bangkokpost.com – King grants Obama audience
His Majesty has granted an audience to the visiting US president Barack Obama on Sunday at 5pm at Siriraj Hospital, before talks with PM Yingluck, who had an audience on Tuesday in London with Queen Elizabeth II.
nationmultimedia.com – Troops and 1,000 guards for Obama
Huge security team with armoured limo, Black Hawk, the CIA, marines, and water. The US security team will bring drinking water for President Barack Obama and his entourage during his visit to Thailand on Sunday and Monday, according to a source familiar with the security preparations.
bangkokpost.com – Coup or riots
Red shirt icon Jatuporn says Pitak Siam’s Nov 24 protest is a Catch-22 dagger to the government’s throat by 30,000 protesters.
mcot.net – Red Shirt activists asked to stay put during political rally
Pheu Thai MP Weng Tochirakarn yesterday called on the public to ignore on a mass rally by the conservative Pitak Siam group at the Royal Plaza on Nov 24.
mcot.net – Deputy PM Chalerm: 50,000 police to be deployed to ensure law and order at anti-govt Pitak Siam group
Deputy PM Chalerm: 50,000 police to be deployed to ensure law and order at anti-govt Pitak Siam group mass rally at Royal Plaza Nov 24.
bangkokpost.com – ‘Too weak to compete’
Word was barely out that Thailand had a TPP invitation before academics went on the attack against the country’s membership in the free-trade group.
bangkokpost.com – New rules give maids days off, paid leave
More than 4 million household maids nationwide will be entitled to at least one day off a week thanks to new regulations aimed at improving their working conditions. The amended ministerial regulations took effect on Friday.
mcot.net – Thai rice exports in past 10 months declines 46%
Thai rice exports in past 10 months declines 46%, compared to last year’s figures; government to increase Hom Mali rice exports to European countries
nationmultimedia.com – Kingdom promoted as ASEAN insurance hub
The World Bank and Japan will promote Thailand as the insurance centre of Asean to help develop the industry in neighbouring countries and provide professional services to the more advanced economies.
bbc.co.uk – At least 26 dead in Burma quake
At least 26 people are dead and 10 are still missing following the earthquake which struck Burma on Sunday, the Burmese Red Cross says.
bangkokpost.com – Yuan hits record high against dollar
China’s yuan currency hit a record high against the US dollar on Tuesday, as a recovery in the domestic economy and US political pressure helped the unit strengthen, analysts said.
bangkokpost.com – UN blasts Indonesia discrimination
The UN human rights chief condemned Tuesday violence and discrimination against Christians and Muslim minorities like Shiites in Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.
bbc.co.uk – UN ‘failed Sri Lanka civilians’
The UN failed to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, a leaked draft of a highly critical internal UN report says.
bbc.co.uk – Eight killed in India fireworks blast ahead of Diwali
Eight people, including seven members of the same family, have been killed in an explosion at a house where fireworks were being stored illegally in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
news.com.au – Indonesian police detain 49 in terror raid
Indonesian police have detained 49 people in a raid on an Islamic school suspected of conducting terrorism training.
mcot.net – S. Korea’s launch of space rocket to be further delayed: officials
South Korea’s planned launch of a space rocket will likely be further delayed, government officials said Wednesday, as the Russian replacement for a defective part in the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) is not expected to arrive here until the end of the week.
bangkokpost.com – Hong Kong Tops New York as Most Expensive Retail Location
Hong Kong ended New York’s 11-year reign as the home of the world’s most expensive district for retailers as luxury-brand companies competed for space to sell goods to mainland Chinese tourists.
bbc.co.uk – Family tree stops MRSA outbreak
An outbreak of the hospital superbug MRSA has been brought to an end by UK doctors cracking the bacterium’s genetic code.
bbc.co.uk – UK to be ‘careful’ on Rwanda aid
The UK will reflect “very carefully” before continuing to give financial aid to Rwanda, International Development Secretary Justine Greening says.
bbc.co.uk – Parents ‘unaware of type 1 diabetes symptoms’
About 90% of parents are unaware of the four key symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children, a survey suggests.
news.com.au – Hillsborough probe to look at 2400 cops
A British parliamentary committee has heard more than 2400 police officers could be investigated over the deadly 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster.
bbc.co.uk – Chelsea & FA accused of cover-up
Chelsea and the Football Association have been accused of a “cover-up” for not referring alleged comments by referee Mark Clattenburg to the police.
bbc.co.uk – SA stolen art ‘found in cemetery’
Four of the five paintings worth $2m stolen from a museum in the South African capital, Pretoria, are found at a cemetery, police say.
news.com.au – Kenya to deploy army after police massacre
Kenya’s National Security Council, chaired by President Mwai Kibaki, has authorised the rare deployment of the army to support police.
news.com.au – Millions of Sudanese to get shots
More than two million people in Sudan’s Darfur region will be vaccinated against a rare yellow fever outbreak.
bbc.co.uk – New fast train arrives in Nairobi
A new commuter train is launched in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi – the first of its kind since independence.
news.com.au – EU budget in limbo after row on 2012, 2013
In a statement issued three hours before EU budget ministers were to go into talks on Tuesday on the 2013 budget, parliament refused to attend.
bbc.co.uk – Greece secures short-term finance
The Greek government has managed to sell 4.06bn euros ($5.15bn; £3.24bn) of treasury bills, which are very short-term bonds.
bbc.co.uk – France backs anti-Assad coalition
France’s President Hollande becomes the first Western leader to recognise Syria’s newly formed opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
bbc.co.uk – EU workers in austerity protests
Workers across the European Union are set to stage a series of protests against rising unemployment and austerity measures.
bbc.co.uk – Fatal floods spread across Italy
Heavy flooding in Italy kills four people in Tuscany, reports say, as downpours cause power cuts and transport disruptions.
bbc.co.uk – Haiti facing Sandy food shortage
The United Nations says 1.5 million people in Haiti are at risk of not having proper access to food throughout 2013 due to natural disasters.
bbc.co.uk – Colombia peace talks pushed back
Peace talks between the Colombian government and Farc rebels are put back until Monday, with both sides citing “technical” issues.
bbc.co.uk – Syria displaced number 2.5m, says Red Crescent
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent estimates 2.5 million people have been displaced within Syria, doubling the previous figure used by aid agencies.
news.com.au – New Israeli warnings on Gaza
The violence that began on Saturday appeared to have slowed considerably, but Gaza militants fired two rockets into Israel on Tuesday.
bbc.co.uk – Fuel price demos erupt in Jordan
Thousands of protesters take to the streets in Jordanian cities to condemn rises in fuel prices following the lifting of government subsidies.
news.com.au – US budget 2013 starts with $125b deficit
The US government started the 2013 budget year with a $US120 billion ($115 billion) deficit, an indication of another $US1 trillion-plus deficit.
bbc.co.uk – Google v Microsoft trial begins
Google and Microsoft begin a court battle in the US in a battle over how much should be paid for industry standard patents.