nationmultimedia.com – Four killed, 11 others injured in Phuket pub fire
The issues of closing times and the condition of fire exits at night-entertainment venues have returned to the media spotlight after another deadly blaze – this one at a Phuket pub early yesterday.
news.com.au – Aussie victims ‘unlikely’ in Thai fire
Australian officials say it is “highly unlikely” Australians were among the victims of a fatal nightclub fire in the Phuket town of Patong.
Bangkok Post – Days of destruction
The parks department says “national and local politicians” set fires that so far have burnt 15,000 rai of forests in three provinces – to plant palm oil trees.
nationmultimedia.com – BOT losses a cause for worry for some, but chief is unfazed
The Bank of Thailand’s board members are still at odds over the central bank’s losses, though they have been able to compromise on the inflation targeting issue, BOT Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul said.
mcot.net – PM admits government one step behind southern insurgent groups
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday admitted that the government was one step behind the insurgent groups in its attempts to tackle the problems in the southernmost provinces.
Bangkok Post – Lack of confidence
Ten months after the floods hit, the public feels the government is foundering in red tape and high spending, with little water management to show.
mcot.net – Thailand’s auto production hits record high
Thailand’s auto production in July hit a record high of 212,727 units, an increase of 44.48 per cent year-on-year, according to Surapong Paisitpattanapong, Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) Automotive Industry Club spokesman.
news.com.au – Vietnam soldiers on standby for typhoon
More than 11,000 Vietnam boats, including 575 used by tourists at Halong Bay, have been ordered to stay close to shore ahead of Typhoon Kai-Tak.
bbc.co.uk – China praises ‘wise’ Japan move
China praises Japan’s “wise” decision to free 14 activists who sailed to a group of islands claimed by both countries, in a commentary in state media.
bbc.co.uk – Burma to probe Rakhine clashes
Burma sets up a commission to investigate recent violence between Muslims and Buddhists, a move welcomed by the UN.
bbc.co.uk – China leader meets Kim’s uncle
The influential uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets Chinese President Hu Jintao, China’s state-run media say.
news.com.au – NZ Jetstar flight being investigated
A Jetstar flight into Queenstown is being investigated by Australian officials for flying below safe altitude.
bbc.co.uk – China sets date for Gu Kailai verdict
The verdict in the murder trial of the wife of former high-flying Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be delivered on Monday, Chinese officials say.
bbc.co.uk – MPs urge bank changes over Libor
MPs on the Treasury Select Committee have demanded wide-ranging changes in the wake of the Libor rate-fixing scandal.
bbc.co.uk – British workers ‘among worst idlers’, suggest Tory MPs
British workers are “among the worst idlers in the world”, a group of Conservative MPs have claimed.
news.com.au – UK temporarily bars export of Picasso painting
Britain has temporarily barred the export of an early painting by Pablo Picasso valued at 50 million pounds ($75 million) in a bid to keep it in the country and on public display.
bbc.co.uk – Cereal bar healthy image ‘a myth’
The image of cereal bars as a healthy snack is a myth, according to a study that found many contain high levels of fat and sugar.
bbc.co.uk – Zuma announces mine deaths probe
South African President Jacob Zuma announces an inquiry into the killing by police of 34 miners during a protest in the north-east.
bbc.co.uk – Sudanese refugees face ‘disaster’
People are dying in large numbers in a refugee camp in South Sudan, a medical charity says, describing the situation as a humanitarian disaster.
bbc.co.uk – Dreamliner arrives in Ethiopia
Ethiopia becomes the second country after Japan to take delivery of Boeing’s flagship plane, the 787 Dreamliner.
bbc.co.uk – Pussy Riot jail terms condemned
The US, EU and rights groups condemn jail sentences imposed on three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot over an anti-Vladimir Putin protest.
bbc.co.uk – Eurozone trade surplus rises to record high in June
The eurozone’s trade surplus hit 14.9bn euros ($18.3bn; £11.7bn) in June up from 200m euros a year ago.
bbc.co.uk – Forest fire threatens Lacanau resort in western France
About 200 firefighters are battling a wildfire that has ravaged about 550 hectares (1360 acres) of pine forest near a resort popular with surfers on France’s Atlantic coast.
bbc.co.uk – Gay parades banned in Moscow for 100 years
Moscow’s top court has upheld a ban on gay pride marches in the Russian capital for the next 100 years.
news.com.au – 11 killed, 25 injured in Mexico bus crash
Eleven people have been killed and 25 others injured after a bus fell down a mountain ravine in Mexico.
bbc.co.uk – Bodies ‘found outside Damascus’
At least 60 bodies have been found in a Damascus suburb, activists say, after what the opposition describes as a “massacre” by government forces.
bbc.co.uk – Brahimi named new UN Syria envoy
Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is confirmed as the new envoy for Syria, taking over from Kofi Annan who resigned in early August.
news.com.au – US rejects ‘diplomatic asylum’ for Assange
The US does not recognise the concept of diplomatic asylum, a State Department statement says.
news.com.au – Americas to meet over Assange
Foreign ministers are to meet next Friday to discuss the row between the UK and Ecuador over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
news.com.au – Report details general’s lavish lifestyle
A US four-star general sent his wife shopping in military vehicles, and used government money to pay for a romantic night in Bermuda.
news.com.au – Apple stock hits new high after 4-month dip
Apple’s stock has hit a new high after a four-month swoon, as investors are looking ahead to the release of a new iPhone model, and possibly a smaller iPad.