afp Three policemen were shot dead in an ambush by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand’s insurgency-racked far south, an official said. The men were Muslims. An imam was also wounded.
AP A suspect in the slayings of six people near Houston has surrendered after a three-hour standoff.
themalaymailonline.com Tunku Alang Reza Tunku Ibrahim, 28, the boyfriend of model Regina Soosalu, 29, has been detained as Malaysian police investigate her murder. The family only learned about her death six days later, from Facebook postings.
nytimes.com Israeli tanks were positioned on the border with the Gaza Strip amid preparations for a possible ground offensive. The Palestinian death toll rose to at least 78, a majority of them civilians.
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mcot The extended weekend includes the Asarnha Bucha Day on July 11, the Buddhist Lent Day on July 12 and the substitution holiday for the Buddhist Lent Day on July 14. The sale of alcohol is prohibited on Phuket and throughout Thailand today and on Saturday.
bangkokpost.com The Similans national park [often accessed from Phuket or Phang Nga] was voted the most wonderful place to visit in Thailand by users of website 7WondersThailand, the tourism company announced.
bangkokpost.com Bangkok has become a markedly cheaper place for expatriates to live in the past year, according to Mercer LLC’s annual list of the world’s most-expensive cities. Thailand’s capital fell from 66 to 88 on the 2014 survey of 211 cities worldwide, which measures the comparative cost of more than 200 items, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment.
news.24.com South Africans Marius Botha, 24, and Elske Roux, 21, have had their passports confiscated by a hospital in Thailand. After a scooter crash on Phangan island and an insurance company’s failure to pay, Roux, who had brain surgery, and Botha, who needed multiple stitches, must find a down payment on the large bill.
bangkokpost.com United Nations agencies are still confident in Thailand’s role as a leader in the region despite the military coup, the acting foreign minister says.
mct Germany demanded the departure from the country of the top spy at the US Embassy in Berlin, dramatising its deepening unhappiness with reports of US intelligence operations targeting its officials.
bangkokpost.com State railway governor Prapat Chongsanguan has lost his job in the wake of the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train.
nytimes.com About a dozen local Palestinians gathered at the Fun Time Beach cafe, a beachside eatery of plastic chairs, umbrellas, and palm leaves, to watch the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands. What they were not watching for was an Israeli missile. The blast destroyed the cafe and killed at least eight people.
cnn.com A Malaysian politician who drew gasps by evoking Hitler in a congratulatory tweet to the German World Cup team has apologised. Bung Moktar Radin tweeted to around 20,000 followers: ”WELL DONE . . BRAVO . . . LONG LIVE HITLER . . . ”
World Cup Final
Germany v Argentina.
bangkokpost.com The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has allowed 4700 community radio stations [which includes English-language Phuket stations] to resume broadcasting. Most were closed following the May 22 coup.
huffingtonpost.co.uk A video claiming to reveal the discovery of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been revealed as a viral marketing scam. Entitled ‘Newest Video: Malaysian Air Flight MH370 Found By Sailor Moments Ago,’ the link is circulating on Facebook, along with the subhead ”Mystery is solved – sailor rewarded $5 million on spot.”
time.com Today, Sittwe, like much of the surrounding state of Rakhine, exists in virtual apartheid. There are no Muslims at the market. Their mosques have been bulldozed. A town like Sarajevo, once of two faiths, has cleaved beyond belief.
nationmultimedia.com Andrew Langdon, executive vice president for the hotels and hospitality group at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), said Thailand remained attractive for hotel investment despite the drop in arrivals in the wake of the coup on May 22.
thephuketinsider.com The closure of the Allamanda Laguna Phuket, one of the island’s earliest hospitality led residential projects, is a prudent reminder to potential purchasers that the hotel managed unit they are buying today may not always be a viable investment in the long term.
Phuket Update Stalls and restaurants torn down at Nai Thon as Phuket’s beach clearances continued cost up to 7 million baht each and sometimes earned rent of 400,000 baht a year, local media reports.
poynter.org The BBC launched a Thai news feed through Facebook to help get news in and out of a country with a military that has tightly controlled information since it took over in a coup in May. And they’re planning to expand to other social media platforms, Charlotte Morgan, head of International Communications for BBC News, told Poynter in an e-mail.
bangkokpost.com ”We don’t have any problem as long as they don’t broadcast information that is negative or has an impact on the stability of the country,” said NCPO spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak.
time.com Pavin Chachavalpongpun, the prominent Thai political scholar and outspoken opponent of the country’s coup, has had his passport revoked as part of the Thai junta’s ongoing campaign against dissenters. ”I am now a stateless person,” said Pavin, who is based at Japan’s Kyoto University and is now expected to seek asylum.
nationmultimedia.com Law lecturer Worachet Pakeerut showed up at a military court after police lodged a petition seeking to extend his detention pending investigation. The court approved the request, extending his detention by another 12 days until July 22.
nnt The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is scheduled to kick off the Thailand Happiness Street Festival at Ratchaprasong intersection on July 25-26 at a cost of 10 million baht to refresh the image of Thai tourism.
afp An American girl, who was thought to have been cleared of HIV, has seen her infection return, US scientists said.
cryptocoinsnews.com Saturday, September 27th 2014, Bitcoin Co. Ltd will be hosting a Bitcoin conference in Thailand, regardless of the country’s inability to decide where they stand when it comes to cryptocurrency. Registration is free and open to the public.
houstonchronicle.com Roll your wedding and honeymoon into one unforgettable adventure at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi. With the three-night Underwater Romance package, trade your wedding dress for a wet suit and exchange vows below the teal blue waters of the Andaman Sea.
lagenziadiviaggi.it ”It is no coincidence that the Club Med Phuket is already almost sold out for the start of the New Year, with about five months in advance,” says Giorgio Trivellon, head of sales for Italy.
telegraph.co.uk Malaysian police said they had arrested seven people over the murder of Estonian model Regina Soosalu whose body was found on a beach on the resort island of Rawa. She was initially believed to have drowned – but police said they found wounds on her body and were investigating the case as murder.
straitstimes.com Estonian model Regina Soosalu, known to have links to a member of a royal family, has been found murdered in Pulau Rawa, raising many questions. The police have yet to call in her boyfriend: ”We have informed Interpol about the incident and we have left it to them to contact her family.”
amnesty.org The sentencing of five media workers in Myanmar each to 10 years’ imprisonment with hard labor for ”disclosing state secrets” makes July 10 a dark day for freedom of expression in the country, Amnesty International said.
wsj.com The outcome of Indonesia’s presidential election will remain in doubt for at least 10 days as election officials tabulate the more than 130 million paper ballots cast across the vast island nation.
bbc.com Singapore authorities have withdrawn from libraries two children’s books featuring same-sex couples, sparking controversy amid a debate on gay rights in the conservative city-state.
afp Andre Greipel has emerged from the shadow of fellow German Marcel Kittel to win a crash-hit sixth stage of the Tour de France, a 194-km ride from Arras.
reuters England’s under-pressure captain was bowled off his thigh pad for five as his side closed on 43-1 in reply to India’s 457, which included a 111 partnership between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and number 11 Mohammed Shami – a last-wicket record for India against England.
July 11 Arsanha Bucha Day
July 16-20 Phuket Race Week yachting, Cape Panwa
August 11 Special holiday for Queen’s Birthday
August 12 Queen’s Birthday
September 24-October 2 Vegetarian Festival, Phuket
October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
November 6 Loy Kratong
November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket
December 5 King’s Birthday
December 10 Constitution Day
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 10th Anniversary, 2004 Tsunami
December 31 New Year’s Eve
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