bangkokpost.com – Brit boxer denies killing US marine
A British kickboxer on Monday pleaded not guilty to the murder of a former US marine when he appeared in court in Phuket, his lawyer said.
bangkokpost.com – Government to ease up in South
Security agencies agreed on Monday to replace the draconian emergency decree with the less harsh Internal Security Act to “tone down” the severity and numbers of arrests that are resented by many residents of the deep South.
bangkokpost.com – PM orders Chalerm to visit far South
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, who oversees security affairs in the deep South, said on Monday he had been “forced” by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to finally make a visit to the southernmost provinces.
mcot.net – Army chief says violence not answer to insurgency in deep South
Army chief says violence not answer to long-running insurgency in deep South; urges insurgents to surrender to talk
bangkokpost.com – Accused child slavers hunted
Police obtain arrest warrants and announce a 100,000 baht reward for a couple accused of kidnapping and enslaving a young Karen girl in Kamphaeng Phet.
nationmultimedia.com – Warn tourists about Thai driving habits, expert says
It is time for all foreign tourists to be informed frankly about how to travel safely in Thailand, an expert on accident analysis urged yesterday.
nationmultimedia.com – Bangkok poll is critical for the govt and Thaksin
The March 3 vote will be a litmus test on whether fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will come home or end up in permanent exile.
bangkokpost.com – Pongsapat vows, Sukhumbhand wows
Pheu Thai candidate for Bangkok governor Pongsapat Pongcharoen offered another public transport policy, while the Democrat’s MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra integrated an unusual technological trick into his campaign as their election rivalry continues to simmer.
bangkokpost.com – Tourism lobby demands safety
The next Bangkok governor should ensure cleanliness and safety, convenience and comfort for visitors, private tourism operators say.
nationmultimedia.com – Thai football rocked by match-fixing allegation
Thai football has been rocked by an allegation of attempted match-fixing at November’s FA Cup final between Buriram United and Army United.
bangkokpost.com – Ministry delays hospital medical fee rise
The Public Health Ministry has postponed its plan to increase medical service fees at state hospitals.
bangkokpost.com – Our Q4 growth spurt
From last October to December, the economy grew 18.9 per cent year on year, and 3.6 pct up from the third quarter, putting 2012 GDP growth at 6.4 per cent.
bangkokpost.com – Seated toilets on national agenda
The Public Health Ministry plans to promote Western-style seated toilets in the home as part of the national agenda to reduce knee problems.
bangkokpost.com – Thailand’s Jessica wins Top Model
Jessica Amornkuldilok of Thailand has won the first season of the TV reality show Asia’s Next Top Model.
bangkokpost.com – Storms leave 18 dead in southern India
Unseasonal thunderstorms claimed 18 lives and damaged crops in southern India over the weekend, officials said Monday.
bbc.co.uk – Burmese rescued at sea off Sri Lanka
Thirty-two Burmese nationals rescued from a sinking ship off Sri Lanka’s eastern coast say they threw 98 others overboard after they died.
bangkokpost.com – Premature baby refused treatment dies
A premature baby has died in Indonesia after eight different hospitals refused to treat her for a respiratory problem.
news.com.au – Whistle-blower fights Malaysian corruption
A whistle-blower who used to work for a government-owned company is at the centre of Malaysia’s anti-corruption battle.
bangkokpost.com – Laos, Myanmar begin bridge
Laos and Myanmar have begun the construction of the first bridge to link their countries, and expect to complete it in 2015.
bbc.co.uk – Australia Olympic swim team ‘toxic’
Australia’s 2012 Olympic swimmers existed within a “toxic” team culture that led to bullying and misuse of prescription drugs, a report finds.
bbc.co.uk – Retailers plan regular beef reports
UK food retailers have agreed to update ministers on DNA testing on processed beef every three months, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says.
news.com.au – UK ‘committed’ to Assange solution
The British foreign secretary has told Ecuador’s re-elected president he remains committed to a diplomatic solution to the case of Julian Assange.
bbc.co.uk – Pound continues to weaken against dollar and euro
Sterling has continued to weaken against the dollar and the euro on continued worries about the health of the UK economy.
news.com.au – UK doctor calls for child stomach surgery
A leading UK doctor says children should be offered stomach surgery to tackle the “desperate situation” of childhood obesity.
bbc.co.uk – Actor Richard Briers dies aged 79
Actor Richard Briers, best known for his role in TV’s The Good Life, has died at the age of 79, his agent says.
bbc.co.uk – Islamists claim Nigeria kidnappings
Nigerian militant group Ansaru says it kidnapped seven foreign workers in a raid in the north of the country that saw a security guard killed.
news.com.au – Pistorius seeks bail as Reeva farewelled
Oscar Pistorius’s slain girlfriend will be cremated Tuesday while he appears in court for a bail hearing expected to reveal more about what happened.
bbc.co.uk – South Africa miners shot in clashes
Thirteen people are wounded in clashes between rival mine unions in South Africa, after security guards fire rubber bullets at the mob.
news.com.au – EU won’t lift Syria arms embargo yet
The European Union has stopped short of meeting Britain’s demand to lift an arms embargo on Syria to provide more support to civilians.
news.com.au – EU agrees news sanctions against N Korea
The European Union has agreed on new sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for the country’s recent nuclear test.
bbc.co.uk – Nestle finds horsemeat in beef meals
The world’s biggest food company, Nestle, has removed beef pasta meals from shelves in Italy and Spain after tests revealed traces of horse DNA.
bbc.co.uk – Iberia workers begin five-day strike
Workers at the Spanish airline Iberia have begun a five-day strike in protest at planned job cuts and salary reductions.
news.com.au – Spanish airline strikers clash with police
Striking workers from Spanish airline Iberia have clashed with police at Madrid airport at the start of five days of industrial action against job cuts.
bangkokpost.com – Chavez back in Venezuela
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced in a Twitter message early on Monday that he had returned home to Venezuela following his cancer surgery in Cuba.
bbc.co.uk – Seven US lawmakers in Cuba visit
A group of seven American lawmakers arrives in Cuba in an effort to improve relations that have stalled since the arrest of a US contractor.
bbc.co.uk – Hezbollah ‘attacked Syrian villages’
Syrian rebels and opposition leaders have accused the Lebanese militant Shia group Hezbollah of attacking three villages in a big operation inside Syria.
news.com.au – List of Syria war crimes to go to UN
A list of people accused of crimes against humanity in Syria is to be submitted to the United Nations in March.
bbc.co.uk – Protests for Palestinian hunger strikers
Protests are held in the West Bank in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails, following warnings about the state of their health.
bbc.co.uk – Burger King Twitter account ‘hacked’ with McDonalds logo
US fast-food company Burger King has said its Twitter account may have been hacked, after its profile picture was changed to a McDonalds logo.