bangkokpost.com – Port talks get serious
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will have 40 Thai businessmen with her for Monday’s meeting in Myanmar with President Thein Sein – as the plan to transform Dawei (Tavoy) into a trans-continental shipping hub takes shape.
nationmultimedia.com – Plan for charter hearings unveiled
Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan yesterday outlined the government’s road map for holding a referendum preceding the third and final reading of the charter-amendment bill.
bangkokpost.com – Just say ‘No’
Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is already urging a “No” vote on the referendum – to halt efforts to “whitewash” Thaksin by changing the constitution.
bangkokpost.com – Bitter fallout
Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan leaves party dissension after pulling out of the Bangkok governor race, claiming she never was a serious candidate.
nationmultimedia.com – Traffic in bangkok set to worsen in 2014, official warns
According to Chula Sukmanop, director-general of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, 2014 will be the worst due to the sharp increase in the number of vehicles and construction of several mega-projects. Though 80 per cent of vehicles bought under the first-car buyer scheme – estimated to reach 800,000 units – are registered in the provinces, it remains unknown how many will be brought to the capital.
bangkokpost.com – Closed schools to reopen in South
All schools that were ordered closed in three southern border provinces last Thursday and Friday will reopen today, the Confederation of Teachers of Southern Border Provinces affirmed on Sunday.
bangkokpost.com – Still the best
Muay Thai king Buakaw Por Pramuk retained his title and sent Fight Night fans home happy with a comfortable win over Belarus fighter Vitaly Hurkou.
bangkokpost.com – China to Japan: Don’t test us
China’s official news agency urged Japan’s new leaders Sunday not to “pick fights” with neighbours as election exit polls showed the hawkish Shinzo Abe on course to become the next prime minister.
bbc.co.uk – Typhoon Bopha: Philippines storm toll passes 1,000
The number of people killed after Typhoon Bopha struck the southern Philippines has risen to more than 1,000, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – N Koreans mark Kim Jong-il death
North Korea holds a ceremony marking a year since the death of Kim Jong-il, days after the country’s successful rocket launch.
bangkokpost.com – Japan PM concedes election defeat
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Sunday conceded defeat in the general election and said he was stepping down as leader from his humbled governing party.
bbc.co.uk – Home buyers ‘nervous about year ahead’
One in four prospective first-time buyers believe it will take them at least 10 years to have a deposit in place, a survey has suggested.
news.com.au – Assange to make embassy appearance
Julian Assange will make a public appearance in London this week to mark six months holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy.
bbc.co.uk – ‘No mandate’ on same-sex marriage
Almost 60 MPs and peers, including 35 Tories, sign an open letter opposing government plans to legislate same-sex marriages.
news.com.au – S Africa leader vows ‘meaningful change’
South African President Jacob Zuma, under pressure from a leadership challenge from his deputy, has promised meaningful economic change.
bbc.co.uk – Mandela remains in hospital
South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela remained in hospital for a ninth straight day on Sunday as he recovered from a lung infection and gallstone surgery.
bbc.co.uk – Egypt referendum count under way
Votes are counted in the first round of Egypt’s controversial referendum on a new constitution.
bbc.co.uk – Russian opposition rally arrests
Russian police briefly arrest several prominent opposition leaders at a rally against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
news.com.au – Thousands rally in France for gay marriage
Tens of thousands of people have rallied in France in support of the government’s plans to legalise gay marriage and adoption.
bbc.co.uk – Depardieu ‘to give up passport’
French actor Gerard Depardieu says he is handing back his French passport after the prime minister criticised him for moving to Belgium to avoid taxes.
bbc.co.uk – Venezuela votes in regional polls
Counting is under way after Venezuelans cast their votes for state governors and mayors as President Chavez recovers from cancer surgery.
news.com.au – Thousands flee Cyclone Evan in Fiji
Thousands of people have fled to evacuation centres in Fiji as authorities warn to “prepare for the worst” from a powerful category four cyclone.
news.com.au – Ecuador declares volcano alert
Ecuador has issued an orange alert — the second-highest warning level — for towns near the Tungurahua volcano.
bbc.co.uk – Damascus refugee camp ‘attacked’
A Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus has been attacked, activists say, causing an unknown number of casualties.
news.com.au – Neither side can win: Syria Vice president
Syrian Vice President Faruq al-Sharaa says neither his government nor the rebels fighting to overthrow it can win a decisive victory.
bbc.co.uk – Libya ‘to shut southern borders’
Libya’s parliament closes southern borders to try to stem the flow of illegal migrants and goods.
bbc.co.uk – Obama: US must protect children
President Obama says the US must do more to protect children, at a vigil for victims of the Connecticut shootings that left 20 pupils dead.
bbc.co.uk – Barclays: US energy fine ‘unjust’
Barclays says US regulators’ proposed fines of $470m (£291m) for its alleged manipulation of energy markets are “unjustified” and the allegations will not stand up.
news.com.au – Hobbit bests Rings with $US84.8m opening
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was far and away the biggest draw in North American theatres, with a haul of $US84.8 million ($A80.91 million).