nationmultimedia.com – Spirits and the spikes
Thailand’s best beach destination gears up to celebrate its annual vegetarian festival.
As monsoon showers rain down on Thailand’s South causing Phuket’s beach bunnies to scatter for shelter in nearby bars and cafes, a colourful yet spiritual festival is slowly awakening elsewhere on the island. It’s an event that involves fire walking, mind-blowing processions, ear-splitting firecrackers, peaceful chants and vegetarian food.
bangkokpost.com – PM will act on ‘useful’ TRC advice
The prime minister Tuesday pledged to study the Truth for Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) report on the 2010 protests, saying the government would adopt its recommendations if they could lead to national reconciliation.
bangkokpost.com – Two-part harmony
The Democrats say there should be new development programmes in the South and the government agreed – why can’t the region be this agreeable?
mcot.net – Current floods damage Thai agriculture by Bt2.2 billion
This year’s flood has so far damaged agriculture in Thailand’s central and lower northern regions by more than Bt2.2 billion in losses, according to Kasetsart University.
nationmultimedia.com – Conservationists call on govt to rethink on Dawei project
Thailand’s Map Ta Phut industrial estate cannot be considered a good model for Myanmar’s Dawei project because it created a lot of industrial pollution in the area, Bangkok-based conservationists said yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – Video protest
Riot police stood by as peaceful protesters showed signs and photos of the supreme leader of Iran in front of the US Embassy in Bangkok on Tuesday, as worldwide anger continued against a YouTube video made in the US.
mcot.net – Democrat Suthep cleared from allegation, retains MP status
Former Thai deputy premier Suthep Thuagsuban was saved from the axe today as the Senate voted 95 to 40 to retain his status as a member of parliament.
nationmultimedia.com – Police, Democrat supporters in clash
Several hundred Democrat supporters clashed with police outside the party’s headquarters yesterday as Metropolitan Police chief Pol Lt-General Kamronwit Thoopkrajang cancelled a visit to the office, where he had planned to file a complaint.
bangkokpost.com – PM: Thaksin worked for the country
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Tuesday that she believed her brother, former premier Thaksin, had worked hard and in the best interests of the country when he was in office.
bangkokpost.com – Flood threat eases
The run-off from the North has eased and Sukhothai is stable – as 500 Bangkokians waiting for payment from last year block a main road to demand their money.
mcot.net – Thailand expects 21 million foreign tourists this year
The flow of foreign visitors into Thailand could reach 21 million this year if the political atmosphere remains stable and there are no news reports of terrorist threats, according to a senior official of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
nationmultimedia.com – Tomic arrives looking for Bangkok boost
Australian young-gun Bernard Tomic returned to Bangkok yesterday for some sightseeing before getting down to business in the US$608,000 ATP Thailand Open, which kicks off this Saturday at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.
nationmultimedia.com – Thein Sein pardons 83 Thais
Myanmar President Thein Sein has pardoned 83 of the 92 Thais detained since they were rounded up on July 4, as part of the release of 514 convicts nationwide.
bbc.co.uk – Suu Kyi seeks easing of sanctions
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi calls for an easing of sanctions against the military-backed government, during a visit to the US.
news.com.au – Indonesian protesters torch US flag
Indonesians have protested outside the US consulate in the country’s third largest city of Medan.
bbc.co.uk – Fresh protests in China-Japan row
Fresh anti-Japan protests erupt in China over disputed islands amid heightened tension on the anniversary of Japan’s invasion of north-east China.
nationmultimedia.com – Japan-China row may harm Asian economy
Representatives of two powerful business interests in Thailand – Japanese and American – yesterday shared the view that the territorial row between Japan and China will affect the Asian economy.
news.com.au – Taiwan demonstrators burn Japanese flag
Taiwanese activists have burnt a Japanese flag during a protest in Taipei over a group of islands known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese.
bbc.co.uk – Key party quits India government
A key regional party pulls out of India’s governing coalition over its decision to open up the retail sector to global supermarket chains.
news.com.au – Dancing royals bid fond farewell to Tuvalu
Prince William and his wife Kate have ended their royal tour of the Asia-Pacific region with dancing and feasting in the tiny nation of Tuvalu.
