bangkokpost.com – Have a nice weekend
Ayutthaya province is pumping water from the river into farm fields, as the run-off from the North continues to flow towards Bangkok, already miserable from heavy rains, with more on the way.
bangkokpost.com – Appeal to separatists
Buoyed by the surrender of 93 southern militant supporters, the army thinks it has a chance to coax two top BRN Coordinate leaders out of the underground.
mcot.net – Yuthasak calls southern defectors ‘big shots’
Deputy Premier Yuthasak Sasiprapa said his trip to the southern province of Yala today was to follow up this week’s defection of insurgents and discuss with senior officials there on further action in the case.
nationmultimedia.com – Chalerm queries ‘men in black’ claim
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung yesterday questioned the final report released by the Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT), which states that “men in black” provoked the Army to use weapons against red-shirt protesters in 2010.
bangkokpost.com – QE3 ‘will help’
The US central bank is launching more stimulus, and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong says QE3 is a good thing for Thailand as the US dollar weakens.
nationmultimedia.com – All sides try to outdo each other over Thaksin
The government and the opposition yesterday raised a raft of issues involving former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, trying to gain political mileage by outwitting each other.
bangkokpost.com – No rift over party choice, says Abhisit
Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday dismissed rumours suggesting a dispute between the party and Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra is delaying the naming of the party’s governor election candidate.
nationmultimedia.com – Three major players seek 3G bid info
Only three of the major mobile operators submitted serious requests for information on the upcoming auction of third-generation cellular bandwidth on the 2.1-gigahertz spectrum during an information session for potential bidders held by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday.
news.com.au – Six China ships leave Japanese waters
Chinese ships have left Japanese waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea amid a sharp worsening of relations between the two Asian giants.
bbc.co.uk – Funeral held for Reverend Moon
Tens of thousands attend the funeral in South Korea of Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon, who died this month at the age of 92.
news.com.au – 28 dead in India landslides: rescuers
A landslide in India has killed at least 28 people.
bbc.co.uk – Bail for Karachi factory owners
Three factory owners facing murder charges after 264 people died in a fire at their garment factory in the Pakistani city of Karachi are granted bail.
bbc.co.uk – Australia flies first asylum seekers to Nauru camp
Thirty asylum seekers have been flown from Christmas Island to Nauru, as Australia begins to implement its new offshore processing policy.
bbc.co.uk – Japan unveils plan to phase out nuclear power
The Japanese government has unveiled a plan to phase out nuclear power by 2030, in a major policy shift after last year’s Fukushima disaster.
bbc.co.uk – India opens up to foreign retail
India’s government once again clears a controversial plan to open up its vast retail market to global supermarket chains.
news.com.au – Debit cards make debut in Burna
Debit cards have made their debut in Burma.
bbc.co.uk – Royals sue over topless pictures
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched legal action against the French magazine Closer over its publication of topless pictures of the duchess, Clarence House says.
bbc.co.uk – UBS trader Kweku Adoboli ‘gambled away’ £1.4bn
A City trader “gambled away” £1.4bn ($2.3bn) of his firm’s money and caused “chaos and disaster”, a jury has heard.
bbc.co.uk – Murray plans hometown return on Sunday
Andy Murray is to visit his hometown of Dunblane to give his friends, family and local community a chance to celebrate his success.
bbc.co.uk – South Africa vows miner clampdown
South Africa’s government announces a raft of measures to clamp down on continuing unrest in the country’s mining sector.
bbc.co.uk – SA police in torture death probe
South Africa police are being investigated for allegedly torturing a man to death in the capital, Pretoria, an independent complaints body says.
news.com.au – EU urges Muslim leaders to call for peace
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has issued an appeal after angry mobs attacked the embassies of EU members Britain and Germany in Khartoum.
bbc.co.uk – European inflation rises in August
Prices rose faster in August across the 27 nations of the European Union (EU) compared with July, according to official figures.
bbc.co.uk – Call to freeze fishing in Europe
A think tank makes a controversial case for freezing fishing in Europe, saying most fish stocks would return to sustainable levels within five years.
bbc.co.uk – Czech spirits ban after poisoning
The Czech government bans the sale of all spirits containing more than 20% alcohol following a wave of poisoning that has left 19 people dead.
bbc.co.uk – Google Motorola faces German ban after Apple victory
Google’s Motorola unit faces being forced to recall its Android tablets and smartphones from Germany after losing a patent lawsuit against Apple.
news.com.au – Guatemala eruption turns to tourist draw
Guatemalan authorities have reduced the Volcano of Fire alert level as locals return to their homes and tourists make plans to see the lava.
news.com.au – Syrian army uses explosives on protesters
Several people were wounded when the army used explosive devices to target protesters in the central city of Hama.
bbc.co.uk – New Syria envoy in Damascus talks
The new UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is to meet an opposition group as his first mission to the war-torn country continues.
news.com.au – Obama mourns US victims of Libya protest
At a ceremony in a hangar at Andrews Air Force Base, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have paid respects to those killed in the US consulate in Libya.
bbc.co.uk – Global stock markets rise on US Fed stimulus plan
Global stock markets have risen after the US Federal Reserve moved to pump more money into the economy.
news.com.au – US Gov sells majority stake in AIG
The US government is no longer the majority owner of American International Group.
news.com.au – Swamped Apple delays iPhone 5 orders
With a flood of orders coming for the new iPhone 5, Apple pushed back delivery times for the new device on its website.