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Lightning Kills Couple; Clean Phuket? Aussies Wait And See; Thaksin Celebrates; Suarez to Play

Saturday, July 27, 2013
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independent.co.uk Egyptian security forces shot and killed at least 70 supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi early on Saturday, according to the Muslim Brotherhood, just days after the military called for a popular mandate to address ''violence and terrorism''.

AP Authorities have released the names of a married couple from Thailand who were killed after being struck by lightning at a scenic overlook in northern Arizona. The victims were Aram Kawewong and his 20-year-old wife Ratchaya Tantranon, both of Chiang Mai.

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dailytelegraph.com.au Australian officials have cautiously welcomed authorities' vows to crack down on criminality on the Thai resort island of Phuket amid growing diplomatic pressure to stem extortion and corruption. Australian travellers are already warned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smart Traveller to ''exercise a high degree of caution'' in Thailand.

aap Besides transport issues, foreign diplomats have also pointed to safety and jet-ski scams where operators extort money from tourists, accusing them of damaging the craft. Australian officials estimate that on any month there is an average of 30,000 Australians visiting Phuket.

nationmultimedia.com Many Pheu Thai MPs flew to Hong Kong yesterday and more were to follow today to deliver their birthday wishes in person to PM in exile Thaksin Shinawatra. In a five-minute video clip posted on Facebook, Thaksin is heard calling on people to trust one another to help solve their problems.

bdnews24.com The last survivor from the Bangladeshi vessel, MV Hope, which tilted and partially sank in the Andaman Sea, has returned home. Second Officer Mohammad Mobarak Hossain had been receiving treatment at a Phuket hospital. Six sailors are still missing.

theaustralian.com.au A Thai man accused of murdering good Samaritan Luke Mitchell will be extradited to Melbourne to face justice over the 2009 killing. Thatiya Terdputham is expected back in Melbourne towards the end of next month after he dropped an appeal against his extradition in a Thai court and indicated he wanted to face the charges in Australia.

bangkokpost.com Motorcycle sales in Thailand are expected to stay above 2 million in 2014, boosted by a growing economy and higher wages.

guardian.co.uk The US has told the Russian government that it will not seek the death penalty for Edward Snowden should he be extradited, in an attempt to prevent Moscow from granting asylum to the former National Security Agency contractor.

smh.com.au A $6 billion Sydney redevelopment is embroiled in a racism scandal after a senior executive with the NSW government's Barangaroo Delivery Authority used the phrase ''nigger in the woodpile'' during a meeting at which an African-American woman was present.

bangkokpost.com Condominium developers have been the worst affected by project failures, says the Agency for Real Estate Affairs. A total of 89 residential projects worth 45.8 billion baht suspended their sales out of 1,378 projects, the survey showed.

nationmultimedia.com Colliers International Thailand, local office of the rapidly growing international property consultancy, targets growth of 20 percent this year due to good domestic and regional prospects.

theaustralian.com.au Australian authorities were last night preparing for five more vessels believed to be on their way from Indonesia.

guardian.co.uk Manus Island is not an offshore processing centre; it's more akin to an offshore prison. Whatever policies Australia adopts in relation to asylum seekers, we should not be running camps which are reminiscent of Soviet gulags.

deadline.com A licensing agreement between 20th Century Fox Consumer Products and Resorts World Genting will see a Fox-branded theme park open in Malaysia in 2016. The park, to be located at the current Genting Outdoor Theme Park outside Kuala Lumpur, will feature rides and attractions based on the studio's films.

thepeninsulaqatar.com A three-night flight plus hotel package for QR5,385 to Phuket is another attractive offer from Qatar Airways. Besides the beach and night life, Phuket is known for some unique attractions. ''Head to Phuket FantaSea, a cultural theme park offering big extravaganza. Alternatively, trek to the jungle on an elephant, go rafting down mountain rivers fringed with the forest,'' says the ad.

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dailymail.co.uk Luis Suarez will be thrown into action against Thailand in Bangkok on Sunday as Liverpool continue to play hardball over the striker's future.

Phuket Coming Events 2013


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

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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