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UN in Syria Strike Crisis; Burma Violence Flares; Record Football Transfer; Ashes Won

Monday, August 26, 2013
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bbc.co.uk Unidentified snipers have opened fire on a convoy of UN experts investigating suspected chemical weapons attacks in Syria's capital, the UN has said.

Sports Update There are calls to suspend England cricketers who reportedly urinated on the pitch as they celebrated hours after their 3-0 Ashes win at the Oval in London.

Grand Prix Update Sebastian Vettel wins the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton completing the podium.

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ft.com Western powers are considering air strikes against President Bashar al Assad's military assets in Syria in the near future, in a move aimed at warning the regime not to deploy chemical weapons.

bangkokpost.com Airports of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand have agreed to team up to increase tourist flows to targeted destinations in Thailand. Joint marketing aims to raise both the numbers of foreign tourists and international flights through Phuket and five other AoT-operated airports.

nationmultimedia.com The widespread use of illegal balloons containing laughing gas among tourists at entertainment venues has prompted police in Bangkok to crack down on vendors.

birminghammail.co.uk Sean Felton, whose mission to find three-year-old Jobe after he was taken away by Thai wife Kim made headlines, has founded Abducted Angels to help other heartbroken parents separated from their children. Felton is set to hand a petition to David Cameron urging the Prime Minister to pass a law to make it illegal to take a child out of the country without both parents' consent.

bbc.co.uk Rioters have burnt Muslim-owned houses and shops in an outbreak of apparent sectarian violence in Burma (also known as Myanmar). The trouble broke out around the central town of Kanbalu, when police refused to hand over a Muslim man accused of raping a Buddhist woman.

independent.co.uk Fresh sectarian violence struck north-western Burma when a 1000-strong Buddhist mob burned down dozens of Muslim homes and shops following rumors that a young woman had been sexually assaulted by a Muslim man, the police said.

afp Mumbai police have arrested the fifth and final member of a gang suspected of raping a photographer, a crime that reignited anger about women's safety in India following a similar attack last year.

theguardian.com British Home secretary Theresa May said it was 'scarcely believable that there is slavery in Britain' but that ''in 2013 there are people in this country forced to exist in appalling conditions and often against their will''. A modern slavery commissioner will be appointed to ensure that the government and law enforcement agencies are tackling the problem vigorously.

calgaryherald.com A weary-looking Ernie Del Pinto arrived at the Calgary International Airport wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with ''justice has been served'' in sharp black letters. Del Pinto's fervent fight for justice ended in Thailand last week when a former policeman was sentenced to 37.5 years in prison for murdering his son, Leo. He advised others to continue pressing government officials to keep the authorities accountable.

AP A recent report by travel industry monitor FlightStats Inc. found that just 18 percent of flights at Beijing's airport left on time in June, the lowest proportion among 35 airports worldwide, with Shanghai second at 29 percent. Eight of the 10 worst performing airlines were mainland Chinese carriers.

news.com.au Mike Tyson said he is a ''vicious alcoholic'' and on the verge of death after years of lying about his drug and alcohol use.

news.com.au Linda Ronstadt says she suffers from Parkinson's disease, which has robbed her ability to sing. The 67-year-old music legend tells AARP Magazine that she was diagnosed eight months ago and ''can't sing a note.''

bbc.co.uk An environment charity has released an app which gives bathers and surfers real-time warnings about pollution incidents on popular beaches. The free alert service has been funded by the Environment Agency and released by Surfers Against Sewage.

webwire.com Phuket Fit, located in Rawai, South Phuket, Thailand, is described as ''a place for fitness, weight loss and detox holidays''. A member of the Phuket Fit team commented: ''It's really a place for people to come to achieve their specific health and fitness goals.''

Phuket World Sports Wrap


dailymail.co.uk Gareth Bale is free to join Real Madrid after Tottenham agreed a world record 86m pound deal with the Spanish giants on Sunday night.

reuters Fraizer Campbell scored twice in eight minutes to inspire Cardiff City to a shock 3-2 win over Manchester City in the Premier League as they enjoyed a memorable first top-flight home match in 51 years. There was no such joy for fellow Welsh side Swansea City who were beaten 1-0 by Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane as the north London team kept up their perfect start to the season.

afp Adriano scored the only goal as a Barcelona side without the injured Lionel Messi labored to a 1-0 victory over Malaga.

independent.co.uk England completed a 3-0 victory in the Ashes. It was their third successive series triumph against Australia, their fourth in the last five and until hell freezes over it will never be other than a cause for supreme joy in the land.

aapUS Masters champion Adam Scott has closed with a bogey-free five-under 66 to steal victory in the opening US PGA Tour play-off event.

Phuket Coming Events 2013


August 30 Evening Hungry Ghost festival parade

August 31 Phuket FC v Ayuthaya FC

September 6 Phuket tourism pioneer Wichit Na Ranong at Amcham, Indigo Pearl

October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

October 12 Phuket Soi Dogs Foundation 10th anniversary party, Andara

October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

October 29-November 3 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, Karon

November 17 Loy Kratong Day

November 24-December 1 Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest. Laguna Phuket

December 5 HM The King's birthday

Phuket Coming Events 2014


January 9-12 Phuket International Boat Show, Royal Phuket Marina

November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket

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