bbc.co.uk – Child deaths: Unicef says global mortality rates fall
The number of children dying before the age of five has fallen significantly over the past 20 years, the UN children’s agency Unicef has said.
bangkokpost.com – High-powered discussions
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and opposition and Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva will join a forum next Tuesday at Government House to discuss the violence in the South – and what to do about it.
bangkokpost.com – Assurances unwind
The government is backing away from its promises that Bangkok won’t flood, saying the western suburbs could be in trouble if the rains continue.
nationmultimedia.com – Flooding caught Sukhothai officials napping
The unexpected flooding in Sukhothai municipality, affecting more than 2,500 households in six communities since Sunday, reflects clearly the failure of local authorities and the government to handle the emergency situation.
mcot.net – City waterworks agency prepares to handle northern run-off
Bangkok’s Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) has prepared water purification chemicals and changed its treatment system to manage floodwaters coming from the North.
bangkokpost.com – ONCB takes battle to 79 drug-plagued communities
The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) will take drug suppression and rehabilitation efforts to 79 drug-plagued communities nationwide, its incoming chief said Wednesday.
nationmultimedia.com – Deals boost ability to pay back much of pledging budget
The Commerce Ministry has promised to pay back the government at least Bt275 billion next year from the budget allocation for financing the rice-pledging scheme, as it is confident sales of 8 million tonnes under government-to-government rice deals can be achieved.
bangkokpost.com – Surin: AEC still on track
The Asean Economic Community remains on track for its establishment in 2015, Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan reaffirmed on Wednesday, rejecting a newswire report that the AEC may be delayed.
nationmultimedia.com – Foul play not suspected : police
The evidence strongly suggests that former actress Pawana Chanajit met her death in an accident, rather than by foul play, a senior police officer said yesterday.
news.com.au – Pakistan factory fires kill 310: officials
More than 310 Pakistanis have perished in horrific fires that destroyed two factories in Pakistan, an unprecedented industrial tragedy that has prompted calls for an overhaul of poor safety standards.
news.com.au – Man avoids conviction for helping wife die
A New Zealand judge has told a man who helped his chronically ill wife die that he “acted out of love”.
bbc.co.uk – Australia rallies support for super-trawler vote
Australia’s government is working to rally support for a bill preventing a super-trawler fishing in its waters, after the opposition spoke out against the move.
bbc.co.uk – Sherpas’ anger at glacial studies
The Mount Everest region’s Sherpas express anger at the way recent studies of glacial lakes have been conducted – and threaten to halt them.
bbc.co.uk – Hillsborough legal action urged
Hillsborough victims’ families call for criminal action after a damning report into the disaster, as a police chief says officers could be prosecuted.
bbc.co.uk – UK will support Iraq, vows Hague
The UK will “support” Iraq on “its path to stability”, promises Foreign Secretary William Hague as he arrives in the country on his first official visit.
bbc.co.uk – Hospitals ‘on brink of collapse’
Hospitals in England could be on the brink of collapse because of the rising demand and complexity of cases they are seeing, doctors warn.
bbc.co.uk – Kenyan MP charged over violence
Kenya’s Assistant Livestock Minister Dhadho Godhana is charged with inciting ethnic clashes that have killed more than 100 in the Tana River area.
bbc.co.uk – South Africa army put on ‘high alert’ for Malema rally
The South African military was put on high alert as firebrand politician Julius Malema addressed disgruntled soldiers in the Johannesburg area.
news.com.au – Tunis police disperse embassy protesters
Tunisian police have fired tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators outside the US embassy in Tunis who were protesting against an anti-Islam film.
bbc.co.uk – Anglo American shuts South African platinum mine
UK-listed miner Anglo American has suspended operations at its platinum mines in South Africa to “protect the safety of its employees”.
bangkokpost.com – German court clears euro rescue fund
The eurozone cleared a key hurdle towards resolving its debt crisis Wednesday as Germany’s top court approved a new European firewall for ratification, with some minor conditions.
bbc.co.uk – EU Commission chief Barroso calls for ‘federation’
EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has called for the EU to evolve into a “federation of nation-states”.
news.com.au – Methanol kills 19, injures 24 in Czech
Vodka and rum laced with methanol have killed 16 people in the Czech Republic and 2 in Poland with the death toll expected to rise.
bbc.co.uk – Dutch pro-Europe parties in lead
Dutch voters have endorsed pro-European centrist parties and inflicted heavy losses on a far-right Eurosceptic group, early election results show.
bbc.co.uk – Russia to build biggest nuclear-powered icebreaker
Russia’s plans to build the world’s biggest nuclear-powered icebreaker could attract more trade to the country, says a leading UK analyst.
news.com.au – Syria rebels kill 18 soldiers in car bomb
Rebels have killed at least 18 soldiers in a car bomb attack in Syria as the international peace envoy prepares to meet the Syrian president.
bbc.co.uk – Obama vows justice after Libya killing
President Barack Obama vows to bring to justice those who carried out an attack on a US consulate in Libya that killed the American ambassador.
bbc.co.uk – American poverty rate unchanged
The percentage of Americans living in poverty is statistically unchanged from 2011’s record high, even as household income fell, a US Census report says.
bbc.co.uk – NBC defends not broadcasting 9/11 tribute
NBC has defended its decision to interview a reality TV star instead of observing a moment of silence marking the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
news.com.au – Apple unveils its iPhone 5
Apple has delivered a new iPhone that is bigger, faster, thinner and connects to Australia’s 4G mobile networks.
bbc.co.uk – Facebook friends network ‘quadruples voting behaviour’
A banner message on Facebook showing users’ friends who had voted drove a third of a million more voters to the poll booths, research shows.