bangkokpost.com – Trapped in a Death Zone
Militants thought they were going to kill, loot and pillage – but instead found themselves facing an elite team of marine SEALs and Recon forces, who made 16 of them pay the ultimate price.
nationmultimedia.com – Alleged South mastermind killed in shootout
Marohso Jantarawadee, the alleged mastermind behind several attacks in the deep South, was killed in a gunfight with security officials during an attempt to raid a military base early yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – Taking the offensive
Military forces in the South are following up their Wednesday victory by going after the militant survivors trying to escape the area.
nationmultimedia.com – Raids aim for psychological impact
Separatist attempts to overrun military bases in the deep South, like the one that occurred yesterday morning in Narathiwat’s Bacho district, are rare. Most attacks involve roadside bombings, ambushes on patrolling troops or point-blank shootings of victims suspected of spying.
mcot.net – Deputy PM Chalerm orders strict security for at risk locations
Deputy PM Chalerm orders strict security for at risk locations in southernmost provinces; SBPAC informs families of insurgents killed
bangkokpost.com – Ministry blasts N Korea nuke test
Thailand has condemned North Korea’s decision to conduct an underground nuclear test two days ago.
bangkokpost.com – Red shirts face leadership crisis
Udon Thani-based red-shirt leader Kwanchai Praipana announced Wednesday his faction in the Northeast has cut ties with Tida Tawornseth, chair of the red-shirt umbrella group, United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.
nationmultimedia.com – Pitak Siam leader, members surrender
Pitak Siam group leader General Boonlert Kaewprasit and 10 others have surrendered to police to face charges of violating security laws while rallying on November 24.
bagkokpost.com – Former police chief testifies to DSI
Pol Gen Pateep Tanprasert, a former police chief, admitted he proposed that the construction of 396 police station buildings nationwide to be carried out under a single contract, in line with a cabinet resolution, in testimony to the Department of Special Investigation officials on Wednesday.
nationmultimedia.com – Fugitive cop in Saudi case will not be prosecuted: DSI
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has invoked the witness-protection law to bring fugitive Pol Lt-Colonel Suwichai Kaewpaleuk to a witness stand overseas, but has no plans to bring him back to face justice in Thailand.
bangkokpost.com – City governor election policies announced
Bangkok candidates launched policies catering for the needs of women, commuters and Din Daeng flat dwellers during campaigning for the March 3 Bangkok governor election on Wednesday.
nationmultimedia.com – Environmentalists unimpressed by candidates’ ideas
Bangkok governor candidates will need to think “outside the box” if they are really committed to making the capital more environmentally friendly. They could also learn from Singapore, considered as the greenest metropolis in the region.
mcot.net – PM unveils Southeast Asia’s biggest wind energy farm
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra officially launched Thailand’s first wind power project here, acclaimed as the largest in Southeast Asia, in a move to become regional leader in green enegry.
bangkokpost.com – High-performance SET
The Stock Exchange of Thailand surged up to the highest level since 1994, sending the baht up again on expectation of more foreign funds.
mcot.net – Moving toward obesity: Too bad Thai people are too fat
The trend toward obesity among Thai people is escalating with more young people suffering from ailments related to being overweight, a senior public health official said today.
nationmultimedia.com – AirAsia execs seek govt support to make Thailand a hub
AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes yesterday met with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to ask the government to help Asia’s biggest low-cost carrier to expand its flight network here so that the country is strategically located for regional tourism.
mcot.net – CAT’s Bang Rak headquarters at Bang Rak crowded with more than 100 couples
CAT’s Bang Rak headquarters at Bang Rak crowded with more than 100 couples waiting to register marriages to win lucky draw golden registration plates
bangkokpost.com – Rose prices soar
Yet another world record! Thai lovers are paying the highest prices on Earth for Valentine’s roses – although most say Makha Bucha is more important.
nationmultimedia.com – People get ready for the day of love
This Valentine’s Day, a 70-year-old man is preparing to declare his everlasting love for his wife of 45 years at a mass wedding ceremony in Trang.
bbc.co.uk – Nuclear test ‘isolates North Korea further’
North Korea’s actions will only isolate it further, US President Barack Obama has warned, hours after the UN Security Council unanimously condemned Pyongyang’s nuclear test.
news.com.au – Troops deployed in India after poll deaths
India has deployed hundreds of troops and imposed a curfew as the death toll from electoral violence in the northeastern state of Assam climbed to 20.
