bangkokpost.com – Duelling leaders
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra took her charts to the censure debate to defend the rice-purchase programme – and was lambasted for an hour by opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva for rote answers and a shortage of information.
nationmultimedia.com – Rice deals with China fake, opposition claims
The opposition has established a link between the government’s rice-pledging scheme and massive money laundering by producing evidence of a dummy company, individuals and old ghosts like President Agri Trading and Siam Indica, which could be found involved in non-existent rice deals.
nationmultimedia.com – Yingluck touts her achievements
Premier shows improved oratory skills, confidently defending rice scheme and flood projects
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday turned the censure debate designed to scrutinise her into a platform to declare the government’s achievements.
bangkokpost.com – King visits Chitralada
His Majesty returned unannounced to his palace, and visited both the Chitralada dairy farm and the royal elephant museum.
nationmultimedia.com – People ‘spending beyond their means’
Non-performing personal loans have soared to more than Bt56.5 billion in the third quarter of this year, the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) said recently.
bangkokpost.com – Army accused
The Criminal Court has blamed the army for a second killing in 2010 violence, saying soldiers shot an innocent taxi driver to death at a filling station.
bangkokpost.com – ‘Personal decision’
Today’s fastest-moving rumour alleges that Thaksin paid Pitak Siam leader Boonlert Kaewprasit to end Saturday’s rally – which Gen Boonlert denies.
bangkokpost.com – Yingluck lifts ISA in Bangkok
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday signed an order lifting the Internal Security Act (ISA) invoked in three district of Bangkok on Nov 22 ahead of the Pitak Siam group’s anti-government rally, government spokesman Tossaporn Serirak said.
nationmultimedia.com – Thais one win away from semis
Thailand’s soccer team coach Winfried Schaefer wants to see more of the same from his players as they bid to clinch a semifinal spot with a win over Myanmar in their second Group A match of the Asean Championship today.
bbc.co.uk – Fire in Dhaka ‘troubles’ Walmart
US retailer Walmart says it is “troubling” that a supplier subcontracted work without authorisation to a factory hit by a lethal fire in Bangladesh.
news.com.au – Bangladesh workers protest after fire
Survivors of the Bangladeshi textile factory fire have joined thousands of protesters demanding the end of “deathtrap” labour conditions.
bbc.co.uk – Vietnam snubs new China passports
Vietnamese officials are refusing to stamp new Chinese passports bearing a map that lays claim to disputed areas in the South China Sea.
news.com.au – Samsung finds unfair practices in China
Samsung has found its suppliers used poor employment practices in China, but says there’s no evidence of child labour.
bbc.co.uk – Pakistan ‘toxic syrup’ kills 16
At least 16 people die in the Pakistani city of Lahore after consuming what authorities say was a “toxic” cough syrup.
bbc.co.uk – Heavy rain brings floods to north
Flooding continues to cause disruption to road and rail in north-east England and north Wales, as local authorities are promised emergency financial assistance to cope.
bbc.co.uk – UK education sixth best in world
An international education league table puts the UK among a leading group of countries headed by Finland and South Korea.
bbc.co.uk – Gunmen attack Nigeria police HQ
Two police officers are killed as gunmen attack a Nigerian police base in the capital, Abuja, enabling five suspected robbers to escape.
bbc.co.uk – Egypt’s Mursi meets top judges
Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi meets senior judges in an attempt to settle a crisis sparked by issuing a decree giving him sweeping new powers.
bangkokpost.com – Greece to gets its money from December 13: Eurogroup statement
The eurozone said Tuesday it will be in a position to re-start the paying out of 43.7 billion euros in loans to Greece from December 13.
bbc.co.uk – Fire kills 14 at German workshop
Fourteen people have died and eight injured in a major fire at a workshop for disabled people in south-western Germany.
news.com.au – Russia slams support of Syria rebels
Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has criticised the countries who have officially recognised the Syrian opposition.
bbc.co.uk – Mass Rio protest over oil revenue
Some 200,000 Brazilians protest in Rio de Janeiro against a bill they say will deprive Rio state of much of its oil revenue.
news.com.au – Mexico police unearth 20 bodies
The bones of nine people have been found in desert graves in violence-plagued northern Mexico.
bbc.co.uk – World Cup infrastructure concerns
Fifa’s general secretary is pleased with Brazil’s work on 2014 WC stadiums but has concerns about the speed of infrastructure work.
bbc.co.uk – Syrian attack ‘kills 10 children’
Activists in Syria say a government MiG fighter jet has dropped a cluster bomb on a playground east of Damascus, leaving 10 children dead.
news.com.au – Syria rebels close Aleppo ring
Syrian rebels have virtually cut off the regime’s supply lines to the commercial hub Aleppo, as France announced financial aid for the opposition.
bbc.co.uk – Arafat remains due to be exhumed
The remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are set to be exhumed so experts can investigate allegations that he was poisoned.
bbc.co.uk – Doha talks ‘golden opportunity’
The President of the climate talks in Doha hails a “golden opportunity” to make progress as the meeting opens in the Qatari capital.
bbc.co.uk – US fiscal cliff focus on taxes
Shadow boxing ramps up between the White House and Republicans on whether to introduce tax rises to avert the upcoming “fiscal cliff”.
news.com.au – Top US court orders new look at Obamacare
The US Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to review a Christian university’s challenge to President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reforms.
news.com.au – NASA monitors massive dust storm on Mars
The US space agency says it is monitoring a massive dust storm on Mars that has produced atmospheric changes.
news.com.au – Sandy costs top $US42 bn in New York
Superstorm Sandy ran up a super bill of $US42 billion ($A40.35 billion) across New York.
news.com.au – Post-Sandy auction offers dates with stars
Celebrities including Roger Federer and Victoria Beckham are taking part in an auction to raise money for victims of superstorm Sandy.
bbc.co.uk – US ‘sees biggest Cyber Monday’
The US is projected to have had its biggest ever online shopping day – with “Cyber Monday” sales up at least 20% on last year, analysts say.
bbc.co.uk – Two and a Half Men ‘filth’, says star
An actor in one of the biggest comedies on US television, Two and a Half Men, describes the show as “filth” and urges viewers not to watch it.
bbc.co.uk – Cockroach-eater ‘choked to death’
A Florida man choked to death in October after eating dozens of live cockroaches in a contest to win a python, an autopsy finds.