bangkokpost.com – Government presses BRN
The National Security Council chief says his Barisan Revolusi Nasional contact has agreed to “send signals” to southern militants to reduce the level of violence, as Democrat MPs claim the government has bungled the chance to give clear direction to the deep South’s problems.
mcot.net – Deputy PM Chalerm to meet ex Malaysian PM Mahathir
Deputy PM Chalerm to meet ex Malaysian PM Mahathir March 28; will revoke emergency decree in six southern districts
nationmultimedia.com – Some 20 insurgents set to give in under scheme
About 20 leading insurgents in the deep South are expected to surrender soon under a plea-bargaining scheme
bangkokpost.com – Tarit refuses to attend House hearing
A House committee has threatened to force Department of Special Investigation chief Tarit Pengdith to testify, after the DSI chief failed for a second time Wednesday to appear at a hearing on the “men in black” of the 2010 political violence.
bangkokpost.com – Airport police charged with wildlife smuggling
Police have filed criminal charges in connection with trafficking illegal rhinoceros horns into the country against three junior officers stationed at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
bangkokpost.com – EC needs 30 days to endorse vote
The Election Commission (EC) says it will need 30 days to officially endorse MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra as the winner of the Bangkok governor’s election.
nationmultimedia.com – Thai-EU FTA deal within two years
The Thai government delegation ended its visits to Sweden and Belgium with the announcement that the Thai-EU free trade agreement will be concluded in less than two years, as part of Thailand’s commitment towards free trade and competitiveness enhancement.
bangkokpost.com – Amnesty push
A group of Pheu Thai Party MPs is pushing for a bill which could grant the widest amnesty coverage of any bill proposed to date.
bangkokpost.com – Red Bull heir case to prosecutors
Police have forwarded the case against Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya to the prosecutors, charging him with reckless driving causing death, and fleeing the scene of an accident, deputy Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Anuchai Lekbamrung said.
nationmultimedia.com – Academics urge students, teachers to prepare for AEC
A leading academic has outlined the role of higher education in preparing graduates and lecturers for the Asean Economic Community (AEC).
mcot.net – British teachers to improve Thai youths’ English skills
The Thai Education Ministry is launching an eight-week project on English language teaching to students in state-run and private schools nationwide.
bangkokpost.com – AIS jumps the gun
AIS will officially launch its 3G commercial service in April, a month ahead of schedule, after True Move’s announcement that it will launch a 4G service.
nationmultimedia.com – Red Cross on hunt for type-A blood
Thai Red Cross Society is calling on people with blood of the A-type to make donations as it only has about 400 units in its stock.
bbc.co.uk – South Korea warns on North threat
South Korea’s military warns it will respond to any provocation from North Korea, after Pyongyang’s threat to scrap the Korean War armistice.
bbc.co.uk – Malaysia troops hunt Filipino clan amid Sabah violence
Malaysian troops are searching houses and terrain for armed members of a Filipino clan embroiled in a three-week conflict in Sabah on Borneo island.
bbc.co.uk – India to reopen road through Andaman tribe’s area
India’s Supreme Court has ordered the reopening to traffic of a controversial road that passes through a tribal reserve in the Andamans archipelago.
bbc.co.uk – We will hold firm on economy – PM
Changing course on the economy would plunge the UK “back into the abyss”, David Cameron is expected to warn.
bbc.co.uk – UK to send armoured vehicles to Syrian opposition
The UK is to provide armoured vehicles and body armour to opposition forces in Syria “to help save lives”, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.
bbc.co.uk – Cable queries borrowing restraint
The government may need to borrow more to fund capital spending if the UK’s economy is to recover, Business Secretary Vince Cable suggests.
bbc.co.uk – Cull half of UK’s deer – scientists
Around half of the UK’s deer population needs to be shot each year to stop extreme devastation to the countryside, scientists claim.
bbc.co.uk – Row over Kenya spoiled votes
A row breaks out in Kenya over whether spoiled ballots should be included in the presidential vote count, with Uhuru Kenyatta’s alliance accusing the UK of meddling.
bbc.co.uk – French troops in Mali ‘until April’
French President Francois Hollande says his country will begin withdrawing troops from Mali in April, a month later than originally planned.
bbc.co.uk – Egypt court suspends April elections
A court in Egypt suspends the parliamentary elections which were due to begin next month, adding a further complication to the country’s political crisis.
bbc.co.uk – South Africa memorial service for dragged taxi driver
A memorial service has been held in South Africa for the young Mozambican taxi driver who died last week after being dragged behind a police van.
bbc.co.uk – Bolshoi dancer ‘confesses’ to attack
Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko and two accomplices have confessed to an acid attack on the company’s artistic director, police say.
news.com.au – Crisis blamed as Italian man kills 2, self
An Italian businessman has shot dead two civil servants and killed himself in an attack blamed on the country’s ongoing financial crisis.
bangkokpost.com – EU levies huge fine on Microsoft over browser
The EU fined Microsoft 561 million euros ($730 million) Wednesday for failing to provide customers with a choice of internet browser, as promised, but Brussels ran into criticism it had failed to do its job properly by allowing the US giant to monitor its own commitments.
news.com.au – Russia to send woman to space in 2014
Russia is to send a woman into space for the first time in 20 years.
bbc.co.uk – Volvo unveils cyclist alert system
Volvo is to offer a product that can scan the road for cyclists and apply the brakes if it thinks a collision is imminent.
news.com.au – Nine dead in Peru plane crash: police
Nine workers for a Peruvian mining company, Marsa, have been killed after a plane crash in northwest Peru, where the company owns a gold mine.
bbc.co.uk – Thousands march with Chavez coffin
Venezuela begins seven days of mourning for President Hugo Chavez, as crowds accompany his coffin through the streets of Caracas.
news.com.au – Chavez lies in state with open casket
The body of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will lie in state for Venezuelans to see until an official ceremony on Friday.
bbc.co.uk – Syria rebels detain UN Golan team
About 20 UN observers are detained by armed fighters in the Golan Heights on the Syria-Israel border, the UN has confirmed.
news.com.au – Arson bid as Israel starts separate buses
Vandals have torched West Bank buses designated for Palestinian workers, a day after the ‘segregated’ service began.
bbc.co.uk – Syrian refugees reach million mark
The number of people fleeing the conflict in Syria has reached a million, the UN refugee agency says, with neighbouring countries struggling to cope.
bbc.co.uk – Obama dines with Republican senators
US President Barack Obama invites a group of Republican senators for dinner to advance stalled budget negotiations.
bbc.co.uk – US’s $60bn Iraq rebuilding effort ‘achieved little’
The US rebuilding effort in Iraq achieved little despite $60bn (£40bn) spent since the 2003 invasion, a US auditor for reconstruction has said.
bbc.co.uk – Lion kills woman at private California big cat park
A lion has killed a volunteer intern at a private big cat park near Fresno, California, officials say.
news.com.au – US state moves to abolish death penalty
Maryland will likely become the 18th US state to abolish the death penalty.
bbc.co.uk – Time Warner to spin off Time Magazine
Media giant Time Warner has announced plans to spin off its Time Inc magazine unit into an independent, publicly traded company by the end of the year.