Bangkok Post – Tension at the court
Ranks of armoured police ring the Constitution Court, where judges say they will read their verdict at 2pm on Friday the 13th – as the prime minister calls for calm amidst worries about threats of violence coming from red shirt leaders.
Bangkok Post – Korkaew comes under fire
Pheu Thai Party list-MP and United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) co-leader Korkaew Pikulthong has come under fire for directing hostile remarks at judges in the Constitution Court.
The Nation – Pheu Thai break-up would deal a blow to GDP growth
Economic growth could be restricted drastically to 4-4.5 per cent this year, from an earlier projection of 5.6-5.8 per cent, if the Constitution Court rules today to dissolve the Pheu Thai Party, leading to political turmoil, according to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.
Bangkok Post – Protest drags traffic to a halt
A protest by 500 people demanding an increase in flood compensation outside Don Muang district office Thursday slowed traffic to a halt.
The Nation – IMF chief hails Thai resilience
Says impact of euro crisis here will be limited; warns Asean not to rush into single currency ; Region on right track via integration but ‘no immunity to contamination through global interconnection’.
The Nation – Reports of shots fired at Thai aircraft near Cambodia downplayed
A Thai commercial aircraft came under warning shots while flying over Sa Kaew near the Thai-Cambodian border, according to an unconfirmed report yesterday evening.
The Nation – Letting down the language
Bangkok’s international schools pack a surprise for first-time visitors, and it’s not short skirts or vulgar language, which are in fact nowhere to be found. The surprise is how little Thai is spoken and how poorly – by the Thai students.
The Nation – Air Force prepares for royal flight
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) yesterday held a meeting to prepare pilots and helicopters for His Majesty the King’s visit to Ratchaburi on Sunday July 15 to inspect a royal soil-rehabilitation project at Khao Cha Ngum.
The Nation – Athletes depart with doping warning
Olympians told to be careful with pills, supplements -A contingent of Thai athletes and support staff left last night for two weeks’ intensive training in Manchester as part of final preparations for the London Games.
bbc.co.uk – Clinton to meet Burmese leader
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet President Thein Sein at a business forum, after the easing of restrictions on US firms investing in Burma.
bbc.co.uk – China’s growth rate slows to 7.6%
China’s economy grew at 7.6% in the second quarter, its slowest pace in three years, as investment and demand fell in key export markets.
bbc.co.uk -US and China vow to work together
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi say the two countries will co-operate on Asian issues, during talks at an Asean meeting in Phnom Penh.
news.com.au – Pilot shortage raises safety concerns
Almost 500,000 new pilots will be needed over the next 20 years according to a Boeing forecast, with the greatest need in the Asia-Pacific region.
bbc.co.uk -Vodafone to buy Telstra’s New Zealand subsidiary
Australia’s biggest telecommunications company, Telstra, has sold its New Zealand subsidiary to Vodafone for 840m New Zealand dollars ($668m; £431m).
news.com.au – 50,000 flee as rain kills 17 in Japan
50,000 people have been ordered to evacuate and at least 17 are dead as the heaviest rainfall on record pounded the Japanese island of Kyushu.
bbc.co.uk -South Korea may reconsider scientific whaling plans
South Korea has said it may reverse a controversial plan to resume whaling for “scientific research” if other options to study the mammals were available.
bbc.co.uk -Bank lending scheme details due
Details of a multi-billion-pound scheme aimed at boosting High Street bank lending will be unveiled later by the Bank of England.
bbc.co.uk -Officers hurt in Belfast trouble Car burning in front of police Land Rover
Nine officers have been injured, and shots fired at police, during disorder in the Catholic Ardoyne area of a north Belfast following a Protestant parade.
bbc.co.uk -Ministers plan ‘swift justice’ New
Criminals could be dealt with in days or hours under plans to introduce “swift and sure justice” and flexible court hours to be announced by ministers.
bbc.co.uk -Scores die in Nigeria tanker fire
More than 100 people are burnt to death in southern Nigeria after rushing to collect petrol from a fuel tanker that had crashed.
bbc.co.uk -Aid agencies make Kenya appeal
Aid agencies operating in a refugee camp near Kenya’s Somali border warn they are facing a funding shortfall, putting tens of thousands at risk.
bbc.co.uk – Climbers die in French avalanche
Nine climbers are killed in an avalanche near Chamonix in the French Alps, as police say those feared missing have been accounted for.
bbc.co.uk – Peugeot Citroen to cut 8,000 jobs
French carmaker Peugeot Citroen sets out plans to cut 8,000 jobs and close an assembly plant outside Paris as losses mount.
bbc.co.uk – Republic of Ireland growth in 2011 twice previous estimate
The Republic of Ireland’s growth rate last year was double previous estimates at 1.4% but this year started badly, official figures show.
bbc.co.uk – Artists angered by copyright plan
Members of Radiohead and Pink Floyd are among the musicians angered by plans for a new EU copyright law. They say the draft law, intended to give performers, composers and producers more rights over their royalties, does not go far enough.
bbc.co.uk – ‘Mass killing’ in Syria village
More than 100 people have been killed by the Syrian army in the village of Tremseh, opposition activists say.
bbc.co.uk – Saudi women to compete in Games
Saudi Arabia is sending two female athletes to compete in the London 2012 Games, the International Olympic Committee says.
bbc.co.uk – Boeing and United in $14.7bn deal
US planemaker Boeing announces an “historic” order from United Airlines for 150 Boeing 737s, in a deal worth up to $14.7bn (£9.5bn).
bbc.co.uk – Wells Fargo in $175m race bias fine
US bank Wells Fargo will pay at least $175m (£113m) to settle accusations that it discriminated against African-American and Hispanic borrowers.
bbc.co.uk – US Ralph Lauren uniform made in China
The news prompted a rare outbreak of bipartisan agreement, with Republican and Democratic leaders highly critical of the US Olympic Committee.
news.com.au – Jacko’s doc could lose licence forever
Californian authorities has accused Dr Conrad Murray of incompetence and negligence in a bid to permanently revoke his medical licence.
bbc.co.uk – Yahoo investigating exposure of 400,000 passwords
Web giant Yahoo has confirmed it is investigating a breach of its system which may have exposed 450,000 user IDs.