bangkokpost.com – ‘No threat’ to Thailand
US Ambassador Kristie Kenney was in Chiang Mai and saw no cause for alarm when several dozen Muslims protested the Innocence of Muslims film – but now a French magazine has published mocking cartoons of Muhammad, sparking new rage.
mcot.net – Foreign Ministry helps nine Thai detainees in Myanmar
Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on Wednesday that his ministry is preparing to appeal the sentences of nine Thais still detained in the neighbouring countryt after Myanmar released 83 of their compatriots yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – 7 million baht man
House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont made Thailand better by taking 39 aides and friendly media on a first-class, nine-day “study trip” to Europe.
nationmultimedia.com – House committee asked to probe
Democrat MP Satit Pitutecha yesterday submitted a letter to Somchai Losathaphonphiphit, chairman of the House committee on police affairs, requesting investigation into Metropolitan Police chief Pol Lt General Kamronwit Thoopkrajang for mobilising a police rally outside the Democrat Party’s headquarters on Tuesday.
mcot.net – Cabinet rejects new Bt405 billion rice pledging scheme
A proposal for a new round of rice pledging scheme for the 2012/2013 fiscal year which will cost the government Bt405 billion was rejected by the cabinet which openly expressed concern that it will plunge Thailand into heavy indebtedness.
bangkokpost.com – Suthep says DSI murder claim part of amnesty ruse
Even if murder charges are laid against Democrat executives, the party will not back down and support the government’s bid for a blanket amnesty to help ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, its MP for Surat Thani Suthep Thaugsuban says.
mcot.net – Thailand to produce 2 million cars by year-end
Thailand is expected to manufacture 2.2 million automobiles and pickup trucks and 2.5 million motorcycles this year.
bangkokpost.com – Rain exceeded city’s drainage capacity
The flooding in inner Bangkok was caused by the sudden deluge of more than 100 millimetres of rain, well above the city’s drainage capacity which could handle up to 60mm of rainfall at a time, Bangkok deputy governor Wallop Suwandee said on Wednesday.
mcot.net – Airport Readiness: AoT certain Don Mueang won’t flood
Airports of Thailand (AoT) is certain Don Mueang Airport will not be flooded this year due to its increased water management ability.
nationmultimedia.com – Worawi aims kick at corruption claims
Embattled Football Association of Thailand (FAT) president Worawi Makudi has responded to a flurry of allegations made against him by insisting he has not received due credit for the things he has done for Thai football.
bangkokpost.com – Chinese hackers hit Japan
At least 19 Japanese websites, including those of a government ministry, courts and a hospital, have come under cyberattack, apparently from China, police said Wednesday.
bbc.co.uk – China issues stern Japan warning
China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping warns Japan to stop undermining Chinese sovereignty, state media report, as a row continues over islands.
news.com.au – Filipino street kid wins $100k peace prize
A thirteen year old Filipino street kid has won a $100,000 international peace prize for his efforts to improve the lot of his fellow street kids.
bbc.co.uk – Japan cools on phase-out deadline
Japan has partially approved a plan to phase out nuclear power – without a specific deadline – after last year’s Fukushima disaster, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – China’s Bo ‘implicated in crime’
China’s news agency links fallen politician Bo Xilai to a criminal act for the first time, alleging he knew his wife was suspected of murdering a British man.
bbc.co.uk – Gay marriage bill is rejected by Australian parliament
Australian members of parliament have overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would have legalised gay marriages after days of heated debate.
news.com.au – Obese temple elephants put on a diet
India’s temple-dwelling sacred elephants in the Tamil Nadu state are being put on a diet as many have been found to be severely overweight.
bbc.co.uk – Pupil premium ‘needs better use
Schools in England must do more to ensure funding from the pupil premium is targeted to the disadvantaged pupils it is intended for, Ofsted says.
bbc.co.uk – NHS trusts in debt double in year
The number of NHS trusts in debt in England has more than doubled in a year – although overall the health service finished 2011-12 in surplus.
bbc.co.uk – Code urged over police assaults
The police watchdog says it has found more than 50 cases where officers and staff have allegedly taken sexual advantage of members of the public.
bbc.co.uk – Sudan opens first gold refinery
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir opens the country’s first gold refinery, which officials say is one of Africa’s largest plants.
bbc.co.uk – SA police fire at mine protesters
South African police use rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters, a day after a deal ended a six-week strike at the Marikana mine.
bbc.co.uk – France issues alert over cartoons
Security is being stepped up at some French embassies after a satirical magazine publishes obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
bbc.co.uk – Italy quake: Emilia Romagna to get huge EU aid grant
The EU plans to give a record 670m euros (£538m; $872m) from its Solidarity Fund to the Emilia Romagna region in northern Italy, hit by two earthquakes and aftershocks in May.
news.com.au – French mag ‘hands over topless Kate pics’
The French magazine that published topless photos of Prince William’s wife Catherine has handed over files with the images to the couple’s representatives, a source close to the matter said.
bbc.co.uk – Italy upholds CIA kidnap verdicts
The highest appeals court in Italy upholds guilty verdicts on 23 Americans convicted in absentia of kidnapping a Muslim cleric in 2003.
bbc.co.uk – Swedish magazine uses Kate photos
A Swedish magazine publishes photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless, as a Danish weekly says it plans to run them on Thursday.
bbc.co.uk – Mexico probes gas plant explosion
Mexican investigators will try to establish what caused a deadly explosion at a gas plant, as the plant’s owners say it was “an unfortunate accident”.
news.com.au – Powerful South American storm kills five
Five people are dead in Paraguay and thousands left homeless after a powerful storm swept across the southern cone of South America.
bbc.co.uk – ‘No military solution’ in Syria
The UN secretary general says there may not be a military solution to Syria’s conflict, though both sides seem intent on defeating the other by force.
bbc.co.uk – Israel strike in Gaza ‘kills two’
An Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip has killed two Palestinian border guards and wounded another person, Gaza officials say.
new.com.au – Iran’s Salehi meets Syrian president
Iran’s foreign minister has met Syrian president Bashar al-Assad with the hopes a solution can be found to the conflict in the country.
bbc.co.uk – Ancient reference to ‘Jesus wife’
A provocative scrap of papyrus from the 4th Century makes a direct reference to Jesus having a wife, a Harvard professor says.
news.com.au – Suu Kyi gets US Congress’ highest honour
Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been presented with the US Congress’ highest civilian honour.
bbc.co.uk – Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list for 19th year
Technology titan Bill Gates has been listed by Forbes magazine as the wealthiest American for the 19th year in a row, with a fortune of $66bn (£41bn), up $7bn from last year.
news.com.au – Obama to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi
US President Barack Obama will meet with democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi at the White House, his first ever meeting with the Burmese opposition leader, a US official said.
news.com.au – Libya consulate attack ‘terrorist’: US
US officials say the Benghazi attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens was “terrorist” but also likely opportunistic.
bbc.co.uk – US home sales rise to two-year high in August
Sales of previously owned US homes reached their highest level for more than two years in August, figures show.
news.com.au – US judge won’t lift Samsung tablet ban
A judge has refused to lift a ban on US sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet as legal brawling continued between the South Korean titan and Apple.