news.com.au – Smartphone users: watch for online tricks
Attention smartphone shoppers: watch for cyber criminals using phony apps or messages in an effort to hijack your device or steal your data.
bangkokpost.com – Government invokes security law
Tomorrow’s Pitak Siam rally poses a threat to national security, which justifies the invocation of the Internal Security Act (ISA), Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – Crowd of many colours
From hard-core Thaksin haters to farmers with land grievances, it will be a diverse crowd at the Saturday rally sponsored by Pitak Siam..
nationmultimedia.com – Abhisit wants longer Parliament session
Opposition Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has come up with an ambitious plan as the censure debate draws near – asking the government to extend the current Parliament session, which will end one day after the debate.
bangkokpost.com – Details later
Deputy PM Kittiratt Na-Ranong got out in front of Sunday’s censure debate, denying the rice-buying programme will lose 300 billion baht.
bangkokpost.com – A rice deal that never existed in the first place
The truth is out, that the Commerce Ministry’s claim of a 15-million-tonne government-to-government rice deal with China over three years is anything but real.
mcot.net – Thai deputy premier predicts 5% economic growth
Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong expressed confidence yesterday that Thailand will enjoy a 5 per cent economic growth this year despite a disappointing export expansion.
bangkokpost.com – 3G cleared again
Two more investigations including by the DSI say there was nothing wrong with the 3G auction – but there are still hurdles before you can go high-speed.
bangkokpost.com – Govt’s fiscal status still strong
Government revenue collection for October totalled 150.05 billion baht, up 21% on last October, increasing the treasury reserve to 297.5 billion baht, Finance Ministry spokesman Somchai Sajjapong said on Thursday.
nationmultimedia.com – Youth forgetting how to communicate: Ohec
Young people are having problems with interpersonal skills because instead of having face-to-face conversations, they are talking more via digital means, the Office of Higher Education Commission (Ohec) revealed yesterday.
news.com.au – NKorea threatens to attack SKorean island
Upset by South Korea’s plan to open a “victorious battle memorial hall” on Yeonpyeong Island, North Korea has threatened to attack.
bbc.co.uk – Pacific island ‘does not exist’
A South Pacific island shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Maps and on Google Earth, is proven not to exist, Australian scientists say.
news.com.au – Suu Kyi disappointed by naming
The decision to refer to Myanmar by a name chosen by military leaders appears to have left Aung San Suu Kyi disappointed.
bbc.co.uk – Vietnam officials to face votes
The communist-dominated parliament of Vietnam is to subject elected leaders including the president and prime minister to annual confidence votes.
bbc.co.uk – India parliament in stormy start
India’s parliament is disrupted with opposition parties questioning the government over recent economic reforms.
news.com.au – Philippine miners trapped in flooded pit
At least three people are trapped and believed dead after an explosion in an illegal gold mine in the Philippines.
news.com.au – Police storm bank, arrest hostage-taker
Japanese police have stormed a Japanese bank to free five people held hostage overnight by a man who demanded the resignation of the prime minister.
bbc.co.uk – Sony and Panasonic ratings cut
Tech firms Sony and Panasonic have their credit ratings slashed to the level of junk status for the first time.
bbc.co.uk – Carbon target not in Energy Bill
The government publishes details of its long-awaited Energy Bill, but the absence of a target for reducing carbon emissions by 2030 is under fire.
bbc.co.uk – Quality of care suffering, says regulator
The quality of services provided to people across the health and care sectors in England is beginning to suffer, according to the regulator.
bbc.co.uk – DR Congo’s army chief suspended
The head of the army in DR Congo is suspended over claims he sold weapons to armed groups, as the government says it has seized back a town from rebels.
bbc.co.uk – Egyptian fury over Mursi ‘coup’
Opposition groups denounce Egypt President Mursi’s decree giving himself sweeping powers as a “coup against legitimacy” and call for protests.
news.com.au – Egypt to reinvestigate protesters’ deaths
Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi has ordered new investigations into the deaths of protesters during last year’s uprising.
bbc.co.uk – Nigeria hit by ‘blasphemy’ riot
A rumour that a Christian blasphemed against Islam sparks a riot in Nigeria as the incoming Anglican church head launches a religious tolerance initiative.
bbc.co.uk – EU budget deal unlikely – Merkel
Angela Merkel says she doubts EU leaders will close a deal on their budget during the current summit in Brussels.
news.com.au – Russia warns Turkey on Patriot missiles
Russia has warned Turkey against deploying surface-to-air Patriot missiles to protect its troubled border with Syria, calling its moves a “worrying sign”.
news.com.au – Judges grill Sarkozy on campaign finance
Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy has faced judges over accusations his campaign was financed with funds secured illegally from France’s richest woman.
news.com.au – Swiss to vote on banning expat tax breaks
Switzerland is to hold a referendum on abolishing special tax breaks for wealthy foreigners.
bangkokpost.com – EU ends shark finning
The European parliament on Thursday called a definitive halt to shark finning, the long contested practice of fishermen slicing off fins and throwing the live body overboard to drown.
bbc.co.uk – Euro MPs warn of UN net control
The UN’s telecommunications union should not be allowed to take over control of the internet, the European Parliament warns ahead of a key meeting.
bbc.co.uk – China hostages freed in Colombia
Marxist rebel group Farc free four Chinese oil workers they had held for 17 months, days after peace talks with the Colombian government begin.
bbc.co.uk – Argentina rejects US debt ruling
Argentina says it will appeal against a US ruling ordering it to pay $1.3bn owed to foreign bond holders since its debt default in 2001.
bbc.co.uk – Sharp jump in Sao Paulo murders
Brazil’s biggest city, Sao Paulo, sees murders more than double in October compared with last year, with 176 killings.
bbc.co.uk – Life resumes after Gaza ceasefire
People in Gaza and southern Israel begin to resume normal life following an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.
news.com.au – Hamas celebrates, truce with Israel holds
As Hamas celebrates what it perceives as a victory over Tel Aviv, Israeli officials have flown to Cairo to hammer out details of the truce.
bbc.co.uk – Syrian rebels ‘capture key base’
Syrian rebels say they have captured a key army base near the city of Deir Ezzor, giving them control of a large swathe of eastern Syria.
news.com.au – Libyan leader opposes aid to Syria rebels
Libya’s interim president Mohammed al-Megarif says he opposes arming the Syrian rebels and is against foreign intervention in the conflict.
bbc.co.uk – US marks Thanksgiving with parade
Millions of people in the US mark Thanksgiving Day, with the Macy’s parade winding through New York but many still suffering in storm-hit areas.
bbc.co.uk – Deadly 100-vehicle pile-up in US
Two people die and dozens are injured after a Thanksgiving pile-up involving some 100 vehicles on a foggy motorway in the US state of Texas.
news.com.au – Storm gives New Yorkers new family
Thanksgiving has brought out the community spirit for New York’s victims of superstorm Sandy, with even the neediest getting some turkey and pie.
bbc.co.uk – Facebook criticised over decision to stop public privacy votes