Bangkok Post – More trouble at Suvarnabhumi
Well, yes, the western runway did suddenly subside 5cm (2 inches) and 11 aircraft were sent to other airports and 200 flights were delayed – but the airport manager says it’s just routine wear and tear.
The Nation – Universal healthcare essential, Asean+3 health ministers say
Asean and its key partners Japan, South Korea and China yesterday jointly decided to make universal health coverage an essential provision for the more than 2 billion people living in the region.
Bangkok Post – Quick verdict
The Constitution Court judges will spend just a week writing their verdict, and will announce the fate of Pheu Thai and charter change on Friday.
The Nation – Thai growth to be solid:UBS
The political situations in China and Europe will contribute to volatility in global financial markets, but the Thai economy is expected to grow at a reasonable pace this year and next, said Paul Donovan, managing director and global economist at UBS Investment Research.
Bangkok Post – Freedom ‘soon’
The army believes Myanmar will not wait long to free the 80 or so Thais imprisoned on charges of border encroachment and illegal logging.
The Nation – World’s top leagues swoop for Thailand’s star spikers
Azerbaijan have invited eight Thai players to compete in the pro Azerbaijan Super League, with each player set to earn about Bt2.5 million for the three-month competition.
Bangkok Post – Thai sextuplets a first
A 29-year-old woman has given birth to sextuplets in the first such case in Thailand.
Bangkok Post – UDD: Huge rally if judges do not resign
Red-shirts will take to the streets in huge numbers if the Constitution Court judges do not resign, no matter what their ruling is on the charter amendment bill, because they lack the legitimacy to remain in their positions, UDD leader Tida Tawornseth said on Friday.
The Nation – Police cracks call-centre scam, 15 arrested
Police have arrested 15 foreigners, most of them hailing from Europe, for allegedly running a call-centre scam and duping several people into wiring more than Bt320 million into their accounts.
bbc.co.uk – Hong Kong seizes ‘record’ cocaine
Customs officials in Hong Kong seize cocaine weighing with a street value of $98m in what they say is their biggest drug haul ever.
bbc.co.uk – HTC smartphone profits fall 58%
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has reported a 58% fall in net profit 7.4bn Taiwanese dollars (US$248m) in the three months ending in June.
bbc.co.uk – Chinese police ‘smash’ trafficking gangs, frees 181
Chinese police have broken up two major child trafficking gangs and freed 181 children, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – UK cuts £6.7bn more than planned
Government departments cut spending by £6.7bn more than they had planned in the year to March, according to official data from the Treasury.
bbc.co.uk – Pound hits fresh euro high after ECB rate cut
The pound has hit its highest level against the euro since November 2008, the day after the European Central Bank (ECB) lowered its key interest rate.
bbc.co.uk – Flood warnings remain across UK
Flood warnings remain in place in many parts of the UK as heavy rain continues to cause disruption, with south-west England bearing the brunt.
bbc.co.uk – Murray prepared to be underdog
Andy Murray says he can confound most people’s expectations and win a historic first Wimbledon title against Roger Federer on Sunday.
bbc.co.uk – Libyans hold historic free vote
Libyans go to the polls in the first national election since the fall of Col Gaddafi in a vote overshadowed by violence and deep national divisions.
bbc.co.uk – Defection ‘hard blow’ for Syria
A Syrian general close to President Assad has defected, “hitting the regime hard”, France says, while the US suggests insiders are “voting with their feet”.
news.com.au – Greek PM plans to sell off state assets
Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras says his new three-party coalition government is ready to carry out a broad series of structural reforms, and acknowledges the country’s deficit reduction program has gone off target.
bbc.co.uk – UN bid denied at whaling talks
The International Whaling Commission’s annual meeting ends without agreement on a bid to involve the UN in whale conservation.
news.com.au – Germany’s Merkel to visit Indonesia
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will make her first official visit to Indonesia next week for talks with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and business leaders, her spokesman says.
bbc.co.uk – Football transfer numbers and costs in global fall
International football transfer numbers and player buying fees have fallen sharply worldwide in the past six months, says governing body Fifa.
bbc.co.uk – Italy approves deep cuts in national spending
Italy’s government has agreed to cut spending by 26bn euros (£21bn, $32bn) over the next three years to plug the gap between spending and income.
bbc.co.uk – First US high-speed rail approved
California lawmakers approve financing for a bullet train that would eventually become part of the first dedicated high-speed line in the US.
bbc.co.uk – US sizzles in record heat wave
Parts of the US are baking in record heat as nearly half a million households continue to swelter amid power cuts caused by storms a week ago.
bbc.co.uk – US jobs data triggers share slip
US shares fall after official employment figures show firms created only 80,000 new jobs in June, leaving the unemployment rate unchanged at 8.2%.
news.com.au – Bieber caught speeding ‘like a maniac’
Teenage heartthrob singer Justin Bieber has been pulled over and cited for speeding “like a maniac” to shake off paparazzi near Los Angeles, police and a local politician who witnessed the incident say.