bbc.co.uk – Japanese economy worse than forecast
Japan’s economy has shrunk for the third straight quarter, underlining the challenges the new government faces in reviving growth.
bangkokpost.com – Hunt on for lost Ayutthaya king
An ancient stupa in Myanmar will be excavated later this month to verify if it contains the relics of an Ayutthaya king.
bbc.co.uk – Horsemeat scandal: UK welcomes EU-wide horsemeat tests
The environment secretary has welcomed plans for EU-wide, random DNA tests to tackle the widening horsemeat scandal.
news.com.au – Six journalists held in new hacking probe
British police have arrested six current or former journalists in a new probe into alleged phone hacking.
bbc.co.uk – School PE ‘not strenuous enough’
Education inspectors warn that there is not enough strenuous activity in many of England’s school PE lessons.
bbc.co.uk – Whiplash claim system ‘must change’
The UK’s biggest insurer, Aviva, says motorists’ premiums could be cut by an average of £60 a year by changing the system of whiplash claims.
bbc.co.uk – Zimbabwe referendum ‘due in March
Zimbabwe’s key referendum on a new constitution has been tentatively set for 16 March as the election chief resigns, officials say.
news.com.au – Egyptian officials accused of covering up
An Egyptian opposition group is accusing the government of covering up a series of incidents of torture committed by the country’s security forces.
news.com.au – PNG court denies order for refugee ban
A Papua New Guinea court has rejected an application for a temporary injunction to stop asylum seekers being transferred to Manus from Australia.
bbc.co.uk – SA university closed after protests
South Africa’s Fort Hare University, where Nelson Mandela once studied, shuts down its main campus after protests over a 90% rise in residence fees.
news.com.au – Russia confirms Syria arms sales
Russia has confirmed it is delivering military hardware and light weapons to the governments of Syria and Mali.
bbc.co.uk – EU urges DNA tests of processed beef
The EU urges members to conduct random DNA tests on processed beef for three months, to tackle a widening scandal over mislabelled horsemeat.
bbc.co.uk – Five killed in Ukraine plane crash
At least five people are killed as a Ukrainian plane carrying football fans attempts an emergency landing in the eastern city of Donetsk.
news.com.au – Chernobyl radiation OK after roof collapse
A roof section at the Chernobyl nuclear plant has collapsed, but Ukrainian officials say radiation levels are not affected.
news.com.au – Cops bust global cybercrime extortion ring
Spanish police have detained 11 people over a cybercrime scam infecting millions of computers with a virus accusing victims of viewing child pornography.
bbc.co.uk – Pope Benedict holds last public Mass
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates his last scheduled public Mass, for Ash Wednesday, two days after shocking Catholics by saying he would resign.
bbc.co.uk – Colombia soldiers die in rebel clash
Heavy fighting between the army and left-wing FARC rebels in the southern Colombian province of Caqueta leaves at least seven soldiers dead.
bbc.co.uk – Apple loses iPhone ruling in Brazil
Brazil’s trademark office rules that Apple does not have exclusive rights to the iPhone name, but the US tech giant is already appealing the decision.
news.com.au – Syria rebels seize military base
Rebels in Syria have scored another battlefield success by capturing most of a military base in the north as Russia moved to hold talks with both sides.
bbc.co.uk – UN Syria team meets rebel leader
A member of the UN special envoy’s team in Syria carries out the first field visit for several months, meeting a rebel leader, Christian and civil leaders.
bbc.co.uk – Iran upgrades uranium enrichment despite US warning
The Iranian atomic energy chief has announced an upgrade to uranium enrichment machines in a move the US has called an “escalation”.
news.com.au – Dubai to get world’s biggest Ferris Wheel
Dubai is planning to build a 210-metre tall Ferris Wheel dubbed the world’s biggest.
bbc.co.uk – Lew urges US to avoid spending cuts
The expected next US treasury secretary, Jack Lew, urges the US Congress not to allow automatic spending cuts to take effect at the end of the month.
bbc.co.uk – American and US Airways ‘to merge’
American Airlines and US Airways are planning to form one of the world’s biggest airlines, according to media and newswire sources.
bbc.co.uk – Three charged with rhino horn smuggling
Three people are arrested in the US and accused of a conspiring to smuggle endangered black rhinoceros horns to China, prosecutors say.