bangkokpost.com – Thaksin Live on TV
Thaksin appeared on Channel 11 TV on Sunday night to preside over a muay Thai event, held in Macau, to commemorate the King’s birthday and criticise his opponents who say the government should not have allowed him to speak during the live broadcast.
bangkokpost.com – Charter rewrite bid
The government will celebrate the Constitution Day by stepping up its campaign to rewrite the charter, as the red-shirts will hold a rally this morning.
nationmultimedia.com – Fears of violence over charter
Almost 70 per cent of people in Bangkok and its surrounding areas are concerned that the ruling politicians’ push to write a new Constitution may lead to renewed chaos in the country, a poll has found.
bangkokpost.com – ‘Fake’ witnesses
The Democrats claim that bogus witnesses were being called to falsely implicate party leader Abhisit and MP Suthep as they fight murder charges.
nationmultimedia.com – ‘Government to blame’ for poor graft ranking
Politicians must take all blame for the failure of Thailand to improve its international anti-corruption rating, which fell from 80 last year to 88 this year – to the same level as African countries, members of an anti-graft body said yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – South to train more local teachers
The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre (SBPAC) is planning to train more locals to be teachers in the hope that it will reduce attacks against teachers in Thailand’s troubled South.
mcot.net – Anti-graft agency NACC to probe rice pledging corruption allegations
Anti-graft agency NACC to probe rice pledging corruption allegations as Pheu Thai will ask Constitution Court to rule on NACC’s jurisdiction
bangkokpost.com – Small firms face ‘shock’ of wage rise
Business operators must adjust or go out of business following the full-scale increase of the minimum wage to 300 baht per day, a central bank senior official has warned.
news.com.au – UN aid call as typhoon toll tops 600
The United Nations is set to launch a global appeal for aid for millions of Philippine typhoon victims as the death toll surged past 600.
bbc.co.uk – North Korea ‘may delay rocket launch’
North Korean officials have said they may postpone the launch of a rocket carrying a satellite, scheduled for between 10 and 22 December.
news.com.au – 5.6 quake shakes Philippines
A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake has shaken the typhoon-hit southern Philippine island of Mindanao, seismologists say.
news.com.au – Bus falls into pond in China, killing 11
A bus crash in central China has left the vehicle in a roadside pond and killed 11 people.
news.com.au – 13 die after Taiwan bus falls into ravine
A tour bus has plunged 300 metres down a ravine deep inside Taiwan’s mountains in Hsinchu County, killing 13 passengers.
bbc.co.uk – Monk held for inciting immolation
China arrests a monk for inciting self-immolations and working for exiled activists, after a legal ruling increased punishments for such offences.
bbc.co.uk – Bangladesh roadblock protest sparks clashes
Violent clashes have erupted in Bangladesh as protesters staged a nationwide blockade of roads to press for an independent body to oversee next year’s election.
bbc.co.uk – China sees both industrial output and retail sales rise
China’s economic growth rate may be gathering pace again, as the government released strong industrial output and retail sales figures.
bbc.co.uk – UK alert on Syrian chemical arms
British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the UK and the US have seen evidence that Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons.
news.com.au – UK cops contact NSW police over hoax
British police say they have contacted NSW authorities about a possible investigation into an Australian radio station’s hoax call to a UK hospital.
bbc.co.uk – MPs call for drugs policy rethink
A committee of MPs urges ministers to closely consider a system of decriminalising drugs adopted in Portugal, saying the UK must rethink large parts of its drugs policy.
bbc.co.uk – Morsi call to army in vote run-up
President Morsi orders Egypt’s military to maintain security and protect state institutions as tensions rise in the run-up to a referendum on the constitution.
news.com.au – 10 dead after army opens fire in S Sudan
At least 10 people have been killed after South Sudanese troops opened fire on demonstrators over moving the seat of local authority outside a state capital.
bbc.co.uk – President declared Ghana winner
Ghana’s incumbent President John Mahama is declared the winner of Friday’s election, but the opposition says the poll was fraudulent.
news.com.au – Thousands protest Spain’s health care cuts
Thousands of Spanish medical workers and residents angered by plans to partly privatise the national health service have marched in Madrid.
bbc.co.uk – Italy PM Monti plans to resign
Italian PM Mario Monti says he plans to resign after Silvio Berlusconi’s PDL party withdrew its support for the government.
bbc.co.uk – Hugo Chavez needs cancer surgery
Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez says he is to return to Cuba for more cancer surgery, and has spoken for the first time about a possible successor.
bbc.co.uk – Hamas’s Meshaal rallies Gazans
Hamas’s political leader Khaled Meshaal tells thousands in Gaza marking the group’s 25th anniversary that Hamas will not recognise Israel.
news.com.au – Iranian experts at NKorea’s rocket site
A group of Iranian missile experts are in North Korea offering technical assistance with a planned long-range rocket launch.
news.com.au – Gay weddings abound in Washington state
Hundreds of same-sex couples have flocked to get married in the northwest state of Washington, after the state approved gay marriage.
news.com.au – Black boxes in cars raise privacy concerns
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is set to propose rules requiring automakers to include black boxes in all new cars and light trucks.
news.com.au – Skyfall, Guardians duel at US box office
James Bond tale Skyfall is ahead of Rise of the Guardians at the North American box office with spy franchise taking in $US11 million ($A10.54 million).