As Spain foundered amid economic woes, 74-year-old King Juan Carlos slipped away to hunt elephants in southern Africa. The king is an honorary president of the Spanish branch of the Worldwide Fund for Nature. The trip was secret until he fell and broke his hip.
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People on Phuket got another scare when a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck at 4.44pm in Thalang district. At Central Festival Phuket, shoppers stampeded outside and gathered in front of the mall. Many tourists were seen running away from the beach.
The Meteorological Department reported two smaller aftershocks at 8.30pm and 9.17pm in Thalang district of Phuket, measuring magnitude 2.7 and 2.6, respectively. Apart from Phuket, some other Andaman coastal provinces also felt the quakes.
Minister of Science and Technology Plodprasop Suraswadi, said that the earthquake warning system was on the agenda as well as floods management although the tsunami warning system after the massive April 11 earthquake off Indonesia ''worked satisfactorily'' and resulted in effective evacuations in the Andaman region.
Showgirls dressed as nuns performed a pole-dancing striptease for former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi at a ''bunga bunga'' party at his luxury villa, a Milan court heard.
A plane has been forced to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport, leaving 15 people in hospital. Passengers suffered a range of injuries, including suspected fractures and cuts, as they escaped Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330 using the emergency chutes. There were reports of a small fire on board.
Norwegian militant Anders Breivik who massacred 77 people last summer gave a clenched-fist salute, smirked at the court and pleaded not guilty on the first day of a trial that threatens to turn into a "circus" showcasing his anti-Islamic views.
The number of public transportation vehicles in Bali is fast declining as more people opt for motorcycles and rental cars to get around faster. That is leading to a worsening traffic situation in the resort island, an operator has warned.
Bali has set an ambitious target of three million tourists arrivals, approximating a 10 percent improvement over the 2.75 million tourists who came to the island in 2011. Asean and the Asia-Pacific region produce 73.2 percent of all Bali's tourist visitors with Australia the biggest market share at 26.04 percent.
The next morning we flew to Phuket, the famous beach area in southern Thailand. Although we found a few really good restaurants, I was overall pretty disappointed with Phuket. After seeing a few too many men and women overcrowding the beaches leaving little to the imagination, along with getting stung by something in the water, we decided to leave after an hour and a half and we didn't go back to the beach once in the rest of our four days.
The traffic loggerhead in Patong remains a critical issue for development, especially if the southern headland area is going to position itself as the upscale neighborhood. A tunnel is badly needed and the island's infrastructure continues to lag private sector investment.
Don't imagine that restoration of Burma to normalcy and a degree of prosperity will be quick. Even under the most favorable local and external circumstances, it will take years to make up for four decades of decline and to rebuild the stock of human and physical capital that once made it the most prosperous, best-educated country in mainland South and Southeast Asia.
The body of a male Asian, aged 35-40 was found floating face down off Pattaya with his waist and his ankles tied by a rope. The body was wearing a t-shirt and a pair of black jeans. Police assume that he was murdered while working on a fishing boat.
THE FIRST Songkran Soccer 7s was held at Phuket's Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Centre. Fifteen teams from five countries participated in the one day tournament. The open category bowl competition was won by Pulau Ubin FC from Singapore who defeated Thanyapura 2-0. The masters cup saw Emirates Colour Services from Dubai defeat Phuket Morning Star 4-0. The main Cup final was won by the local Phuket Italians who defeated Dubai's Smart Communications 3-2 in a game that was decided by a golden goal in extra time. This tournament is the newest of the Phuket 7s tournaments which have the hugely popular Andaman and Phuket 7s in November each year.
Wigan Athletic took a huge step towards Premier League survival with a polished 2-1 win over Arsenal. Arsenal had won all their nine previous home matches against Wigan. Wigan overcame Premier League leaders Manchester United 1-0 last Wednesday.
The English FA has called on football's governing bodies to introduce goal-line technology as soon as possible after the latest "ghost goal" controversy. A Chelsea goal has been allowed to stand against Spurs even though it didn't cross the line
Until April 22
Phuket Cricket Week
Phuket Bike Week
Phuket Pride Festival
Labor Day public holiday
Krabi celebrates the province's 140th anniversary
Corontation Day long weekend
Royal Ploughing ceremony day
Phuket Rugby Tens from May 25th to 27th this year.
May 26-June 5
National Youth Games, Phuket
Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket