reuters Chris Kyle, the former US Navy SEAL sniper who was responsible for 160 kills during his career, was shot and killed with another man at a gun range, the co-author of Kyle's book said. A suspect was arrested, according to reports.
PHUKET: A daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media.
Phuket Update Fireworks at the hillside Rim Haad restaurant in Kamala on Phuket about 8.30pm last night sparked a brushfire that required the help of a water truck from Cherng Talay to extinguish. The Kamala truck could not be manned.
bbc.co.uk Kingsley Armstrong, father of a man who has been missing in Thailand for nearly a month, is flying out to the country on Sunday to try to find him. Tom Armstrong, 22, had been due to arrive at Heathrow from Bangkok airport on 9 January but did not catch the flight: ''We're fairly certain now that he's in a specific area within Bangkok.''
bangkokpost.com Gunmen killed two young farmers from Singburi and wounded 10 others who were in the southern province to share their rice-growing knowledge and bring rice farming back to the region - a terrorist attack that puts the entire revival program at risk.
nationmultimedia.com Since many closed-circuit television systems installed in the restive southern provinces are of poor quality and have failed to function effectively, the government has issued a policy that specifications for security cameras must be approved by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.
irin The future of more than 1500 recent Rohingya boat arrivals in Thailand is unclear, despite a government reprieve allowing them to stay for another six months. This year there has been an increasing number of women and children accompanying the men.
radioaustralia.net.au The US credit card giant Visa has launched electronic payments in Burma, marking the long-awaited debut of plastic in a country which until now has had a cash economy.
balidiscovery.com Following the court-ordered bankruptcy of Indonesian airline Batavia Air on January 31, 2013, the airline's routes to 42 domestic destinations and a number of regional airports are up for grabs and being sought by the remaining members of the Indonesian aviation industry.
zawya.com A new choice of convenient airline services to Phuket offered by Gulf carriers has opened up access to the Thai tropical paradise island for holidaymakers throughout the GCC countries. Debbie Dionysius, Laguna Phuket's Assistant Vice President of Destination Marketing, said: ''Laguna Phuket is now just around seven hours away by air from the Gulf and we offer a wide variety of attractions in a fabulous Thai ambience.''
telegraph.co.uk Just as it looked like Manchester United's title hopes might dim a little Wayne Rooney illuminated this occasion to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table to a daunting 10 points. Fulham 0-1 Man U.
telegrapg.co.uk Newcastle United toasted a new hero after a magnificent match-winning home debut from Moussa Sissoko, while Chelsea could soon be looking for yet another manager as the pressure grows on Rafael Ben??tez. Newcastle United 3-2 Chelsea.
bbc.co.uk Defending champions the Czech Republic and Switzerland slogged it out to set a new record for the longest Davis Cup match in history. Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol took seven hours and two minutes to see off Swiss pair Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli in a doubles rubber. The world group first-round match was settled on a double fault, finishing 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-7 24-22.
February 10 Chinese New Year
March 3 Phuket FC v Krabi FC at Krabi
March 9 Phuket FC v Sriracha SuzuKi FC at Surakul Stadium, Phuket City
October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival
November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket