Bangkok Post – Center of attention
The sponsor of the key reconciliation bill says he won’t withdraw it from parliament – but 2006 coup leader Sonthi Boonyaratglin added that he might change his mind if the public really wants him to.
Bangkok Post – A True blackout
The Civil Court waved off an extra-time plea for a penalty to put the Italy-Spain final on all TVs – and a preview of the Monday morning title match.
Bangkok Post – ‘We will, er, might return’
The US space agency says it might try to do a climate study next year, but notes there also are other possible bases, in addition to U-tapao naval base.
Bangkok Post – Bungling Brits
Broke in Pattaya, three British men did the obvious – but left a clear trail for police and never got any money out of the three ATM machines they stole.
bbc.co.uk – Suu Kyi told to stop saying Burma
Burmese officials tell pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to call the country by its official name, Myanmar.
bbc.co.uk – China blocks Bloomberg websites
Internet users in mainland China are unable to access Bloomberg’s website, after access was blocked by the Chinese authorities.
news.com.au – Thousands protest Japan nuclear restart
Tens of thousands of people rallied outside the Japanese prime minister’s residence in Tokyo Friday in one of the largest demonstrations held against the restart of nuclear reactors.
bbc.co.uk – Cricketer Butt demands new trial
Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt disputes his conviction in Britain for spot-fixing and calls for a new trial in his homeland.
bbc.co.uk – King calls for new bank culture
Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King has called for a change in the UK’s banking culture, saying customers received “shoddy” treatment.
bbc.co.uk – Cameron ‘secures single market commitment’
David Cameron says he has secured from eurozone leaders “explicit commitments” to protect the EU single market.
bbc.co.uk – Adele ‘over the moon’ at pregnancy news
Pop star Adele is expecting her first child, she has told fans via a message on her website.
bbc.co.uk – Egypt’s Mursi hails Tahrir crowds
Egyptian President-Elect Mohamed Mursi swears a symbolic oath in an address to protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
bbc.co.uk – Merkel defends compromise on euro
Chancellor Merkel defends a deal to use eurozone bailout funds to help banks, a concession to Spain and Italy which sends stocks soaring.
bbc.co.uk – Obama sees Colorado wildfire destruction
President Barack Obama tours neighbourhoods ravaged by a wildfire which drove tens of thousands of people from their homes in a Colorado city.
bbc.co.uk – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to divorce
Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are splitting up, ending their marriage of five years, her lawyer confirms.
bbc.co.uk – Armstrong is charged over doping
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is charged with using performance-enhancing drugs by the USADA.