Bangkok Post – Budget disagreement
The opposition Democrats were in full cry in parliament against the rice scheme, but especially against tax privileges for corporations.
mcot.net – PM unhappy with counter-insurgency plans: Defence Minister
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is not satisfied with current plans by 17 ministries for resolving the continuing violence in Thailand’s Malaysian border provinces, according to Defence Minister Air Chief Marshal Sukumpol Suwanatat.
nationmultimedia.com – Booze, obesity cause most early deaths among Thais
Excessive drinking of alcohol and obesity were among the leading causes of premature death among men and women in Thailand, according to a study released yesterday.
Bangkok Post – Jail drug trade worth B350m
Five drug inmates at Nakhon Si Thammarat prison control the distribution of more than 350 million baht in drug money, the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) says.
Bangkok Post – World Bank confirms Thai 2012 GDP growth 4.5%
The World Bank still has confidence that the Thai economy would grow by 4.5 per cent this year, as previously projected, the bank’s senior economist Kirida Paopichit said on Wednesday.
mcot.net – Army ready to promote Kaeo: Army chief
Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday praised Thai boxer Kaeo Pongprayoon for his success at the London Olympic Games, winning a silver medal for the Thai contingent, and said the army is ready to promote him to Acting 2nd Lieutenant as his reward.
bbc.co.uk – Asian nations ‘face greatest natural disaster risk’
Emerging economies in Asia, including India and the Philippines, face the greatest financial risk from natural disasters, an analysis suggests.
bbc.co.uk – Japan to question pro-China group
Japanese police have transferred 14 pro-China activists to Okinawa for questioning after they were arrested at disputed islands, reports say.
bbc.co.uk – Plea over Sri Lanka jail deaths
Sri Lanka must seek UN help in investigating violence in jails, including the deaths of two Tamil prisoners, human rights activists say.
Bangkok Post – Australia upholds ‘plain packs’
Global tobacco firms lost a “watershed” court challenge to Australia’s plain packaging laws for cigarettes Wednesday in a closely watched case which health advocates said would have a worldwide impact.
bbc.co.uk – UK unemployment falls to 2.56 million
The number of people out of work fell by 46,000 to 2.56 million in the three months to June, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
news.com.au – UK govt threatens to storm Ecuador embassy
The British government has threatened to storm the Ecuadorian embassy and arrest Julian Assange if Ecuador does not “resolve” his request for asylum.
bbc.co.uk – Students wait for A-level results
Hundreds of thousands of teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are due to receive their A-level results later.
bbc.co.uk – Gallery of tax fugitives revealed
Tax officials have published a gallery of photographs of the people it considers to be the most wanted UK tax fugitives.
bbc.co.uk – Prince Philip taken to hospital
The Duke of Edinburgh has been taken to hospital as a “precautionary measure” after a recurrence of a bladder infection, Buckingham Palace says.
bbc.co.uk – Fabrice Muamba announces his retirement from football
Muamba, 24, collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest on 17 March during Bolton’s FA Cup quarter-final tie with Tottenham Hotspur.
news.com.au – Alice Cooper gives performance at musical
Alice Cooper has made a surprise one-off appearance in the hit musical Rock of Ages in London.
bbc.co.uk – American band Baroness in viaduct coach crash
Two people on a tour bus used by the US band Baroness were badly injured when the vehicle fell 30ft (10m) from a viaduct near Bath.
bbc.co.uk – Nigeria cancels famous festival
A centuries-old festival held during Muslim Eid celebrations is cancelled in northern Nigeria, a region hit by increasing insecurity, due to the poor health of Kano’s emir.
news.com.au – UN air drops food to refugees in S. Sudan
The UN food agency on Wednesday staged a rare air drop of wheat to thousands of desperate refugees in South Sudan stranded by heavy rains, officials said.
bbc.co.uk – De Beers in key move to Botswana
The world’s main diamond producer, De Beers, starts the sorting of rough stones in Botswana, ending an operation it carried out in London for decades.
bbc.co.uk – German arrests over Iran exports
Four men are arrested in Germany on suspicion of illegally supplying Iran with parts needed to build a nuclear reactor.
bbc.co.uk – Polish Olympian to auction medal
A Polish windsurfer who won bronze at the London Olympics is to auction her medal to help a five-year-old neighbour with cystic fibrosis.
bbc.co.uk – Arab nations urge Lebanon exodus
Four Arab nations urge their citizens to leave Lebanon after a string of kidnappings raises fears that the Syrian conflict is spilling over.
news.com.au – US quake aid not in ‘good faith’ – Iran
Iran has said it rejected a US offer of aid for survivors of twin deadly earthquakes that struck villages in its northwest on the weekend because it was not made in “good faith.”
bbc.co.uk – Israel ‘ready’ for short Iran war
Israel’s outgoing home front defence minister says an attack on Iran would likely trigger a month-long conflict that would leave 500 Israelis dead.
bbc.co.uk – US launches major immigration reform
Immigrants are flocking to apply to stay temporarily in the US as a sweeping immigration policy reform takes effect, with November’s elections looming.
bbc.co.uk – Banks summoned in US Libor probe
Seven banks, including Citigroup and JPMorgan will be questioned for alleged manipulation of the Libor inter-bank lending rate.
bbc.co.uk – US industrial output in July sees strong rise
US industrial output last month grew at the fastest pace since April, figures show, raising hopes of a sustainable recovery in the economy.
bbc.co.uk – Dallas in state of emergency after West Nile virus
The city of Dallas in the US state of Texas has declared a state of emergency as it struggles to contain an outbreak of mosquito-borne West Nile virus.
news.com.au – Judge asks Samsung-Apple to resolve spat
A US judge has urged the chiefs of Apple and Samsung to negotiate a truce in their high-profile patent trial here, saying it was “time for peace.”
bbc.co.uk – Hypersonic jet fails speed test
The US Air Force says its attempt to fly a hypersonic jet at Mach 6 (3,600mph; 5,795 km/h) over the Pacific failed and the aircraft was lost.
news.com.au – Thousands of Elvis fans flock to Graceland
Priscilla Presley has thanked thousands of fans for their enduring admiration of her late husband on the 35th anniversary of the rock’n’roll icon’s death.