Bangkok Post – Unity as elusive as ever
One year after pledging to foster unity among Thais, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government have not lived up to the challenge, academics say.
Bangkok Post – Foiled at Thaitown
Thaksin Shinawatra invited “Thais of any colour” to a planned speech in Thaitown, Los Angeles – but it didn’t work out too well according to the LA media, as the yellow and pink shirts organised their own street protest to torpedo the Thaksin talk.
Bangkok Post – Deadly dining
Mae Hong Son Senator Boonsong Kowawisarat told police he was just putting his Uzi away for dinner when the gun fired accidentally and killed his secretary.
The Nation – 30-baht universal healthcare programme to start next month
Patients using the new Bt30 universal healthcare programme will be allowed to change hospitals four times a year once the revived programme gets underway on September 1, the public health minister said on Monday.
The Nation – Not so bad overall
Despite winning no gold medals, Thailand still did well by Asean standards; bosses call for bigger team to be sent to Rio in 2016.
bbc.co.uk- Australia ‘needs offshore asylum camps’
Australia should set up offshore processing centres for asylum seekers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, a panel appointed by the PM says.
bbc.co.uk- Japan’s economic growth slows to 0.3% in second quarter
Japan’s economic growth slowed in the second quarter as the eurozone crisis hurt exports and domestic consumption remained subdued.
The Nation – Indonesian man dies of bird flu
Jakarta – An Indonesian man has died of bird flu, bringing the death toll from the virus to 159 since 2005, the Health Ministry said Monday.
bbc.co.uk- Hong Kong court orders eviction of Occupy protesters
A Hong Kong court has approved the eviction of the last few protesters of the anti-capitalist Occupy movement in the city’s financial district.
The Nation – Pacific quake swarm sparked underwater volcano eruption
A swarm of more than 150 earthquakes over two days last month caused a previously dormant volcano to erupt 1,100 metres beneath the Pacific Ocean, a scientist said Monday.
bbc.co.uk- S Koreans swim to disputed island
More than 40 South Koreans begin a relay swim to islands also claimed by Japan, amid a serious diplomatic row between the two neighbours.
bbc.co.uk – Rail fares set for sharp increase
Rail fare increases from next January are set to be revealed, with some commuters braced for increases of more than double the rate of inflation.
bbc.co.uk – Land Rover workers go 24 hours
The Jaguar Land Rover plant on Merseyside moves to 24-hour production to meet demand for the Evoque and Freelander models.
bbc.co.uk – House prices expected to fall, say surveyors
Surveyors are expecting house prices to dip in the coming months, prompting a call for sellers to be realistic about asking prices.
bbc.co.uk – UK’s Olympic ‘generosity’ praised
The “spirit of generosity” demonstrated by British spectators during the London 2012 Olympics is hailed by Games chief Lord Coe.
bbc.co.uk – Fire forces Canary Islands exodus
Firefighters battle a forest fire on La Gomera in Spain’s Canary Islands which forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people by ferry overnight.
bbc.co.uk – Breivik ‘could have been stopped’
Norway’s police could have prevented the bombing of central Oslo and caught mass killer Anders Behring Breivik faster, an official report says.
bbc.co.uk – Olympic flag arrives in Brazil
The Olympic flag arrives in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, the next host city of the Games, after a ceremony on Sunday night marks the end of London 2012.
bbc.co.uk – Iran steps up quake relief effort
Iran ends search operations and steps up relief efforts after Saturday’s twin quakes in the north-west, which it now says killed at least 306.
news.com.au – Firefighter killed as wildfires rage in US
US firefighter killed as bush fires continue to rage across the western United States.
bbc.co.uk – Motorola Mobility to cut 4,000 jobs in restructuring
Mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility is to cut 4,000 staff worldwide as part of efforts to return to profitability.
news.com.au – Obama: ‘Let me know if you find martians’
US President Barack Obama has joked with scientists behind NASA’s roving robot Curiosity, instructing them to let him know if they find life on Mars.