news.com.au – Nearly 200 nations meet for climate talks
Negotiators are heading for the Qatari capital for two weeks under the UN banner to review commitments to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
bangkokpost.com – On full alert
Around 20,000 police, including crowd-control units staged a show of force, showed off their tear gas and prepared serious roadblocks that will disrupt traffic around the Royal Plaza – moves that Pitak Siam believes will increase the turnout for Saturday’s rally.
mcot.net – Chalerm warns again against the “third hand”
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung yesterday repeated his earlier warning on a ‘third party’ infiltration in today’s massive rally by the anti-government Pitak Siam group in the heart of Thailand’s capital.
nationmultimedia.com – Traffic police to keep a close eye on rally
The Traffic Police Division says it will keep a close eye on today’s anti-government protest to determine whether more roads should be closed. For instance, an extended march by demonstrators might force police to take extra measures.
bangkokpost.com – Debate without drama
Commentators say this could be the quietest lead-up to an opposition censure motion, ever – but the Democrats blame the media.
bangkokpost.com – Rice price crisis
Senators say there is a cover-up to hide the extent of deep costs of the rice-pledging scheme – and far worse than the “trivial” graft involved.
bangkokpost.com – Class concerns
Gunmen shot and killed a 51-year-old school headmistress, sparking new fears by teachers, who want better security in Pattani province.
bangkokpost.com – 40 Russians injured in Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi_Forty Russian tourists were injured, four seriously, when a tour bus hit an earthen roadside barrier and overturned in Sai Yok district on Friday.
bangkokpost.com – Vehicle production passes 2 million mark
Thailand’s vehicle production this year exceeded two million units for the first time, boosted by big jumps in domestic sales and exports.
bbc.co.uk – Pakistan suspends mobile networks
Pakistan suspends mobile networks in major cities to prevent phones being used to detonate bombs during Shia Muslim commemorations.
bbc.co.uk – South Korea marks Yeonpyeong island attack
South Korea is marking the anniversary of a deadly North Korean attack on a border island, amid further threats from its northern neighbour.
news.com.au – Restaurant blast kills 14 in China
An explosion at a restaurant in China has killed at least 14 people and injured 47.
bbc.co.uk – Burma firm gets TV rights for top flight English football
Burma’s firm has bought TV rights for the English Premier league football games, benefiting from the easing of sanctions against the Asian country.
bbc.co.uk – Cameron: EU deal not good enough
David Cameron says the EU budget deal being offered in Brussels “was not good enough”, as the summit breaks up without agreement.
news.com.au – ‘New towns’ bid to end UK homes crisis
The British government has called for the creation of new towns and garden cities to address the country’s growing housing crisis.
bbc.co.uk – Tax avoiders to face warning shot
Hundreds of suspected tax avoiders are to receive letters in the coming weeks warning them that their financial affairs are facing special scrutiny.
bbc.co.uk – Egypt’s Mursi defends new powers
President Mohammed Mursi tells supporters his sweeping new powers will lead Egypt to “freedom”, as opponents attack his party’s offices.
news.com.au – Two dead in violence at South Africa mine
South African police are invesitgating the deaths of two workers in renewed mine unrest.
bbc.co.uk – Refugee fears in DR Congo crisis
UN aid agencies warn of a worsening humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where rebels recently seized the city of Goma.
bbc.co.uk – EU budget talks end without deal
The Brussels summit on the EU’s long-term budget ends without agreement but the head of the European Council is hopeful of a deal next year.
bbc.co.uk – Cyprus makes progress over rescue deal with creditors
Further progress has been made towards a rescue deal for Cyprus, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund have said.
bbc.co.uk – Farc urges US to free commander
Farc urges the US to free one of its jailed commanders, Simon Trinidad, having taken a cardboard cut-out of him to peace talks this week.
news.com.au – Syria Kurds join forces in rebel standoff
An agreement with two Kurdish groups and Islamist rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad means conflict could expand in the northeast.
bbc.co.uk – Gaza man ‘shot dead near border’
Israeli soldiers kill a Palestinian man close to the Gaza-Israel border, say Palestinian officials – the first killing since Wednesday’s ceasefire.
news.com.au – Syrian refugees double since September: UN
There are now more than 440,000 registered Syrian refugees, says the UN refugee agency, and hundreds and thousands more who were not counted.
bbc.co.uk – US shoppers mob Black Friday sales
Bargain-hunters clash as US retail outlets open for the Black Friday sales, usually the busiest shopping day of the year.
bbc.co.uk – Two killed in 140-vehicle pile-up on foggy Texas road
Two people have died and scores were injured after a pile-up involving at least 140 vehicles on a foggy motorway in the US state of Texas.