bangkokpost.com – Breakthrough in the South
As the prime minister heads to Kuala Lumpur for new talks with her counterpart Najib Razak, the national security chief will sign a formal “peace agreement” with one of the rebel groups responsible for years of violence in the deep South.
bangkokpost.com – Rohingya claim Thais shot at them
Fishermen in western Indonesia rescued more than 100 ethnic Rohingya who had sailed from Myanmar, an official said Wednesday, with an asylum seeker claiming they had been shot at in Thai waters.
nationmultimedia.com – Abhisit, Suthep violated resolution on police construction: DSI
There is solid evidence that Abhisit Vejjajiva and Suthep Thaugsuban violated a Cabinet resolution on the project to construct new police-station buildings, said the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Wednesday.
bangkokpost.com – Tarit ‘too busy’ to attend House panel
The House committee on politics, communication and public participation threatened legal action against Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdith after he failed to show up and brief them on the investigation into “men in black” linked to the 2010 political violence.
nationmultimedia.com – 10 Democrat teams to check on poll cheating
The Democrat Party has formed 10 fast moving teams to observe and deter cheating in the Bangkok governor’s election on Sunday.
bangkokpost.com – Upgrading transportation
The government unveiled a grand new master plan to build high speed rail and other infrastructure that will require borrowing another two trillion baht.
nationmultimedia.com – New Bt5bn centre to predict flooding
The Water and Climate Informa-tion Centre opened yesterday with the key mission of predicting floods in the Chao Phraya River basin.
nationmultimedia.com – Schools closed, more residents evacuated as South floods
Floods continued to wreak havoc in the deep South yesterday, with roads submerged, schools closed and at least 130 people evacuated.
bangkokpost.com – Off the list, almost
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has agreed to remove Thailand from its ‘grey list’ after the government amended laws on money laundering.
bangkokpost.com – Ivory in spotlight
With the Cites meeting opening in Bangkok on Sunday, Thailand is under growing pressure to ban all domestic trade in ivory, and save African elephants.
nationmultimedia.com – Thais get lowest TOEFL scores in Asean
With TOEFL scores averaging at 450, Thai students’ proficiency in the English language appears to be the lowest in the Asean region.
bangkokpost.com – Cop dies, many hurt in Myanmar clash
A policeman was killed and more than a dozen farmers wounded – some by gunfire – during a protest over land ownership in Myanmar’s Delta region, activists and police said Wednesday.
bbc.co.uk – Deadly fire hits Calcutta market
At least 20 people are killed in a fire at an illegal paper and plastics market in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta.
news.com.au – Kuroda nominated for Bank of Japan
Asian Development Bank chief Haruhiko Kuroda, 68, has been nominated as the next governor of the Bank of Japan.
news.com.au – Beijing restaurant sign triggers fury
Vietnamese and Filipinos are outraged at a sign outisde a Beijing restaurant that bans citizens of nations in maritime disputes with China.
bbc.co.uk – Tamil deportations from UK blocked by London High Court
The High Court in London has blocked the deportation of a group of failed Tamil asylum seekers scheduled to be sent back to Sri Lanka on Thursday.
bbc.co.uk – Loophole lets banned meat into UK
The BBC has learned that European meat suppliers are using a loophole in the law to sell a banned low quality material to UK sausage makers.
bbc.co.uk – MoD ‘wasting billions on equipment’
The Ministry of Defence has bought billions of pounds worth of equipment that it does not need, the Public Accounts Committee says.
bbc.co.uk – Deadly attack on Mali checkpoint
Seven people are reported killed in a car bomb blast in the northern Malian town of Kidal, thought to be aimed at a Tuareg group supporting French troops.
bbc.co.uk – Kenya bus crash ‘kills at least 35’
A bus crash in eastern Kenya kills at least 35 passengers, including voters going to their rural homes to vote in Monday’s tightly contested election.
news.com.au – Egypt PM orders probe into balloon crash
An investigation has been ordered into the deaths of up to 19 tourists in a hot air balloon crash in Egypt.
news.com.au – Three dead, 7 hurt in Swiss shooting
The gunman who allegedly shot two workers and injured seven more at a Swiss wood panel factory was also an employee, police say.
news.com.au – Italy gridlock deepens as Europe watches
The prospect of an Italian government being formed soon are dimming as the parties continue to bicker, while Europe watches nervously.
bbc.co.uk – EU agrees to cap bankers’ bonuses
European officials reach a decision on a new set of regulations on banks that would include a cap on banker bonuses.
news.com.au – EU ministers agree on fish discard ban
The EU has agreed to ban the practice of dumping unwanted fish overboard, but conservationists are unhappy with the terms of the new deal.
bbc.co.uk – Greek ex-mayor jailed for life for embezzlement
A former mayor of Greece’s second city Thessaloniki and two other ex-officials have been jailed for life for embezzling almost 18m euros (£15.5m) of public funds.
news.com.au – Russia finds horsemeat in sausages
Russia has found horse DNA in sausages labelled as pork, while Ikea is removing hot dogs from stores across Europe, in addition to its famous meatballs.
bbc.co.uk – Fire engulfs Mexico City marketplace
A fire sweeps through the Merced market in Mexico City, the capital’s biggest traditional marketplace, causing widespread damage.
news.com.au – Venezuela govt denies rumours about Chavez
Venezuelan officials insist the firebrand President Hugo Chavez remains in charge and that his aides are united.
bbc.co.uk – Mexico union leader charged in court
The head of Mexico’s teachers’ union, Elba Esther Gordillo, appears in court and is charged with the use of illicit funds and organised crime.
news.com.au – Lebanon must be neutral in Syria: UN
The UN secretary general has expressed “grave concern” at reports of Lebanese being killed in Syria, but says Lebanese leaders must adhere to neutrality.
bbc.co.uk – Iran: Nuclear talks ‘positive step’
Iran says talks with world powers in Kazakhstan to try to resolve its nuclear crisis were a “positive step”.
bbc.co.uk – White House budget cuts talks ahead
Congressional leaders head to the White House on Friday to discuss how to avert a series of deep budget cuts, on the day they are due to take effect.
bbc.co.uk – Shell halts Arctic drilling for 2013
Royal Dutch Shell says that it will suspend its offshore drilling programme in the Arctic for the rest of 2013 in order to give time to ensure safety.