bangkokpost.com – Tempest over the temple
We’re not giving up the fight to claim the territory around Preah Vihear temple, say Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha and the foreign minister – but “patriots” call them traitors for respecting the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
mcot.net – Nearly 2,000 police officers in training to go South soon
A new batch of 1,800 “security police,” recruited from former soldiers holding the rank of private, with experience in Thailand’s far South, will be dispatched to the three troubled provinces soon, Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said today.
nationmultimedia.com – PAD threatens to take to streets again over Preah Vihear
The ongoing battle with Cambodia over the ancient Hindu temple Preah Vihear has renewed the political fervour of the nationalist People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), who threatened yesterday to hold street protests if the government failed to reject the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
nationmultimedia.com – Thida to seek clarification from judges on charter
Red-shirt chairwoman Thida Thawornseth said she was preparing to send an open letter to the Constitution Court judges seeking clarification on its advice that a national referendum should be conducted before a charter rewrite.
bangkokpost.com – Soap opera blackout
Channel 3 has cancelled the final episode of Nua Mek 2 about a crooked politician, the “TSI” and black magic – apparently under political pressure.
nationmultimedia.com – Abhisit to file second suit against Sukampol
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said he would file a complaint with the Administrative Court and the National Anti-Corruption Commission for a second time, saying an order by Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat was unlawful and Sukampol had abused his power.
bangkokpost.com – No help for business
There was a flat “hell, no” from the government to businesses who asked for a 50 billion baht compensation fund to help pay the 300-baht minimum wage.
bangkokpost.com – B2bn blood plasma centre planned
Thai Red Cross Society (TRCS) will join with a Korean firm to set up the first international blood plasma centre in Southeast Asia, in Chon Buri.
bangkokpost.com – China orders media crackdown
China closed the website of a leading reformist magazine on Friday and ordered a crackdown on “irregular practices” by media outlets.
bbc.co.uk – Thousands flee Tasmania wildfires
Wildfires blaze across the Australian island of Tasmania, forcing thousands of people to flee and destroying at least 80 homes.
bbc.co.uk – China orphanage fire kills seven children in Henan
At least seven children have died after fire broke out in a private orphanage in China’s northern Henan province, state-run media report.
bangkokpost.com – 9 dead in Philippine shootings
A man who was apparently intoxicated fatally shot eight people, including a pregnant woman, her three-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old girl, before being shot dead by police on Friday.
bbc.co.uk – Japan sends envoy to soothe ties with South Korea
A Japanese special envoy has met the South Korean president-elect in Seoul in a move aimed at helping soothe relations between the two countries.
bangkokpost.com – Cambodia arrests Russian tycoon
A real estate tycoon was among three Russian men arrested and charged in Cambodia over accusations they threatened and locked up the crew of a boat at knifepoint, an official said Friday.
news.com.au – Tuna sells for record $1.7m in Tokyo
A 222 kilogram tuna caught off northeastern Japan has sold for a record $A1.69 million at a Tokyo auction.
bbc.co.uk – Get tougher on obesity, says Labour
Labour urges the government to consider legal limits on sugar, salt and fat as it launches a consultation on how to tackle obesity.
news.com.au – Water cannon used in protests in Belfast
A second straight night of pro-British protests has flared up in Belfast, with several police officers injured.
bbc.co.uk – Sudan leaders hold crisis talks
The leaders of Sudan and South Sudan are to meet to address disputes that brought them close to war following the South’s independence in 2011.
bbc.co.uk – Nigeria police reveal ‘ransom’
South Korean firm Hyundai paid a ransom of $190,000 (£118,000) to free six workers kidnapped last month, Nigerian police say.
bbc.c.uk – New meteorite type in Morocco
A 2.1-billion year-old lump of rock that fell to Earth in Morocco is a new type of Martian meteorite, say scientists.
bbc.co.uk – Patriot missiles on way to Turkey
Nato has begun to deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey to help defend it against threats from neighbouring Syria.
bbc.co.uk – Germany retail sales higher in 2012
Retail sales in Germany rose as much as 2.1% last year as Europe’s largest economy took the eurozone debt crisis in its stride, according to the Federal Statistical Office.
bbc.co.uk – Rare TV interview by Spanish king
King Juan Carlos of Spain gives a rare television interview, admitting his ‘hurt’ at the forced economic migration of young Spaniards.
bbc.co.uk – Virgin France declares insolvency
Virgin France is to declare itself insolvent, the latest music chain to fail against a backdrop of consumers shifting to buying music online.
bbc.co.uk – Chavez ‘can rule without oath’
Venezuela’s vice-president says Hugo Chavez can begin his new six-year term in office, even if he is too ill to be sworn-in on Thursday.
bbc.co.uk – Two dead in Chile ‘arson attack’
A Chilean couple are killed in a suspected arson attack on their home, in an area which has seen a string of attacks over indigenous land rights.
bbc.co.uk – Huge Fatah rally staged in Gaza
Supporters of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas hold the biggest rally of its kind in Gaza since rivals Hamas came to power there in 2007.
news.com.au – Syria slams ‘biased’ UN report on conflict
The Syrian foreign ministry says the UN showed a “lack of professionalism” in producing its report on the conflict in the country.
bbc.co.uk – Sandy aid bill approved by US House
The US Congress passes an aid package for victims of “superstorm” Sandy days after an outcry from politicians in hard-hit areas over a delay in approval.
bbc.co.uk – US unemployment rate steady
The US economy added a further 155,000 jobs in December, while the unemployment rate held steady at 7.8%, official figures show.