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nnt The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has issued a warning to eight southern provinces to prepare for heavy rain and high waves from today until Tuesday: Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat.
news.sky.com Hamas has rejected a temporary extension to the humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza as the number of Palestinian dead topped 1000. Israel was ready to extend the 12-hour truce until midnight – but as night fell Hamas began firing rockets from Gaza.
nationmultimedia.com At least 100 senior military officers are tipped to be selected as members of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), an NCPO source said.
voacambodia.com There have been no public rallies in Thailand against the interim charter. Public opinion polls published by newspapers, which are under the strictest level of censorship seen here in decades, show the majority of Thais supporting the junta’s reform push.
nationmultimedia.com A celebration for ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra’s 65th birthday by avid supporters and red shirts at the Imperial Department Store in Lat Phrao was cut short on the order of military officials.
nationmultimedia.com High society figure Kritaya Lamsam, an executive at Muang Thai Insurance, was shot dead by her Swiss husband at their Bangkok home. Police Region Five commander Maj-General Suebsak Pansuri said Redo Kastellassi, 55, killed the 48-year-old before turning the gun on himself. A maid believed Kastellassi killed his wife while she was packing a bag to leave.
reuters The US evacuated its embassy in Libya, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia under heavy military escort after escalating clashes broke out between rival militias in Tripoli.
bbc.com The first female commander of a major Royal Navy warship is understood to have left her vessel after allegations of an affair with one of her officers. Cdr Sarah West, 42, was coming to the end of a seven-month deployment on board the Type 23 frigate HMS Portland.
scmp.com Air travellers in China’s eastern provinces were again hit by massive flight delays, with capacity cut by up to two-thirds thanks to ongoing PLA military exercises.
smh.com.au There’s something a little unnerving about travelling to an island that is so heavily weighed down with preconceived stereotypes that, well, it’s hard to see the beach for the Sang Som and string bikinis. About as far from the untouched as Bangkok is from dull, Phuket is the beaten track.
smh.com.au Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s announcement of Australia’s intention to send 190 armed Australian Federal Police and an unknown number of other personnel to help recover bodies and evidence from the site has been met with incredulity in some parts of Europe, with one analyst branding it ”nuts”.
nytimes.com An international push to secure the crash site of a Malaysian passenger jet shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine stalled, with the leader of a Dutch forensic mission announcing that scores of foreign police officers and experts gathered at a luxury hotel here would not start moving toward the site for at least five days.
bbc.com The deadline has passed for Malaysia Airlines’ customers to cancel their tickets without penalty and get a full refund if they have decided not to fly.
ctvnews.ca French President Francois Hollande said he wants the remains of all passengers on the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated to be brought to France and the site of this week’s catastrophe marked with a memorial to the 118 who died.
straitstimes.com An 11-year-old boy who was found wandering along Marina Promenade is believed to have been dumped in Singapore by his Hong Kong father.
diplomatie.gouv.fr France welcomes the Burmese authorities’ decision to allow Doctors Without Borders to resume its activities in Rakhine state, a region experiencing a serious humanitarian crisis.
thestar.com.my Toll rates for the Johor Causeway will increase by more than three times the current amount from August 1, and Singapore-bound vehicles will now have to pay toll when they did not have to before.
skysports.com Manchester United’s goal-laden pre-season tour of the US continued as they recorded a 3-2 victory over Roma in their first game of the International Champions Cup.
reuters Annette Edmondson and Scott Sunderland won gold for Australia at the Chris Hoy Velodrome but England were left subdued after four of their Olympic gold medallists failed to get on the podium.
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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