nationmultiedia.com – French, Swedish fugitives nabbed
Phuket Immigration Police have arrested two foreign fugitives – a Frenchman accused of sexually assaulting a disabled person and a Swede wanted for fraud and tax evasion.
bangkokpost.com – Japan ties grow closer
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had an audience with His Majesty the King, and then talked of joining projects with Thailand including high-speed trains, water management and the Dawei deepwater port.
bangkokpost.com – Killers hit school driver
A driver taking seven people to school was shot dead as terrified children watched, just a day after teachers pledged not to abandon their students.
bangkokpost.com – Government needs to prioritise
The government needs to wisely choose which urgent problems to deal with – political, constitutional, education or labour, former secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Surin Pitsuwan said Thursday.
nationmultimedia.com – Red shirts’ amnesty plan is short on details
The debate over amnesty in connection with the 2010 political mayhem will not make headway unless the red shirts get down to the specifics of what such legal absolution would entail.
nationmultimedia.com – Democrats demand action against reds
Democrat MPs yesterday called on the government to investigate and prepare to take legal measures now that the Criminal Court has found that the red shirts also used weapons during the 2010 political turmoil.
mcot.net – Red Shirt co-leader Jeng Dokjik given 2-year jail term for lese majeste
Thailand’s Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced Red Shirt activist and former comedian Yossawaris Chuklom, also known as Jeng Dokjik, two-year imprisonment delivering a speech insulting to the country’s revered monarch.
bangkokpost.com – Give them shelter
A Thai Islamic group has finally spoken out on the Rohingya tragedy, calling for compassion and movement to a third country for the latest 800-plus Myanmar.
nationmultimedia.com – UN set to begin assistance measures
Relief operations by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help Rohingya migrants are set to begin in earnest now that Thai authorities have given the go-ahead, agency spokeswoman Vivian Tan said yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – Red shirts keep ‘widow ghost’ away
Fearful villagers in tambon Tha Sawang have hung red shirts in front of their homes to repel a “widow ghost” rumoured to have taken the lives of 10 apparently healthy men in the village since last month.
nationmultimedia.com – High baht yet to hit tourism, operators say
The stronger baht has not flustered the tourism scene so far, but operators are monitoring the situation closely so that they can make adjustments to cope with any change in the business environment.
mcot.net – Rapidly stronger baht worries Thai central bank governor, finance minister
Bank of Thailand (BoT) Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul expressed concern today at the rapidly appreciating Thai currency during the past two days but refused to commit regarding whether an intervention in the currency markets is underway.
bangkokpost.com – Got you (half) covered
The AIS mobile network promised to speed up work, and have half the country talking and downloading on full 3G service by March 31.
bangkokpost.com – Jakarta emergency declared as floods swamp president’s office
Indonesia declared a state of emergency in Jakarta as a third day of flooding brought traffic to a standstill in the city of 9.6 million people and swamped the offices of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
bbc.co.uk – China growth slows to 13-year low
China’s economy, the world’s second largest, grows at its slowest pace in 13 years as domestic and global demand weakened.
bbc.co.uk – More UK casualties feared in Algeria
UK officials are preparing for possible “multiple British casualties” after the Algerian hostage crisis was ended, the BBC has learned.
news.com.au – Horsemeat in burgers horrifies Brits
Britain’s biggest supermarket chain has taken out full-page newspaper ads to apologise for an unwanted ingredient in some of its hamburgers: horsemeat.
bbc.co.uk – Snow forecast for much of the UK
Much of the UK is braced for snow as the cold weather threatens to cause severe disruption, with a “rare” red weather warning issued in Wales.
bangkokpost.com – ’50 dead’ in attack on Algeria Islamists
Algerian troops Thursday launched strikes on a gas complex where Islamists are holding dozens of foreigners killing nearly 50 people, most of them hostages, the kidnappers said.
news.com.au – South Sudan army ‘withdrawing’ from border
The South Sudan government says it has started withdrawing troops from its northern border.
bbc.co.uk – Zimbabwe ‘deal’ over constitution
Zimbabwe’s rival political leaders say they have reached a deal over a new constitution, removing a key obstacle to holding elections.
bbc.co.uk – Ex-Greek minister faces tax probe
The Greek parliament votes to investigate ex-finance Minister George Papaconstantinou for allegedly tampering with a list suspected tax evaders.
news.com.au – EU agrees to mission to train Mali army
EU ministers have agreed to send military trainers for Mali’s embattled army and fund an African-led intervention force to fend off Islamist rebels.
bbc.co.uk – ‘Lavish profit’ from match-fixing
Match-fixing in football now generates hundreds of billions of euros per year – revenues comparable to big multinational companies, Interpol warns.
news.com.au – More than 100 killed in Syria ‘massacre’
A Syria watchdog says more than 100 civilians have been killed in a new “massacre” when the army swept through farmlands north of Homs.
news.com.au – 22 killed in third day of Iraq violence
Bombings across Iraq targeting Shi’ite Muslims have killed 22 people in the third consecutive day of violence.
bbc.co.uk – Gaddafi son in court appearance
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, appears on trial in western Libya on charges of threatening national security.
bbc.co.uk – Armstrong says sorry for doping
Lance Armstrong admits using performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins.
bbc.co.uk – Handgun found in school bag of New York seven-year-old
A handgun has been discovered in the school bag of a seven-year-old boy in New York City, prompting a temporary lockdown at his elementary school.