nationmultimedia.com – Officials eye Andaman coastal erosion
The Marine and Coastal Resources Department is formulating plans to tackle coastal erosion in six Andaman Sea provinces.
bangkokpost.com – Off-limits to outsiders
Insurgents are turning their guns on people visiting the far South on business and work, and the military admits they are scaring people away – and that they don’t have the manpower to stop them.
nationmultimedia.com – Ayrault talks with PM on broad range of interests
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault yesterday discussed trade, investment and cooperation opportunities with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in all areas of mutual interest – from education, infrastructure and research to alternative energy.
bangkokpost.com – Koreans top bidders
Contracts for 324 billion baht worth of flood prevention work are being awarded – and the South Korean firm K Water is the leading candidate so far.
mcot.net – PM insists Finance Minister Kittiratt stay on as economic chief
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stood firm today that her deputy Kittiratt Na-Ranong must remain head of the government’s economic team despite a hiccup regarding two state-operated commercial banks and the rocketing inflow of foreign capital into Thailand.
bangkokpost.com – Who sheltered him?
Six people to be summonsed for questioning about sheltering fugitive Kamnan Poh, including his doctor, hospital staff, a kamnan, and his driver.
nationmultimedia.com – Rule of law agency wants amnesty bill
The Independent National Rule of Law Commission has called on the government to grant an amnesty to political protesters imprisoned between September 2006 and May 2010.
nationmultimedia.com – Democrats plan to write blueprint for Thailand
The Democrat Party will set up a new institute on Friday to help write a new blueprint for the country, the party’s leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said.
bangkokpost.com – Suthep shrugs off DSI graft probe
Former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban says he is unworried about a corruption probe launched into a police station construction contract in which he was involved.
mcot.net – Bt1 billion held to cushion two ailing state banks
Thailand’s Finance Ministry has reserved Bt1 billion to rehabilitate two state-operated commercial banks whose loans are in default up to 50 per cent, according to senior ministry official.
nationmultimedia.com – Govt ‘threatens’ BOT on rate cut
The government’s motives have been questioned after a letter by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong to the Bank of Thailand (BOT)’s board of governors, accusing them of negligence for failing to impose a rate cut and allowing the baht to continue to rise.
mcot.net – Cabinet approves Bt4 billion budget for Southernmost provinces
Cabinet approves Bt4 billion budget to address problems, support development projects in Southernmost provinces.
mcot.net – Cabinet adds April 12 as added official Songkran holiday
Cabinet adds April 12 as added official Songkran holiday, resulting in 5 day holiday April 12-16.
mcot.net – 8.0 earthquake near the Solomon Islands
8.0 earthquake near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific generates tsunami that prompting warnings to several island nations.
news.com.au – Riots erupt as Bangladeshi Islamist jailed
A man has been shot dead in rioting that erupted after a Bangladeshi tribunal sentenced a leader of the main Islamic party to life in jail.
bbc.co.uk – S Korea leader warns of ‘multiple’ N Korea nuclear tests
South Korea’s outgoing leader, Lee Myung-bak, has warned that North Korea could be planning more than one nuclear test, even as the US spoke of consequences if it went ahead.
bbc.co.uk – China ‘locks radar’ on Japan ship
A Chinese vessel locked its weapon-targeting radar on a Japanese ship near disputed islands, Tokyo says, amid mounting tensions over a territorial row.
bbc.co.uk – China promises rise in minimum wage
China says it will raise its minimum wage as it approves a long-awaited plan targeted at tackling a widening income gap.
nationmultimedia.com – Tokyo is world’s most expensive city
After currency swings pushed Zurich to the top of the ranking last year, Tokyo has resumed its place as the world’s most expensive city, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s new report of “cost of living 2013”.
bbc.co.uk – Commons backs gay marriage bill
MPs approve same-sex marriage in England and Wales in a key Commons vote, although more Conservative MPs voted against the bill than for it.
bbc.co.uk – French ‘kill hundreds’ in Mali
France says hundreds of Islamist militants have been killed since its offensive began in northern Mali, and suggests troops may start pulling out in March.
bbc.co.uk – South Africa police arrest 19 Congolese ‘rebels’
South Africa’s counter terrorism unit has arrested 19 suspected Congolese rebels in northern Limpopo province, police have said in a statement.
bbc.co.uk – Egypt foreign currency reserves fall again
Egypt’s dwindling foreign currency reserves fell 10% in January, according to the country’s central bank.
bbc.co.uk – France’s Hollande rejects ‘a la carte’ attitude to EU
French President Francois Hollande has told the European Parliament there can be no “a la carte” attitude to the EU, as tough budget talks approach.
bbc.co.uk – Greece orders seamen back to work
The Greek government invokes emergency powers to order maritime workers back to work after a six-day strike cuts traffic to the country’s islands.
bbc.co.uk – Argentina vows to control Falklands
The Falkland Islands will be back under Argentine control within ’20 years’, the country’s foreign minister says during his first visit to London.
bbc.co.uk – Ecuador election rally knife attack leaves two dead
Two people have been stabbed to death in Ecuador after a man attacked people waiting for President Rafael Correa to address an election rally.
news.com.au – Venezuela to probe pre-Chavez crimes
Veneuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro has announced a probe into political “crimes and assassinations” that took place before Chavez was elected.
bbc.co.uk – Mexico Pemex blast blamed on build-up of gas
A deadly blast at the headquarters of the Mexican state oil company Pemex was caused by a build-up of gas, the attorney general has said.
bbc.co.uk – Israel urges Hezbollah terror tag
Hezbollah should be placed on the European list of banned terror organisations, Israel’s PM says, as the group is blamed for a deadly bomb in Bulgaria.
news.com.au – Israel deploys 3rd missile system
Israel has deployed a third Iron Dome missile defence battery to the north of the country a few days after carrying out an air strike inside Syria.
bbc.co.uk – Syria opposition leader al-Khatib urges Assad to negotiate
Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib has urged President Bashar al-Assad to respond to his offer of peace talks.
news.com.au – UN aims to feed 2.5 million Syrians
The UN’s food agency is to dramatically increase aid provided to Syria as the situation deteriorates drastically.
news.com.au – Iran to send astronauts into space by 2018
A flight into space by two Iranian astronauts has been slated for between 2016 and 2018, according to a news agency.
bbc.co.uk – White House offers spending-cuts deal
President Obama urges Congress to pass short-term spending cuts and tax reforms to delay larger cuts next month, a plan rejected by Republicans.
news.com.au – President Obama plans first Israel visit
Barack Obama plans to soon make his first trip to Israel as US President.
bbc.co.uk – International credit fraud scheme ‘stole $200m’
Eighteen people have been charged with stealing at least $200m (£127m) in a credit card fraud ring, possibly one of the largest in US history.
bbc.co.uk – Dell computers to be bought back by founder
Michael Dell has said he will buy back the world’s number three PC-maker that he founded and that carries his name.