nationmultimedia.com – Transport minister ‘expected to be next leader’
Transport Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan, who is also Pheu Thai Party’s secretary-general, is expected to take over as party leader, a highly placed party source said yesterday.
nationmultimedia.com – Police doctor claims his brother murdered missing couple
Dr Suphat Laohawattana, a former Police General Hospital doctor, yesterday released an open letter to the media, accusing his brother of framing him in the alleged murder of a missing local couple in Phetchaburi.
bangkokpost.com – NBTC: 3G won’t be stopped
The regulator dismissed talk of a court case against next week’s auction, saying the issue is settled and “there will be no further delays” in the process of bringing 3G mobile phone service to the country.
bangkokpost.com – Mobile phone ban at Defence Ministry
A ban on weapons and mobile phones has been imposed at the Defence Ministry for security reasons, a source said Monday.
bangkokpost.com – Drains past test
It was umbrellas-up all over Bangkok but system Gaemi turned out to be a pretty normal rainy day, and all the water drained away as designed.
nationmultimedia.com – Minister jumps into BMA sandbags row
Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit and officials from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) pull a sandbag out of a drainage pipe on Srinakarin Road.
nationmultimedia.com – BAAC gets cash amid more heat over rice scheme
The government gave the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) close to Bt92 billion yesterday to finance its rice subsidy scheme. The move followed a complaint of insufficient funding, a senior bank executive said.
bangkokpost.com – Rice fraud found
Investigators have easily found 25 incidents, most of them by millers trying to cheat farmers into pledging crops without proper payment documents.
news.com.au – Suu Kyi says willing to be president
burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she’s ready to be the country’s president.
bbc.co.uk – South Korea designates chemical leak area ‘disaster zone’
South Korea has designated an area around a plant where an explosion led to a toxic chemical leak a special disaster zone.
news.com.au – 6.3 quake strikes off Indonesia
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 has struck off the southeastern Indonesia coast, the US Geological Survey said.
bbc.co.uk – Fresh India protests against Kudankulam nuclear plant
Villagers and fishermen from around the controversial Kudankulam nuclear plant in India’s Tamil Nadu state are once again taking to the sea to protest against the fuelling of the plant.
bbc.co.uk – Hanoi Party bans lavish weddings
The Communist Party in Vietnam bans members in the capital, Hanoi, from holding lavish weddings, saying they anger the public.
bbc.co.uk – UK house sales predicted to rise
Surveyors expect sales of homes in the UK to pick up in the next three months owing to support for mortgage lending.
bbc.co.uk – Tories to clarify burglary laws
Householders who over-react when confronted by burglars will escape prosecution, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling will tell Tory activists.
bbc.co.uk – Fatal shelling in Sudanese town
Rebels shell the capital of Sudan’s South Kordofan state, killing five people and injuring 23 others, according to government radio.
bbc.co.uk – Nigeria troops ‘kill civilians’
Nigerian troops open fire in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, reportedly killing at least 30 civilians after an army patrol is hit by a bomb.
news.com.au – Greece given 10 days to act on reforms
Greece must deliver on 89 planned reforms by the EU summit on October 18 if it wants long-delayed loans, creditors say.
bbc.co.uk – Tight Athens security for Merkel
Security levels are raised in the Greek capital ahead a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her first since the eurozone crisis erupted nearly three years ago.
news.com.au – Three dead, 13 missing in French accident
Three people are dead and 13 others missing after an accident involving a boatload of illegal immigrants in France.
bbc.co.uk – EU rebrands green energy campaign
The EU aims to raise awareness of climate change with positive messages about low-carbon solutions.
bbc.co.uk – Chavez hails Venezuela poll win
Hugo Chavez vows to be a “better president” after defeating Henrique Capriles to secure a fourth term as Venezuelan leader.
bbc.co.uk – Bolt aims to defend titles in Rio
Usain Bolt says he wants to defend his Olympic 100m and 200m titles at the Rio 2016 Games, rather than try the 400m or long jump.
news.com.au – ‘Over 32,000 killed in Syria conflict’
Violence across Syria has killed more than 32,000 people, most of them civilians, since the outbreak of an anti-regime revolt in March last year, a monitoring group said.
bbc.co.uk – Egypt pardons ‘revolutionaries’
Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi pardons all those arrested during the uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak, state media says.
news.com.au – Turkey and Syria exchange fire for 6th day
A Srian shell has landed on Turkish territory, prompting immediate retaliatory strikes for the sixth day in a row.
bbc.co.uk – ‘Saudi weapons’ found in Syria
The BBC finds evidence that weapons intended for the Saudi military have been diverted to Syrian rebels in the city of Aleppo.
bbc.co.uk – Meningitis outbreak hits 105 people in nine US states
Eight people have now been killed and 97 others sickened by an outbreak of fungal meningitis in nine US states.
news.com.au – US told to avoid top Chinese tech firms
Reflecting US concern over cyberattacks traced to China, a panel has recommended that government computer systems shun components from two top firms.
bbc.co.uk – Romney seeks foreign policy shift
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney calls for a “change of course” in the Middle East, criticising US President Obama on foreign policy.
news.com.au – Cyberattacks against US rising unchecked
The number of cyber attacks on US organisations has doubled over the past three years, a Hewlett-Packard-sponsored study shows.
bbc.co.uk – Daredevil eyes skydive record in US
A skydiver will try to become the first human to break the sound barrier unaided by a vehicle over the New Mexico desert.
bbc.co.uk – Florida insect-eating competitor dies
The winner of a cockroach-eating competition dies soon after eating dozens of live insects in the US state of Florida, authorities say.
bbc.co.uk – Taken 2 scores $50m US opening weekend
Liam Neeson’s thriller sequel Taken 2 has topped the US and Canadian box office, taking $50 million (£31.1m), despite a poor reception from critics.