bbc.co.uk – Food prices jump will hit poor, World Bank warns
Global food prices have leapt by 10% in the month of July, raising fears of soaring prices for the planet’s poorest, the World Bank has warned.
nationmultimedia.com – Clarification sought directly from Kittiratt
A motion filed in the House against Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong in relation to his “white lies” controversy has been postponed to next week.
nationmultimedia.com – Bangkok’s anti-flood efforts hit by politics
Officials’ comments about the upcoming water-drainage tests in Bangkok appear to confirm suspicions of a lack of coordination between the central government and the city administration.
bangkokpost.com – Finance slashes export growth figures
Exports growth in 2012 is now expected at only five to six per cent due to the impact of the global economic recession and the eurozone debt crisis, Boonchai Charassaengsomboon, director of the Macro Economic Bureau at the Finance Ministry, said on Thursday.
mcot.net – Reports on tackling southern border problems prepared for PM next week
The government’s progress in tackling problems in the southern border provinces during the past year will be prepared for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her performance delivery to Parliament next month, Deputy Prime Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapa said here Thursday.
bangkokpost.com – PTTEP pleads guilty
PTTEP admits four charges over a huge oil spill off northwestern Australia, the country’s worst ever offshore drilling accident.
nationmultimedia.com – Kingdom shatters world mass-massage record
Thailand yesterday set a world record when 641 masseurs simultaneously practised holistic head-to-toe Thai massage on 641 people for 12 minutes.
bangkokpost.com – China mine blast toll rises to 37
The death toll from a gas explosion at a coal mine in southwest China has risen to 37, with another 10 people still trapped, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday.
news.com.au – China calls for action on Europe debt
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has expressed alarm about Europe’s debt problems following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
bbc.co.uk – Asylum seekers taken to Indonesia
A group of 54 migrants rescued by Australian and commercial ships are being sent back to Indonesia, as the search continues for scores missing.
news.com.au – Suu Kyi sons taken off Burma blacklist
Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright and Aung San Suu Kyi’s two sons have been removed from Burma’s entry blacklist.
bbc.co.uk – China in $3.5bn deal with Airbus
China agrees to buy 50 Airbus planes worth $3.5bn (£2.2bn), as part of a slew of trade deals signed by Angela Merkel at the start of a visit to China.
bbc.co.uk – UK ‘needs infrastructure boost’
The British Chambers of Commerce calls for government spending on infrastructure as it forecasts a 0.4% shrinkage of GDP in 2012.
bbc.co.uk – Assange row: Hague says ‘no solution in sight’
There is ‘no solution in sight’ to resolving the Julian Assange extradition row, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.
bbc.co.uk – London Metropolitan University students fear deportation
More than 2,000 students potentially face removal after a university had its licence to teach and recruit students from outside the EU revoked.
news.com.au – Kate to make her first speech overseas
Prince William’s wife Catherine will make her first speech in a foreign country when the couple visit South-East Asia and the South Pacific next month to celebrate the Queen’s 60-year reign.
bbc.co.uk – Paralympics under way in London
The Paralympics gets down to business as the sport gets under way, following Wednesday’s night spectacular opening ceremony.
news.com.au – Film to chronicle Rolling Stones’ journey
A documentary with newly released historic footage will trace The Rolling Stones’ 50-year journey from teenagers to rock icons, publicists for the band say.
bbc.co.uk – Summer ‘wettest in 100 years’, Met Office figures show
This summer is set to be the second wettest in the UK since records began – and the wettest summer in 100 years – provisional Met Office figures suggest.
news.com.au – S.Africa charges miners with murder
Lonminmine workers arrested two weeks ago after police opened fire killing 34 striking workers have been charged with the murder of their colleagues, an official said.
news.com.au – Rabbi beating sparks fury in Germany
The brutal daylight beating of a rabbi in front of his six-year-old daughter sparked furious condemnation in Germany.
news.com.au – Russian TV channel censors ‘The Simpsons’
A Russiancartoon series to comply with a new law banning scenes of violence, drinking and smoking before a late evening watershed.
news.com.au – France’s grape harvest ‘exceptionally low’
France’s 2012 grape harvest will be “exceptionally low” at 42.5 million hectolitres, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said.
news.com.au – Historic Metropol hotel sells for $267m
Moscowhas sold off for $US277 million ($267 million) its landmark Hotel Metropol near the Kremlin, an iconic Art Nouveau building where Lenin once gave speeches and stars like Michael Jackson have stayed.
Brazil cuts interest rates again
Brazil’s central bank cuts its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 7.5% in an attempt to reignite a stalled economic recovery.
news.com.au – Officials ‘working against’ Syrian regime
A Syrian diplomat who has defected from the regime says other diplomats and public servants are working from the inside to help opposition forces.
bbc.co.uk – Iran ‘doubles capacity at plant’
The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, says Iran has doubled production capacity at the Fordo nuclear site, in its latest quarterly report.
bbc.co.uk – Syria refugee camp plea vexes UN
The UN Security Council discusses Turkey’s demand for refugee camps inside Syria but admits the issue raises “serious questions”.
bbc.co.uk – Romney vow to revive US ‘promise’
Mitt Romney pledges “to restore the promise of America” as he accepts the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Florida.
bbc.co.uk – Pentagon may sue Bin Laden author
The Pentagon says it may take legal action against an ex-US special forces member who has written a book about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
bbc.co.uk – Isaac-battered barriers intentionally breached
Levees in low-lying New Orleans have stood firm, but sea water has
Officials have begun a controlled release of water at a Mississippi dam that was battered by Hurricane Isaac.
news.com.au – BP donates $1 million for Isaac relief
Oil giant BP has announced plans to donate $US1 million to charities involved in the Tropical Storm Isaac relief effort.
bbc.co.uk – Citigroup pays out $590m to settle subprime case
US banking giant Citigroup has paid $590m (£370m) to shareholders who accused the bank of hiding its subprime exposure.
news.com.au – Sage Stallone death due to natural causes
US coroner’s officials say Sage Stallone died in July from a condition that causes blockage of the arteries. No other factors were involved.
news.com.au – Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty dies in NYC
Chris Lighty, a hip-hop mogul who helped Sean Diddy Combs, 50 Cent and Mariah Carey attain hit records has been found dead in his New York apartment.