bangkokpost.com – Abhisit, Jatuporn in legal stalemate
Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) core member Jatuporn Prompan walked away from an out of-court settlement over a libel lawsuit on Friday.
nationmultimedia.com – Halt to bombings on the agenda
An immediate halt to bombings in residential areas and attacks on innocent civilians will be on the agenda for the March 28 talks in Malaysia between Thai authorities and insurgents’ representatives, National Security Council secretary-general Lt-General Paradorn Pattanathabut said yesterday in an exclusive interview with The Nation.
nationmultimedia.com – Top Democrats face charge over donation to party
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) yesterday summoned Bangkok governor-elect Sukhumbhand Paribatra to hear the charge of breaking the law in the manner of his donation of his salary to the Democrat Party.
bangkokpost.com – Please take our blood
Activists are attacking the Thai Red Cross for rejecting entire groups as donors at its blood drives, with some charging the agency is violating human rights by discriminating against those with same-sex partners.
Deputy House Speaker invites 10 groups, including 8 proposed by PAD
The military would be happy to send representatives to join talks on an amnesty law if invited, Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha said yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – Hospitals ‘bribe rescuers for patients’
Many private hospitals bribe rescue volunteers to bring in patients so that the hospitals can collect treatment expenses from public funds, a medical forum heard on Friday.
nationmultimedia.com – Voters’ ‘fear of Thaksin, red shirts’ swung poll
Fear tactics about the risk of Bangkok being taken over by fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and the red shirts enabled the Democrat Party to win the Bangkok gubernatorial race, said Red Sunday group leader Sombat Boonngam-anong.
mcot.net – Bangkokians doubt smooth administration for new governor
Nearly half of Bangkok residents are pessimistic regarding the future relations between the Pheu Thai-led national government and the administration of newly-reelected Bangkok governor, under the Democrat Party, saying they doubt the prospects for ‘seamless’ cooperation, given their opposite political blocs and opinions, according to an academic survey.
bangkokpost.com – The rice scheme has finally collapsed
Finally, the government has conceded and decided to sell the millions of tonnes of rice held in stockpiles since last year at the market price – and take an embarrassing big loss as a result.
bangkokpost.com – Mystery of the mines
Cambodian and Thai forces deny they have anything to do with mines found at the border, one of which blew the leg off a Thai ranger on patrol.
nationmultimedia.com – Yingluck promises to do away with inequality
Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s first female prime minister, has vowed to do away with sexual inequality in workplaces as a key strategy to develop the country.
bangkokpost.com – Anti-corruption spirit needed
Independent organisations alone will never be able to eradicate corruption if Thai people themselves do not embrace the fight, say crusaders for good governance.
bangkokpost.com – Better credit
Thailand’s rating on loan ceilings went up to A- on Friday, as Fitch also raised the grades on both long- and short-term, citing “a stable outlook”.
bangkokpost.com – Loans ‘are good’
Government plans to borrow two trillion baht for megaprojects will spur additional growth over several years, an investment forum is told.
bbc.co.uk – Vietnam bus collision ‘kills 11’
Two passenger buses collide in central Vietnam, leaving at least 11 people dead and dozens of others injured, police say.
news.com.au – Future nuclear tests warranted: N Korea
North Korea says it will soon show the world how US “manipulation” of the UN security council has “reinforced” its nuclear intentions.
bbc.co.uk – China warns against Korea escalation
China urges both Koreas and their allies to remain calm, after Pyongyang said it had torn up all peace deals with Seoul and threatened nuclear strikes.
news.com.au – Indian malnutrition fund used to fix buses
Money collected to help prevent thousands of Indian children die from malnutrition each year has been spent on fixing public transport.
bbc.co.uk – Burma’s NLD holds first congress
Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, holds its first ever congress, after years of suppression under military rule.
bbc.co.uk – Five police officers hurt during riot
Five police officers have been injured and offices have been damaged during rioting in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.
news.com.au – News of the World editors face UK courts
Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson have appeared in a London court on bribery charges.
bbc.co.uk – Barclays and RBS disclose number of staff paid £1m-plus
A total of 428 employees of Barclays and 93 at RBS earned more than £1m last year, the banks have disclosed.
bbc.co.uk – Abu Qatada arrest over ‘bail breach’Abu Qatada
Radical cleric Abu Qatada is arrested for allegedly breaching bail conditions, days ahead of the government’s latest attempt to deport him.
bbc.co.uk – Further tests after ‘horse DNA’ find in beef products
Preliminary tests have found six new beef products that may contain horse DNA, the Food Standards Agency says.
news.com.au – Bieber scuffles with photographers in UK
Following a brief hospital stay after fainting backstage, Justin Bieber has lashed out at a photographer with a stream of expletives.
bbc.co.uk – Kenya count ‘gives Kenyatta victory’
Provisional results give Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta a narrow victory in the presidential election, but the official result is due later.
bbc.co.uk – Al-Qaeda base in Mali ‘dismantled’
A major al-Qaeda base has been dismantled by French forces in the remote mountains of northern Mali, France’s Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says.
news.com.au – Police claim innocence on S Africa killing
Nine South African policemen have appeared in court to apply for bail after a man was dragged behind a vehicle and then allegedly beaten to death.
news.com.au – Pistorius challenges bail conditions
Oscar Pistorius wants to be allowed to travel overseas and is challenging a bail condition relating to mandatory drug and alcohol tests.
bbc.co.uk – S Africa fears 2013 rhino slaughter will break records
South African officials have warned a major conservation meeting that the poaching of rhinos is likely to reach record levels this year.
bbc.co.uk – Fitch downgrades Italy rating
The international ratings agency Fitch said Friday it had downgraded Italy’s sovereign debt rating by one notch to “BBB+” from “A-” and added that the outlook was negative.
bbc.co.uk – Malta poised for general election
Voting is set to begin on the Mediterranean island of Malta with opinion polls suggesting a change of government after more than 15 years.
bbc.co.uk – ‘World’s top’ eatery sickens dozens
More than 60 people suffered food poisoning at a Danish restaurant described as the world’s best eatery, it has emerged.
bbc.co.uk – Venezuela swears in acting president
Venezuela’s former vice-president Nicolas Maduro is sworn in as acting president hours after the state funeral of Hugo Chavez.
bbc.co.uk – Colombian ELN rebels free held German Breuer brothers
Two German nationals held hostage in Colombia since early November have been freed, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.
bbc.co.uk – Egypt tense before riot verdicts
A court in Egypt is due to deliver verdicts in cases involving last year’s deadly football riots, amid continuing protests and police strikes.
news.com.au – Hamas brands Obama visit a ‘trap’
The Hamas prime minister says an upcoming Middle East visit by US President Barack Obama is aimed at undermining Palestinian reconciliation.
bbc.co.uk – Syria UN hostages talks continue
Negotiations to free 21 Filipino peacekeepers held hostage by Syrian rebels are continuing, despite earlier hopes the group would be released by Friday morning, the Philippines says.
news.com.au – UN agency to feed 2.5 million Syrians
The UN estimates the World Food Program fed 1.7 million Syrians in February and this will rise to 2.5 million in April.
bangkokpost.com – US jobless rate at 5-year low
The unemployment rate in the United States fell to a five-year low of 7.7% in February, the Bureau of Labour Statistics said on Friday, adding to the upbeat mood surrounding the US economy.
bbc.co.uk – Bin Laden ‘aide’ pleads not guilty
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, described as a spokesman for Osama Bin Laden, pleads not guilty in New York to charges he helped plot the 9/11 attacks.