mcot.net – Thailand, Germany agree to speed up EU-Thai free trade agreement
The leaders of Thailand and Germany have agreed to accelerate negotiations to conclude a free trade agreement between Thailand and the European Union (EU) as a key mechanism to boost mutual trade and investment.
Bangkok Post – Flood corruption watch
The national anti-graft agency will set up a sub-committee to monitor implementation of the government’s multi-billion-baht flood prevention projects.
Bangkok Post – Sue threat
Abhisit threatens to sue ACM Sukumpol for reviving allegations of draft-dodging against him, and says minister is helping Jatuporn survive court cases.
Bangkok Post – Not just children
The health ministry says there’s no report of hand, foot, mouth disease spreading among adults but there’s a possibility of infection.
Bangkok Post – Cab driver returns B100,000
A Bangkok taxi driver has turned over cash worth more than 100,000 baht to police after finding it on his back seat last week, police said on Thursday.
Bangkok Post – Greenpeace to propose new energy bill
Bangkok-based Greenpeace Southeast Asia will propose a new energy bill in an attempt to completely convert Thailand to clean, renewable energy sources, Nattawika Ewsakul, Greenpeace’s energy and climate change campaigner, said on Thursday.
mcot.net – Thai auto exports hit 25-year record high in June
Thailand’s automobile exports in June remarkably soared to over 94,000 units, marking its highest record in 25 years, according to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
Bangkok Post – Thais shine at The Open
Thongchai Jaidee shot a first-round score of 69, one under par, at the 141st British Open at Royal Lytham on Thursday.
The Nation – Bounty of Bt1 million plus prizes for every gold winner
Sports Authority of Thailand governor Kanokphand Chulakasem is hopeful that the Thai squad will maintain its Olympic gold medal-winning run in the London Games, which gets underway next week.
Bangkok Post – Four Asean nations ready for AEC
Representatives from 4 Asean nations – Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Indonesia – vowed that rules and regulations are being improved to embrace an investment flow in light of the activation of the Asean Economic Community in 2015.
bbc.co.uk – Burma TV marks Suu Kyi father’s Martyrs’ Day memorial
Burmese state TV has shown live footage of a ceremony honouring the father of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in what is seen as another sign of change.
bbc.co.uk – Mobile overtakes desktop in China
China’s rural population flocks to the web as mobile becomes the most popular way to get online in the country, a report says.
bbc.co.uk – Looted art back in Afghan museum
The British Museum assists in the return of 843 artefacts to Afghanistan, almost 20 years after they were stolen or smuggled abroad.
bbc.co.uk – China pledges credit for Africa
China pledges $20bn (£12.8bn) in credit for Africa in a push for closer ties and increased trade at a summit with 50 leaders from across the continent.
bbc.co.uk – Union to strike on eve of Games
Thousands of Home Office workers, including Border Agency staff, are to stage a 24-hour strike on the eve of the Olympic Games, the PCS union says.
bbc.co.uk – UK backs EU moves to lift more Zimbabwe sanctions
The UK backs EU moves to lift more sanctions on Zimbabwe to encourage free and fair elections, a foreign office minister has told the BBC.
bbc.co.uk – Firms paid to wake jobless teens
Nick Clegg urges “creative” solutions under a new scheme to get disaffected teenagers into a job or college course.
bbc.co.uk – IMF: UK should slow budget cuts if growth does not return
The government should slow the pace of budget cuts next year if UK growth does not recover, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.
bbc.co.uk – Bradley Wiggins closes in on Tour victory
Bradley Wiggins struck a decisive blow in his quest to win the Tour de France as he extended his lead over his rivals after the final day in the mountains.
bbc.co.uk – Hopes fade after Zanzibar sinking
Hopes are fading for more than 80 people still missing after a Tanzanian ferry sank near Zanzibar’s main island, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – Google launch SMS version of Gmail in Africa
Google has launched a text message-based version of its email service targeted at users in Africa.
bbc.co.uk – Unrest at Spain austerity protest
Spanish protesters clash with riot police in Madrid at the end of a day of largely peaceful nationwide rallies against austerity measures.
bbc.co.uk – German lawmakers approve Spain’s bank bailout
German MPs have approved the proposed eurozone bailout of up to 100bn euros (£78bn; $122bn) for Spanish banks.
bbc.co.uk – Syria rebels seize border posts
Syrian rebels capture a number of positions on the country’s borders with Turkey and Iraq as the army concentrates on the battle for Damascus.
news.com.au – Mideast nations to start Ramadan on Friday
Both Sunni- and Shi’ite-majority countries in the Middle East have decided to start the holy month of Ramadan on Friday.
bbc.co.uk – Bin Hammam wins Fifa ban appeal
Former Fifa presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam says he wants to retire despite having his lifetime ban for bribery annulled.
news.com.au – Gloves are off in US presidential campaign
While Romney has argued that his business success means he understands the economy; Obama has accused him of sending jobs overseas.
bbc.co.uk – Microsoft makes its first ever loss
The computing giant Microsoft has made its first-ever quarterly loss after it wrote off some of the value of its online advertising business.
news.com.au – Google makes $US2.79b in three months
Google overnight reported that its quarterly profit surged to $US2.79 billion ($2.68 billion) on rising online advertising revenue.
news.com.au – US tribes ask for action on climate change
A group of 20 tribes with treaty rights to salmon fishing have asked a US Senate hearing to help them deal with damage caused by climate change.
news.com.au – 1979 Who tickets good for US concert
A US venue says any fans still holding tickets for a cancelled 1979 concert by rock band The Who can finally use them.