nationmultimedia.com – Cabinet reshuffle not a priority for PM
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has repeatedly said it is not the time for her to change her Cabinet line-up because she does not want the government’s work to be disrupted.
bangkokpost.com – Rice scheme ‘will stay’
Farmers around the country are stepping up the protests against academics, but the prime minister says not to worry – the government has no intention of altering or abandoning the rice-purchase programme.
mcot.net – Southern merchants told to ignore threat of Friday violence
Businesspersons and traders in three sensitive provinces in Thailand’s far South will be given special safety protection when they carry on their usual businesses on Fridays, according to Deputy Prime Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapa.
bangkokpost.com – Growth estimate cut
As it slashed its projection from 5.5 to 5.2 per cent, the Asian Development Bank said Thailand needs to get its productivity engine going.
bangkokpost.com – Monks ask Bangladesh to rein in violence
About 300 monks and Buddhists rallied at the United Nations Building and parliament yesterday to protest against Muslims who burned down several Buddhist temples in Bangladesh.
bangkokpost.com – Pheu Thai MPs to lobby Thaksin in HK
Northeastern MPs of Pheu Thai will meet Thaksin Shinawatra in Hong Kong this weekend to lobby for more cabinet seats, a party source said on Wednesday.
bangkokpost.com – Somsak: UK trip useful
House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont on Wednesday defended his controversial trip to England with a party of aides and reporters last month, saying it was useful and he would organise a similar trip next year.
bangkokpost.com – Chiang Mai snake farms raided
CHIANG MAI – Officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) raided three animal farms in Mae Rim district on Wednesday and confiscated protected snakes, monkeys and birds.
bangkokpost.com – Two storms coming
Heavy rains and flooded streets are certain this weekend, but tropical storm Gaemi seems unlikely to cause a repeat of last year’s floods.
bangkokpost.com – iPhone 5 in Thai stores this month
Apple’s iPhone 5 is likely to hit stores in Thailand by the end of this month, according to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
bbc.co.uk – Asian Development Bank cuts growth forecast for Asia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has cut its growth forecast for Asia for this year and next, as economic problems in Europe and the US hurt developing countries.
bangkokpost.com – Tourists killed in Vietnam boat crash
Five Taiwanese tourists including a child were killed Wednesday in a boat collision in Vietnam’s famed Halong Bay, state media reported.
bbc.co.uk – Indonesia factory workers on strike for more pay
Tens of thousands of Indonesian factory workers have gone on a one-day strike to demand higher wages and better working conditions.
bbc.co.uk – China boats sail amid talks fears
Chinese ships sail near islands disputed with Japan for a second day in a row, amid unconfirmed reports that Chinese banks pull out of meetings in Tokyo.
bbc.co.uk – India landless begin long march to Delhi
Tens of thousands of landless poor have begun a march to the Indian capital, Delhi, demanding their right to land.
bbc.co.uk – UK universities fall in rankings
Leading UK universities, excluding Oxbridge, Imperial College and UCL, lose ground in universal rankings.
bbc.co.uk – Cybercrime never easier – Hague
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague will tell an international conference it has “never been easier” to be a cyber criminal.
bbbc.co.uk – Drivers ‘should learn for a year’
People should spend at least a year learning to drive, say insurers who are calling for a overhaul of the system.
bbc.co.uk – Ambush kills Darfur peacekeepers
Four Nigerian peacekeepers are killed and eight wounded in an ambush in Sudan’s western Darfur region, the joint UN-African Union mission says.
bbc.co.uk – Animal influx after Nigeria flood
Some residents forced to evacuate their homes amid devastating floods in Nigeria say dangerous animals such as hippos and crocodiles have moved in.
bangkokpost.com – Eurozone economy stuck in doldrums
Eurozone private sector business activity remained firmly stuck in the doldrums in September, with the key services sector suffering a very sharp fall, a survey showed Wednesday.
bbc.co.uk – Portugal announces higher taxes as strike is called
Portugal has announced several new austerity measures, which were met with a call for a huge strike next month.
news.com.au – Spain tops table for organ-donations
In Spain there were 35 donors per million inhabitants, while the number of transplants performed in Europe passed 30,000 for the first time.
bbc.co.uk – French bill targets terror camps
France prepares a bill that would outlaw training in overseas militant camps, months after shootings by foreign-trained extremist Mohamed Merah.
news.com.au – Suicide bombings kill 34 in Syria
A triple suicide bombing in the battleground Syrian city of Aleppo has killed at least 34 people and trapped survivors under rubble.
bbc.co.uk – Turkey hits targets inside Syria
Turkey targets positions inside Syria in response to the deaths of five people killed by Syrian shells in a Turkish border town.
bbc.co.uk – Iran clashes over currency crisis
Riot police in Iran break up protests in the capital, after sharp falls in its currency, the rial, which has plummeted against the US dollar.
news.com.au – US court orders Iran, al-Qaeda to pay $6bn
A US judge has formally ordered Iran, al-Qaeda and several other defendants to pay $US6 billion compensation to the victims of September 11, 2001.
bbc.co.uk – China firm sues Obama over wind farms
A Chinese-owned firm in the US is suing President Barack Obama after he blocked a wind farm deal on national security grounds.
bbc.co.uk – Obama faces new Libya questions
President Obama faces new questions on the Libya consulate attack, amid reports of military preparations to target those behind it.
bbc.co.uk – Hewlett-Packard shares plunge 13%
Hewlett-Packard shares plunge to a 10-year low after its boss said it will take time to turn around the company that built its success on printers and computers.