nationmultimedia.com – The countdown begins
The battle for Bangkok governor officially starts today – the first day of candidate registration. The election will be a direct contest between the two major parties, the ruling Pheu Thai and the opposition Democrat Party. None of the political parties linked to former premier Thaksin Shinawatra – Thai Rak Thai, People Power, and Pheu Thai – has won the election even when they were in power. Despite winning the general elections to run the country, they have never won the hearts of Bangkokians. The Democrats have retained their popularity in Bangkok.
mcot.net – Pongsapat gets number 9, Sukhumbhand gets number 16,
Pongsapat gets number 9, Sukhumbhand gets number 16, Kosit number 10, Seripisut number 11 in drawing numbers for Bangkok governorship election
bangkokpost.com – The cost of shrimp
For the third time in eight years, US trade protectionists are investigating alleged dumping by Thailand and six other countries in an industry worth 120 billion baht a year.
bangkokpost.com – Democrat duo in NACC’s sights
The criminal litigation case by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his then-deputy Suthep Thaugsuban over their involvement in the 2010 political violence is being closely scrutinised.
nationmultimedia.com – Pheu Thai unveils grand plan for Bangkok
Phumtham Wechayachai, secretary-general of Pheu Thai Party, which runs the central government, wants to sell Bangkok voters on a practical strategy to improve their quality of life and make their city one of the world’s leading capitals.
mcot.net – All of Chiang Mai named cold weather disaster zone
All of Chiang Mai named cold weather disaster zone, affecting some 200,000 homes; Lamphun’s Li & Ban Thi districts declared drought zones
bangkokpost.com – ‘No refugees here’
“Nimby” cries a citizen’s group in Ranong, Not In My Backyard – setting up a confrontation with human rights groups worried about the Rohingya.
mcot.net – All set for cabinet meeting in Thailand’s North today
The provincial administration and private sector here are expected to show up in full force as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra leads her ministers and high-ranking officials to a mobile cabinet meeting in this primarily agricultural province today.
bangkokpost.com – Government reviews strike plans
State transport agencies have been ordered to prepare contingency plans in the wake of the Thai Airways (THAI) labour strike which disrupted dozens of flights and left hundreds of passengers stranded.
nationmultimedia.com – First-car scheme may hit buying power in low-priced-home segment
Property developers that sell housing priced between Bt1 million and Bt3 million may suffer from a drop in purchasing power of potential customers with monthly incomes around Bt20,000 if they bought vehicles under the first-car tax-incentive scheme last year.
bbc.co.uk – Burma attack breaks Kachin truce near China border
The Burmese army has launched a fresh attack on rebel Kachin forces in the north of the country, breaking a short-lived government ceasefire.
news.com.au – Snow causes chaos in China
Snow in northern China has forced the cancellation of more than 100 flights and the closure of dozens of highways.
bbc.co.uk – Cruise ship rescues French sailor
A French sailor who had spent three days adrift in a life raft in the Southern Ocean off the coast of Tasmania in Australia is rescued by a cruise ship.
bbc.co.uk – Terror threat to last ‘decades’
David Cameron warns of a ‘decades-long’ battle against Islamist terrorism in north Africa, after at least three Britons are killed in a four-day siege.
bbc.co.uk – ‘Strong case’ for EU referendum, says Hague
There is a “strong case” for the British public to decide on the UK’s future relationship with Europe in a referendum, William Hague has said.
news.com.au – Snow causes more cancellations at Heathrow
As Britain braces for more heavy snow, London’s Heathrow Airport has cancelled more flights, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
bbc.co.uk – Algeria hostage death toll ‘rises’
At least 48 hostages are now thought to have died in a siege at an Algerian gas plant, as reports say 25 bodies found at the complex on Sunday were all captives.
news.com.au – At least 15 bodies found in Nigerian river
Police in Nigeria have found at least 15 unidentified corpses floating on a river in southeast Anambra state.
news.com.au – Islamists in Algeria attack vow more raids
The Islamists behind the Algerian hostage crisis at a BP gas plant have vowed to launch more strikes against the West and some African nations.
bbc.co.uk – France wants ‘reconquest’ of Mali
France is aiming for a “total reconquest” of Mali in its military offensive against militants there, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says.
bbc.co.uk – Four dead in Russia coal mine accident
At least four miners have died and four more are missing following an accident at a Russian coal mine.
bbc.co.uk – Rally in Athens against Greece’s Golden Dawn
Some 3,000 people have taken part in a demonstration in the Greek capital Athens to protest against the rise of the neo-fascist party Golden Dawn.
news.com.au – Frankfurt airport brought to standstill
Freezing rain that created ice problems brought Frankfurt airport to a standstill and caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled or re-routed.
bbc.co.uk – Colombia Farc rebels end truce
Colombia’s Farc rebels end their two-month-long unilateral ceasefire hours after the president said security forces were prepared for possible attacks.
bbc.co.uk – Hugo Chavez is ‘gaining strength’
Venezuela’s ailing President Hugo Chavez is “gaining strength” and progressing with his cancer treatment, says Vice-President Nicolas Maduro.
bbc.co.uk – Brazil city fights dengue fever
The Brazilian city of Campo Grande is on high alert as hundreds of people a day are infected with dengue fever, a flu-like illness which can be lethal.
bbc.co.uk – Syria’s Muallem calls for talks
Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem invites the “nationalistic opposition” to lay down its weapons and join talks to form a new government.
news.com.au – 4 die in Egypt clashes
Overnight clashes between police and residents of a densely populated district just north of Cairo have left four people dead and 12 wounded.
news.com.au – Part of courthouse burnt in Egypt clashes
A courthouse has been burnt in Egypt in a violent protest outside the trial of policemen accused of killing civilians during the Arab Spring uprising.
bbc.co.uk – Obama sworn in as US president
Barack Obama is officially sworn in for his second term as US president in a small ceremony at the White House.
bbc.co.uk – 49ers book place in Super Bowl
San Francisco reach their first Super Bowl since 1995 after shrugging off a dreadful start to stun the Atlanta Falcons 28-24.