bbc.co.uk Turkey is entering a second day of violent protests, with fresh clashes between police and demonstrators in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara. The protest began as a sit-in over plans to redevelop Gezi Park in Istanbul's Taksim Square, but escalated after police used tear gas.
afp Sri Lanka and Thailand called for enhanced defense and maritime security cooperation to tackle terrorism, President Mahinda Rajapakse's office said. [In other words, boatpeople.]
TNN India and Thailand signed a treaty for the extradition of fugitives wanted for terrorism, transnational crimes, economic offences and other serious crimes which will shortly eliminate a safe haven for criminals wanted in India.
PHUKET: The daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. Beware of inconsistent imitations.
channel4.com Headline: Rohingya kept crammed into filthy cages in Thailand. Quote from one Rohingya: ''We have no peace, we are dying here. We are stuck in this cage.'' This place typically hosts five to 15 men - not 276 - and the smell of sweat, urine and human waste was overpowering. The heat and mosquitos were oppressive and the men seemed to share a deep sense of despondency. Our translator was forced to plead with them not to kill themselves.
THE crowded dormitory cells filmed in Phang Nga Immigration, north of Phuket, are comparable with Phuket Prison, where inmates are jammed solid and cannot move after dark. The Rohingya, however, are not allowed out of their ''cages'' to exercise. A spokesman from Thailand's Foreign Ministry said: ''The Thai authorities concerned are aware of the crowdedness issue of the existing immigration facilities. That notwithstanding, alternative arrangements are being identified, and this is a matter of priority.''
Where Boatpeople Are Kept in Inhumane Conditions
Phuketwan Thai authorities are not especially fussed about crowded conditions for Rohingya caged in Thailand as long as it delivers the message: Don't come here. You will not be treated well.
bangkokpost.com A fugitive being escorted from Australia back to Germany has demonstrated how he slipped away from his Australian security escort and left Suvarnabhumi airport through an exit door to a VIP building.
nationmultimedia.com The German ex-convict said he simply wanted to enjoy Bangkok's tourist sites before going home. Carlo Konstantin Kohl, 25, told police he had heard about Patpong, khao San Road and Soi Cowboy. Kohl said his Australian guards were asleep.
theage.com.au Personal wealth growth in Australia (10.4pc) has outpaced Europe (5.2) and the United States (7.8) but it was behind China (19.7), Hong Kong (12.5) and India (12.6).
dw.de Thailand is struggling to legalise hundreds of thousands of migrant workers. Unregulated brokers are taking advantage of the situation and overcharging by as much as 700 percent to help register them.
bangkokpost.com Three Malaysians and two Thais are behind bars after an assault on a bodyguard accompanying a member of Malaysian royalty holidaying on Phuket.
nationmultimedia.com A source said the Malaysian men were part of the entourage and the incident was an ''internal affair that will be dealt with when they return to Malaysia''.
ft.com Investigators have found that a maintenance blunder forced the crew of a British Airways jet to make an emergency landing at Heathrow last week with one engine on fire, after an engineer left access panels on both engines unlatched.
qz.com Thailand's fishing industry is a global powerhouse. It exports around $7.3 billion worth of seafood annually, making it the planet's third-biggest exporter after China and Norway. But the length of its coastline alone isn't what got Thailand there. Instead, it probably has more to do with the fantastic profitability of its business model. Specifically, the labor inputs: brutally underpaid laborers, and often outright slavery.
nationmultimedia.com Thirty anti-smoking agencies will soon submit a letter asking the government and Finance Ministry about measures to prohibit cigarette companies from taking part in Corporate social responsibility activities.
smh.com.au People who do not identify as male or female have achieved formal legal recognition in Australia for the first time. The NSW Court of Appeal ruled in favor of activist 'Norrie' and overturned a decision that everyone must be listed as a man or a woman with the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.
theage.com.au From his refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr a ''well-known liar'' whose ''ignorance is only eclipsed by his arrogance''.
bbc.co.uk New press restrictions are due to come into effect in Singapore, requiring news websites to apply for licences.
aljazeera.com Singaporean journalists and bloggers are criticising a new media regulation that they believe will stifle independent news and information about the country.
afp Veteran US talk show host Larry King has announced he is joining Russia Today, a Kremlin-funded English-language TV station that primarily broadcasts Moscow's views on world affairs.
AP A New Mexico man faces multiple charges after police say he was having sex with a woman while driving drunk and crashed, ejecting the woman from the vehicle.
news.com.au Samantha Stosur has progressed to the third round of the French Open with a 6-4 6-3 win against Kristina Mladenovic.
bbc.co.uk Sir Bradley Wiggins has been ruled out of defending his Tour de France title because illness and injury have left him insufficient time to train for it.
REIGNING World Champion Pete ''PJ'' Jacobs has confirmed he will race the inaugural Challenge Laguna Phuket half distance triathlon on December 1 - setting up an intriguing contest with fellow Australian Chris ''Macca'' McCormack, the defending title-holder and two-time World Champion, for a slice of the race's 25,000 Euro prize purse.
June 9 Laguna Phuket International Marathon
June 22-24 Baba style traditional wedding, Old Phuket Town
July 6-7 Phuket Air Show and Family Picnic, Phuket Air Park
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 9 Asian Cup Triathlon Sprint, Patong
November 10 ITU Long Distance Series triathlon, Patong
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