Bangkok Post – Mission aborted
These ER2 and other weather planes won’t be seen over Thailand after Nasa, as expected, announced it has cancelled the U-tapao research mission “due to the absence of necessary approvals by regional authorities.”
Bangkok Post – Crisis knock-on
Exports already are starting to slow as the eurozone crisis takes its toll on import demand, amidst calls for the country to prepare for the worst.
The Nation – Thailand remains major centre for human trafficking
Many locals and job-seekers from neighbouring countries continue to be ensnared in the sex industry or trapped in slave labour despite the enactment of the Anti-Human-Trafficking Act in 2008.
The Nation – Cabinet reshuffle: Who will call the shots?
It appears that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, rather than her brother Thaksin, will have the final say in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle.
news.con.au – Record radiation levels at Fukushima reactor
TEPCO, the operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, said overnight record amounts of radiation had been detected in the basement of reactor number one, further hampering clean-up operations after last year’s earthquake and tsunami.
bbc.co.uk – Australia debating asylum bill
Dozens of people rescued after a boat sank are being transferred to Christmas Island, amid fierce debate on the issue of asylum in the Australian parliament.
bbc.co.uk – Dozens dead in Bangladesh rains
Heavy rains and multiple landslides over three days have killed at least 90 people in south-east Bangladesh, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – Kaneria handed international ban
International cricket-playing nations agree in principle to enforce a life ban for Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria for corruption.
news.com.au – Blair says he’d like UK comeback
Tony Blair says he’d seize the chance to return as Britain’s prime minister – but acknowledges a comeback is unlikely
bbc.co.uk – Barclays fined over manipulation
Barclays Bank pays £290m in penalties and boss Bob Diamond gives up his bonus after it tried to manipulate the interest rates at which banks lend to each other.
bbc.co.uk – Queen and McGuinness shake hands
The Queen and former IRA commander Martin McGuinness shook hands for the first time, in what is being seen as a ground-breaking moment in Anglo-Irish history.
news.com.au – Rihanna escapes hotel fire
Rihanna was among 300 people evacuated from a hotel after an early-morning fire (local time) in an elevator shaft, the London Fire Brigade said.
bbc.co.uk – Eurozone leaders ready for summit
European Union leaders prepare to meet for a closely-watched two-day summit on the fate of the euro with heads of state divided about the best path forward.
bbc.co.uk – Spain cannot afford high rates for long, Rajoy says
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said Spain cannot afford to finance itself for long at current rates.
bbc.co.uk – Spain beat Portugal on penalties
Cesc Fabregas is the hero again as Spain keep alive their hopes of defending their European title with a dramatic shootout win over Portugal.
bbc.co.uk – Gunmen storm pro-Assad Syria TV
Seven people have been killed at a Syrian pro-government TV channel, state media report, as the UN calls a key meeting for Saturday.
bbc.co.uk – Egypt suing over ‘fake interview’
The office of Egypt’s president-elect is to take legal action against Iran’s Fars news agency for allegedly fabricating an interview with him.
bbc.co.uk – Obama health law faces judgement
A US healthcare reform bill seen as a key achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency could be struck down by the Supreme Court within hours.
bbc.co.uk – Exodus from ‘epic’ Colorado fire
More than 32,000 people flee Colorado’s second-biggest city amid raging wildfires that have swept parts of six other US states.