nationmultimedia.com – Phi Phi may run out of water
Drought is threatening to spread to many parts of the country, with water in the renowned tourist getaway of Phi Phi Island set to run out as early as this month.
bangkokpost.com – Temple strategy
The government will adopt a final presentation in 18 days of exactly how to approach the International Court of Justice when hearings begin on April 15 over who controls what territory inside the demilitarised zone around Preah Vihear temple.
nationmultimedia.com – Bangkok Election Commission promises ‘big news’ next week
Bangkok Election Commission chairman Thaweesak Tuchinda said yesterday he would invite the media to cover “big news” next Wednesday regarding the Bangkok governor election.
bangkokpost.com – Prayuth: End the violence
Gen Prayuth says southern rebels will have to stop the violence if they want the emergency decree lifted, and Chalerm backs the army chief’s statement.
mcot.net – Peace talks with insurgents may cool southern conflict
Thailand’s security chief has predicted reduced violence in the restive South after the March 28 dialogue between the Thai government and Muslim insurgents.
bangkokpost.com – DSI donation probe takes Democrat flak
City governor-elect Sukhumbhand Paribatra has slammed as misguided the Department of Special Investigation’s (DSI) probe into Democrat Party donations under the Political Parties Act.
nationmultimedia.com – Yingluck’s govt faces three key challenges
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is encountering political turbulence which can lead to drastic changes for her as well as her government.
bangkokpost.com – PM: Find elephant killers
The prime minister wants faster results in the hunt for poachers who killed a mother elephant, and calls for harsher penalties for wildlife offences.
bangkokpost.com – PAD leaders indicted over airports seizure
Thirty-one leading members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) have been indicted in the Criminal Court on a range of charges including terrorism in connection with the seizure of Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports in 2008.
nationmultimedia.com – DSI to pursue probe despite police extending contract with PCC
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will proceed with its investigation into alleged bidding collusion despite the Royal Thai Police Bureau’s decision to extend the controversial project of constructing 396 police stations by another 30 days. The original contract ended yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – Flood plan ‘uncontrolled’
A major anti-corruption group says the government’s 350-billion-baht water management scheme has no firm control over how or where the money will be spent.
bangkokpost.com – Myanmar’s Suu Kyi faces protests over copper mine backing
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was met with rare hostility Thursday by villagers near a controversial Chinese-backed mine that was the scene of a violent crackdown last year.
bbc.co.uk – South Korean prime minister visits border island
South Korea’s prime minister has visited an island identified by the North as a potential military target, amid rising tension in the peninsula.
news.com.au – Indian raids free 51 children
Indian authorities have rescued 51 children, 27 of them girls aged seven to 17 years, believed to have been held as part of a human trafficking racket.
bbc.co.uk – China confirms Li Keqiang as premier
China’s leaders name Li Keqiang as premier, placing him at the helm of the world’s second-largest economy.
bbc.co.uk – Cameron halts press regulation talks
Prime Minister David Cameron calls a halt to cross-party talks on press regulation, sparking anger from party leaders and victims of media intrusion.
bbc.co.uk – Polling day will stay on Thursday, insists government
The government has rejected calls for UK elections to the European Parliament to be moved from their traditional Thursday polling day to the weekend.
bbc.co.uk – School places ‘under real strain’
A surge in the number of children reaching school age in England is putting “real strain” on places, the National Audit Office warns.
bbc.co.uk – Pork DNA in halal sausages at Westminster primary school
Pork DNA has been found in halal chicken sausages served in a primary school in Westminster, central London, the local authority said.
bangkokpost.com – Quarter of S.African schoolgirls have HIV
As much as 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive, according to figures from the country’s health minister reported by local media on Thursday.
bbc.co.uk – Botswana apologises over Kenyatta
Botswana apologises for saying that Kenya’s President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta would be banned from the country if he refuses to co-operate with the ICC.
bbc.co.uk – Protests as EU debates austerity
The issues of jobs and growth dominate an EU summit in Brussels, as thousands of protesters demonstrate against tough austerity measures.
bbc.co.uk – Greece makes ‘progress’ but ‘issues’ remain
Greece’s international lenders have left talks in Athens without a deal that would secure the next tranche of bailout loans for the country.
news.com.au – France ready to arm Syrian rebels
France is poised to supply weapons to Syrian rebels in a move that critics fear will only escalate the two-year civil war.
bbc.co.uk – Spanish eviction rules ‘unlawful’
The European Court of Justice rules that mortgage laws in Spain are too hard on borrowers who default.
bbc.co.uk – Arms push on Syria war anniversary
As Syrians mark two years since of the start of the uprising, the EU is set to discuss lifting its arms embargo to supply rebels.
bbc.co.uk – Dozens injured as violence flares in Bahrain
Dozens of people, including police officers have been injured in unrest in Bahrain, on the second anniversary of a Saudi-led intervention in the gulf island state.
news.com.au – Iraq war kills over 120,000: study
More than 120,000 people died in the Iraq war and it cost the United States $780 billion, according to researchers
bbc.co.uk – Israel PM ‘reaches coalition deal’
The Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu reaches a deal to form a coalition government with the Yesh Atid and Jewish Home parties, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – US panel approves assault guns ban
A sharply split US Senate panel passes a bill to ban assault weapons, but the measure is viewed as unlikely to go much further in Congress.
bbc.c.uk – JP Morgan accused of hiding losses
US bank JPMorgan Chase is accused by a US Senate panel of hiding its huge “London whale” trading losses, worth $6.2bn (£4.1bn).