theguardian.com The fiercest fighting of the 13-day war in Gaza has erupted as Israel dramatically widened its ground offensive, sending tanks and troops into urban areas and causing thousands of civilians to flee. Images of the corpses of women and children were posted on Facebook as hospitals were overwhelmed with the dead, injured and those seeking sanctuary from the onslaught.
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Phuket Update As forecast by Phuketwan (Phuket Tourist Attacks Sure to Spark Crackdown on ‘Very Bad Boys’) police have announced a 10pm curfew for all minors on the island. The new stay-home ruling follows a series of knife attacks by youths on tourists and residents, including a stabbing that cost Italian journalist Antonio Papaleo his spleen. Parents could also face charges.
scmp.com At least 43 people were killed when a van carrying flammable liquid rammed into the back of a coach and exploded on a busy expressway in China’s Hunan province.
nationmultimedia.com Besides the case involving Billy, an Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission panel is to investigate the 2013 case in which southern police were accused of conspiring with Burmese (Myanmar) accomplices to lure Rohingya people for human trafficking.
huffingtonpost.co.uk Nineteen migrants have reportedly suffocated while making a desperate attempt to cross the Mediterranean for a better life in Europe. The migrants are thought to have choked on fumes from an old engine in their overcrowded boat, while they were confined below deck as the boat made for Italy from North Africa, Italian news agency Ansa reported.
Asian Sentinel A substantial population of Russians are constantly in the papers in Thailand for crashing cars, spinning con games or being involved in violent bar fights. The government is clearly fed up and is seeking to prevent people from working illegally and to decrease crime. The crackdown will undoubtedly affect businesses built around visa run services.
bangkokpost.com Yupin Sengmuang, who runs a small roadside restaurant in Phuket, received an honorary plaque and a certificate from the provincial governor for helping British victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami a decade ago. Ben Willgrass and his sister Emma are due on Phuket today.
telegraph.co.uk Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip could be escalated into an effort to destroy Hamas’s entire arsenal of rockets, an official warned as the Palestinian death toll climbed to 333.
bangkokpost.com Looking forward to fighting Thai jail inmates is Phuket muay thai fighter Dave Leduc, 22, from Canada. Leduc, hungry for ringside fame and with a 9-1 record, says the audience will be different from the mostly Australian crowds filling Phuket’s arenas.
Prison Fighters Prize Future Over Freedom
dpa Two tour buses and a minibus collided on the A4 highway in Dresden, eastern Germany, leaving nine people dead and more than 40 wounded.
AP Critics and journalists raised concerns about the Thai military government’s latest move to tighten its grip on the media by banning them from criticizing the junta’s operations and threatening to immediately suspend the broadcast or publication of content that defies the order.
nationmultimedia.com The NCPO prohibits dissemination of false information or state confidential information in any form. The order also prohibits publicity of Information that is deemed an insult to the monarchy or any person, a threat to national security and incitement to use violence that can cause fear, as well as mobilisation of people for an anti-NCPO activity.
bangkokpost.com Coup spokesman Winthai Suwaree said the National Council for Peace and Order added no new measures in an attempt to seek ”cooperation” from the media in the announcement issued on Friday night. The latest announcement combined the directives outlined in its No. 14 and 18 announcements to make it more concise and cover individuals, Col Winthai added.
bangkokpost.com A report shedding light on payments made to reporters and news organisations raises serious questions about the influence of big business on the media. The report raises serious questions about the blurred lines between editorial and advertising, and the cosy relationship between media outlets and big business.
Cash for No Comment
reuters Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels of destroying evidence to cover up their guilt in the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner that has accelerated a showdown between the Kremlin and Western powers.
smh.com.au Reports of looting are now emerging from the crash site of MH17 as bodies remain strewn across the area more than 24 hours after the disaster. Adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs, Anton Gerashchenko has reported that ”terrorists” have begun collecting valuables belonging to the victims of the tragedy.
bloomberg A prominent Aids researcher and five others headed to a medical meeting in Australia were confirmed killed in the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight.
cbc.ca Sanjid Singh, a flight steward who wouldn’t otherwise have been on the ill-fated journey, ended up on MH17 after swapping a shift with a colleague, the Malaysian Insider reported.
cbc.ca An Australian couple just missed being on MH17 – even though they had been booked on it twice, and ended up changing their plans both times, the Age, an Australian newspaper out of Melbourne, reported.
dvb.no Kyaw Min Khine, the owner of Bi Mon Te Nay weekly news journal, his wife Dr Ei Ei San, and the newspaper’s office manager, Yin Min Htun, were arrested on 16 July by Thai police in Mae Sot, according to the journal’s chief reporter Thein Min Aung.
channelnewsasia.com Jakarta governor Joko Widodo is expected to be declared the winner of Indonesia’s disputed presidential election this week but his rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, is likely to mount a legal challenge that will prolong the political deadlock.
reuters After getting a drubbing on social media for making statements deemed ”insensitive” after the downing of flight MH17, Singapore Airlines (SIA) issued a public apology and expressed solidarity with families affected by the air tragedy.
scmp.com Burma’s opposition has gathered millions of signatures in support of changes to a constitution that bars its leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, in a show of strength ahead of elections next year.
channelnewsasia.com A 15-member committee comprising animal lovers, parliamentarians, and grassroots leader have come up with guidelines on what the basic standard of animal welfare in Singapore should be.
scotsman.com The official whose job it is to engrave the winner’s name on the Claret Jug could be forgiven for getting started. Rory McIlroy did not just extend control at Royal Liverpool, he took a grip of the 143rd Open Championship with a six shot lead and one day to play.
news.com.au Ten years ago, Rory McIlroy’s dad put down a $180 bet at 500/1 odds that his son would become a British Open champ before 26. Rory, 25, now holds a six-shot lead into the final round.
espn.co.uk Liverpool are set to complete the signing of striker Loic Remy in the next few days after agreeing an eight million pound fee with Queens Park Rangers.
Until July 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
February 13-15 Phuket Yacht Show
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