Bangkok Post – Police ‘Swat’ drug suspects
A chase like something out of the movies began when a yaa ba gang tried to run from police – and ended with a Lao gang member shot dead and two Thais arrested after Swat-team pursuit near the air force headquarters at Don Muang.
mcot.net – Foreign Ministry helping kidnapped Thai crew in Nigeria
Thailand’s foreign ministry is coordinating with several agencies to help a Thai crewman kidnapped by pirates who hijacked his ship off the Nigerian coast, according to ministry spokesperson Thani Thongphakdi.
Bangkok Post – Ricebowl politics
Critics are piling onto the government’s “corrupt, pro-rich” rice pledging – saying without changes it could ruin the entire rice industry.
The Nation – BOT urged to cut policy rate to boost domestic demand
With the Thai economy likely to be adversely affected by the persistent euro-zone crisis and weaker global economy during the remainder of the year, the central bank should respond by cutting the policy interest rate in order to boost domestic demand, an economist and a business leader said yesterday.
Bangkok Post – VAT frozen at 7%, rehabilitation plan approved
The cabinet decided on Tuesday to keep value-added-tax (VAT) at seven per cent for the next two years, deferring the Finance Ministry’s proposed hike to nine per cent, and approved a four-point rehabilitation plan proposed by the National Economic and Social Development Board.
The Nation – Language classes begin for AEC
Students at selected schools, some near border areas, learning Burmese, Vietnamese, Malay in preparation for Asean community taking off in 2015
Bangkok Post – Strategy dispute
The prime minister wants a new civilian-run Bangkok headquarters to run South security, while the Democrats say the army does a better job..
The Nation – Kaew unfazed by Bulgarian giantkiller
Having been in the shadow of his peers for the most part of his career, veteran light flyweight Kaew Pongprayoon is ready to fight for his place in the spotlight when the diminutive boxer takes on unfancied Alexsandar Alexsandrov of Bulgaria in the quarter-final bout of the 49kg class early morning tomorrow.
Bangkok Post – Rains flood Manila, 16 killed
Torrential monsoon rains flooded half of the Philippine capital on Tuesday, killing at least 16 people as rampaging waters swept away homes, destroyed bridges and triggered a landslide in a shanty town.
news.com.au – China evacuates 600,000 as typhoon hits
Typhoon Haikui has made landfall with winds of up to 150 kph in Zhajiang province.
bbc.co.uk – China Sri Lanka fishermen ‘freed’
A group of 37 Chinese fishermen who were intercepted for illegal fishing are handed over to Chinese diplomats, the Sri Lankan navy says.
news.com.au – Asylum seeker impasse frustrates Indonesia
Australia must have a clear policy on asylum seekers, Indonesia says, as it deals with an increase in refugees transiting through the archipelago.
The Nation – AirAsia plans 375 jets to meet AEC demands
AirAsia, Asia’s biggest low-cost carrier, has revised its fleet-expansion plan from 200 aircraft to 375 over the next five years to serve growing air travel in the Asean market.
bbc.co.uk – Volcano spews ash in New Zealand
A volcano in New Zealand dormant for more than a century has erupted, sending ash clouds over the North Island, disrupting flights and closing roads.
bbc.co.uk – Public ‘need conflict training’
Members of the public should be given training in skills to address anti-social behaviour, a report suggests.
bbc.co.uk – Website warned over MMR claims
A website offering parents advice on vaccines has been ordered to remove information about the MMR jab after claiming it could be linked to autism.
bbc.co.uk – News Corp shares sold by Church of England
The Church of England has sold its shares in News Corp on fears that the media group has not learnt lessons from the phone-hacking scandal.
bbc.co.uk – GB take gold haul at London to 22
Great Britain claim best Olympics gold medal haul for 104 years as Sir Chris Hoy wins sixth gold.
bbc.co.uk – Kenyan MPs get new $3,000 seats
Kenya’s newly refurbished parliament – dogged by criticism over the cost of chairs for MPs – is opened by President Mwai Kibaki.
bbc.co.uk – Cameroonian Olympians ‘abscond’ in London
Seven Cameroonian athletes, including five boxers, disappear while in Britain for the Olympics, the head of the country’s delegation says.
bbc.co.uk – South Africa phone company fined
South African communications company Telkom is fined $54.8m (£35m) for using its dominant market position to “bully” competitors.
bbc.co.uk – Italian economy contracts again
Italy’s economy shrinks 0.7% in the second quarter, as government austerity measures affect everything from factory activity to business confidence. Greek exit ‘manageable’, not ‘desirable’
news.com.au – Greek exit ‘manageable’, not ‘desirable’
Eurozone finance ministers’ group chief Jean-Claude Juncker has said a Greek exit from the eurozone would be “manageable” but not “desirable”.
bbc.co.uk – Standard Chartered shares tumble
Shares of Standard Chartered bank tumble despite the bank denying allegations that it illegally “schemed” with Iran to launder money.
bbc.co.uk – Ernesto now at hurricane strength
Ernesto is upgraded to a hurricane as it passes over Honduras and approaches Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Amnesty plea for Syrian civilians
Satellite images show increased use of heavy weapons in Aleppo, raising urgent concerns over the welfare of Syrian civilians, Amnesty International says.
news.com.au – Obama to raise cash with Jordan, NBA stars
Michael Jordan and other basketball stars have signed up for an “Obama Classic” this month, as the US president seeks to raise election funds.
news.com.au – US adults not getting enough exercise
Fewer than half of US adults get enough physical activity for their health, a US government study has found.
news.com.au – Apple to ditch iPhone YouTube app
Apple says the next version of its software for the iPhone and iPad won’t come with a pre-installed YouTube application.
news.com.au – Grey whale baby boom noted in Alaska
Scientists along Alaska’s Arctic coast have reported a five-fold increase in the number of sightings of baby grey whales.