bangkokpost.com – EU, US to stamp out child sex webs
The 27-nation European Union, the United States and a score of other countries on Wednesday launched a “global alliance” to stamp out trade in online images and videos of child sexual abuse.
bangkokpost.com – ‘Birthday cards’ flow in
Leaders from around the world have sent warm greetings to His Majesty the King, after he appeared at one of the biggest audiences in Thai history, and told the Thai people that “kindness and goodwill … will create unity.”
mcot.net – Former PM urges political unity to get Thailand moving
Former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyuth yesterday called on the Thai people to end the country’s long-standing political conflicts and make a new start on the auspicious birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
bangkokpost.com – Narathiwat closes schools
The southern gangs have shot two teachers this week alone, security forces can’t stop them, and 380 schools will close so educators can discuss what to do.
mcot.net – Red Shirt leader won’t give up bail attempt
Red Shirt activist and Pheu Thai MP, Korkaew Pikulthong, whose bail request was rejected by the Criminal Court on Tuesday will discuss with his lawyer tomorrow to find ways to petition to the court again for his temporary freedom.
nationmultimedia.com – Baht likely to remain stable
The Bank of Thailand has expressed concern that the United States’ “fiscal cliff” crisis could make the baht volatile, but believes that in the long term the currency will likely remain stable thanks to Thai direct investment.
bangkokpost.com – Go-slow advice
Yet another warning, this time from a law lecturer, that rushing to change the constitution is a mug’s game that is certain to spark new political conflict.
mcot.net – 3G operators to be told: Reduce phone prices or lose the licences
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has threatened to revoke the third-generation (3G) wireless licences for any of the three bid winners who refuse to lower mobile phone service fees by 15-20 per cent, a commission executive said.
news.com.au – Philippines typhoon death toll rises
The death toll from typhoon Bopha in the southern Philippines has risen to at least 325, with another 379 people still missing.
bbc.co.uk – Burma camp for Rohingyas ‘dire’
The UN’s top humanitarian official says conditions for displaced Burmese Rohingyas in Rakhine state are “dire”, and calls on Burma to improve them.
news.com.au – Coal, gas outburst kills 17 Chinese miners
Seventeen miners have died in an accident in a coal mine in China while a further 11 are missing at another mine which flooded.
bangkokpost.com – India govt wins test of reform agenda
India’s minority government survived a vote in parliament on Wednesday on a contentious move to allow in foreign supermarket chains, delivering a major boost to its pro-market reform agenda.
bbc.co.uk – Outcry over footballer’s death
The death of a Paraguayan footballer owed thousands of dollars of back pay by his club in Indonesia sparks outrage among fans and the players’ union.
bbc.co.uk – Sex crime terms set to be tougher
Tougher sentences for rapists and other sex offenders in England and Wales will recognise the psychological harm they cause, says the Sentencing Council.
bbc.co.uk – Austerity stays as UK economy struggles
The UK cuts its economic forecasts for 2012 as finance minister George Osborne warns of a longer-than-expected battle against debt.
bbc.co.uk – New Abu Qatada appeal to go ahead
Home Secretary Theresa May wins permission to appeal against a decision last month to block the deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan.
bbc.co.uk – Euromillions £64m prize unclaimed
The highest lottery prize ever to remain unclaimed – nearly £64m – will go to good causes after the winner fails to come forward.
bbc.co.uk – Deadly Egypt constitution clashes
Three people die and 350 are injured in clashes in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, as unrest grows over a controversial draft constitution.
news.com.au – Tunisia union demands nationwide strike
Tunisia’s unions are calling for a rare nationwide strike in response to an attack on a protest that wounded 10 people.
bbc.co.uk – Militants in new Somalia attacks
At least 31 people are killed or wounded in a blast and clashes between Islamists and troops from Somalia’s Puntland region, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – Eurozone recession to continue into 2013, survey suggests
The rate of contraction in the eurozone economy eased slightly in November, according to a closely-watched survey.
bbc.co.uk – Four dead in North Sea sinking
Four sailors have died and seven remain missing after a cargo ship sank in the North Sea off Belgium following a collision, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – Colombia Farc peace talks resume
Negotiations aimed at ending five decades of conflict resume in Havana after a week’s break, with rebels saying positions are still far apart.
news.com.au – UN chief warns Syria on chemical weapons
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has warned Syria’s regime against using chemical weapons on its people, saying there would be “huge consequences”.
bbc.co.uk – Deadly earthquake in eastern Iran
At least five people have been killed and several injured by a 5.5 magnitude earthquake in eastern Iran, say officials.
news.com.au – Syrian warplanes pound Damascus suburbs
At least 75 people were killed in Syria on Wednesday, including about 21 in and around Damascus, where warplanes pounded the suburbs.
news.com.au – 7 killed in Syria-linked violence: Lebanon
Violence linked to Syria is spreading to the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli where sniper fire has killed seven civilians.
news.com.au – 200 prisoners break out of jail
Almost 200 Libyan prisoners have escaped from a jail in the southern town of Sabha in unclear circumstances.
bbc.co.uk – Obama ‘to seek $50bn Sandy aid’
President Barack Obama is expected to ask Congress for about $50bn in extra emergency aid for states hit by storm Sandy, Democrats and officials say.
bbc.co.uk – Marijuana legal in first US state
Possession of marijuana is poised to become legal in the US state of Washington, a month after voters opted for decriminalisation.