A MAN from Krabi who parked his Honda Civic near Rajabhat University in Phuket City forgot to pull on the handbrake today, and in his absence the vehicle rolled into the nearby pond. Nobody was injured.
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Five Singaporeans were held when senior Phuket officials raided a shop selling pirate copy goods in Patong on Tuesday night. The Singaporeans were named as Tanma La, 35, Maung Wam, 32, Ba Yan Ku Mar Yan, 26, Kisanar Kouin, 19, and Maung Gi Wan Pa lee Gus, 37. Three Thais were also held. The eight said they were staff in the shop.
Three people have been arrested for purchasing elephant meat and ivory from poachers who allegedly hunted the animals in Phetchaburi province's Kaeng Krachan national park. A raid at their homes turned up several organs of elephants, including penises, and ivory.
Two Western journalists have been killed in the Syrian city of Homs. Highly respected American Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin, 55, and award-winning French photographer Remi Ochlik, 28, died when a shell hit the makeshift media centre in the Baba Amr district.
In Sri Lanka Marie Colvin was terribly wounded when a landmine or grenade sprayed her with shrapnel and she was blinded in one eye. Yet she came back to work wearing an eye patch. As a woman she showed the courage of a legion of men.
AirAsia has announced its latest gimmick to strengthen its core airline business. The air mileage scheme, which plays a key role in legacy airlines maintaining their clientele, has hardly been used by LCCs because of costs and complications involved.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast ''expresses Iran's readiness'' to identify culprits of Bangkok bombings, and blames ''US and Zionist officials'' for accusing Iran.
Three bombs suspects entered Thailand from Malaysia through a transit flight to Phuket and then to Bangkok. The explosives and devices could have been smuggled from Malaysia, before they were assembled into three radio bombs in Thailand, a source added.
Police and prison officials at Bali's troubled Kerobokan prison have once again abandoned their post in the face of a fresh outburst of rioting.
Convicted killer Marco Antonio Bonilla, also known as Shorty, who freed hundreds of inmates as guards panicked and fled during a prison fire that killed 360 people last week, has been pardoned by the Honduran government.
Spruiking the sale of the Courtyard by Marriott Patong, Chairman of CBRE Thailand, Mr. David Simister, said: ''Phuket has fantastic international appeal, record tourist arrivals and if you want a secure long-term income producing property asset you could do no better than buy a tourist hotel in Patong. Phuket arrivals grow year-on-year and the strongest market sector is mainstream tourism focused on Patong, west coast Phuket''.
A packed commuter train ploughed into the buffers at a Buenos Aires station during morning peak hour, killing 49 people and injuring more than 600 in Argentina's worst rail accident in more than 30 years.
Roundabout route home for an Air Australia victim from Phuket: "We flew from Thailand to Singapore, waited nine hours, then on to Bali, where we waited 13 hours, and from Bali to Darwin for four hours, and then from Darwin to Brisbane."
Eight bodies, including that of a young girl, were located by divers searching the submerged section of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. The discovery brings to 25 the number of confirmed dead among the 4200 passengers and crew of the ship, which struck rocks on the Italian island of Giglio on January 13.
Adolf Hitler had a son with a French teenager while serving as a soldier during the First World War, according to new evidence. Jean-Marie Loret, who died in 1985 aged 67, never met his father, but went on to fight Nazi forces during the Second World War.
Fodors.com recently came up with a list of the top 10 kid-friendly hotels. Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, Phuket, Thailand: If you're going to travel, you might as well head to one of the top spots of 2012: Phuket, Thailand. There are also babysitters available 24/7.
Australian carrier Qantas said that Vietnam Airlines will take a majority share in its Jetstar Pacific offshoot from the Vietnamese State Capital Investment Corporation. Under the arrangement, the Vietnamese airline will hold 69.93pc of the low-cost airline, with Qantas owning 30pc.
Trapped in a time-warp, Jess Lydon wakes up every morning with no new memories of previous days. The 19-year-old girl was diagnosed just two weeks ago with Susac's syndrome, an incredibly rare neurological condition which means she loses her memories every 24 hours.
Real estate agents and property developers met at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya to prepare this year's Thailand Property Awards. There's a new category for October 13 - Best Online Marketing - and Best Residential Agent categories for Phuket, the Eastern Seaboard, Hua Hin and Samui.
telegraph.co.uk Little laughter could be detected in the away dressing room at the Etihad. Porto's coach, Vitor Manuel Pereira Pontes, was unimpressed by the result. Manchester City 4 Porto 0; agg 6-1
guardian.co.uk Liverpool have been accused of critically undermining ''efforts to combat racism in football and the wider society in general'' with their handling of the Luis Suarez controversy and asked to issue an unreserved apology to Patrice Evra by a prominent group of black leaders.
Associated Press Tiger Woods had to go the distance to get to the second round of the Match Play Championship. Woods took too many journeys through the desert and was trailing Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano until he drove the 15th green for a birdie to square the match, then took advantage of the Spaniard's struggles with the putter.
bymnews.com After gracing Malaysia, Phuket, Thailand and Singapore waters, big boat racing now swings over to the Philippines for the 200nm Subic to Boracay Race (Feb 24-26) and 4-day Boracay Cup (Feb 28 - March 3rd).
February 23-26 10th Thai International Travel Fair, Bangkok
February 24-25 Phuket Blues Festival, Laguna Phuket
March 29-April 1 Phuket International Boat Show, Royal Phuket Marina
April 23-28 Phuket Pride Festival
April Opening of Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, three waterfront gardens that will dwarf Kew in London and provide ''green lungs'' for the city.
May 5 Krabi celebrates the province's 140th anniversary
May 26-June 5 National Youth Games, Phuket
November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket