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Dancers at Erawan Shrine in Bangkok yesterday

Chinese 'Flock to Phuket'; Grey Wolves Top Suspects; Fresh South Peace Talks; Wanted Pair Held

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
UPDATING All Day, Every Day Chinese tourists are flocking to Chiang Mai and Phuket one week after the deadly bombing in Bangkok, with hotel room reservations rising in both destinations, despite cancellations from overseas. Minor International (MINT) is poised to outperform its sector in the aftermath of the bomb, thanks to the greater resiliency provided by both the broader reach of its business and lower exposure to Bangkok. We expect profit to improve in 2H15, backed by a better food business and the start of sales of its residential project in Phuket. Berlin took the lead in efforts to resolve the European refugee crisis by declaring all Syrian asylum-seekers welcome to remain in Germany - no matter which EU country they had first entered.

reuters French President Francois Hollande awarded France's highest honor, the Legion d'honneur, to three US citizens and a Briton who helped disarm a machine gun-toting suspected Islamist militant on a train last week.

PhuketWATCH Daily Media Wrap

PHUKET: The daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. Beware of inconsistent imitations.

Today's Top Stories ''I have to say we need some luck,' ' says Thai police chief. The most likely perpetrators of the deadly Bangkok bombing last week were militant members of a right-wing Turkish organisation infuriated by the Thai government's forcible repatriation of Uighur refugees back to China. Anthony Davis, a veteran security analyst with IHS-Jane's, made a persuasive case for the Grey Wolves on a panel at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. Thailand's police chief said the investigation into last week's bomb blast has been hampered by broken security cameras in central Bangkok along the main suspect's getaway route. Kanyanan Jittreenit is a traditional Thai dancer, a relatively safe job except for last Monday when she was dancing at the Erawan Shrine.

Human Trafficking in Thailand Editorial: The treatment and imprisonment of young Lao migrants at a farm in Nakhon Pathom is appalling. It is clear already that shocking crimes were committed. This case is a test of the new human trafficking laws and procedures - the national priority.

Phuket World of People A couple has surrendered to Phuket police over their roles in the UFUN Store, an alleged pyramid scheme. Colonel Angkul Klaikleung, deputy chief of the Consumer Protection Police Division, said that there had been transactions worth about 30 million baht through Damrongsak Pitisuk and his wife Pornthicha's bank accounts.

afp A Thai court indicted a British labor rights activist in a case linked to a report he co-authored alleging severe labour abuses in Thailand's food industry, a key supplier to Western supermarkets. Andy Hall, 34, had previously been acquitted by a court last year on a defamation charge pursued by Thailand's Attorney-General. Central Group has strongly urged the government to ensure the coming tourism high season is a success, while the group's revenue forecasts for its hotel and food businesses this year remain unchanged. ''Do you know how much an attractive American girl is worth in Thailand?'' I remember one mom saying. The others just clenched their teeth and swallowed nervously when they heard my plan to head to Bangkok to live. South and North Korea have reached a deal to calm a surge in military tensions, with Pyongyang suspending its ''semi-war'' footing while Seoul agreed to halt cross-border propaganda broadcasts. The Malaysian government will lead an alliance of insurgency groups from the deep South in preliminary peace talks Wednesday with a Thai team in Kuala Lumpur. ''DECEPTIVE'' and ''cruel'' child sex offender Robert David Hastings, 62, from Weston-super-Mare has been jailed for more than 15 years after being expelled from Thailand to face court. It's unlikely that the banning of alcohol sales will stop, or even curtail, the Thai youth's fondness for drinking. Just as arbitrarily enforced driving, or drinking and driving laws, haven't made a dint in the amount of traffic causalities in Thailand, it's likely that this crackdown will turn out to be another muddled, misfiring imperative. Archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad believed his country's heritage mattered more than his own life. Maybe we are not so monstrous then if the bombing of a building by Isis shocks us more than a beheading.

Around the Region Singapore shares tumbled 4.3 percent, as other Asian markets fell amid concerns over China's slowing economy. The benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) fell 127.62 points to end at its day-low of 2843.39, the STI's biggest one-day drop since 2008.

Phuket World of Sport

afp Arsenal and Liverpool had to settle for a point each after a richly entertaining game of two halves beneath the Emirates Stadium drizzle implausibly finished 0-0.

afp Sepp Blatter defended FIFA's battered reputation as the outgoing president insisted he is clean and there is no systemic corruption at world football's governing body.

Coming Events on Phuket 2015

August 26-September 3 Por Tor (Hungry Ghost) Festival

September Quicksilver surf carnival at Patong beach

October 15-23 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

November Patong Festival

November 20 Laguna Phuket Triathlon

November 25 Loy Kratong festival

November 29 Challenge Laguna Phuket 2015

November 29 Phuket King's Cup Regatta

December 5 HM The King's Birthday

December 26 Tsunami memorial ceremonies


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The Malaysian government will lead an alliance of insurgency groups from the deep South in preliminary peace talks Wednesday with a Thai team in Kuala Lumpur.

This is a comment of great particular interest. It must be the first time I have seen the Malaysian government even acknowledge the presence of insurgents, having previously denied not only all knowledge but that they could possibly be crossing from their side of the border. Maybe a glimmer of hope for the south.

Posted by Logic on August 25, 2015 22:12

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