained two people suspected of planting bombs near the Big C Supercenter BIGC.BK in the Ratchadamri area and on Rang Nam Road last week (BANGKOK POST)

- A bid to break the impasse over the bill on medical compensation has descended into farce (BANGKOK POST)

BUSINESS

- Thai Oil TOP.BK, the country's largest oil refinery, is studying a refining capacity expansion worth approximately $300 million, according to CEO Surong Bulakul (BANGKOK POST)

- The National Telecommunications Commission approved draft regulations aimed at preventing foreign dominance of local telecom operators, a key element to be used in its auction of 3G-2.1GHz spectrum licenses (THE NATION)

- PTT Group PTT.BK is conducting a feasibility study on integrating all its power units to streamline its generating business before branching abroad (THE NATION)

- US-based Las Vegas Sands Corp LVS.N wants to build an integrated resort in Bangkok worth about $1 billion (32 billion baht) as part of its regional expansion (THE NATION) ($1=32.13 Baht) Bangkok Newsroom +66 2648 9721, e-mail: bangkok.newsroom@reuters.com)

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