bangkokpost.com – On one hand… but then again
Bank of Thailand governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul and his Monetary Policy Committee are in a bind – damned for kowtowing to the government if they decide to cut interest rates on Wednesday, but also certain to be damned if they don’t.
bangkokpost.com – Grenade wounds 8 Yala soldiers
YALA – A suspected military threw a hand grenade at soldiers doing evening exercises Tuesday and the explosion wounded eight of the troops.
mcot.net – Army chief visits South; intelligence warns of possible car bomb
Thailand’s army chief left Bangkok today for the south to follow up military operations against the insurgency in the border region, as intelligence reports warn of possible car bombs in the four southern border provinces.
nationmultimedia.com – TV stations get together to provide ‘real-time’ results
The Television Pool of Thailand and eight mainstream TV stations will be joining up to provide real-time results of the Bangkok gubernatorial election on March 3.
bangkokpost.com – On the meter
The government turns up the air conditioning, takes off its jackets and puts heat on state agencies: Cut energy bills or lose the money in next year’s budget.
bangkokpost.com – Muslim advisers assailed
Deputy PM Chalerm Yubamrung picked a nine-man advisory panel on the South – but was quickly attacked for the group’s ties to rebels.
bangkokpost.com – Kamnan Poh probe extended
Police in charge of finding who helped the fugitive “godfather of Chon Buri” Somchai Khunploem evade justice need another 15 days to wrap up the investigation, Crime Suppression Division (CSD) chief Pol Maj Gen Supisarn Phakdinaruenart said Tuesday.
news.com.au – Four nabbed for online romance scam
Thai police have arrested three Nigerian men and a Thai woman on charges of luring women into romantic relationships via Facebook.
bangkokpost.com – EC asked to probe lottery numbers
A Bangkok governor candidate has filed a complaint with the Bangkok Election Commission (EC) asking it to investigate the lottery draw on Saturday and whether the winning two-digit number was fixed for political purposes.
bangkokpost.com – Campaigns against ivory trade gather pace
Thai and foreign actors and activists are building up pressure on Thailand to its part in the world ivory trade which, they say, puts elephants in Africa in danger of extinction.
bangkokpost.com – It will get hotter
Nok Air’s CEO is thrilled by the controversy over his airline’s sexy calendar – and promises (or warns) that there’s more of that coming for 2014.
bbc.co.uk – China military unit ‘behind hacking’
A Chinese military unit is likely one of the world’s “most prolific cyber espionage groups”, a US firm says, as the White House voices concern about cyber theft.
bbc.co.uk – North Korea threatens South Korea
North Korea has been criticised for remarks about the “final destruction” of South Korea made during a UN debate on disarmament.
news.com.au – NKorea’s nuclear test heroes win trip
North Korea is rewarding the scientists and workers behind its recent nuclear test with a fun-packed visit to Pyongyang.
bbc.co.uk – Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail link planned
Singapore and Malaysia have announced plans for a high-speed rail link, with a target completion date of 2020.
news.com.au – India braces for nationwide strike
Millions of Indian workers were expected to join a two-day nationwide strike starting on Wednesday in protest against “anti-labour” economic reforms.
bbc.co.uk – China footballers and officials banned for match-fixing
China’s football association has banned 33 players and officials for life after a three-year probe into match-fixing.
bbc.co.uk – ‘Wide differences’ in child poverty
Levels of child poverty vary dramatically across the UK and within regions, according to a new map that breaks down poverty rates by area.
bbc.co.uk – Coronavirus: Sars-like virus death reported in UK
A patient infected with a new respiratory illness similar to the deadly Sars virus has died in the UK.
bbc.co.uk – Horsemeat: FSA widens tests to beef-based kebabs and gelatine
Tests for horsemeat in processed meat products are being expanded, the Food Standards Agency has said.
bbc.co.uk – IVF guidelines raise age limit to 42
Couples struggling to have a baby should get fertility treatment more quickly and older women should gain access to IVF, according to new NHS guidelines.
bbc.co.uk – Pistorius ‘mistook lover for robber’
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, charged with murdering his girlfriend, said he thought she was still in bed and that he was firing at an intruder.
news.com.au – Pistorius girlfriend laid to rest
While Reeva Steenkamp was being laid to rest, a sobbing Oscar Pistorius appeared in a Pretoria court seeking to be released on bail.
news.com.au – More than 20 Islamists killed in Mali
A second French soldier has been killed since the start of France’s military intervention in Mali on January 11.
bbc.co.uk – French tourists seized in Cameroon
Gunmen abduct seven French tourists in northern Cameroon, French President Francois Hollande says, blaming Nigerian-based militants.
bbc.co.uk – Huge diamond robbery in Brussels
Armed robbers disguised as police escape with a massive haul of diamonds after a rapid raid at Brussels Airport, Belgian police say.
bbc.co.uk – Greece faces fresh strike chaos
Greece faces widespread disruption as thousands of workers down tools in the latest general strike against austerity measures.
news.com.au – Germany approves troops for Mali mission
Germany will send up to 330 soldiers to Mali, as part of EU support of a training mission for the ramshackle Malian army.
bbc.co.uk – BMW recalls 720,000 cars worldwide
German carmaker BMW is recalling about 720,000 vehicles, mostly in North America, over potential electrical problems that may cause unexpected stalling.
bbc.co.uk – Interpol targets timber traffickers
Interpol says it has arrested hundreds of people across Central and South America in a three-month operation against the illicit timber trade.
bbc.co.uk – Syria ‘rocket kills 31 in Aleppo’
A Syrian army rocket attack kills at least 31 people in the northern city of Aleppo, eyewitnesses and activists say.
news.com.au – Syria refugee numbers top 850,000: UN
The UN refugee agency says most have fled to neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, and warns numbers could soon top 1 million.
news.com.au – Military plane crashes in Yemen, kills 10
A Yemeni military plane has crashed during a training exercise, killing 10 people and injuring 17.
bbc.co.uk – Tunisia PM Hamadi Jebali resigns
Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigns after failing to form a new government following a political assassination.
bbc.co.uk – Huge blaze in US shopping district
At least 14 people are reported injured after a suspected gas explosion triggered a huge blaze at a shopping district in Kansas City, Missouri.
bbc.co.uk – Obama warns ‘cuts mean job losses’
US President Barack Obama warns that deep, across-the-board spending cuts due to take effect next month will cause job losses.
news.com.au – At least four dead in California shooting
A gunman has killed three people in California, including at least one execution-style, in a series of shootings and carjackings before killing himself.
bangkokpost.com – After Facebook, hackers hit Apple
Apple on Tuesday said it suffered a cyber attack similar to the one recently carried out against Facebook, but that it repelled the invaders before its data was plundered.