bangkokpost.com – Whole lot of shakeup going on
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra attended a Village Fund meeting and confirmed a wholesale reshuffle that will affect 23 cabinet seats, and bring in 14 new faces including prominent ex-Thai Rak Thai politicians.
nationmultimedia.com – Blanket daily wage hike to hurt economy: TDRI
The implementation of the Bt300 daily minimum wage throughout the whole country on January 1 could shrink the economy by 2.5 per cent annually and throw one million people out of work, the Thailand Development Research Institute said yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – 3G auction corrupt?
The national anti-graft board is the latest group wondering if last week’s auction encouraged collusion among the Big Three bidders.
bangkokpost.com – Grenades shatter Eid
As residents of the deep South prepared for the weekend Eid Al-Adha festival, security forces were hunting gangs who attacked a Thai Bak checkpoint.
mcot.net – Manufacturing Production Index for Q3 down by 10.2%
The Office of Industrial Economics (OIE) announced on Thursday that Thailand’s Manufacturing Production Index in Q3 contracted by 10.2 percent as a result of lowered exports from the eurozone debt crisis.
nationmultimedia.com – Jatuporn puts brave face on renewed Cabinet snub
An obviously disappointed red-shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan has promised to go on supporting the government despite being passed over for a seat in the new Cabinet.
bbc.co.uk – ‘Many killed’ in Burma violence
At least 56 people have been killed and hundreds of homes torched since Sunday as clashes spread in Burma’s Rakhine state, officials say.
bangkokpost.com – UN ‘alarmed’ by new Myanmar unrest
The United Nations on Thursday expressed grave concern over reports of deaths and “thousands” displaced following a fresh wave of communal violence that has swept western Myanmar in recent days.
bbc.co.uk – China parliament expels Bo XilaiBo Xilai
China’s top legislature formally expels disgraced lawmaker Bo Xilai, stripping his immunity from prosecution, state media says.
bbc.co.uk – China outcry over school abuse
Chinese police detain several teachers following a public outcry over pictures circulated online showing teachers being violent to pupils.
news.com.au – Forty whales die in mass stranding
About 40 whales died in a mass stranding on the west coast of India’s remote North Andaman island in the Bay of Bengal, wildlife officials said.
bbc.co.uk – Fukushima fish still contaminated from nuclear accident
Levels of radioactive contamination in fish caught off the east coast of Japan remain raised, official data shows.
MPs set to debate UK leaving the EU
MPs are expected to debate a bill that if passed would see the UK quit the EU.
bbc.co.uk – UK’s return to growth welcomed
News that the UK economy emerged from recession in the three months from July to September, helped by the Olympic Games, gets a cautious welcome.
bbc.co.uk – Pension funds ‘could fund homes’
A possible 100,000 to 300,000 homes could be built in the UK every year without using any government money, a study has claimed.
bbc.co.uk – Screening test for stuttering ‘closer’
A screening test for children starting school that could accurately detect early signs of a persistent stutter is a step closer, experts say.
bbc.co.uk – Africa trade barriers hit food production, says World Bank
Africa could feed itself if trade restrictions were reduced and fertile land was put to good use, according to the World Bank.
bbc.co.uk – Sudanese to report Israel to UN
Sudan says it will complain to the UN over an explosion at an arms factory earlier this week that it claims was caused by an Israeli air strike.
bbc.co.uk – Nigeria’s oil losses revealed
A leaked report into Nigeria’s oil and gas industry reveals the extent of mismanagement and corruption that is costing billions of dollars each year.
bbc.co.uk – SA agrees gold miners pay deal
South African mining unions agree a pay deal to settle a bitter dispute in the country’s gold mines that has cost the industry millions.
bbc.co.uk – ‘Migrants’ die off Morocco coast
At least 14 people have drowned and another 17 are rescued after a boat believed to be carrying African migrants starts sinking off Morocco.
bbc.co.uk – S&P cuts French banks’ credit rating
Three French banks including BNP Paribas have had their credit rating downgraded by ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P).
news.com.au – Man dies as quake hits southern Italy
Aman has died and a hospital has been evacuated after a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit the southern Italian province of Cosenza.
bbc.co.uk – Santander profits sink 90% on bad property loans
Spanish bank Santander has said its quarterly profits fell by more than 90% after taking provisions for bad property loans in its local market.
bbc.co.uk – MEPs reject nominee Mersch over men-only ECB board
The European Parliament has rejected a nominee to the European Central Bank’s executive board because of the lack of women at the top of the ECB.
bbc.co.uk – Hurricane Sandy bears down on US
Hurricane Sandy sweeps north over the Bahamas towards the US, having killed at least two people as it tore through Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba.
bbc.co.uk – ‘Most ancient’ Mayan tomb found
One of the oldest Mayan tombs ever found is uncovered in western Guatemala – along with a necklace depicting a vulture-headed human figure, say experts.
bbc.co.uk – Syria army ‘to observe ceasefire’
Syria’s army command says it will observe a four-day ceasefire from Friday at 0600 (0400 GMT), as rebels claim advances in the city of Aleppo.
bbc.co.uk – Deal ‘calms Israel-Gaza fighting’
Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza appears to have calmed after an unofficial truce was reached following days of violence.
bbc.co.uk – Unencrypted flight code warning
A vulnerability in US airline boarding pass barcodes could allow passengers to bring unauthorised items on board, warns a security expert.
bbc.co.uk – Apple profits miss expectations
Apple’s quarterly profits are lower than analysts’ expectations, with iPad sales slowing ahead of the launch of a smaller version.
bbc.co.uk – Amazon reports loss led by its stake in LivingSocial
Online retailer Amazon has reported a bigger than expected quarterly loss, led by its investment in struggling online deals service LivingSocial.