news.com.au – Microsoft releases IE 10 browser
The latest version of Microsoft’s Web browser is now available to the vast audience connecting to the Internet on PCs running on the Windows 7 operating system.
news.com.au – Toyota recalls 2.77 million vehicles
Toyota has recalled 2.77 million vehicles worldwide over steering shaft and water pump defects.
mcot.net – Thailand, United Kingdom push bilateral ‘Strategic Dialogue’
Thailand and UK have agreed to push forward their establishment of a ‘Strategic Dialogue’ as a mechanism for high-level bilateral discussion to follow up and set directions of mutual cooperation in various dimensions in the future.
bangkokpost.com – The risks of free trade
Security and “No Entry” signs are up at Government House and there are welcome signs for US President Barack Obama everywhere – but the Trans-Pacific Partnership invitation he carries is causing concern, even at the Bank of Thailand.
mcot.net – Minister Phongthep: Preparations in place to welcome US president
Minister Phongthep: Preparations in place to welcome US president on Sunday; no report of anti-US demonstration.
bangkokpost.com – ‘Give up now’
The Pitak Siam group wants “an abrupt change” at the top, says its spokesman – and the government should just quit, before next week’s rally.
nationmultimedia.com – Witty new Pheu Thai leader is wary of Pitak Siam movement
Charupong Ruangsuwan is no Chalerm Yoobamrung, but in Thailand’s political context, the soft-spoken – albeit witty – new leader of the Pheu Thai Party seems to have hit the ground running. During a two-hour meeting with Nation Multimedia Group executives and senior editors yesterday, he demonstrated just enough of why he was selected for a job that requires a great balance of assertiveness, loyalty and flexibility in front of the media.
mcot.net – Parliament officials, police discuss security measure
Parliament officials, police discuss security measures for PM, MPs during censure debate; more CCTV installed.
bangkokpost.com – 3G eight-ball
The Ombudsman challenges the Administrative Court to cancel the “unconstitutional” 3G auction – and the court should decide within days.
mcot.net – Army chief visits southern province
Army chief visits southern province, inspecting Road Number 410 in Yala before planned visit by PM.
bangkokpost.com – Temperate red shirts
The red shirts say they support the government – but they also feel free to criticise matters like lack of bail for violence detainees.
nationmultimedia.com – Big-wigs ‘threaten park rangers’
Many government officials and influential figures go on illegal hunting trips to Kaeng Krachan National Park and threaten rangers trying to stop them, the park’s chief warden said.
news.com.au – Quake rocks central Philippines
A strong 5.8-magnitude earthquake has rocked the central Philippines, with experts expecting it to cause some damage.
bbc.co.uk – China set to unveil new leaders
China is set to reveal the new leaders who will rule the country for the next decade, with Vice-President Xi Jinping on course to take the top post.
news.com.au – Australia told to be tougher on pedophiles
A Thai official says Australia must do more to discourage pedophiles from travelling overseas to abuse children.
bbc.co.uk – UN admits it failed Sri Lankans
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the UN’s failure to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka’s civil war will have “profound implications”.
bangkokpost.com – Suu Kyi visits India
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged the people of India to help her country achieve democracy as she paid a landmark visit on Wednesday to New Delhi.
bbc.co.uk – Vietnamese PM is urged to resign
Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dung is urged to resign for his mistakes in handling the economy in a rare show of parliamentary dissent.
bangkokpost.com – Myanmar frees prisoners for Obama
Myanmar officials late Wednesday said prisoners will be released in amnesty just days before US President Barack Obama arrives in a visit which is seen as an endorsement of democratic reforms in the former army-ruled nation.
bbc.co.uk – Ministers to hold talks on Syria
David Cameron will hold a security meeting with senior ministers later to discuss options for dealing with the conflict and refugee crisis in Syria.
bbc.co.uk – PM faces Sri Lanka boycott call
David Cameron is being urged to consider boycotting next year’s Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka in protest at its human rights record.
bbc.co.uk – Airport capacity ‘costs UK £14bn’
A lack of capacity at Heathrow is costing the UK economy £14bn a year in lost trade, according to a report published by the airport.
bbc.co.uk – Deadly vineyard riots in S Africa
One person dies in clashes between farm workers and police in South Africa’s vineyard region outside Cape Town.
news.com.au – Slaughter of civilians, children in Congo
At least 264 civilians, including 83 children, were arbitrarily executed by armed groups in more than 75 attacks on Congolese villages, the UN says.
bbc.co.uk – ‘Smuggler’ swallows 220 diamonds
South African police say they have arrested a man at Johannesburg airport who swallowed 220 polished diamonds to smuggle them out of the country.
bbc.co.uk – European workers in austerity protests
Tens of thousands of workers stage protests and strikes across Europe against rising unemployment and austerity measures.
news.com.au – Clashes erupt in European protests
General strikes in Spain and Portugal have paralysed swathes of industry and hit road, rail and air transport as people vent frustration at cut-backs.
bbc.co.uk – EU ‘approves $6.4bn Egypt aid’
The European Union has approved a 5bn-euro ($6.4bn) financial support package for Egypt, the Egyptian presidency says.
news.com.au – EU pushes for more women on boards
The European Commission wants more women in the boardrooms of large European companies, saying it’s a matter not only of fairness but good business.
bbc.co.uk – Argentina asks UN to free ship
Argentina asks the International Sea Tribunal to order Ghana to release of its three-masted navy ship, Libertad, impounded over a debt dispute.
news.com.au – Syria regime bombards rebels
The Syrian regime has hit rebel positions, as the US announced additional aid and Russia slammed countries for recognising the opposition.
bbc.co.uk – Israel ‘ready to widen Gaza op’
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says the country’s military is prepared to extend its operation against Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
bangkokpost.com – UN calls emergency Gaza meeting
The UN Security Council will meet in emergency session late Wednesday to discuss escalating tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territory of Gaza, diplomats said.
bbc.co.uk – Series of deadly bombings in Iraq
At least 17 people are killed and dozens more wounded in a series of bombings across Iraq, on the eve of the Islamic festival of Muharram.
bbc.co.uk – US in tough debate on UN Internet rules
The US faces a tough debate with emerging nations such as India and Brazil at an upcoming UN conference discussing global rules for the Internet, the US delegation chief said Wednesday.
bbc.co.uk – Barack Obama: US wealthiest must pay more tax
US President Obama has reiterated his call for high earners in the US to pay more in taxes, in his first news conference since winning re-election.
bbc.co.uk – Fed hints at new bond-buying plan
The US Federal Reserve may launch a new bond-buying stimulus programme at the start of next year, released minutes reveal.