mcot.net – Phuket expects Bt2 bln in circulation during Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day
Phuket’s Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) provincial office estimates that the upcoming Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day will generate around Bt2 billion in circulation for tourism here.
bangkokpost.com – Pillars of failure
Bangkok’s concrete memorial to corruption, incompetence and futility is finally coming down. It will cost 200 million baht to destroy the pillars of the Hopewell project – a final slap in the face for taxpayers who have borne the failure since 1990.
bangkokpost.com – Family connections
Police think the children of Kamnan Poh were among 10 people who abetted the “Godfather of Chon Buri” during his long run as a fugitive from the law.
nationmultimedia.com – ‘Poh’ arrest changes coalition’s dynamics
The arrest of fugitive convict Somchai “Kamnan Poh” Khunpluem has a number of political implications for the ruling coalition.
nationmultimedia.com – Raid finds empty Rohingya camp
Sleeping mats and abandoned belongings were all Hat Yai police found when they raided a camp yesterday that was suspected of illegally harbouring 200 Rohingya migrants.
bangkokpost.com – PM: It’s Skype hype
The prime minister and her spokesmen denied claims Thaksin attends cabinet via Skype – noting that even phones are not allowed during the meeting.
bangkokpost.com – Supat, sons charged with killing worker
Prosecutors in Phetchaburi province on Thursday charged Supat Laohawattana and his two sons for murdering a Myanmar worker and illegal possession of firearms.
nationmultimedia.com – Baht rise a threat to tourism: Kittiratt
Tourism operators and Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong yesterday acknowledged that the strengthening of the baht in the long term is a new challenge for the tourism industry, especially in its attempt to achieve revenue of Bt2 trillion in 2015.
mcot.net – Electronic tagging instead of jail to be introduced for Thai inmates
Thailand will soon introduce electronic monitoring (EM) technology among offenders to relieve overcrowded prisons, according to a leading lawyer.
bangkokpost.com – Corruption index slightly improved
The Corruption Situation Index, a survey carried out by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) on graft, improved slightly in December but the overall position still indicates rampant corruption in Thailand.
bangkokpost.com – King’s condition improves
His Majesty the King felt less pain in his knees but still has a low fever, the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement released on Thursday.
mcot.net – Thai automotive industry set to grow this year
Thailand’s Industrial Economics Office forecast that the country’s automotive industry will continue to grow this year.
bbc.co.uk – Tibetans guilty over immolations
A Tibetan monk and his nephew are given long sentences by a Chinese court for inciting self-immolations, Chinese state media reports.
bbc.co.uk – Bangladesh strike over war crimes trials sparks clashes
At least two people were killed as violence erupted across Bangladesh during a strike called by the largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami.
bbc.co.uk – Mine kills Pakistan polio workers
Two polio vaccination workers have been killed in a landmine blast in the Kurram tribal region of north-west Pakistan, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – India accident ‘kills 18’ pilgrims in Gujarat
At least 18 pilgrims, including five children and eight women, were killed when their van collided with a bus in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
bbc.co.uk – We stand with you, PM tells Libyans
David Cameron tells Libyans that the UK will help to bring them “greater security” as he visited the country on the second leg of his Africa trip.
bbc.co.uk – Government urged to act on flooding
A committee of MPs welcomes plans for more competition in the water market but says urgent action is needed to reduce flooding.
news.com.au – UK car users urged to ‘belt up’
English drivers and their passengers have been urged to “belt up” as the government marks 30 years since it was made compulsory for drivers to wear seatbelts.
bbc.co.uk – Mali’s militants ‘in disarray’
Three weeks of French targeted air strikes in northern Mali have left Islamist militants “in disarray”, France’s defence minister says.
news.com.au – UN plans new peacekeeping force for Mali
A diplomat says the UN Security Council will consider plans to deploy a new peacekeeping force to Mali.
bbc.co.uk – South Africa commuter trains collide near Pretoria
At least 300 people, including many schoolchildren, have been injured when two passenger trains collided near the South African capital, Pretoria, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – Egyptian leaders condemn violence
Leaders from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and a prominent opposition coalition condemn political violence, after dozens are killed in a week of unrest.
bbc.co.uk – Gambia introduces four-day week
The Gambia introduces a four-day week for public sector workers, with Fridays now an extra day off.
bbc.co.uk – Putin slammed for ‘rights crackdown’
Russian President Vladimir Putin has unleashed the worst political crackdown in the country’s post-Soviet era, Human Rights Watch says.
bbc.co.uk – Spanish party denies slush fund
Spain’s ruling conservatives deny allegations that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and others benefited from secret party accounts.
bbc.co.uk – German farm fire kills 86 camels
A night-time blaze sweeps through a camel farm in Germany’s Black Forest region, killing 86 animals but causing no human casualties, police say.
news.com.au – Let EU members opt-out: Dutch govt
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says countries should be allowed to exit important European institutions after joining them.
bbc.co.uk – Poland hurt by EU aid freeze over suspicious road deal
Polish officials have voiced dismay over an EU decision to block nearly 1bn euros (£859m) of funding for Polish road projects amid suspicions of fraud.
bbc.co.uk – Mexico City explosion kills 14
At least 14 people are killed and more than 80 injured after a blast rocked the headquarters of state oil company Pemex in Mexico City.
bbc.co.uk – Deadly clashes before Farc talks
Fighting between Farc rebels and Colombia’s government leaves at least nine people dead, as the latest round of peace talks start in Cuba.
bbc.co.uk – Argentina declines Falklands invite
Argentina’s foreign minister has turned down a Foreign Office invitation to meet members of the Falkland Islands government in London next week.
news.com.au – Syria threatens Israeli strike retaliation
Syria is threatening to retaliate over an Israeli air raid, amid strident reaction from Bashar al-Assad’s allies.
bbc.co.uk – Israel settlers ‘violate rights’
Israeli settlements in the occupied territories violate Palestinians’ human rights in ways designed to drive them off the land, a UN report states.
news.com.au – Iran set to install new nuclear equipment
The United Nations atomic agency has been told Iran intends to install more equipment at Natanz, one of its main nuclear sites.
bbc.co.uk – Congress extends US debt limit
The US Congress extends the nation’s borrowing limit until the middle of May, setting the stage for yet another fiscal fight in the spring.
bbc.co.uk – Wall Street Journal ‘also victim of China hacking attack’
Hackers from China have infiltrated the computer systems of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), in the second such attack on a major US news outlet.
news.com.au – US will lead the 21st century: Clinton
Hillary Clinton has used her final public speech in office to argue why America will continue to lead in the 21st century.