Bangkok Post – Far South compo payments increased
The cabinet on Tuesday approved in principle the Justice Ministry’s proposal to increase compensation for death and disability paid to victims of the insurgency in the far South, and made it retroactive to 2004, government spokeswoman Sansanee Nakpong said.
nationmultimedia.com – Five agencies agree to team up against land encroachment
The Office of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) teamed up with four environmental watchdog agencies yesterday to review officials who may be involved in encroachment on forest land and illegally destroying natural resources.
mcot.net- Thailand extends financial aid to Philippine flood victims
Foreign Minister Surapong Tovijakchaikul will present the financial aid to a Philippine diplomat in Bangkok early next week. Floods from tropical storm Saola have submerged vast areas in mainly rice-growing provinces and the Philippine government has declared eight provinces in the central area “disaster zones.”
nationmultimedia.com – Politics not involved in visa given to Thaksin: US
The issuing of a visa for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was done under United States laws and had no bearing on domestic politics in Thailand, US Ambassador Kristie Kenney said yesterday.
nationmultimedia.com – Nakhon Si Thammarat wildfire
Residents are struggling to cope with the impact of a forest fire that has already ravaged more than 10,000 rai of land around their homes and villages in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Bangkok Post – Heroes’ welcome
The Thai athletes returned from the London Olympics to a cavalcade through the Bangkok streets, greeted by an enthusiastic public.
bbc.co.uk – Dozens killed in Afghan blasts
A series of bombings on markets crowded with shoppers preparing for the end of Ramadan leaves 48 people dead in south-western and northern Afghanistan.
bbc.co.uk – Burmese Rohingya district ‘razed’
The largest Muslim area in the Burmese city of Sittwe was razed to the ground in recent communal clashes, a UK broadcaster says after visiting the area.
Bangkok Post.com – Malaysia to review law after ‘blackout’ protest
Malaysia’s prime minister said he would review a legal amendment that critics claim threatens free expression online after they staged a one-day “Internet blackout” on Tuesday.
bbc.co.uk – China signs new economic deals with North Korea
China says it has signed agreements stepping up economic co-operation with North Korea during a visit to Beijing by a senior Pyongyang official.
bbc.co.uk – Australia court backs tobacco law
An Australian court has upheld the government’s new law on mandatory plain packaging for cigarettes in the country.
news.com.au – Lomu to live on $NZ2.25 a day
All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu is preparing to tackle poverty by living on just $NZ2.25 for five days as part of the Unicef Live Below the Line challenge.
bbc.co.uk – Warning on youth job prospects
UK unemployment figures will be published later, amid warnings that young people are finding it increasingly difficult to find work.
bbc.co.uk – Rules on school fields ‘relaxed’
Rules on the provision of outdoor space for sport in England’s schools have been relaxed, it has emerged, as the debate over the Olympics legacy continues.
bbc.co.uk – Views sought on cosmetic surgery
The government is seeking the public’s view on the cosmetic surgery industry in an attempt to prevent scandals like that involving PIP breast implants.
bbc.co.uk – IBM to open research lab in Kenya
IBM and the Kenyan government are to open an IT research hub in Nairobi, in a joint attempt to solve local issues such as traffic congestion.
bbc.co.uk – Central Nigeria floods kill 33
At least 33 people are killed by heavy flooding in central Nigeria’s Plateau state, a relief official, Abdussalam Muhammad, tells the BBC.
bbc.co.uk – Tunisian women’s rights protest
Thousands of Tunisians have protested in the capital against moves by the Islamist-led government which they fear will reduce women’s rights.
bbc.co.uk – Riots: French minister jostled
France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls is heckled and booed as he arrives in a deprived district of Amiens, where rioters have clashed with police.
bbc.co.uk – Eurozone economy shrinks by 0.2%
The economy of the eurozone shrank 0.2% in the three months from April to June compared with the previous quarter.
bbc.co.uk – Brazil prepares new stimulus plan
Brazil’s government is set to launch the first in a series of measures that could inject up to $50bn into the economy over the next five years.
bbc.co.uk – Syria regime collapsing – ex-PM
Syria’s regime is collapsing “morally, financially and militarily” and controls just 30% of the country, says former PM Riad Hijab who defected to Jordan.
bbc.co.uk – Iran ‘to take foreign quake aid’
The Iranian government reverses its initial decision on aid after Saturday’s quakes, saying it will now accept some foreign offers of help, reports say.
bbc.co.uk – Wildfires torch US western states
Wildfires raging across the western states of the US have destroyed dozens of homes and scorched thousands of acres of land, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – US retail sales jump unexpectedly in July
US retail sales jumped unexpectedly in July and by the biggest amount in five months, the Commerce Department said.
news.com.au – US illegal immigrants apply for work visas
Officials are bracing for a deluge as a new program allows young illegal immigrants who have lived in the US since childhood to apply for work visas.
news.com.au – Samsung extends lead in smartphone market
Samsung has extended its lead over Apple in the smartphone market but world demand for mobile phones has slipped, according to new data.
bbc.co.uk – Hypersonic jet aims to hit Mach 6X-51A WaveRider
The Pentagon prepares to test hypersonic jet WaveRider, which aims to reach Mach 6 – more than 4,300mph – above the Pacific Ocean.
news.com.au – Crow granted three-year restraining order
US singer Sheryl Crow has been granted a three-year restraining order against a man who acknowledged he threatened to shoot her.