reuters The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi last September, said it staged an attack on the Kenyan coast. At least 29 people were killed.
nationmultimedia.com Rice stored at a number of facilities nationwide under the controversial rice-pledging scheme was rotten, missing or replaced with inferior rice, said the permanent secretary of the PM’s office, ML Panadda Diskul.
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afp Clashes sparked by the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager spread from east Jerusalem to Arab towns inside Israel on Saturday, as autopsy reports showed he was burned alive.
nationmultimedia.com Permanent secretary of defence General Surasak Kanchanarat urged the soon-to-be-formed National Reform Council to quickly propose measures so the military junta could leave the scene as scheduled.
afp Eleven people were killed and one person seriously injured after a plane from a parachute club crashed in southern Poland, with local media suggesting the light aircraft may have been carrying too many passengers.
nationmultimedia.com The recently-formed Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy (FT-HD) reported on Facebook that Jaran Ditapichai, the group’s European coordinator, led other representatives to meet with unnamed officials of the EU Human Rights Council in Paris.
cnn.com It was supposed to be a formality, but the Netherlands was made to sweat against Costa Rica before eventually overcoming the 2014 World Cup’s surprise package and booking a place in the semifinals. Substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul was the hero, saving two penalties to secure a 4-3 shootout victory after this tense, nervous quarterfinal finished goalless.
afp Argentina reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 24 years after a Gonzalo Higuain strike secured a 1-0 win over Belgium.
World Cup Tuesday, Wednesday
Brazil v Germany, Netherlands v Argentina.
Phuket Update Twenty contestants in the Miss Universe Myanmar contest are enjoying a hectic four-day visit to Phuket in the leadup to the announcement of a winner on July 26. As chair of Asean Myanmar (Burma) is becoming more outgoing in advance of elections next year.
thephuketinsider.com Jeff Ross has been named General Manager at the Swissotel Resort Phuket, in Kamala. Most recently he was Hotel Manager in Singapore at the Swissotel.
bangkokpost.com Bangkok has lost its top spot and dropped entirely from the Top 10 of the world’s best cities to visit in a poll based on the survey of Travel + Leisure magazine readers. The city has fallen from No. 1 in the world to No. 3 in Asia.
smh.com.au A 13-minute takeoff delay caused so much tension between two Air New Zealand pilots that the first officer was locked out of the cockpit on a flight between Perth and Auckland. Both pilots have been stood down.
afp A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck western Indonesia on Saturday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
xinhua Samui, a most popular resort island in southern Surat Thani province, has seen a sharp increase of dengue fever cases since mid-June, a local hospital official said.
bangkokpost.com The Land Transport Department has set up a centre to build a database of public transport drivers to improve road safety.
bangkokpost.com In short, we’ve been bad in the eyes of the US, which values human rights above absolutely everything else, except the right to shoot up kindergarten kids and uni students by the dozen with home-stored weapons of war.
smh.com.au Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison will travel to Sri Lanka next week amid his continuing silence on whether 203 Tamil asylum seekers have been handed over to the Sri Lankan navy.
radoaustralia.net.au One of the most powerful politicians in the Philippines, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, has been arrested over massive corruption. The 90-year-old ex-defence secretary, senate president, and martial-law enforcer for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, surrendered to police to stand trial on charges of taking 172 million pesos ($US3.95 million) in kickbacks from illegally diverted state funds.
xinhua Cambodia has reported 1005 dengue fever cases in the first six months of 2014, down 83 percent from 6039 cases in the same period last year, a health official said.
insidemalaysiatoday.com Malaysia is a nation with a myriad of problems. While all countries have their own list of national woes, our government is not trying to solve ours but seem to be adding to it instead. Drug trafficking, human trafficking, vice and gambling dens are still enjoying a good run.
phnompenhpost.com Cambodian migrants have begun to trickle back to Thailand, but the process remains bureaucratic and fraught with hidden costs, dangers and conflicting information.
insidespanishfootball.com Almeria and new signing Teerasil Dangda will see their recent capture make his debut in their colors in his home country of Thailand, during a 12-day stay. Whilst there, they’ll play his former club Muangthong United on July 30 in his home city of Bangkok, followed by Phuket FC on August 6.
bloomberg Petra Kvitova won her second Wimbledon title in four years and denied Canada its first Grand Slam tennis singles crown by defeating Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets
bbc.com The 101st Tour de France is under way in Yorkshire after riders received a royal send-off from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
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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