bangkokpost.com – The battle for Bangkok
Forget all those polls showing incumbent governor MR Sukhumbhand ahead of the fresh face, drug-fighter Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, because there are many silent voters still undecided.
mcot.net – CCTV cameras, electrical power poles torched in Yala
CCTV cameras, electrical power poles torched by presumed insurgents at 8 locations in 5 Yala districts
nationmultimedia.com – Populism, friction hurt Thai rating
Thailand is convinced it deserves an “A” sovereign credit rating, but several fiscal measures and renewed political tensions are now clouding the prospects of an immediate upgrade.
bangkokpost.com – Temple rally sizzles, fizzles
A small rally at the Cambodian border demanding the return of Preah Vihear temple folded in the face of a counter-rally by just 50 Si Sa Ket villagers.
nationmultimedia.com – Hospitals balk at taking patients in payment row
The government should replace the term “emergency” with “critical” when defining medical conditions that require urgent attention, as the definition has caused confusion among both healthcare providers and patients while making private hospitals reluctant to provide life-saving treatmen
bangkokpost.com – Travelling crooks
Immigration police have an ambitious goal: Weed out the gangsters from Latin America, Africa, South Asia and Iran-Iraq, and make Thailand safer.
news.com.au – Three die in Myanmar attack on Kachin base
Thousands of people have been displaced in Kachin since June 2011 when a 17-year ceasefire between the Myanmar government and the KIA broke down.
news.com.au – 8 missing after boat sinks off Malaysia
A boat carring Indonesian illegal migrants has capsized near the southern Malaysian state of Johor, with eight people missing.
bangkokpost.com – Beijing under ‘worst smog ever’
Mask-wearing Beijing residents entered a fourth day of pollution at hazardous levels Monday, as authorities warned that a thick cloud of smog may not lift from the Chinese capital until midweek.
news.com.au – Tens of thousands protest Taiwan president
Taiwan has seen the largest anti-government action since President Ma Ying-jeou was re-elected to his second four-year term a year ago.
bbc.co.uk – Bushfire damages NSW observatory
A major bushfire destroys at least 33 homes in New South Wales and damages an observatory home to Australia’s largest telescope.
news.com.au – China approves new $11bn Beijing airport
A new airport to be built in Beijing will cost at least $US11.2 billion, with six runways for civilian aircraft and a seventh for military use.
bbc.co.uk – India Kumbh Mela festival begins
Thousands bathe in Allahabad in India at the start of the Kumbh Mela festival, held every 12 years and billed as the biggest gathering on Earth.
bbc.co.uk – New state pension ‘to be simpler’
Details of a flat-rate state pension probably starting in April 2017 and thought to be around the equivalent of £144 today are to be outlined by the government.
bbc.co.uk – Heavier snowfall predicted around UK
A thin layer of snow fell in many parts of England overnight, but forecasters warn that heavier and more widespread snowfall is on its way.
bbc.co.uk – Jaguar Land Rover to add 800 jobs
Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover says it is to create 800 new jobs at its plant in Solihull as it announces record sales for 2012.
news.com.au – Steam train chugs through London’s Tube
A 19th century steam engine has made a special journey through London to mark the 150th anniversary of the world’s oldest underground rail network.
bbc.co.uk – France vows ‘short’ Mali campaign
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says his country’s involvement in the campaign against Islamists in Mali will last “a matter of weeks”.
news.com.au – 200 dead from violence in Kenya: Red Cross
At least 200 people have been killed in violence in Kenya’s southeast since August, the Red Cross says.
bbc.co.uk – Court orders retrial for Mubarak
A court in Egypt orders a retrial for former President Hosni Mubarak after accepting his appeal against a life sentence over the killing of protesters.
bbc.co.uk – Paris rally against gay marriage
Hundreds of thousands of protesters take to the streets of Paris over plans to give gay couples in France the right to marry and adopt children.
bbc.co.uk – Georgia approves prisoner amnesty
The Georgian parliament approves the release of around 3,000 prisoners, following a prisoner abuse scandal that hit the previous administration.
bbc.co.uk – Venezuelan leaders back in Havana
Venezuela’s most senior political leaders are back in Cuba, where President Hugo Chavez is still recovering from his fourth cancer operation in 18 months.
bbc.co.uk – Colombia seeks ‘faster’ Farc talks
Leading Colombian government negotiator Humberto de la Calle calls for a faster pace to peace negotiations with Farc rebels in Havana.
news.com.au – Children killed in Syria bombardment
Observers say at least nine people, including a number of children, have been killed in shelling targeting a town east of Damascus.
bbc.co.uk – Syrians face ‘staggering’ crisis
The Middle East faces a “staggering” humanitarian crisis due to the conflict in Syria, according to an international aid agency.
bbc.co.uk – West Bank tent protesters evicted
Israeli forces evict Palestinian activists who had pitched tents in an area of the West Bank where Israel is planning fresh settlement building.
bbc.co.uk – New York State declares influenza emergency
The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, has declared a public health emergency because of the severity of this year’s influenza season.
bangkokpost.com – Java ‘danger’ for everyone
The US Department of Homeland Security has warned computer users worldwide to disable or uninstall Java from their web browsers because of “a serious security vulnerability” discovered by researchers and likely to be in use already by hackers.