bangkokpost.com – Incumbent scoffs at poll
Incumbent MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra says the early poll that shows he is running behind Pongsapat Pongcharoen is meaningless – and says the Bangkok governor will always have confrontations with the government, Pheu Thai or Democrat.
bangkokpost.com – School murder shocks PM
The prime minister wants an investigation of the “cold-blooded” murder of a teacher Tuesday – in a school that wasn’t even put on a high-risk list by Isoc.
nationmultimedia.com – Schools in Narathiwat shut after the killing of teacher
In the wake of the fatal shooting of a Thai-Muslim teacher, all 378 schools in Narathiwat province were closed yesterday at the conclusion of a meeting by a teachers’ network.
bangkokpost.com – Somyot fallout
The UN says the lese majeste sentence is part of a “disturbing trend” – but the judge says the 10-year sentence is both fair and appropriate.
bangkokpost.com – Malaysians arrive for second wives
A Songkhla provincial mosque has become a popular destination for Malaysia’s married Muslim men looking for a valid second marriage – or even third and fourth – after their polygamous request is rejected by their first wife, whose permission is required.
mcot.net – Minister says safety measures for southern teachers to get boost
The government is ready to deploy more state personnel to provide safety to schools and teachers in violence-plagued areas in Thailand’s far South, a senior officials said.
mcot.net – Narathiwat Teachers’ Federation want SMS alerts on possible attacks
The Narathiwat Teachers’ Federation has asked that security agencies send SMS alerts to teachers on possible attacks and urged the authorities to arrest and prosecute gunmen.
bangkokpost.com – Baht set for biggest weekly loss
Thailand’s baht was headed for its biggest weekly loss since June amid concern its appreciation to a 17-month high versus the United States dollar and a four-year high against the yen will hurt exports. Government bonds held steady.
bangkokpost.com – Kittiratt discourages baht intervention
Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said on Thursday the Bank of Thailand should avoid intervention that fights against market forces to stem the baht’s appreciation even as he pushes for a weaker currency.
mcot.net – BoT sees no attack on Thai baht by foreign investors
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has reaffirmed that it sees no sign of attacks on the Thai baht or currency manipulation in the local market as feared in some business quarters.
nationmultimedia.com – Positive outlook ‘clouded by politics’
Like its peers in Asia, Thailand’s credit rating outlook remains positive, though any political instability – even if it does not include large-scale street protests like in 2010 – could dampen the Kingdom’s long-term prospects, an analyst from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services warned.
bangkokpost.com – Clinic to be built at Government House
An infirmary will be opened at Government House after former deputy prime minister and tourism and sports minister Chumpol Silpa-archa died at parliament on Monday.
mcot.net – Survey reveals small businesses risk closure due to wage hike
This month’s enforcement of Thailand’s 300 baht minimum wage will force more than half the country’s small businesses to close in the next six months if the government fails to take concrete action to remedy the situation, according to a university survey.
bangkokpost.com – Thais need to be realistic on AEC
Thais need to reset their perceptions to embrace the changing socio-political-economic terrain in the region ahead of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, a seminar, “Asean Studies” at the Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, concluded.
bangkokpost.com – M’sian police rescue 9 children
Kuala Lumpur – Police have rescued nine children and arrested 33 suspected members of a child trafficking syndicate in northern Malaysia, a state police chief said Thursday.
bangkokpost.com – China to train Cambodian army
China has signed a contract to train the Cambodian army and to supply Phnom Penh with new and updated weapons, starting with 12 helicopters.
bbc.co.uk – David Cameron wants European Union reformer legacy
Prime Minister David Cameron has said he wants to be remembered as the person who secured Britain’s place in a reformed European Union.
news.com.au – Cameron warns companies on taxes
British Prime Minister David Cameron has foreshadowed a crackdown on tax avoidance, calling on multinational corporations to “pay their fair share”.
news.com.au – Anonymous hackers jailed for PayPal attack
A London court has jailed two computer hackers with the group Anonymous for cyber-attacks on websites that refused to process payments to WikiLeaks.
bbc.co.uk – Fall in crime in England and Wales ‘may be exaggerated’
A study of crime trends in England and Wales has suggested the fall in offences recorded by police may have been exaggerated.
bbc.co.uk – Schools miss top university grades
Almost a quarter of England’s sixth forms and colleges have failed to produce any pupils with the top A-level grades sought by leading universities.
bbc.co.uk – More snow forecast for parts of UK
There are warnings of further snow in the UK on Friday, as the weather continues to cause disruption in parts of the country.
bbc.co.uk – Mali army probes executions claim
The Malian army investigates claims that soldiers have carried out summary executions as they fight to recapture the Islamist-controlled north.
news.com.au – Breakaway rebels want peace talks in Mali
As French planes destroy Islamist bases in Mali, breakaway militants have called for peace talks and rebels have abandoned the fabled city of Timbuktu.
news.com.au – Clashes on eve of Egypt anniversary
Police and youths have clashed on the eve of the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, with more protests expected.
bbc.co.uk – Crocodiles ‘in mass SA escape’
Some 15,000 crocodiles reportedly escaped from a farm in South Africa’s far north amid heavy rains and flooding.
bbc.co.uk – Spain unemployment rate hit a record: youth rate at 55%
Spain’s unemployment rate has hit a modern day record, and joblessness among young people has topped 55%.
bbc.co.uk – Greece threatens striking workers
Greece’s government threatens transport workers whose eight-day strike has crippled the Athens metro, telling them to return to work or face arrest.
bbc.co.uk – Europeans urged to leave Benghazi
British, German and Dutch nationals are advised to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi immediately because of an “imminent” threat to Westerners.
bbc.co.uk – Davos 2013: Merkel says Europe must stick to austerity
European nations must stick to continuing austerity measures to reduce government debt levels, the German Chancellor has said.
bbc.co.uk – French court orders Twitter to reveal racists’ details
A French court has ordered Twitter to hand over details of users who spread anti-Semitic messages, months after offensive tweets were removed.
bbc.co.uk – Ukraine and Shell sign gas deal
Ukraine signs a major shale gas deal with Royal Dutch Shell – a move seen as an attempt by Kiev to reduce its dependency on Russian gas imports.
bbc.co.uk – Farc: Peace talks are accelerating
Colombia’s Farc spokesman Jesus Santrich says common ground on land reform is being found and the parts are advancing “in the rhythm of mambo”.
bbc.co.uk – False Hugo Chavez photo withdrawn
The Spanish newspaper El Pais apologises after withdrawing a photo of a sick Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez which it now says is a fake.
bbc.co.uk – Al-Qaeda leader ‘dies in Yemen’
A senior leader of Yemen’s local branch of al-Qaeda, Said al-Shehri, dies of wounds he received last November, says the state’s government.
news.com.au – US slams N. Korea over nuclear test threat
Washington has condemned as “needlessly provocative” a North Korean threat of a nuclear test aimed at the US and imposed new sanctions.
bbc.co.uk – Kerry eyes Mid-East talks revival
US Senator John Kerry warns a failure of a Middle East two-state solution would be “disastrous”, at his confirmation hearing as secretary of state.
bbc.co.uk – Economist attacks US ‘inequality’
The richest 1% of Americans now hold 25% of US wealth and more must be done to boost equality, says Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz in Davos.
news.com.au – Reader sues Armstrong over autobiographies
A number of readers are suing disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in a California court for denying he used drugs in his two autobiographies.