bangkokpost.com – Tuned in, but switched off
The tablets for first-graders are not nearly as charged up as their owners – who say they are getting only about 50 per cent of the battery use promised by the maker.
bangkokpost.com – Resort resistance
National park officers say three resorts at Samet Island are illegal and must be knocked down – but their owners want an extension on the demolition orders.
nationmultimedia.com – Second half expected to pose challenge to Thai GDP
Thailand surprised global economists with 4.2-per-cent economic growth in the second quarter against the consensus of 3.1 per cent. However, hard times are coming in the second half when the euro-zone crisis is set to deepen and drag down Thailand’s exports while creating greater volatility in capital flows across Asean. Along the way, authorities need to stay fully alert.
bbc.co.uk – China manufacturing dips further
China’s manufacturing activity falls to a nine-month low in August, adding to fears that its economy is slowing faster than estimated.
bangkokpost.com – Cambodia arrests internet pirate
A co-founder of top Swedish “file sharing” site The Pirate Bay, who is on an international wanted list, has been arrested in the Cambodian capital at Stockholm’s request, police said Sunday.
news.com.au – Assange lawyer stopped at London airport
An Australian member of Julian Assange’s legal team says she was stopped by British authorities as she tried to board a flight home.
bbc.co.uk – Fifty-five free schools to open
Fifty-five new free schools are due to open in England, the government says, amid Labour criticism of wasted money and the wrong areas being targeted.
bbc.co.uk – UK accused over Mubarak-era money
The UK is failing in its commitment to freeze assets of the regime of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, a BBC investigation finds.
bbc.co.uk – Pilot whales stranded in Scotland
A total of 16 pilot whales die and 10 others are saved after being stranded on the east coast of Scotland.
news.com.au – Harry to attend children’s awards
Prince Harry will make his first public appearance since his naked pictures appeared on the web when he attends a ceremony in London on Monday night.
bangkokpost.com – Storms kill 20 people in Algeria
Storms sweeping across northeast Algeria have killed 20 people and injured 56, the state news agency APS on Sunday cited emergency services as saying.
bbc.co.uk – SA Marikana miners to be freed
South Africa is to begin freeing 270 strikers whose colleagues were shot dead by police, after murder charges against them were suspended.
bbc.co.uk – ECB urged to take eurozone action
The head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development calls on the European Central Bank to take action on the eurozone crisis.
bbc.co.uk – Credit Immobilier has assets guaranteed by France
Struggling French mortgage lender Credit Immobilier has had its assets guaranteed by the government.
bbc.co.uk – ‘No evidence’ of Amazon attack
A team of Venezuelan military officers and prosecutors says it has failed to find evidence of a reported mass killing of Yanomami indigenous people.
news.com.au – Syria rebels besiege town on Turkey border
Syria rebels have laid siege to the northern town of Harem, on the Turkish border, confronting regime forces in a battle lasting all day.
bbc.co.uk – New UN envoy gloomy at Syria task
The new UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, describes his task as “nearly impossible”, in comments to the BBC after taking up the post.
bbc.co.uk – Israel removes West Bank settlers
Scuffles erupt as Israeli police remove Jewish settlers from an illegal West Bank outpost of Migron, north of Jerusalem.
bbc.co.uk – Veil breakthrough on Egypt’s TV
A woman presenter reads the news on Egypt’s TV in Islamic headscarf for what is believed to be first time since the state channel opened in 1960.
news.com.au – Clinton to skip Democrat conference
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is missing the Democratic Party convention to build ties in Asia.
news.com.au – ‘The Possession’ tops US box office
Horror flick The Possession exorcised A-list action romp The Expendables 2 from the top slot at the North American box office at the weekend, according to industry estimates.
news.com.au – Man eats record 191 wings in 12 minutes
US organisers of the National Buffalo Wing Festival say competitive eater Joey Chestnut has devoured a record 191 chicken wings in 12 minutes.