mcot.net – PM leaves Bangkok on official visit to UK
PM leaves Bangkok on official visit to UK Nov 12-14 to strengthen cordial relations, push forward bilateral strategic dialogue & build confidence in Thailand
bangkokpost.com – Obama readies TPP invitation
As the Secret Service checks out security at Government House for President Obama’s Sunday visit, the US leader is preparing to issue a long-sought invitation for Thailand to join the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade group.
mcot.net – Thailand, US to strengthen defence alliance
Thailand and the US will discuss an adjustment in military cooperation between the two countries to cope with new menacing challenges in Southeast Asia, according to Thai defence ministry spokesman Thanathip Sawangsaeng.
bangkokpost.com – Playing favourites
Evidence is emerging that the rice-purchase programme is tilted to favour the large and medium-sized growers and sellers over the poor farmers.
nationmultimedia.com – Alarm over unsubstanable public debt if policy continues
The expected huge loss from the government’s rice-pledging scheme will push the King-dom’s public debt to 61 per cent of gross domestic product in 2019, |former deputy prime minister MR Pridiyadhorn Devakula warned |yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – PAD throws in
The yellow shirts have cancelled their own events, and will “allow” supporters to attend the Pitak Siam anti-government protest on Nov 24.
nationmultimedia.com -Thaksin should not overlook the PAD lesson
The man in Dubai should carefully assess the two Pitak Siam rallies, one held on October 28 and another scheduled for November 24, if he is to avoid putting Thailand as well as its political system at risk.
bangkokpost.com – Abhisit smear campaign is unnecessary, expert says
Government attempts to discredit the opposition ahead of next week’s censure debate will have little effect, a political analyst has said.
bangkokpost.com – Dems move against Sukumpol
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva will this week file a petition asking the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat for malfeasance in connection with the Defence Ministry’s order to dismiss him retroactively from military service and strip him of his rank, Democrat Party spokesman Chavanont Intarakomalyasut said on Monday.
news.com.au – North Korea carries out tests for missiles
A US think tank’s analysis shows North Korea has been conducting tests to improve its long-range missiles.
bbc.co.uk – South Australia bushfire destroys homes
More than 100 firefighters are working to contain a bushfire in Australia that has burned 2,000 hectares of land and destroyed at least seven homes.
news.com.au – UN peacekeepers on track to leave E Timor
Peackeepers are on track to leave East Timor by the end of this year, a UN official says, but warns the tiny new nation faces many challenges.
bbc.co.uk – Aung San Suu Kyi on India visit
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes her first visit to India in nearly 40 years, a return to the country where she studied.
news.com.au – Hopes weak for Pakistan-Afghanistan peace
Critics say peace talks this week between Pakistan and Afghanistan will come to little without Taliban involvement.
bbc.co.uk – China warns Dalai Lama on Tibet
China criticises the Dalai Lama over comments he reportedly made on a spate of self-immolations by ethnic Tibetans opposed to Chinese rule.
bbc.co.uk – Abu Qatada to be released from prison
Muslim cleric Abu Qatada is due to be released on bail after winning the latest stage in his seven-year legal battle to avoid deportation to Jordan, where he faces terrorism charges.
bbc.co.uk – David Cameron: We must push in ‘global trade race’
David Cameron has promised to improve the UK’s position in the “global race” by increasing connections with “the fastest-growing parts of the world”.
news.com.au – British medical journal slams Tamiflu
A British medical journal is asking drug maker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu.
bbc.co.uk – Probe into alleged gas price fix
Allegations of the manipulation of UK wholesale gas prices are being investigated by the Financial Services Authority and Ofgem.
bbc.co.uk – More Kenyan police bodies found
At least 42 officers were killed in an ambush by cattle rustlers, officials say – the most deadly attack on police since independence.
new.com.au – Officials pilfer Zimbabwe diamond billions
Government ministers and military officials aligned with Robert Mugabe have reportedly siphoned $2 billion of diamonds out of Zimbabwe.
bbc.co.uk – South Africa police hunt art thieves
South Africa’s police hunt for an armed gang which stole art worth $2m (£1.25m) from a museum in the capital, Pretoria.
bbc.co.uk – New Greece plan ’32bn euros more’
A draft eurozone document suggests Greece should get two more years to meet budget goals, but that the plan will cost 32bn euros more.
bbc.co.uk – Angela Merkel praises Portugal’s resolve on debt crisis
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised Portugal’s resolve in tackling a debt crisis that required a 78bn-euro ($101bn) bailout.
news.com.au – Teen couple jailed in ‘Facebook stabbing’
Two Dutch teenagers have been jailed for hiring a 14-year-old boy to stab a girl to death for posting derogatory comments on Facebook.
bbc.co.uk – EU suspends plane emissions rules
The European Union agrees to suspend changes to rules that require airlines flying to and from airports in the EU to pay for their carbon emissions.
bbc.co.uk – Spain postpones house evictions
Spanish banks are to suspend evictions for the next two years for the most vulnerable people as the government discusses new regulations.
news.com.au – Guatemala lowers earthquake death toll
Some people who had been reported dead after last week’s Guatemala earthquake have been found alive, prompting authorities to lower the death toll to 42.
news.com.au – 31 killed on weekend in Sao Paulo: reports
Police say a powerful drug gang is behind the wave of violence that’s hit Sao Paulo, where at least 31 people were murdered over the weekend.
bbc.co.uk – Argentina threat to Ghana over ship
Argentina says it will ask the International Sea Tribunal to intervene if Ghana does not release its three-masted navy ship, Libertad.
news.com.au – Chile searches for 3 missing Europeans
Three days of searching has found no trace of three European tourists who went missing while hiking at one of Chile’s most active volcanoes.
bbc.co.uk – Gulf states back Syria opposition
Six Gulf states recognise a new Syrian opposition coalition as the country’s “legitimate representative”, a day after factions united.
bbc.co.uk – Rocket volley hits south Israel
More rockets fired by militants in Gaza hit southern Israel, amid the latest flare-up in cross-border violence which has left six Palestinians dead.
bbc.co.uk – Palestinian UN observer state bid on 29 November
The Palestinian Authority will present its bid for Palestine to become a UN “non-member observer state” on 29 November, President Mahmoud Abbas says.
news.com.au – US declares support for united Syrian oppn
The US has declared its support for the united Syrian opposition.
news.com.au – US vows to attack flaws in rights council
US officials have vowed to renew their campaign to put right “flaws” in the UN Human Rights Council after winning a new term.