bangkokpost.com – Thais that endure
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has congratulated President Barack Obama on his election victory – and Bangkok-born Ladda Tammy Duckworth got props from Illinois state voters for becoming the first Thai ever to win a seat in the US Congress.
bangkokpost.com – Abhisit ‘a draft dodger’
The defence ministry stripped opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva of his military rank, and ordered the return of all pay for evading conscription.
bangkokpost.com – Songkhla mayor slain
Peera Tuntiseranee, the mayor of Songkhla municipality, was shot dead Wednesday night in a drive-by attack believed to be linked with local political conflicts.
nationmultimedia.com – GAT scores hit an all-time low
The National Institute of Educational Testing Service (NIETS) yesterday pointed out that scores in GAT 1 had hit a record low as it announced countrywide scores in the General Aptitude Test (GAT) and Professional and Academic Aptitude Test (PAT).
bangkokpost.com – Village, tambon chiefs return home happy
About 16,000 village and tambon chiefs who rallied against the government’s local administration bill at the Royal Plaza on Wednesday afternoon peacefully dispersed, accepting the government’s promise to delay the bill.
bangkokpost.com – ‘Tried my best’
Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra won’t resign, and may also sue world football organisers Fifa for declaring the Futsal Stadium unfit to use.
bangkokpost.com – Drug rage
Prison gangs have shot the warden and two subordinates who tried to crack down on the notorious Nakhon Si Thammarat prison in the South.
bbc.co.uk – Hu Jintao opens Chinese congress
President Hu Jintao opens China’s Communist Party congress with a wide-ranging speech, as a once-in-a-decade leadership change begins.
bbc.co.uk – Search after Bangladesh capsize
Dozens of people are missing after an overcrowded boat carrying about 100 people, many of them migrants bound for Malaysia, capsized off Bangladesh.
news.com.au – 4 Tibetans self-immolate in 24 hours
Three Tibetan monks set themselves on fire outside a police office in southwest Sichuan province in the first documented case of a triple self-immolation.
bbc.co.uk – Tepco seeks more aid as Fukushima clean-up costs rise
The owner of crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has requested further financial help from the Japanese government.
bbc.co.uk – Cameron and Merkel hold ‘warm and friendly’ EU budget talks
David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have held “open, warm and friendly” talks about the controversial EU budget, Downing Street says.
bbc.co.uk – David Cameron meets Syrian refugees as UK begins rebel talks
David Cameron says he is determined to give Syria a brighter future as he met refugees of the conflict at a camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border.
bbc.co.uk – Million ‘dementia friends’ wanted
The government wants to train a million people in England by 2015 to become “dementia friends”, able to spot the signs of the illness and help sufferers.
bbc.co.uk – Universities’ social divide ‘narrowed’
The gap in numbers of people from the richest and poorest sections of society going to university in England has narrowed, a think-tank says.
bbc.co.uk – Wiggins hospitalised after crash
Tour de France and Olympic gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins is injured in a collision with a car whilst cycling in Lancashire.
bbc.co.uk – Ghana department store collapses
More than 40 people are rescued after a multi-storey department store collapses in Ghana’s capital, Accra, killing at least four people.
bbc.co.uk – Greece MPs back austerity cuts
Lawmakers in Greece narrowly back a fresh round of austerity measures, despite violent protests across the country.
bbc.co.uk -Eurozone growth forecast cut sharply by European Commission
The European Commission has cut sharply its growth forecast for the eurozone, warning that the “difficult process of rebalancing will last for some time”.
bbc.co.uk – Guatemala quake kills 39, injures 155
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on Wednesday, killing at least 39 people, injuring another 155 and destroying scores of homes.
bbc.co.uk – Puerto Rico votes to be US state
Voters in Puerto Rico have supported a non-binding referendum to become a full US state.
bbc.co.uk – Argentina ‘freezes Chevron money’
Ecuadorean plaintiffs in an environmental damages case against Chevron say a judge has frozen $19bn worth of the oil company’s assets in Argentina.
bbc.co.uk – Syria government strongholds hit
Syrian rebels carry out fresh attacks on government facilities and strongholds in the capital, Damascus, in what is seen as a significant escalation.
bbc.co.uk – Obama faces Washington challenge
US President Obama and his family return to Washington as attention moves from his re-election to the need for a budget deal with Congress.
bbc.co.uk – New storm hits battered New York
A wintry storm strikes New York and New Jersey barely a week after Sandy killed at least 106 people and left nearly one million homes without power.
bbc.co.uk – US anti-Islam filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula jailed
A US man behind an anti-Muslim film that led to mass protests in the Middle East has been sentenced to a year in jail for probation violations.
bbc.co.uk – New York art auction houses set for billion dollar sale
More than $1 billion (£626 million) worth of art will come under the hammer in New York’s autumn art auctions, which start later.
news.com.au – Lady Gaga donates $1m for Sandy relief
Lady Gaga is donating $1 million to the Red Cross to aid those affected by Superstorm Sandy.