Two more victims, both female, of the terrible fire that ravished the Tiger Disco in Patong were yesterday formally identified. ID was made from DNA provided by their parents and they have been named as Dongporn Budkor, 32, and Nipawat Sutasorn, 36.
Bangkok Post – Kittiratt’s little white lies
The minister of finance says sure, of course he tells lies about stuff like export targets but they are to help the country – but the former minister says any lies will reduce confidence.
nationmultimedia.com – BMA files corruption complaint over DSI probe
The Department of Special Investigation’s investigation into the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s extension of the BTS Skytrain concession is a politically motivated vendetta aimed at undermining Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra’s run for re-election, a top BMA official said yesterday.
mcot.net – Thai crewman abducted in Nigeria freed
hailand’s Foreign Minister announced that a Thai crewman who was kidnapped by pirates off the Nigerian coast early this month has been freed and will return to Thailand in a few days.
Bangkok Post – Lactasoy intolerant
The brains behind smuggling drugs into Nakhon Si Thammarat prison in milk cartons may be a woman and her husband, a former guard at the infamous jail.
nationmultimedia.com – South residents urged to ‘help themselves’
With violent attacks continuing on a regular basis in the far South, Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat yesterday urged civilians to “help themselves” and cooperate with the authorities and military.
Bangkok Post – Thawil upset
Another former security official involved in the 2010 violence says “people” are distorting the legitimate and legal attack on unlawful protesters.
mcot.net – Ranong on special alert for contagious diseases
Thai and Myanmar health officials in Thailand’s southern province of Ranong are working closely to fight against widespread malaria and dengue fever, a Thai health official said Thursday.
bbc.co.uk – Tycoon’s arrest triggers bank run
Depositors withdraw hundreds of millions of dollars from one of Vietnam’s largest banks after the arrest of one of its founders.
news.com.au – 5000 flee as Taiwan typhoon closes in
Taiwan evacuated nearly 5000 people ahead of Typhoon Tembin, as a military official warned major measures were needed a avoid a repeat of a deadly disaster three years ago.
bbc.co.uk – Australia to boost refugee intake
Australia is to increase its refugee intake to 20,000 annually, a rise of 40%, following recommendations by an expert panel.
bbc.co.uk – India and Pakistan: Monsoon rains claim many lives
More than 40 people have died during monsoon rains in Pakistan and India.
news.com.au – Fifth Fukushima nuclear plant worker dies
A Fukushima nuclear plant worker has died of a heart attack, the fifth worker at the plant to die since last year’s tsunami made the plant unstable.
bbc.co.uk – Peru police seize dried seahorses
Police in Peru seize more than 16,000 dried seahorses, destined to be illegally exported to Asia where they are used in traditional medicine.
bbc.co.uk – Sun publishes naked Harry photos
The Sun is the first British newspaper to publish the naked pictures of Prince Harry, in defiance of royal warnings about breaching his privacy.
bbc.co.uk – UK economic figures face revision
Key UK economic growth figures are published later that will show whether the contraction experienced in the second quarter was as bad as first announced.
news.com.au – British tycoon jailed for 10 years
British tycoon Asil Nadir, who went on the run for 17 years after his company collapsed, has been sentenced to 10 years’ jail for stealing from the firm.
bbc.co.uk – Julian Assange row could end tomorrow – Rafael Correa
The diplomatic row over Julian Assange “could be ended tomorrow” if Britain gave him safe passage to Ecuador, the country’s president has told the BBC.
news.com.au – Body found in jet’s landing gear
British Airways says a body has been found in a passenger plane that landed at London’s Heathrow Airport after a flight from South Africa.
bbc.co.uk – Libya seizes Gaddafi militia’s tanks
More than 100 tanks are seized from a militia group loyal to former leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan officials say.
bbc.co.uk – ‘Trial date set’ for Gaddafi son
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, will go on trial in Libya in September, a prosecution spokesman says.
bbc.co.uk – Bid to free swimming pool hippo
A team of experts is to attempt to rescue a hippopotamus which has taken over a swimming pool at a game reserve lodge in South Africa.
bbc.co.uk – Eurozone PMI data ‘points to new recession’
The eurozone’s economy is set to contract by 0.5%-0.6% in the July to September quarter, tipping it into its second recession in three years, a closely-watched survey suggests.
bbc.co.uk – Greece urged to stick to reforms
The leaders of Germany and France have told Greece it should not expect leeway on its bailout agreement unless it sticks to tough reform targets.
bbc.co.uk – Deadly balloon crash in Slovenia
A hot air balloon crashes and catches fire in Slovenia, killing four people and injuring at least 21 others, including children.
news.com.au – Mafia ‘execution’ scares Italy beachgoers
Beach goers have fled in panic after witnessing the execution-style shooting of a man believed to be linked to the mafia on a beach south of Rome.
bbc.co.uk – Peru plans Machu Picchu airport
Peru’s President Ollanta Humala unveils plans for a new airport near Cusco to help boost tourism in the region which includes the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.
bbc.co.uk – Mexico row over sect schooling
Mexican authorities say they are making progress in negotiations with a religious sect in Michoacan state which is preventing children going to school.
bbc.co.uk – Renewed clashes in Lebanese city
Fresh clashes erupt in the Lebanese city of Tripoli between two communities at odds over Syria, breaching a fragile truce agreed on Wednesday.
bbc.co.uk – Heavy clashes in key Syria cities
Heavy fighting continues in the Syrian cities of Damascus and Aleppo, reports say, with a rights group saying that civilians have been subjected to “horrific violence”.
bbc.co.uk – Jordanian Paralympian sex charge trio to miss Games
The three members of the Jordanian Paralympian squad facing sex charges have been pulled out of this year’s Paralympic Games.
bbc.co.uk – US manufacturing growth still weak, PMI survey shows
US manufacturing growth remained weak in August, according to a closely-watched survey.
bbc.co.uk – Mitt Romney revives focus on energy plan
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has promoted an energy plan he says will create three million jobs and achieve energy independence by 2020.
news.com.au – Microsoft goes square for new logo
Microsoft has unveiled a new corporate logo “to express the company’s diverse portfolio of products” as the US tech giant ramps up for a series of big launches.
news.com.au – Tablet sales to top 100 million in 2012
Worldwide tablet computer sales are tipped to top 100 million in 2012, with Apple iPad accounting for two-thirds of the market.
bbc.co.uk – Lennon killer Chapman denied parole for seventh time
Authorities in New York have for the seventh time denied parole to the man who shot dead musician John Lennon in 1980.
bbc.co.uk – Armstrong ends drug charge fight
US cycling star Lance Armstrong announces he will no longer fight drug charges from the US anti-doping agency, saying he is weary of “nonsense” claims.