Bangkok Post – Still on bail
The Criminal Court has agreed to put off its decision on revoking bail for 19 prominent red shirts for another two weeks – but there was also a sigh of relief as the court session was entirely peaceful.
The Nation – Drunk-driving law tightened
Occupants of vehicles of any kind who drink alcohol during travel are now subject to six months imprisonment and/or a Bt60,000 fine, the Office of Alcoholic Beverages announced yesterday.
Bangkok Post – WTO lawsuit eyed
The US has charged Thailand with underhanded trade subsidies for rice through its rice- pledging scheme for farmers – but the government says it’s all legal.
The Nation – Myanmar allows relatives to visit Thai detainees for first time
For the first time since their arrests on July 4, almost all of the 92 Thais detained in Myanmar were given a chance to meet with their relatives yesterday.
Bangkok Post – Academics slam reds in education role
Academics on Thursday voiced strong opposition to the appointment of members and supporters of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), including chairwoman Tida Tawornseth, to subcommittees for the Office of the Education Council.
The Nation – Chanatip proves the saving grace for Thais
Thai taekwondo fighters had mixed fortunes on Wednesday with Chanatip Sonkham thrashing Guatemala’s Elizabeth Zamora Gordillo 8-0 in the bronze-medal match to hand Thailand the second Olympic medal while Pen-Ek Karaket had no such luck, returning home empty-handed.
Bangkok Post – Support of millions
Kaew Pongprayoon carries Thailand’s only gold medal hope into the boxing ring Friday evening – and the entire country will be cheering him on.
bbc.co.uk – Gu Kailai murder trial adjourns
The wife of former high-flying Chinese politician Bo Xilai is awaiting a verdict after the end of her one-day trial for the murder of a UK businessmen.
news.com.au – Philippine flood death toll rises to 60
The death toll in Manila’s worst flooding in three years has risen to 60 the government says.
bbc.co.uk – China in Taiwan investment pact
China and Taiwan sign an investment protection deal in a bid to allay fears over Taiwanese firms of doing business in China.
bbc.co.uk – US begins Agent Orange clean-up
The US begins cleaning up Agent Orange contamination in Vietnam – the first such move since the Vietnam war ended.
bbc.co.uk – Philippines ramps up flood relief efforts
Efforts are under way in the Philippines to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by deadly floods that have paralysed the capital, Manila, and nearby areas.
news.com.au – Cambodian PM speaks for five hours
Cambodia’s public servants have been forced to listen to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s longest-ever speech, which went on for five hours and 20 minutes.
bbc.co.uk – Plain cigarette packs review ends
A UK-wide consultation on government plans to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco, which attracted strong interest, will close later.
bbc.co.uk – UK trade deficit at 15-year high
The UK’s trade gap widened sharply in June, to its worst level since comparable records began in 1997.
bbc.co.uk – GB take London gold tally to 25
Jade Jones, Nicola Adams and Charlotte Dujardin all become Olympic champions to boost Britain’s total of golds.
bbc.co.uk – Man Utd lowers stock float value
Manchester United has been forced to cut the value of its imminent share flotation in New York.
news.com.au – French wine harvest off to flying start
French growers have picked the first grapes of this year’s wine harvest, with producers predicting a vintage of high quality.
news.com.au – Syrian rebels retreat amid heavy shelling
Syrian rebels have staged a tactical retreat from the Aleppo district of Salaheddin under heavy shellfire as the showdown battle raged for a second day.
bbc.co.uk – Google to pay record privacy fine
Google agrees to pay a $22.5m penalty to settle a complaint about misleading users of Apple’s Safari browser.
bbc.co.uk – Rover makes first colour panorama
Nasa’s new Mars rover has returned its first 360-degree colour panorama from the surface of the Red Planet.