bangkokpost.com – Abhisit: This will be tough
Bangkok governor candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen’s opening act is the prime minister – and incumbent Sukhumbhand Paribatra can draw crowds as well, as the Democrat Party leader says it looks like a tight race to March 3.
nationmultimedia.com – High in presentation, low in content
The election campaigns for Bangkok governor are still focused on presentation rather than the details of policies, marketing gurus said. While Pheu Thai candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen’s presentation is better than that of his Democrat rival Sukhumbhand Paribatra, the incumbent governor’s campaign is seen as better in content.
mcot.net – Bangkokians want problems engaged, solved
Solutions to traffic congestion, pollution, rising crime and development of mass transport are high on the agenda of demands for the next Bangkok governor to solve, according to an academic poll of city voters
mcot.net – Education Minister says no need at the moment for border police
Education Minister says no need at the moment for border police to teach in southern provinces; urges southern educators to recommend security plan
bangkokpost.com – ‘B50,000 or go to jail’
Police caught on video extorting a cashier, demanding B50,000 bail after they accused her of conspiring to sell counterfeit goods, which she denied.
nationmultimedia.com – Day of protests
It was a day of protests in Bangkok yesterday, when three groups of people held separate demonstrations to air their grievances and make their demands.
bangkokpost.com – Buying time for Rohingya
Thailand decides to shelter more than 1,000 Rohingya illegal migrants for six months in hopes that a solution to the problem will emerge by that time.
nationmultimedia.com – Yingluck, Hun Sen to discuss temple at February meeting
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to discuss the Preah Vihear border dispute with her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen when she visits Phnom Penh early next month.
bangkokpost.com – Activists protest against Somyot’s conviction
Dozens of anti-Article 112 activists on Friday burned mock law textbooks in front of the Criminal Court in protest against the prison sentence given to Somyot Prueksakasensuk, former editor of Voice of Taksin magazine.
mcot.net – Think tank warns of surging public debt, overspending
The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) urged the government to reduce the country’s public debt, especially due to the annual Bt200 billion loss incurred from the highly-criticised rice pledging scheme which is set to drag on to 2017.
nationmultimedia.com – FTI urges BOT to take 7 steps to ease impact of rising baht
The Federation of Thai Industries will propose seven measures to the Bank of Thailand next week to deal with the rising baht, which it says has hurt some members’ business.
mcot.net – Transport Ministry to spend Bt3 billion in airport development nationwide
Civil Aviation Department plans to spend a three billion baht budget to construct and develop six Thailand airports nationwide to link with transportation routes with other countries in ASEAN, according to Director-General Voradej Harnprasert.
bbc.co.uk – N Korea warns South on sanctions
North Korea issues another warning – this time to Seoul – a day after announcing plans for a third nuclear test.
bangkokpost.com – Singapore govt faces test in by-election
Voters in a Singapore suburb have begun casting ballots in a by-election that tests the public mood two years after the ruling party suffered its worst ever poll performance.
bbc.co.uk – Japan-China in talks to calm row
An envoy for Japanese PM Shinzo Abe meets China’s leader Xi Jinping in Beijing, amid a growing territorial dispute.
news.com.au – Indonesia tries to control flooding
Heavy rain over the mega-city of Jakarta last week caused 32 deaths and authorities there are trying to use cloud-seeding to avoid more flooding.
bbc.co.uk – Apple audit finds under-age workers
A supply audit carried out by Apple finds 74 under-age workers were sent to one of its factories by an agency.
bbc.co.uk – Flag protests: 12 petrol bombs thrown at police
Up to 12 petrol bombs have been thrown at the police during disorder following a union flag protest in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, the police have said.
news.com.au – UK voters would choose to quit EU: poll
A poll shows most British voters would choose to quit the EU if a referendum were held today.
bbc.co.uk – UK GDP: Economy shrank at end of 2012
The UK economy shrank by 0.3% in the last three months of 2012, further fuelling fears that the economy could re-enter recession.
news.com.au – London’s West End is ‘most expensive’ CBD
London’s West End has overtaken Hong Kong as the world’s most expensive business district.
bbc.co.uk – Snow causing problems in parts of UK
More snow is falling across parts of the UK, while forecasters warn of heavy rain which could lead to flooding at the weekend.
bbc.co.uk – Mali troops ‘take northern town’
Malian and French troops retake the town of Hombori, officials say, as they continue their push northwards towards the Islamist stronghold of Gao.
bbc.co.uk – UN ‘plan to fight rebels in DRC’
The UN wants to set up an intervention force to fight rebels fuelling conflict in DR Congo, a UN peacekeeping official says.
bbc.co.uk – UN: Floods displace 70,000 and kill 36 in Mozambique
At least 36 people have died and nearly 70,000 have been displaced because of flooding in Mozambique, the UN says.
bbc.co.uk – Portuguese flee economic crisis
More than 2% of Portugal’s population have emigrated in the past two years, according to a government official with responsibility for overseeing the subject.
bbc.co.uk – ECB loans: European banks to repay early
Some of the banks in Europe that received billions in cheap loans to keep them afloat during the eurozone debt crisis are to repay them early.
bbc.co.uk – Davos 2013: Draghi sees 2013 eurozone recovery
European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi says he expects the eurozone economy to begin recovering in the second half of this year.
bbc.co.uk – Earthquake shakes northern Italy
An earthquake shakes parts of northern Italy and is felt as far away as Milan and Florence, although there are no immediate reports of injuries.
bbc.co.uk – Deadly prison riot in Venezuela
At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a prison riot in south-western Venezuela, hospital staff say.
bbc.co.uk – Brazil to carry out Amazon survey
Brazil says it will carry out a detailed survey of the Amazon rainforest in an effort to catalogue its trees and record levels of deforestation.
bbc.co.uk – Protests erupt in Bahrain capital
Tear gas and stun grenades are fired by police against anti-government protesters in the Bahraini capital, Manama.
bbc.co.uk – Fatal clashes on Egypt uprising anniversary
Egyptian opposition supporters are protesting across the country on the second anniversary of the uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power, with five people killed in the city of Suez.
news.com.au – Calls for Syria action at Davos forum
Experts and diplomats at Davos have urged more action on Syria’s conflict saying it was threatening to settle into a long and bloody war.
news.com.au – 6400 arrive at Jordan camp in 24 hours
More than 6400 Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan’s Zaatari camp in 24 hours, bringing the number of arrivals in January to 30,000.
bbc.co.uk – Obama recess appointments quashed
A US court issues an “unprecedented” ruling that appointments made by President Barack Obama during a Senate recess were unconstitutional.
bbc.co.uk – US new-home sales best since 2009
US sales of newly-built homes last year were the best since 2009, new data shows, despite the market slowing in December.
bangkokpost.com – USADA chief: Armstrong lied to Oprah
US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart says Lance Armstrong lied in his confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey, and the shamed cyclist has until February 6 to “cooperate fully” if he wants to lessen his life ban.
bbc.co.uk – Apple loses most valuable crown
Another fall in Apple’s shares means the company loses the title as the world’s most valuable publicly-traded company.