Bangkok Post – Environment damage assessed
Powerful explosions and fires at the Bankchak refinery damaged homes and left polluting clouds of smoke over Bangkok – causing the governor to call at last to move oil refineries and arms depot out of the city.
The Nation – Call for Asean to work together for better education
Thailand is working to join hands with more of its neighbours in Asean to drive the region’s educational improvement, starting with research sharing, a top education official told The Nation recently.
mcot.net – Economic ministers adopt measures to cope with Europe’s debt crisis
Thailand’s economic ministers, meeting Wednesday, agreed to prepare six measures to cope with possible adverse impacts from the eurozone debt crisis, according to Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong.
Bangkok Post – Testimony set
The Constitution Court plans to call 15 witnesses in the next two days – eight who favour the government’s plan to amend the charter and seven even from the complainants.
The Nation – Follow orders or face action, BMA warned
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will face legal penalties if it fails to respond to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s flood prevention instructions. Plodprasop says dredging of canals, ditches behind schedule in capital.
Bangkok Post – Don Mueang airport to reopen Aug 1
Don Mueang airport will reopen for commercial aviation on Aug 1, not on Oct 1 as earlier planned, Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said on Wednesday.
The Nation – Tax rule affecting married women struck down
The Constitution Court yesterday struck down Revenue Code clauses that disallowed married women from including their non-earned income when filing a separate tax return.
mcot.net – Consumer confidence hits 9-month high in June
Thailand’s Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) in June rose to 78.6 from 72.6 last October, marking its highest level in nine months since the megaflood last October, the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) reported.
bbc.co.uk – S Korea moots ‘scientific’ whaling
South Korea proposes resuming whaling as part scientific research programmes similar to Japan’s, in a move widely criticised at the IWC.
news.com.au – Japan regains nuclear power supply
A nuclear reactor has started supplying power in western Japan, becoming the nation’s first reactor to restart operation since May.
bbc.co.uk – Burma’s vice president resigns
Burmese authorities confirm during the new parliamentary session that Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo, known as a hardliner, has resigned.
news.com.au – Mystery disease kills 61 children
Health officials in Cambodia are searching for the cause of a disease that has killed more than 60 children.
news.com.au – Indian court bans tourism near Andamans
India’s Supreme Court has banned all commercial and tourism activity near an ancient tribe’s habitat in the country’s remote Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Indian Ocean
bbc.co.uk – HTC defeats Apple in swipe-to-unlock patent dispute
HTC is claiming victory in a patent dispute with Apple after a ruling by the High Court in London.
bbc.co.uk – MPs challenge Diamond’s evidence
Former Barclays boss Bob Diamond says some traders at the bank were “reprehensible”, as MPs question whether they have got the full facts.
news.com.au – UK faces rise in drug-resistant TB cases
Drug-resistant cases of Tuberculosis (TB) are on the rise in the UK, figures suggest.
bbc.co.uk – Warning over immigration backlog
The UK Border Agency has no “clear strategy” for tackling more than 150,000 foreign nationals staying on after visas expire, the immigration inspector says.
news.com.au – UK set to open Europe’s tallest building
Europe’s tallest building is set to be officially unveiled in central London.
news.com.au – Comic actor Eric Sykes dies aged 89
Eric Sykes, the widely-acclaimed British comedy actor and writer, has died at the age of 89.
bbc.co.uk – Mobile phones ‘key to feeding needy children’
The public is being encouraged to donate old mobile phones to help raise money to feed a London child.
news.com.au – Reveal who ordered phone hacking: UK court
Britain’s Supreme Court says a private investigator must reveal who ordered him to hack mobile phone voicemails on behalf of a tabloid newspaper.
bbc.co.uk – Pistorius gets Olympic ticket
Oscar Pistorius could be the first amputee runner at the Olympics after being picked by South Africa for the 400m.
bbc.co.uk – Mandela daughter named ambassador
Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, the daughter of South African anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela, is appointed ambassador to Argentina, the South American nation has said.
bbc.co.uk – France CEO probed over suicides
Former chief executive of France Telecom Didier Lombard is placed under formal investigation over a spate of suicides among staff at the company.
news.com.au – Italy does not need a bailout: Monti
Prime Minister Mario Monti insists Italy doesn’t need a European bailout because its public finances will improve.
bbc.co.uk – VW agrees $5.6bn Porsche takeover
Volkswagen agrees a deal to buy the remaining 50.1% shares of Porsche it doesn’t already own by the start of next month.
bbc.co.uk – Ukraine police clash with Kiev crowd over language law
Police in Ukraine’s capital Kiev have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters angry over a new language law that boosts the status of Russian.
bbc.co.uk – Acta: Controversial anti-piracy agreement rejected by EU
The European Parliament has voted to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).
bbc.co.uk – Syria opposition divided in Cairo
Syrian opposition groups agree on a general plan for the way forward in the country at a meeting in Cairo that exposes their deep divisions.
bbc.co.uk – New call for Arafat death inquiry
Palestinian officials call for an international inquiry into former leader Yasser Arafat’s death, over claims he was poisoned by polonium.
bbc.co.uk – Storm aftermath hits US holiday
Nearly one million Americans mark 4 July without power as utility firms scramble to restore service five days after severe storms in the east.
news.com.au – China fishermen sue US firm for oil spill
A group of Chinese fishermen has sued ConocoPhillips in a US court, seeking more than $A130 million in compensation for an oil spill off China’s coast last year, a lawyer advising them says.
news.com.au – Lifeguard fired after saving drowning man
A yong lifeguard has lost his job after rescuing a drowning man in a section of a Florida beach he was not assigned to patrol.