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telegraph.co.uk A British backpacker who sparked an international manhunt after contacting his family from Phi Phi to say that he would never see them again has turned up safe, well and shame-faced: ''I feel pretty guilty and it's very embarrassing.''
aap More than six years after Luke Mitchell was punched, kicked and stabbed to death outside a Melbourne convenience store in 2009 his Thai killers have been sentenced to at least 18 years in jail. Sarud Seehaverachart, 33 and Thatiya Terdputham, 40, who were found guilty after a lengthy trial will now join their former friend Teparat Tepsut behind bars.
telegraph.co.uk A Mexican fisherman who survived 15 months lost at sea is being sued for US$1 million by the family of his dead colleague, who accuse him of eating their relative.
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bangkokpost.com People across the country pay their final respects to the late Supreme Patriarch, with a cremation ceremony being held in Bangkok and other provinces.
mirror.co.uk A family is terrified for the safety of a young British man who has gone missing in Thailand just days before he was due to come home for Christmas. Jordan Jacobs, 21, was last seen on Phi Phi Islands after accepting a free ride with a local man from mainland Thailand.
yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk Four transgender women have been arrested in Thailand after a Leeds holidaymaker fell to his death from a fourth-floor window. Naami Keyghobadi arrived in Thailand for a holiday on December 4 and was due to return home on December 30.
Human Trafficking in Thailand
bangkokpost.com Thailand's police chief says his investigation has found no sign of a death threat to the human trafficking whistle-blower who fled to Australia. Police Maj Gen Paween flew to Melbourne last week where he told local media outlets he was fleeing a death threat made by influential figures in the military and police involved in the human trade case he previously handled.
nationmultimedia.com Despite saying his readiness to talk to former human-trafficking investigator Pol Maj-General Paween Pongsirin, national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda admitted that he had got Paween's recent interview translated into Thai to see if any part of it was libelous.
bangkokpost.com Another body from the notorious slave-labor graveyard at Benjina, Indonesia, has been found to be Thai, yet more proof of shrimp fishing out of control.
Phuket World of People
dailymail.co.uk A British woman has been killed in a horror motorcycle crash on the holiday island of Phuket in southern Thailand. Police have named her as 32-year-old Rebecca Leanne Shaw. Police have yet to charge the pickup driver who killed Ms Shaw on Phuket's infamous Patong Hill on Saturday.
Phuket Update A list of 88 suspects in the Thalang Police Station riot has been sent to the Phuket provincial governor so he could have district authorities and community leaders make the names public and encourage them to surrender to police. They face charges of burning a state office and blocking a thoroughfare.
Phuket Update Police are questioning three teenage gang suspects over the death of a man whose body was found by the side of the road near the base of the Kathu side of Patong Hill. Somparn Potakom, 25, had been stabbed once in the chest.
Phuket Update The monthly meeting scheduled for today between the island's honorary consuls and the Phuket governor has been postponed to a date to be fixed. The forum was expected to hear concerns about safety on the roads and jet-skis and parasailers at Patong beach.
bangkokpost.com Thailand-US talks were diplomatically correct, as well-known Daniel Russel stressed hopes for full ties only after ''successful return of democracy''.
nationmultimediacom Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will come to Thailand on an official visit tomorrow for the first time in 10 years. He will attend the joint Cabinet retreat in a move to improve ties and forge closer cooperation.
news.sky.com Russia is helping so-called Islamic State in Syria by targeting mainly moderate rebel forces in airstrikes, the UK's Foreign Secretary has claimed.
nbcnews.com Saudi Arabia's newly unveiled ''Islamic military alliance'' might have strength in numbers but appears short on substance, according to analysts. The kingdom's announcement of the 34-nation coalition to combat terrorism offered few details beyond the names of those involved and that an operations center would be set up in Riyadh.
smh.com.au At least 50 stores at the scandal ridden 7-Eleven convenience store chain in Australia were raided as part of an expert panel's review of underpayment of employees.
nationmultmedia.com Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has failed again to win court approval to leave the country. The Supreme Court's Criminal Division on Political Office Holders, which is hearing her case, cited the lack of sufficient reasons to go overseas at this time, a source said.
smh.com.au Australian man Joshua Terelinck has been sentenced to a jail term of two months and 15 days for causing the death of an Indonesian man in a motorcycle accident in Bali this year. He will be released from Bali's Kerobokan jail on December 22 given the sentence was minus time already served in detention.
bangkokpost.com A businesswoman, who is also an associate judge, survived a murder attempt by an employee who tried to cheat her company of land worth 200 million baht, police say.
scmp.com Alibaba chairman Jack Ma has promised to preserve the editorial independence of the South China Morning Post, which is among a portfolio of media assets he has bought recently. Commenting for the first time since his e-commerce flagship spent HK$2.06 billion for the 112-year-old English-language daily and related media assets under the umbrella of SCMP Group last week, Ma said there was no basis to think the newspaper would lose its editorial independence after the change of ownership.
Around the Region
inquirer.net An Australian military surveillance plane has flown near disputed areas of the South China Sea, it emerged on Wednesday, with the crew heard warning China's Navy it was on a freedom of navigation mission.
Phuket World of Sport
smh.com.au Australia's Olympians have been asked if they are going to Rio ''to tweet or compete,'' as the Australian Olympic Committee warns athletes against falling for the social media pitfalls that dogged the team in London.
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December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 2004 Tsunami memorial ceremonies
December 26-January 5 Red Cross Fair, Saphan Hin, Phuket City
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January 7-10 Phuket International Boat Show