Bangkok Post – Braced for the worst
After the latest car bombing of the CS Pattani Hotel on Tuesday, maximum security has been oredered for seven business districts of the deep South – and the army predicts even “more savage attacks” are coming.
The Nation – Parliament prioritises 10 bills before putting up reconciliation draft
The House will keep the Reconciliation Bill on its agenda but it will only be considered after 10 other bills have been debated.
The Nation – SMEs told to gear up for fight
SMEs need to expand to other Asean countries and prepare for competition from Asean firms that are expected to locate here, Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said yesterday. Thai SMEs are competitive in 16 industries, according to a study.
Bangkok Post – Resorts retaliate
Operators of nine luxury resorts demolished for encroaching on national forest land are using their influence to have the park chief transferred.
The Nation – Graft watchdog urges govt to look into flood projects
The Anti-Corruption Network is calling on the government to look into the water-management projects in Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya, after it received information about certain officials benefiting from them.
Bangkok Post – 2012 inflation rate below 3%
Permanent secretary for commerce Yanyong Puangraj remains confident that his ministry will be able to keep the inflation rate below three per cent this year.
The Nation – Behave or go to jail, court warns reds
Misbheaviour during hearing on Jatuporn’s bail would be deemed contempt of court.
The Nation – TAT to promote medical and wellness tourism
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is promoting the country as the medical and wellness hub in Asia, against head-on competition from Hong Kong and South Korea, by organising the Medical and Wellness Tourism Trade Fam Trip.
Bangkok Post – Thai shuttlers ousted
Christinna Pedersen and Joachim Fischer of Denmark knocked Olympics badminton hopefuls Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam out of the tournament Wednesday night..
bbc.co.uk – Burma: World Bank preparing $85m aid to boost reforms
The World Bank has said it is considering restarting aid to Burma for the first time in 25 years.
news.com.au – North Korea flood deaths up to 119
At least 119 have died in bad storms in North Korea this month, with the Red Cross calling for urgent help.
bbc.co.uk – Chen seeks US pressure on China
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, who is in the US after fleeing house arrest in his home country, urges Washington to investigate his case.
bbc.co.uk – Philippines and Cambodia in South China Sea row
The Philippines has summoned Cambodia’s ambassador over comments linked to Manila’s territorial row with Beijing.
news.com.au – Taiwan uni sues Apple over iPhone patents
Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University has filed a suit against Apple, claiming the company’s Siri intelligent assistant has infringed on two of its patents.
bbc.co.uk – Samsung lawyer defends press note
Samsung’s lead lawyer in its patent trial with Apple defends his authorisation of a statement containing evidence the judge had ruled inadmissible in court.
bbc.co.uk – Mangrove conservation is ‘economic’ CO2 fix
Protecting mangroves to lock carbon away in trees may be an economic way to curb climate change, research suggests.
bbc.co.uk – Badminton players out of doubles
Eight badminton players are disqualified from the women’s doubles after being accused of “not using one’s best efforts to win”.
bbc.co.uk – Call for prison remand overhaul
The way prisoners on remand are held should be changed to improve fairness and reduce costs, the Chief Inspector of Prisons says.
bbc.co.uk – Rausing admits wife burial delay
Multi-millionaire Hans Kristian Rausing is given a suspended sentence after admitting preventing the lawful and decent burial of his wife.
bbc.co.uk – Praise for GB gold medal winners
Praise pours in for cyclist Bradley Wiggins and the women’s rowing duo after they win historic gold medals for Team GB at the London Games.
bbc.co.uk – Somali leaders back constitution
A gathering of Somali leaders backs a new constitution, paving the way for a new government to be formed later this month after two decades of warfare.
bbc.co.uk – Eurozone manufacturing activity ‘hits three-year low’
The eurozone manufacturing sector contracted at its fastest pace in three years in July, according to a closely watched survey.
bbc.co.uk – Greece agrees new bailout cuts
Greek coalition leaders agree a further 11.5bn euros in cuts needed to qualify for the next instalment of its international bailout.
bbc.co.uk – Putin to visit London Olympics
Russian President Vladimir Putin is to make his first visit to Britain for seven years when he arrives on an unofficial trip.
bbc.co.uk – Syrian rebel shootings condemned
Human rights activists condemn the public shooting in Syria of four apparent Assad loyalists by rebels after a video of the killings emerges.
news.com.au – UN General Assembly to vote on Syria
Arab countries are seeking a UN General Assembly vote on a resolution, written by Saudi Arabia, that tells Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign.
bbc.co.uk – New Egypt cabinet to be announced
Egypt’s new cabinet is due to be officially announced and sworn in by President Mohammed Mursi, who took office last month.
bbc.co.uk – Third Californian city bankruptcy
California’s city of San Bernardino officially files for bankruptcy protection, becoming the state’s third city to go bust in just over a month.
bbc.co.uk – US Fed signals stimulus action
The US central bank, the Federal Reserve, signals that it may take more action to stimulate the world’s largest economy, but announces no new measures.
bbc.co.uk – About half of US counties in drought
About half of all US counties have been declared disaster areas amid an enduring drought that has hit the country’s crops, the US Department of Agriculture says.
news.com.au – NYSE looks into odd share moves
The New York Stock Exchange investigates “irregular trading” after a series of unusual swings in some stocks.