news.com.au – 2011 a record year for elephant poaching
The illicit trade in wildlife is worth at least $US19 billion ($A18.08 billion) a year, according to a new report commissioned by WWF.
bangkokpost.com – Murder charges denied
Ex-PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban reported to the Department of Special Investigation Thursday, and formally denied the murder charges brought against them.
bangkokpost.com – Insurgents defiant
Prime Minister Yingluck was greeted in the South by leaflets with a terrorist threat of more violence: “Don’t count the teachers’ corpses just yet.”
mcot.net – Hesitating deputy premier decides to make southern trip
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung today admitted anxiety over his latest assignment to fight against the southern insurgency, saying he would have turned down the job if Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had informed him before the appointment.
nationmultimedia.com – Airship crash hurts four
The Royal Thai Army’s airship crashed yesterday while providing surveillance for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s visit to Pattani, falling from an altitude of 15 metres.
nationmultimedia.com – Court delays red-shirt terror
The Criminal Court yesterday postponed the interrogation of a witness in the terrorism cases of 24 red-shirt leaders until today because two defendants did not appear in court.
nationmultimedia.com – Coalition backing for referendum
Coalition partners are expected to back the idea of holding a public referendum before the third reading of the charter-amendment bill, PM’s Office Minister Varathep Ratanakorn said yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – Threat on the Net
Thailand is the world’s third riskiest place to access the internet, with a 21 per cent chance of being infected by malware, or worse.
nationmultimedia.com – 1st-car scheme causing traffic jams
The government’s first-car tax rebate scheme has been a smashing success and a boon for the auto industry, but has helped spawn tremendous traffic snarls on Bangkok streets, traffic officials said.
bangkokpost.com – Thailand reach Suzuki Cup final
Thailand moved a step closer to ending a 10-year Asean title drought when they reached the AFF Suzuki Cup final by beating defending champion Malaysia 2-0 for a 3-1 aggregate win on Thursday night.
bbc.co.uk – Japan accuses China of intrusion
Japan accuses China of violating its airspace, after a Chinese plane was observed over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
news.com.au – Defiant NKorea holds mass rally
A mass rally has been held in Pyongyang to celebrate North Korea’s successful rocket launch.
news.com.au – Seoul to recover N. Korea rocket debris
South Korea is seeking to recover the debris of the rocket fired by North Korea. which fell in the sea off the Korean peninsula.
news.com.au – Pakistan wastes up to $72m a day: watchdog
An anti-corruption watchdog says losses from leaks, corruption and incompetence, tax losses, loans and defaults cost Pakistan up to $US72 million a day.
bbc.co.uk – Vietnam jails Hmong men for plot after ‘messiah’ rally
A court in Vietnam has jailed four members of the Hmong ethnic minority after finding them guilty of plotting to overthrow the government.
bbc.co.uk – Standard & Poor’s puts UK credit rating on ‘negative outlook’
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has become the last of the three main rating agencies to put the UK’s top AAA rating on “negative outlook”.
bbc.co.uk – Queen questions financial crisis
The Queen has asked if “complacency” contributed to the financial crisis, during an informal conversation with Bank of England officials.
bbc.co.uk – UK pays $3.5m in rendition claim
The UK government agrees to pay more than $3.5m to a Libyan dissident and his family who say MI6 was involved in their illegal rendition.
bbc.co.uk – UK universities in online launch
A partnership of UK universities is launching an online project offering access to higher education courses via computers, mobiles or tablets.
bbc.co.uk – Zuma to face leadership challenge
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will face a challenge for the leadership of the ANC, after his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe confirms he will run.
news.com.au – Confusion over Mandela’s location
The South African government won’t address confusion about where ill former president Nelson Mandela is being treated.
bbc.co.uk – Secret Serengeti caught on camera
Scientists are using millions of images of Africa’s elusive animals to find out how they co-exist in the Serengeti.
bbc.co.uk – Greece jobless rate rises to 24.8%
Greece’s unemployment rate rose to 24.8 percent in the third quarter from 23.6 percent in the previous three month period, the ASE national statistics agency said Thursday.
bbc.co.uk – Eurozone bank deal boosts summit
EU leaders go into a Brussels summit buoyed by a key deal on centralised supervision of eurozone banks, seen as a major integration step.
news.com.au – IMF’s Lagarde praises Euro deal on banks
IMF boss Christine Lagarde has welcomed the deal to create a single body to oversee European banks.
bbc.co.uk – Spain seizes former Egypt leader Hosni Mubarak’s assets
Police in Spain say they have seized assets linked to former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak worth some 28m euros (£23m; $34m).
bbc.co.uk – Hugo Chavez ‘recovering from cancer surgery bleeding’
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suffered bleeding during surgery for cancer in Cuba on Tuesday but is recovering well, his Communications Minister said.
news.com.au – Castro says economic reforms are working
Cuban President Raul Castro has told his country’s lawmakers that the country’s economy has the wind at its back.
bbc.co.uk – Footballers ‘beaten up’ in Brazil
An Argentine football club accuses Brazilian security officials of beating and pulling guns on its players during half time at a cup final in Sao Paulo.
bbc.co.uk – Hamas stages rare West Bank rally
Thousands of Palestinians take part in the first mass rally organised by Islamist militant group Hamas in the West Bank since 2007.
news.com.au – Syrian regime ‘approaching collapse’: NATO
NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is approaching collapse.
bbc.co.uk – Syrian rebels may win – Russia
A Russian official says for the first time that the Syrian government is losing “more and more control” and may lose the conflict against rebels.
bbc.co.uk – Iran hails nuclear talks progress
Iran hails progress at talks with the UN nuclear watchdog in Tehran, but the IAEA has made no comment yet on the first meeting since August.
bbc.co.uk – Benghazi furore ends Rice hopes
UN Ambassador Susan Rice withdraws her name for consideration from the race to succeed Hillary Clinton as US secretary of state, the White House says.
bbc.co.uk – Boehner defiant over fiscal cliff
US House Speaker John Boehner rejects President Barack Obama’s demand for more power to raise the US debt limit as part of any “fiscal cliff” deal.
news.com.au – US rejects UN treaty over internet rift
The United States is refusing to sign a global telecom treaty being negotiated at a UN gathering in Dubai because it opens the door to governmental regulation of the internet, the US delegation chief said.
bbc.co.uk – Spielberg leads Golden Globe race
Steven Spielberg’s presidential biopic Lincoln will battle it out with Ben Affleck’s Argo for best motion picture drama at this year’s Golden Globes.