nationmultimedia.com – Krabi tourism hit by viral video clip
Tourism in the seaside province of Krabi was badly affected after a video clip produced by a Dutch pop singer singing about his 19-year-old daughter’s rape in the province went viral, Krabi Tourism Association president Ittirat Kinglek said yesterday.
news.com.au – Samsung has best-selling smartphone
Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model during the period that Apple was launching its iPhone 5.
bangkokpost.com – United in 3G ultimatum
Executives of mobile phone companies sent a blunt message to the National Broadcasting and Telecoms Commission: Give us our 3G licences within two months – or see you in court.
nationmultimedia.com – Yingluck among three major targets
The Democrat Party yesterday unveiled at least three censure targets – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat and Deputy Interior Minister Chatt Kuldiloke – by filing an impeachment motion against them.
mcot.net – Newly re-elected President Barack Obama will travel to Thailand
Newly re-elected President Barack Obama will travel to Thailand as part of Nov 17-20 tour of SE Asia that will include stops in Myanmar, Cambodia:
bangkokpost.com – Democracy or bust
The prime minister says the 2010 violence was an uprising in defence of democracy – and promises to pursue “sustainable” reconciliation and human rights.
nationmultimedia.com – Is this a case of ‘wolf, wolf’ again?
Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat seemed to hit the nail on the head when he said that Thaksin Shinawatra would know better than anybody else if he was going to be assassinated.
bangkokpost.com – Dems rebut draft-dodging case
Democrat MPs are deeply concerned that political interference may have fast-tracked the process to strip party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva of his military rank and his salary to discredit the opposition before the Nov 25-26 no-confidence debate, MP Sirichok Sopha said Thursday.
bangkokpost.com – Military officers oppose Pitak Siam
Alumni from Class 5 and 10 of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (AFAPS) will hold a peaceful rally at a Bangkok hotel on Friday morning in protest at the leader of the Pitak Siam group, Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, and his supporters.
bangkokpost.com – 2013 GDP growth projection down
The Economic and Business Forecasting Centre of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce has forecast gross domestic product growth for 2013 at only 4.5%, the lowest in three years.
bangkokpost.com – Free port
The government announced it will not use any tax money, but only coordinate plans to turn sleepy Dawei into a bustling Myanmar deep-sea port.
bbc.co.uk – Australia to join new Kyoto phase
The government of Australia, one of the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters, says it is “ready to join” a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol.
bbc.co.uk – Afghanistan bomb attacks ‘kill 20’
At least 20 people, including 12 civilians, have been killed in four separate militant attacks in Afghanistan, officials say.
news.com.au – Flood, landslide kill 10 in Indonesia
Residents and rescuers in West Sulawesi province are using their bare hands to dig through mud in search of the missing after floods triggered a landslide.
bbc.co.uk – Rare earths plant gets go ahead
A Malaysian court gives Australian company Lynas authorisation to start production at a controversial rare earths processing plant.
bangkokpost.com – Hanoi to host 2019 Asian Games
Hanoi on Thursday won the right to host the 2019 Asian Games, sparking celebrations among Vietnamese officials who said the decision would unlock millions of dollars in infrastructure investment.
bbc.co.uk – Immigrants ‘could get amnesty’
MPs say the UK Border Agency’s attempts to clear a massive backlog of cases could become an unjustified amnesty for illegal immigrants.
news.com.au – Nearly half of Britons want EU exit: poll
A new poll has revealed nearly half of Britons would vote to leave the European Union if there was a referendum.
bbc.co.uk – Call to curb ‘accident epidemic’
A leading health charity has called for a fundamental re-appraisal of public health priorities, giving more priority to reducing accidents.
bbc.co.uk – NHS complaints on the increase
Poor communication has fuelled a surge in complaints against the NHS in England, the health service ombudsman has said.
bbc.co.uk – Ghana collapse: Negligence blamed
Shoddy construction caused a multi-storey shopping centre to collapse in Ghana’s capital, Accra, killing at least nine people, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – Climate threat to coffee crops
Climate change could lead to the extinction of wild Arabica coffee before the end of the century, a study suggests.
news.com.au – One dead at Linkin Park concert venue
One person has been killed and 19 hurt after a temporary advertising structure outside a Linkin Park concert venue in South Africa’s Cape Town collapsed.
bbc.co.uk – Eurozone interest rates remain at 0.75%, economy ‘weak’
The European Central Bank (ECB) has held the benchmark eurozone interest rate at the record low of 0.75%, as had been expected.
bangkokpost.co.uk – Europe in auto industry crisis talks
As Europe’s once powerful auto sector struggles against falling sales, EU industry commmissioner Antonio Tajani on Thursday said ministers will draw up plans by December 10 to save their carmakers.
bbc.co.uk – Dexia gets 5.5bn euro injection
France and Belgium agree to inject a further 5.5bn euros ($7bn; £4.4bn) into struggling bank Dexia, after it reported another large loss.
bbc.co.uk – Thousands join Argentina protest
Thousands march through the streets of Argentina’s capital, in one of the largest protests against the policies of President Fernandez.
bbc.co.uk – Guatemala hunt for quake missing
Guatemalan rescuers are searching wrecked buildings for survivors of Wednesday’s earthquake, which devastated some towns on the Pacific coast.
news.com.au – Guatemala quake toll rises to 52
Guatamalan rescuers are searching for people trapped in the ruins of homes after a powerful earthquake killed 52 people.
news.com.au – 2 dead in explosion, fire at Quebec plant
The two victims were found in the rubble of the decimated processing plant. The blast could be heard for kilometres and 19 others were taken to hospital
bbc.co.uk – Fifa backs Brazil 2013 cup venues
Six Brazilian cities are given the green light to host the 2013 Confederations Cup – a big test ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
news.com.au – 26 dead in Syria clashes near border
At least 16 Syrian soldiers and 10 rebels were killed on Thursday in heavy clashes in the northwestern town of Ras al-Ain near the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
bbc.co.uk – Red Cross ‘cannot cope’ in Syria
The Red Cross says it cannot cope with the worsening situation in Syria, as opposition groups debate plans to unite under a new leadership.
news.com.au – Defiant Assad refuses to leave Syria
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Russian television he will not leave the country, saying “I will live and die in Syria.”
bbc.co.uk – Iranian jets ‘fired on US drone’
The Pentagon accuses Iran of firing on a US drone carrying out a routine mission in international air space over the Gulf.
news.com.au – Iran freezes import of ‘luxury goods’
Iran has reportedly frozen imports of some cosmetics, confectionery, clothing and jewellery, cars, construction materials, computers and phones.
bbc.co.uk – NYC mayor orders fuel rationing
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls for license plate-based petrol rationing, as the city struggles to recover from Storm Sandy.
bbc.co.uk – Walt Disney quarterly profits increase 14%
Entertainment giant Walt Disney has posted an increase in quarterly profits, boosted by higher revenues at its sports network ESPN and cruise ship operation.