abcnews.go.com American spy fugitive Edward Snowden emerged from his hideout in the Moscow airport today to speak with international human rights groups about his future plans, almost three weeks after he first disappeared inside the vast Russian facility.
Phuket Update National Parks authorities plan to limit diving on several sites around Phi Phi and Koh Lanta because coral reefs continue to suffer from severe bleaching, The Nation reports. Access to the Similan islands is to open two weeks early to meet increasing demand.
Phuket Update A woman who jumped from the Sarasin Bridge leading off Phuket last night was rescued from the water by a fisherman and taken to Takuapa Hospital in Phang Nga. A suicide note was found in her car, parked on the bridge.
guardian.co.uk Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.
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bangkokpost.com The first bombing during the holy month in Yala which injured eight soldiers was a message sent to security authorities, an analyst says.
bbc.co.uk At least 150 prisoners have escaped from a jail in the Indonesian city of Medan on the island of Sumatra. The breakout came during a riot that officials say may have been prompted by a power cut that knocked out supplies of pumped water.
scmp.com A massive landslide triggered by one of the worst storms in decades killed at least 18 people and left another 107 missing when it struck a scenic resort in Dujiangyan, Sichuan.
dailymail.co.uk Microsoft's CEO announced a broad companywide shakeup just as many tech industry analysts are proclaiming the 'death of the PC' amid sharply declining personal computer sales and the tepid performance of the Windows 8 operating system.
reuters Global shipments of personal computers slumped 10.9 percent in the second quarter, the longest decline in the industry's history, as the market continues to be devastated by the popularity of tablets, research firm Gartner said.
scmp.com Mainland airports and airlines are the worst for on-time departures and arrivals, according to a report that tracks air travel around the world.
thejakartapost.com All tourism stakeholders in Bali, both government and private sector, should intensify the promotion of the island to increase the currently declining number of tourists, tourism practitioners have said. Data from the provincial Tourism Agency showed that tourist arrivals grew 13.26 percent in 2009, 11.80pc in 2010, 10.57pc in 2011, and fell 4.91pc last year. Hotel occupancy has also plummeted to between 50 to 60pc for star-rated hotels and 40pc for non-starred hotels.
bloomberg The remains of Albert DeSalvo, who confessed to the Boston Strangler murders but was never convicted, will be exhumed for DNA testing that may link him to the 1964 murder of Mary Sullivan, Massachusetts authorities said.
voanews.com UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is concerned about the ''disturbing'' humanitarian plight of Burma's Rohingya Muslims, and even appeared to call for the minority group to be given full citizenship.
bbc.co.uk The late Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky has been found guilty of tax fraud by a Moscow court. Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 after accusing officials of tax fraud, but was later himself accused of the crime.
globalpost.com Swedish energy group Vattenfall said it would invest $695 million in two British wind farm projects that would cover the annual electricity needs of 166,000 homes.
bangkokpost.com Striker Wayne Rooney left Bangkok to fly back to England early Friday because of injury. A day after arriving in Bangkok, Manchester United said Rooney injured a hamstring in training.
afp Rooney will be out of action for a month after sustaining a hamstring injury on the club's tour of Asia and Australia. When scans showed there was no chance he would be able to play during the tour, the England star was sent home to start his rehabilitation.
independent.co.uk Australia's teenage debutant Ashton Agar scored an extraordinary 98 on another day of high drama at Trent Bridge. The 19-year-old rescued his side from 117 for 9 to 280 all out, shattering records in the process and putting England on the back foot after the second day of the first Test.
theage.com.au England claims it was robbed of Jonathan Trott's wicket in the worst of three contentious umpiring decisions during the first Ashes Test. Trott was judged lbw by TV umpire Marais Erasmus after Australia called for a review of the on-field umpire's not out decision.
July 17-21 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
July 22 Arsarnha Bucha Day
August 12 HM The Queen's Birthday
October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival
October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
October 29-November 3 Womens' volleyball, Karon beach
November 17 Loy Kratong Day
November 24-December 1 Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest. Laguna Phuket
December 5 HM The King's birthday
January 9-12 Phuket International Boat Show, Royal Phuket Marina
November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket