bangkokpost.com – Combining pleasure with business
An audience with His Majesty the King, plus a tour of Wat Pho and the reclining Buddha were the first items on the agenda of visiting President Barack Obama – then came dinner and a friendship toast with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who agreed to talk about TPP.
nationmultimedia.com – Obama hails Thai ties
Obama, accompanied by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, reviews a guard of honour during a welcome ceremony at Government House.
bangkokpost.com – Fear of violence
The national police chief fears that Pitak Siam may not be able to keep its promise to keep it peaceful, and wants army back-up for Saturday’s rally.
bangkokpost.com – One-year delay
The Asean Economic Community 2015 is now the AEC 2016 – pushed back to allow more time to write all the red tape and regulations.
nationmultimedia.com – BBL concerned for future of trade with EU
Bangkok Bank is urging the government to put the negotiations for a Thai-European Union free trade agreement on the fast track in case the EU ends its tax cuts for imports from Thailand.
bangkokpost.com – Train bombed
Southern terrorists bombed a train, killing three people, horribly maiming passengers among the 36 badly wounded – and stopping service for days.
bangkokpost.com – B’desh, Suu Kyi clash on Rohingya
The Bangladesh government on Sunday rejected comments by Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi suggesting that stateless Muslim Rohingyas may be illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
bbc.co.uk – Obama in landmark Burmese visit
US President Barack Obama is beginning a historic visit to Burma, the first by a sitting US president, in response to its reform process.
news.com.au – Myanmar to sign new nuclear safeguards
Myanmar has announced ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit that it will allow inspections of suspected clandestine nuclear sites.
bbc.co.uk – China street children die in bin
Five street children in southwest China die after climbing into a large bin and succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning, state media report.
bbc.co.uk – Bangladesh slum fire kills at least 11
At least 11 people have been killed in a fire in a shanty town outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.
news.com.au – Traffic accident sparks riot in China
A traffic accident in China has sparked a riot involving up to 2000 people who smashed police cars and overturned police vans.
bbc.co.uk – China approves Land Rover deal
Jaguar Land Rover will start manufacturing vehicles in China for the first time after Beijing approved a £1bn joint venture.
bbc.co.uk – David Cameron urges Israel to end Gaza crisis
Prime Minister David Cameron has urged Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to do “everything possible” to end the crisis in Gaza.
bbc.co.uk – Cable attacks company ‘tax abuse
Business Secretary Vince Cable attacks corporate tax “abuse” by big corporations, but says international action is the answer.
news.com.au – UK defends shooting pigs for research
British officials have defended shooting pigs and giving the wounded animals to military surgeons to practice treating battlefield injuries.
bbc.co.uk – DR Congo rebels advance on Goma
Rebels in eastern DR Congo advance to within a few kilometres of the provincial capital, Goma, as the UK urges its citizens to leave the country.
bbc.co.uk – Egypt bus crash kills 50 children
Egypt’s transport minister resigns after 50 children and a driver were killed in a crash involving a nursery school bus and a train.
news.com.au – Seven die in Nairobi minibus attack
A minibus explosion in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, has left seven people dead and dozens more wounded.
news/com.au – EU mulling budget without Britain
EU officials are formulating budget plans that exclude Britain due to PM David Cameron’s insistence he will veto any increases in real-term spending.
bbc.co.uk – French vote marred by fraud claim
Francois Fillon and Jean-Francois Cope both claim victory as France’s race for next opposition leader is marred by allegations of vote-rigging.
news.com.au – Protests at Spain’s health care austerity
Thousands of Spaniards have demonstrated against austerity measures, including budget cuts and plans to partly privatise health services.
news.com.au – More anti-gay marriage protests in France
Asecond day of protests against France’s plans to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption has been marred by clashes.
bbc.co.uk – Colombian peace delegates in Cuba
Colombian government negotiators arrive in the Cuban capital, Havana, for landmark peace talks with Farc rebels, aimed at ending five decades of conflict.
bbc.co.uk – Huge crowds attend Rio Gay Pride
One million people are expected to join Rio’s Gay Pride parade, which this year highlights the issue of homophobia in Brazilian society.
news.com.au – New Israel strike pushes toll to 80
Three people have been killed in new Israeli air strikes on Gaza, pushing the death toll in six days of violence to 80 Palestinians, health officials say.
bbc.co.uk – Ban Ki-moon calls for Gaza truce
The UN secretary general calls for an immediate ceasefire as Israel’s pounding of Gaza enters its sixth day and Hamas rocket fire goes on.
bbc.co.uk – Syrian rebels ‘capture airport’
Syrian rebels say they have captured an airport near the Iraqi border, as France says it will install a new ambassador from the opposition.
news.com.au – ‘A little paranoia’ keeps US vigilant: FBI
More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks, “a little paranoia” on the part of the American people helps the country remain vigilant to terror threats.
news.com.au – Twilight finale dawns with $US141 million
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has sucked up $141.3 million at the US box office making it the number one movie over the weekend.