news.com.au – Twitter says 250,000 accounts hacked
Twitter says hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users.
bangkokpost.com – Joy and mourning
It is a happy day for Thai nationalist campaigner Ratree Pipattanapaiboon as she is released from jail under a royal pardon, but Cambodians are in mourning as they begin four days of ceremonies to bid farewell to their former beloved king Sihanouk.
nationmultimedia.com – Natthawut lobbies PM on draft amnesty decree
Deputy Commerce Minister Natthawut Saikua yesterday sought support from Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for the red-shirt movement’s draft executive decree to grant amnesty to political demonstrators.
bangkokpost.com – Firmly locked away
Somchai Khunploem begins his jail term for a corrupt land deal in Chon Buri, to be followed by 25 years for the murder of political rival Prayoon Sitthichoke.
nationmultimedia.com – Kamnan Poh’s family may seek royal pardon
The Khunpluem family is considering whether to seek a royal pardon for its patriarch Somchai, Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome, Somchai’s son, said yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – Court: Varathep qualified for cabinet
The Constitution Court judges ruled on Friday that Prime Minister’s Office Minister Varathep Rattanakorn is qualified to hold his seat in the cabinet.
mcot.net – Health Minister clarifies hospital medical fee increase
Health Minister on PM’s weekly TV programme, clarifies hospital medical fee increase, asserts move reflects real cost, won’t affect patients
nationmultimedia.com – UN urges aid for Rohingya; group sighted in forest
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) yesterday urged all involved countries to provide assistance to Rohingya people leaving Myanmar.
nationmultimedia.com – EC urges candidates to avoid divisiveness, play by rules
The Bangkok Election Commission (EC) yesterday urged gubernatorial candidates to campaign under the theme of “reconciliation” so as to prevent animosity and avoid protests against the outcome of the vote.
nationmultimedia.com – Suharit meets supporters in real life
Independent Bangkok governor candidate Suharit Siamwala yesterday launched his first election rally at Lumpini Park and introduced his moving banners which can feature audio and video of his speech once viewed via an Augmented Reality application on mobile phones.
mcot.net – PM orders installation of CCTV cameras nationwide
PM orders installation of CCTV cameras nationwide to integrate overall system to address security, drug, crime, traffic problems
bangkokpost.com – Irrational exuberance?
Thai stock market surges within 0.78 points of 1,500 mark for the first time in 18 years, but officials are worrying about a rise in 1990s-style speculation too.
nationmultimedia.com – Ex-finance minister Suchart urges BOT to cut policy rate
Former finance minister Suchart Thadadamrongvej yesterday added to the pressure mounting on the Bank of Thailand (BOT) to take steps to stem the appreciation of the baht, urging the central bank to trim its policy rate to stave off the torrent of capital flowing into the Kingdom’s capital and asset markets.
mcot.net – Smaller business, textile industry feels most severe impact from wage hike
Thailand’s minimum wage hike to Bt300 has increased the capital costs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by almost six per cent, with the textile industry being hit hardest, Industry Minister Prasert Boonchaisuk said today.
bbc.co.uk – China highway falls after blast
A truck carrying fireworks explodes on a highway in central China, causing part of the road to collapse and leaving at least five people dead.
bbc.co.uk – Suicide attack on Pakistan Shia
At least 21 people die and dozens are hurt in a suicide attack near a Shia mosque in the north-western Pakistani town of Hangu, reports say.
bbc.co.uk – Pound sees biggest one-day fall against euro since 2010
The pound has continued to weaken against the euro, seeing its biggest one-day fall in almost three years, on continuing signs that the worst may be over for the eurozone economy.
news.com.au – Cameron to meet Afghan president
David Cameron will dine with Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday, before hosting the first in-depth discussion on the exit of British troops.
bbc.co.uk – ‘Pork found’ in Halal prison food
The Ministry of Justice is suspending a firm supplying meat to prisons after tests found that it may have provided “Halal” products containing traces of pork DNA.
bbc.co.uk – No married tax break in Budget
The government will not introduce a tax break for married couples in next month’s Budget, it emerges.
news.com.au – London’s Shard opens to the public
Western Europe’s tallest building – the Shard in south London – has opened to the public with almost 5000 people taking in the dizzying views.
bbc.co.uk – UN alarm at Mali army abuse claim
The UN anti-genocide envoy expresses alarm over reports of reprisal attacks by Malian troops, as France’s Francois Hollande is due to visit Mali.
bbc.co.uk – Clashes at Morsi’s Cairo palace
Egyptian protesters clash with police outside Cairo’s presidential palace, after the deadliest week of violence since Mohammed Morsi came to power.
bbc.co.uk – Nigeria raids ‘kill’ militants
Nigeria’s military says it has killed 17 insurgents in helicopter-backed raids on two training camps belonging to the Boko Haram Islamist group.
bbc.co.uk – Darfur gold battle: Tens of thousands of Sudanese flee
Some 100,000 people have fled fighting over a gold mine in Sudan’s Darfur region, the UN has said.
bbc.co.uk – Spanish party faces cash inquiry
Spain’s public prosecutor says there are grounds to investigate alleged secret payments made to leaders of the ruling Popular Party (PP), including the prime minister.
news.com.au – Netherlands bails out bank for 3.7bn euros
The Dutch government has been forced to nationalise SNS Reaal, the country’s fourth-largest bank, at a cost of 3.7 billion euros.
bbc.co.uk – Eurozone manufacturing ‘on course’ for return to growth
The contraction of manufacturing across the eurozone slowed in January amid signs that the worst may be over, according to a survey.
bbc.co.uk – Google settles French news dispute
Google agrees to set up a fund to help French media to solve a row with news sites that demanded payment for the search giant to display their links.
bbc.co.uk – Mexico search enters final phase
Rescue work after a deadly blast at the headquarters of Mexico’s Pemex oil company enters its most dangerous phase, says the attorney general.
news.com.au – Mystery persists in Mexico oil firm blast
Authorities are still investigating whether a blast that killed 33 people at Mexico’s state-owned oil firm was an accident or an attack.
bbc.co.uk – Tensions high after Farc ambush
Tension rise in peace talks as Colombia’s Farc rebels kill three policemen in an ambush near the Venezuelan border, according to the authorities.
news.com.au – Brazil extends detention of fire suspects
Four people blamed for a deadly disco fire that left 236 people dead can be detained for a further 30 days, a court has ruled.
bbc.co.uk – ‘Unsafe’ Brazil nightclubs closed
More than 150 nightclubs, restaurants and bars in Brazil are declared unsafe and closed by authorities, following a fire that killed 236 people.
bbc.co.uk – Aid reaches Syria rebel-held area
The UN refugee agency for the first time reaches a rebel-held area in northern Syria, saying 45,000 displaced people there live in “appalling” conditions.
news.com.au – Red Cross chief demands access in Syria
The head of the Red Cross has asked for international help in gaining broader access to Syria, to distribute food, water and aid to the people.
bbc.co.uk – Iran ‘steps up’ Syria aid – Clinton
Departing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns that Iran and Russia are fuelling the conflict in Syria, as tensions rise over an alleged Israeli strike.
bbc.co.uk – Dow at five-year high on jobs data
The main US share index closes on Friday at a five-year high, buoyed by data showing the economy added more jobs than previously estimated at the end of 2012.
bbc.co.uk – Clinton says world a safer place
Hillary Clinton says the world is a safer place, in her farewell address to state department staff on her last day as America’s top diplomat.
bbc.co.uk – Harvard asks dozens of students to leave for cheating
Harvard University has imposed academic sanctions on dozens of students for cheating in a final exam, a dean said in an email to students.