news.com.au – Unprecedented refugee crisis looms: UNHCR
UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres warns a surge in the number of refugees around the world was causing a crisis that was unprecedented
bangkokpost.com – Putting up the storm walls
A tropical storm is heading our way to give Bangkok a long and wet weekend, and workers are sealing the floodwalls at Don Mueang airport, just reopened after the bad-news floods of 2011.
mcot.net – Commerce ministry lowers 2012 inflation rate projection to 3.0-3.4%
The Thai Commerce Ministry has adjusted this year’s likely inflation rate from the projected 3.30-3.80 per cent to 3.0-3.40 per cent thanks to the government’s measures fixing prices on goods and diesel fuel, and free public buses, economy-class train and educational equipment for students.
bangkokpost.com – ‘We’re in charge’
The new guard of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has put up a stop sign to the old guard of Big Brother’s House No.111 – saying no reshuffle now.
nationmultimedia.com – Shinawatras likely to keep things all in the family
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is at a crossroads. One path would allow her true leadership to shine, while the other would see her remain a puppet.
nationmultimedia.com – Tax rebates begin under first-car scheme
The Finance Ministry yesterday started paying tax rebates to first-car owners. So far 250,000 buyers have applied for rebates worth Bt18 billion. Toyota Vios, Mazda2 and Honda Brio cars and Isuzu and Toyota pickup trucks are the preferred brands under the scheme.
nationmultimedia.com – AirAsia flies out of Don Mueang without a hitch
Don Mueang International Airport started buzzing from 3am yesterday as its first flight of the day, AirAsia’s FD3677, took off for Denpasar, Bali, on the dot of 6.15am as scheduled. All the ground staff, especially Thai AirAsia chief executive officer Tassapon Bijleveld, were delighted by the smooth takeoff.
bangkokpost.com – 36 die in Hong Kong ferry collision
At least 36 people are dead after two ferries collided off Hong Kong’s Lamma Island ahead of a harbor fireworks display to mark China’s National Day, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.
news.com.au – N Korea says ‘nuclear war a spark away’
A North Korean minister has lashed out at the United States, saying its “hostile” policy has left the Korean peninsula a spark away from a nuclear war.
bangkokpost.com – Strong quakes off northern Japan
A strong 6.2-magnitude quake struck off northern Japan on Tuesday, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami alert was issued.
news.com.au – Bangladesh vows to protect Buddhists
Bangladesh has vowed to protect its Buddhists after weekend attacks targeting their temples and homes by Muslims angry over a Facebook photo.
bbc.co.uk – China highway tourist bus fire kills six in Tianjin
Six people were killed after a tourist bus crashed and caught fire on a highway near China’s capital Beijing, state media report.
bbc.co.uk – UK economy ‘returned to growth’
The UK economy returned to growth in the third quarter of the year, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.
bbc.co.uk – Miliband targets ‘forgotten 50%’
Labour leader Ed Miliband’s conference speech will include plans for a new qualification for the “forgotten” 50% of youngsters who do not go to university.
bbc.co.uk – UK networks in crunch 4G meeting
UK mobile operators are to take part in crunch talks over the roll-out of 4G in the country in an attempt to avoid further delays.
bbc.co.uk – Nigeria anger over women Hajj row
Nigeria is angered by the latest deportations of women from Saudi Arabia a day after Hajj flights had resumed and the problem thought to be resolved.
bbc.co.uk – Eurozone jobless at fresh high
Unemployment in the eurozone has hit a fresh high of 18.2 million in August, the EU statistics agency says.
bbc.co.uk – Greece predicts deeper 2012 recession
Greece is predicting its economy will shrink by much more than previously estimated this year.
news.com.au – Swedish police reveal internet attacks
Internet attacks blocked access to several popular Swedish websites for part of Monday and police believe it could be about Julian Assange.
news.com.au – Air strike kills children in Syria
Shelling and air raids have killed dozens of Syrian civilians, including children, while rebels and loyalists fight close-quarter battles.
bbc.co.uk – UN states ‘aid terror in Syria’
States such as the US and Turkey which back rebels in Syria are supporting terrorism, the country’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem tells the UN.
news.com.au – Iran warns against use of chemical weapon
Iran has added its voice to warnings against Syria ever using chemical weapons in its increasingly large-scale war with anti-government insurgents.
bbc.co.uk – Iran rial hits record dollar low
Iran’s currency, the rial, falls as much as 18% on Monday to a record low against the US dollar, a decline caused in part by tightening sanctions.
bbc.co.uk – White House confirms cyber-attack
The White House confirms one of its unclassified computer networks was breached, but will not say if the cyber-attack originated in China.
bbc.co.uk – US manufacturing activity gains, ISM survey shows
US manufacturing activity gained after three months of contraction, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s monthly survey.
news.com.au – $2 million in gems, gold stolen from Calif
Thieves have made off with an estimated $US2 million in precious gems and gold from a Californian museum during a brazen daytime robbery.
bbc.co.uk – US airline in loose seats scare
US safety regulators are looking into two separate incidents in recent days when passenger seats came loose midflight on American Airlines planes.