Bangkok Post – All eyes on Kittiratt
There is a flood of apparently unanimous criticism aimed at Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong for admitting he tells little white lies about the economy – but he says the former ministers just don’t like him anyway.
Bangkok Post – Blackbook revealed
The military’s long-secret blacklist of suspected militants in the deep South has 10,000 names including politicians, headmasters and religious leaders.
Bangkok Post – Grading government
The Democrats have already given their grade, an F – and next week the government will rate its own performance during the first year in office.
mcot.net – Green boxes tackle Bangkok crime
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on Friday launched its ‘Green Box’ scheme in an attempt to fight the increasing crime levels in the city of angels.
mcot.net – 2012 investment promotion applications expected to hit record Bt800 billion
Industry Minister Pongsvas Svasti said Friday that he was certain investment promotion applications would hit a record Bt800 billion, higher than this year’s target of Bt630 billion.
bbc.co.uk – China bridge collapse kills three
A section of a multi-million dollar bridge in China that opened in November has collapsed, leaving three people dead, state media say.
bbc.co.uk – China ‘forcing Kachin refugees back to Burma’
A human rights group has called on China to stop forcing Kachin refugees fleeing conflict in northern Burma out, saying they face abuse and violence.
bbc.co.uk – Oil slick near Sri Lanka resorts
Sri Lanka mobilises armed forces to deal with an oil slick heading toward tourist resorts on the west coast after a cargo ship sank.
news.com.au – UK lays out police tactics over Assange
A confedential handwritten document lays out simple instructions for Britain’s Scotland Yard – to arrest Julian Assange ‘under all circumstances’.
bbc.co.uk – Heads demand urgent GCSE inquiry
Heads teachers’ leaders are demanding an independent inquiry into this year’s GCSE results.
bbc.co.uk – Complaints rise over Harry photos
More than 850 people have complained about the Sun’s decision to print photographs of Prince Harry naked, the PCC says.
bbc.co.uk – UK to spend £2m combating cholera in Sierra Leone
The UK government says it is activating a £2m emergency plan to tackle a cholera epidemic in the west African state of Sierra Leone.
bbc.co.uk – Kenya sackings over school fire
Kenya’s education minister sacks two top education officers after eight girls died in a dormitory fire at a private junior school near Kisumu.
bbc.co.uk – SA pool hippo dies before rescue
A hippopotamus which had been stuck in a swimming pool of a game reserve lodge in northern South Africa for four days dies.
bbc.co.uk – No appeal after Breivik verdict
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik and the prosecution both rule out an appeal against a court ruling sentencing him to 21 years in jail.
bbc.co.uk – Greek PM: Give us breathing space
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras asks Germany’s Angela Merkel to give his country “breathing space” after the two leaders met in Berlin.
bbc.co.uk – Haiti braced for tropical storm
Haiti and the Dominican Republic brace themselves for a battering as Tropical Storm Isaac is fast approaching the island of Hispaniola.
bbc.co.uk – Syrian refugees rise to 200,000
The United Nations refugee agency says that more than 200,000 Syrian refugees have fled to neighbouring countries as the conflict has intensified.
bbc.co.uk – Fatal shooting near Empire State Building
A fired women’s apparel designer shoots dead a former colleague near the Empire State Building in New York City before he is killed by police.
bbc.co.uk – Samsung told to pay Apple $1bn
A US jury says Samsung should pay Apple $1.05bn in damages after a patent dispute, and rejects claims Apple breached its rival’s technologies.
bbc.co.uk – US tobacco graphic images blocked
The US government cannot force tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages, an appeals court rules.
bbc.co.uk – Armstrong stripped of Tour de France titles
Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.