PHUKET: A daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media.
bangkokpost.com The Department of Special Investigation has ruled out NGO claims that the surge of illegal Rohingya migrants into Thailand is the result of large-scale human trafficking. A total of 1381 Rohingya have been rounded up in Phangnga, Songkhla, Satun and Ranong.
bnionline.net Members of the Rohingya community from southern Maungdaw are being prevented from collecting materials for their thatch roves by Rakhine in the nearby villages of Sommona and Udaung, according to a farmer who didn't want their name used.
smh.com.au Two Australian men, reported to have alleged links with an outlaw motorcycle gang, have been charged with attempted murder in Phuket over the accidental shooting of two German tourists on the popular holiday island.
cnn.com A Thai court sentenced political activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk to 10 years in prison for insulting the country's revered king, a decision that drew criticism from human rights groups and the European Union.
wsj.com Singapore Airlines Ltd. plans to raise its capital expenditure by 67 percent over the next five years as it battles for market share in an industry facing declining corporate demand.
irrawaddy.org A passenger bus travelling from Rangoon to Arakan State swerved off the road and fell down a mountainside on Wednesday, killing people 14 and injuring 33 others, according to initial Burmese police reports
ibtimes.co.uk Australian passenger Bruce Griffiths, 47, who was arrested for swearing on a Tiger Airways flight to Singapore, will not face the cane, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed.
dailymail.co.uk Campaigners are calling on the Filipino government to free the country's only elephant, Mali, and allow her to be sent to Thailand to spend her final years among her own kin after three decades of solitude.
theage.com.au After Serena Williams collapsed out of the women's draw regular top seed transmission returned with Roger Federer fighting bitterly, but elegantly of course, to win through to a tenth consecutive Australian Open semi final.
nationmultimedia.com Thailand's wait for a triumph in the annual tournament King's Cup continued following a disappointing 3-1 loss to Finland at the packed 700th Anniversary stadium in Chiang Mai.
January 30-February 2 Bay Regatta, Phuket Phang Nga Krabi
October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival
November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket