bangkokpost.com – No laughing matter
The head of Pitak Siam, Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit wants a military coup, but had a cordial, wet lunch with Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung – and heard a warning from the army chief to stop putting pressure on the military to overthrow a democractic government.
bangkokpost.com – Warning of dengue fever outbreak
The Public Health Ministry has issued a warning of the need to take precautions against dengue fever, which has claimed 50 lives so far this year.
nationmultimedia.com – Jatuporn links ‘men in black’ to Army
Red shirt co-leader and Pheu Thai MP Jatuporn Promphan submitted to further questioning by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) yesterday in relation to the crackdown on red-shirt protesters in April and May 2010, which left 92 people dead.
bangkokpost.com – Thais injured in Israel
Three Thai workers have been injured – two seriously – in an exchange of fire between Israel soldiers and militants near the Gaza Strip, Foreign Ministry spokesman Manasvi Srisodapol said on Wednesday.
mcot.net – State agencies urged to prevent recurrence of far South violence
Deputy Prime Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapa on Wednesday urged security agencies in the southern border region to work to the best of their abilities to boost confidence among the local residents that authorities could protect them.
bangkokpost.com – We’re Number 3!
It is now official that Thailand is the world’s No 3 rice exporter for 2012 so far – behind Vietnam and India in the amount of grain shipped.
bangkokpost.com – Reshuffle alert
Mum’s the word from Government House but there are indications of a major cabinet shakeup coming soon, along with rebirth of House No.111.
bangkokpost.com – Nissan ‘to double Thai output’
Japanese auto maker Nissan is aiming to double its production in Thailand with plans for a new 30 billion yen ($376 million) factory near Bangkok, according to a report Wednesday.
bbc.co.uk – Curfew in force in Burmese state
The authorities in Burma impose a night-time curfew in two towns in western Rakhine state as inter-communal violence continues to spread.
news.com.au – China ends nuclear power moratorium
China has ended a post-Fukushima nuclear power ban as part of a plan to reduce reliance on oil and coal.
bbc.co.uk – Taiwan ‘arsonist’ blames illness
A patient suspected of causing a deadly fire at a Taiwan hospital says he was upset over his serious illness, prosecutors say.
bbc.co.uk – China manufacturing contracts at slower pace, HSBC says
Chinese manufacturing showed signs of recovery in October, shrinking at a slower pace than in previous months, according to a report by HSBC.
bbc.co.uk – Hong Kong weakens local currency again
Hong Kong’s central bank has intervened in financial markets again, weakening the value of its currency after it jumped in value.
bbc.co.uk – Olympics effect to boost UK GDP
The Olympics are expected to help the economy show growth in the third quarter of the year, suggesting the double-dip recession is over.
bbc.co.uk – EU budget: David Cameron to hold talks with Van Rompuy
Prime Minister David Cameron is meeting European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on Thursday as hard bargaining over the EU budget continues.
bbc.co.uk- UK prisoners will not get vote – PM
David Cameron says Britain will continue to defy a European Court ruling saying prisoners must get the vote – after the attorney general said the country must respond to it.
bbc.co.uk – New mortgage rules set for 2014, says FSA
Tougher rules on UK mortgage lending have been confirmed by the City regulator, but they will come into force later than anticipated.
bbc.co.uk – Sudan accuses Israel over blast
The Sudanese government says it believes an Israeli air strike was responsible for explosions and fire at a military factory in the capital, Khartoum, overnight.
news.com.au – EU debt mountain continues to grow
The eurozone debt crisis is continuing to undermine government revenues, with new figures showing debt levels rising.
bbc.co.uk – Greece ‘to get bailout extension’
Greece’s Finance Minister, Yiannis Stournaras, says the country has been given more time to hit bailout targets.
news.com.au – EU insists no Greek creditor deal yet
Despite an announcement from Greece that it had agreed a new austerity package with creditors, the EU says there has been no deal.
bbc.co.uk – Berlusconi says no plans to stand
Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says he has no intention of standing for office at next year’s election, after his resignation last year.
news.com.au – Germany opens memorial for Roma victims
A memorial to the Roma and Sinti victims murdered by the Nazis has been opened by German chancellor Angela Merkel.
bbc.co.uk – Fishing deal: EU ministers criticised
EU ministers have reached a provisional deal to reshape the Common Fisheries Policy, long blamed for overfishing.
bbc.co.uk – Hurricane Sandy reaches Jamaica
Jamaicans take refuge in shelters and their homes as category one Hurricane Sandy pounds the island after making landfall near the capital, Kingston.
bbc.co.uk – Panama scraps land sale after clashes
Panama’s President Ricardo Martinelli cancels plans to sell off land in the Colon duty-free region after violent protests leave three people dead.
bbc.co.uk – Gaza begins ‘unofficial truce’
Israel and Hamas say an unofficial ceasefire has been reached in Gaza after violence escalated on both sides of the border.
news.com.au – Islamist group rejects Syria truce
Islamist group Al-Nusra Front on Wednesday rejected a truce in Syria proposed by peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi for this week’s Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, SITE Intelligence Group reported.
bbc.co.uk – Assad ‘agrees to Eid ceasefire’
UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says the Syrian government and most rebel leaders agree to a ceasefire during the holiday of Eid al-Adha.
news.com.au – Muslim pilgrims begin hajj rituals
Muslim pilgrims have begun the hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia that will culminate in the Eid al-Adha, the annual feast of sacrifice.
bbc.co.uk – Bank of America sued for mortgage fraud
Bank of America is being sued for $1bn for alleged mortgage fraud relating to loans it sold to US mortgage agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
bbc.co.uk – Federal Reserve says US unemployment ‘elevated’
The Federal Reserve has reiterated that the US economy is only growing slowly, and that the country’s unemployment rate “remains elevated”.
bbc.co.uk – US bank boss jailed for two years
Former Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta is sentenced to two years in jail after being found guilty on four counts of insider trading.
news.com.au – Bobby Brown arrested in Los Angeles
Singer Bobby Brown has been arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly driving while drunk.
bbc.co.uk – Surface tablets start shipping ahead of Windows 8 launch
Microsoft has started shipping its first Surface tablet computers ahead of their official launch on Friday.