mcot.net – Phuket coral reef recovers from coral bleaching
About ten per cent of the coral reefs along Thailand’s Andaman coast have recovered following previous incidents of higher sea temperatures causing coral bleaching.
mcot.net – Phuket vegetarian festival expected to generate Bt5.6 bln: KRC
Kasikorn Research Centre (KRC) estimates that this month’s upcoming nine-day vegetarian festival will generate around Bt5.6 billion in the resort island of Phuket.
bangkokpost.com – Courts mulls 3G challenge
The Administrative Court took the lawsuits under advisement, so it seems as of now that the auction will proceed on Tuesday – after the NBTC claimed that not having 3G is costing the country 192 million baht per day.
bangkokpost.com – Sellers seek buyers
Merchants came back to open their shops, offices and market stalls – but residents of the South remain intimidated by gang threats to stay home on Friday.
mcot.net – 1,800 more troops to reinforce southern security by May: Army chief
Thai Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday urged counter-insurgency cooperation among all parties to enable local residents to lead their lives normally, adding that 1,800 more soldiers will be sent to the region by May.
nationmultimedia.com – U-turn seen on Thaksin passport
The Foreign Ministry appears set to revoke former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s Thai passport after requesting another 30 days to respond to a recommendation by the Office of the Ombudsman that it review the issuance of the document, a high-ranking ministry source said yesterday.
nationmultimedia.com – Democrat convoy tours 2010 ‘men in black’ sites
The Democrat Party yesterday held a mobile rally in Bangkok to raise awareness of the role of the so-called men in black during the political strife in 2010.
bangkokpost.com – Rice warehousing
The transport ministry thinks the Don Mueang airport cargo area can store rice – but the prime minister says that’s silly, there is lots of room elsewhere.
nationmultimedia.com – Govt set to release 500,000 tonnes of jasmine rice
The Commerce Ministry plans to release 500,000 tonnes of jasmine rice upon the urging of exporters amid high demand in the world market.
bangkokpost.com – Singer Patchara found dead in US
Patchara Wangwan, a popular singer in the 1980s, was found dead in her house’s garage in the United States.
bangkokpost.com – Thai chefs win international competition
Thailand took out four golds and one silver medal at the IKA Culinary Olympics 2012 held in Erfurt, Germany between Oct 5 and 10, 2012.
bbc.co.uk – Order to arrest Kingfisher chief
An Indian court orders the arrest of Vijay Mallya, owner of the cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines, after a cheque worth $1.9m (£1.2m) bounced.
news.com.au – China exports up 10% in September
Chinese exports have risen nearly 10 per cent in September in a record high for a single month, according to official data.
bbc.co.uk – Singapore economy contracts 1.5% but avoids recession
Singapore’s economy contracted in the July to September period, but has narrowly avoided a technical recession.
news.com.au – Japan nuclear crisis ‘was avoidable’
The operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant says it had known safety improvements were needed before last year’s tsunami triggered three meltdowns.
bbc.co.uk – India bus crash kills 11 people
At least 11 people were killed and more than 20 injured when a bus plunged off a highway in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
bbc.co.uk – Nepal hosts gay sports festival
A gay rights group in Nepal opens South Asia’s first sports tournament for gay athletes, with some 300 people taking part.
bbc.co.uk – Hillsborough police crime probe
The biggest ever independent investigation into police wrongdoing is to be carried out following a damning report into the Hillsborough disaster, it is announced.
bbc.co.uk – RBS bank branch sale collapses
Royal Bank of Scotland’s planned sale of 316 branches to Santander collapses, with the Spanish bank saying the deal could not be agreed on time.
bbc.co.uk – Egypt tensions trigger clashes
Fresh clashes break out in the Egyptian capital Cairo in the worst violence since President Mohammed Mursi took office at the end of June.
news.com.au – Floods kill 91 people in Niger: officials
Niger’s recent floods have killed 91 people and caused significant damage to fields, rice paddies, schools, roads, bridges and dams.
bbc.co.uk – Twin blasts shake Kenyan capital
Two blasts have struck in a predominantly Somali area of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, wounding at least one police officer, reports say.
bbc.co.uk – Botswana women allowed to inherit
The Botswana High Court overturns a customary law which prevented women from inheriting the family home, saying it is against the constitution.
bbc.co.uk – IMF backs more time for Greece
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) head, Christine Lagarde, has backed calls for Greece to have more time to meet the targets of its bailout.
news.com.au – Greece better off alone: Swedish minister
The finance minister of non-eurozone Sweden has reportedly said Greece would probably be better off if it pulled out of the single currency.
bbc.co.uk – UN envoy to hold talks in Turkey
The UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is due to hold talks in Turkey, amid rising tensions between Ankara and Damascus.
bbc.co.uk – Nobel Peace Prize awarded to EU
The EU wins the Nobel Peace Prize for six decades of advancement of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.
news.com.au – Eastern Europe gives VW a sales boost
Strong sales in Eastern Europe helped Volkswagen AG post a 6.5 per cent increase in September sales over the same month last year.
bbc.co.uk – Colombia indigenous given apology
Colombia’s president apologies for the devastation of indigenous communities by the rush to exploit rubber in the Amazon 100 years ago.
bbc.co.uk – Cuban refugees die near Mexico
A home-made raft carrying 23 Cuban refugees sinks as it hits reefs near the Mexican beach resort of Cancun.
news.com.au – Syrian army pounded for second day
With an average of 20 deaths per day, Syria’s army has lost about 10,000 soldiers, with at least an equal number wounded.
bbc.co.uk – Syria: Rebels ‘seize air defence base’ near Aleppo
Syrian rebels have taken an air defence base from government forces near the northern city of Aleppo, activists say.
news.com.au – Bahrain police fire tear gas in march
Protesters chanting “the people want the fall of the government,” tried to gather in several parts of Bahrain’s capital on Friday.
news.com.au – Russia ‘morally bankrupt’ on Syria: US
The US State Department on Friday said it had “grave concern” that Russia is supplying Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime with military equipment.
bbc.co.uk – US readies cyber-attack forces
The US is preparing military forces skilled at conducting operations via computer networks to counter imminent cyber-attacks, says the US secretary of defense.
news.com.au – US regulators set to sue Google: reports
US regulators are moving closer to suing Google over allegations that the company has abused its dominance of internet search to stifle competition.
news.com.au – JPMorgan announces record profit
JPMorgan Chase, the biggest US bank by assets, reported a record quarterly profit overnight.