bbc.co.uk – Police officers killed in attack
Two unarmed female police officers are killed in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester, as a suspect is held on suspicion of murder.
bbc.co.uk – Youth jobs plan is ‘insufficient’
The government’s youth contract is not enough to tackle the scale of youth unemployment, a group of MPs says.
bbc.co.uk – Painkillers ’cause’ of headaches
Up to a million people in the UK are giving themselves severe headaches by taking too many painkillers, doctors have warned.
bbc.co.uk – SA miners ‘to go back to work’
Striking miners at a Lonmin platinum mine in South Africa will return to work on Thursday after accepting a pay offer, mediators and reports say.
bbc.co.uk – Mass graves found in Kenyan delta
Two mass graves are discovered in Kenya’s coastal Tana Delta region, following deadly ethnic clashes.
bbc.co.uk – Spain: Banks’ bad debts at new record
The value of bad debts held by Spain’s banks in July rose to 169.3bn euros ($221bn; £136bn), according to latest figures from the central bank.
bbc.co.uk – EU plans to lift trade barriers for Burma exports
The European Union plans to further ease sanctions on Burma in response to a perceived improvement in the conditions of Burmese workers.
news.com.au – Russia pulls plug on USAID programs
In another sign of ties between the former Cold War foes worsening, Russia has booted the US aid agency out of the country.
bbc.co.uk – Deadly attack on Turkish convoy
Militants kill seven Turkish soldiers and injure at least 56 more in a rocket attack on a convoy in the east – security officials.
bbc.co.uk – Future of Europe Group plans closer EU integration
Eleven EU countries have a drawn up a plan to strengthen the 27-nation bloc and make it a bigger global player.
bangkokpost.com – Court: Hand over topless Kate snaps
A French court on Tuesday banned Closer magazine from any further publication or resale of topless pictures of Prince William’s wife Catherine.
bbc.co.uk – Indeterminate sentences ‘breach human rights’
Jailing offenders indefinitely without providing proper access to rehabilitation courses is a breach of human rights, European judges rule.
bbc.co.uk – Daughters receive mothers’ wombs
Two Swedish women may be able to bear children using the wombs which carried them, doctors say, hailing the world’s first mother-daughter uterus.
bbc.co.uk – Mexican gas plant fire kills 26
An explosion and fire at a gas facility run by state-owned company Pemex in northern Mexico kills 26 workers.
bbc.co.uk – Manhunt after Mexico jailbreak
More than 130 prisoners are on the run in Mexico after a mass breakout from a jail close to the US border.
bbc.co.uk – Paypal suspends domestic transactions in Argentina
Paypal is to prevent users in Argentina from transferring money between their own accounts.
bbc.co.uk – Bolivia protects river dolphins
Bolivian President Evo Morales enacts a law that declares a vulnerable species of pink dolphins in the Amazon basin a national treasure.
news.com.au – Syrian forces, rebels clash near Turkey
Syrian rebels have tried to seize the border area in a province near Turkey for the first time, as “Islamic Quartet” leaders met in Cairo.
bbc.co.uk – EU and Iran to hold nuclear talks
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton is to meet Iran’s nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in a bid to end the stand-off over its nuclear programme.
bbc.co.uk – Jordan’s king endorses media law
King Abdullah of Jordan endorses a new media law governing “electronic publications” which critics say will stifle freedom of expression online.
bangkokpst.com – Clinton welcomes Suu Kyi for talks
Aung San Suu Kyi made a triumphant debut Tuesday in Washington as she met Hillary Clinton, who voiced excitement at the opposition leader’s journey from house arrest to stateswoman.
news.com.au – American Airlines to cut 4400 jobs
American Airlines is sending layoff warning notices to more than 11,000 employees although it expects job losses to be closer to 4400.
bangkokpst.com – eBay bans topless Kate magazine
US Internet auction giant eBay is banning sales of copies of French magazine Closer that feature photos of Prince William’s wife Catherine topless, the website said on Tuesday.
bbc.co.uk – Most valuable artwork put on show
A version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream, which became the most expensive artwork sold at auction earlier this year, is to go on display in New York.
news.com.au – Report predicts soaring obesity in US
A US health group predicts that more than half the people in 39 US states will be obese by 2030.