bangkokpost.com – Beating the middle income trap
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra unveiled massive goals in spending on megaprojects to drag the country out of the economic stagnation caused by reaching middle class status – with yearly income stuck around $4,000-$5,000 a year.
bangkokpost.com – Smuggling fallout
Two Isoc officers in the South are being interrogated over human trafficking, while officials prepare to deport 850-plus Rohingya to Myanmar.
mcot.net – 15 PAD members indicted
15 PAD members, including Suriyasai & Somsak, indicted in two Yellow Shirt protest cases from 2008; Court sets April 29 to examine witnesses, evidence
bangkokpost.com – Missing UK man’s bank touched
Money has been withdrawn from the home bank account of a British man missing in Thailand for more than two weeks, UK police said on Tuesday.
mcot.net – Central bank ready to unveil anti-currency speculation measures
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) is closely monitoring the movement of Thai currency and ready to apply measures, if necessary, to tackle baht manipulation, Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul said yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – Democrats attack
Abhisit Vejjajiva says Pheu Thai’s Bangkok governor candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen is making promises he can’t keep – and that may be illegal.
mcot.net – Government insists on keeping fiscal discipline
The government insists on keeping discipline over its budget and is confident that a budget balancing spending and revenue will be achieved within three years.
mcot.net – French PM to visit Thailand
French PM to visit Thailand as guest of Thai government February 4-5 at invitation of prime minister
bangkokpost.com – More strikes possible
Thai Airways International workers gave the board chairman until Feb 8 to decide on a pay rise and bonus – but stopped short of demanding he resign.
bbc.co.uk – N Korea nuclear vow after UN acts
North Korea reacts angrily to a UN resolution condemning its rocket launch and expanding sanctions, pledging to strengthen nuclear capabilities.
news.com.au – Indonesia sentences UK drug gran to death
An Indonesian court has sentenced a British grandmother to death for taking cocaine to Bali in her suitcase.
news.com.au – India warns of nuclear threat to Kashmir
Officials in India-controlled Kashmir are warning people to build bomb-proof basements, store food and water and be prepared for nuclear war.
bbc.co.uk – Japan agrees 2% inflation target and asset purchases
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) has agreed to double its inflation target to 2% and ease monetary policy, meeting key demands of Japan’s new government.
bbc.co.uk – Manila ‘taking sea row to court’
The Philippines says it will challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea at a UN tribunal, after diplomatic efforts to resolve the row fail.
news.com.au – China’s young declining in fitness: govt
The Chinese government has urged schools to step up their physical education.
bbc.co.uk – PM to promise in/out referendum
Prime Minister David Cameron is to promise an in/out referendum on the EU if the Conservatives win the next election.
bbc.co.uk – Careers services deteriorating, MPs warn
Careers services for young people in England show a “worrying deterioration”, MPs are warning.
bbc.co.uk – Letter raises alarm on exam reform
Campaigners are handing in a letter to No 10 Downing Street urging Prime Minister David Cameron to rethink the pace of reforms to GCSEs.
bbc.co.uk – Attacks in Nigeria leave 23 dead
Suspected Islamist gunmen are blamed for the deaths of at least 23 people in two separate attacks in north-eastern Nigeria.
bbc.co.uk – Mozambique ‘to evacuate thousands’ because of flooding
Mozambique has started to evacuate some 55,000 people after heavy rains caused sea levels to rise to dangerous levels in parts of the country, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – European transactions tax agreed
EU finance ministers give the green light for 11 eurozone members, including France and Germany, to prepare a new tax on financial transactions.
bbc.co.uk – Meningitis B vaccine gets European licence
A vaccine to protect children against one of the most common and deadly forms of meningitis has been licensed for use in Europe.
news.com.au – EU freezes approval of GM crops to 2014
The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year.
bbc.co.uk – Bid to stop French foul gas leak
Staff at a chemical factory in north-western France are working to stop a gas leak that has spread a foul smell from Paris to south-eastern England.
bbc.co.uk – Russians flee Syria via Beirut
Scores of Russians are flown home after fleeing the violence in Syria – but Russia insists it is not the start of a mass evacuation.
Hugo Chavez ‘in physiotherapy’
The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, is receiving physiotherapy in Cuba “to return to his country”, says his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales.
news.com.au – GM’s Brazil car workers on 24-hour strike
Thousands of car workers launched a 24-hour strike at General Motors’ Brazilian unit on Tuesday on the eve of crunch talks to avert 1598 planned layoffs.
bbc.co.uk – Chile capital sees water shortage
The drinking water in Chile’s capital, Santiago, is being restored after contamination left millions without supplies, officials say.
news.com.au – Fresh clashes in Syria’s Homs
At least 23 troops and pro-regime fighters were killed and dozens wounded in Homs, dubbed “the capital of the revolution” by the Syrian opposition.
bbc.co.uk – Netanyahu pledge after narrow win
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to form “as broad a government as possible” after his bloc narrowly wins general elections.
bbc.co.uk – Obama welcomes Republican plan to suspend debt limit
The White House has welcomed a Republican plan to suspend the US borrowing limit for almost four months.
news.com.au – US begins transporting French troops
A spokesman for the French military in Paris, Thierry Burkhard, says US planes are mainly carrying equipment.