astroawani.com At least 16 people including ethnic Chinese Malaysian tourists were killed Sunday when a bus plunged off a road in Thailand, a country with some of the world's most dangerous highways.
AP The bus, carrying 21 tourists and a driver, was coming down a mountain road around noon from Chiang Rai on the way to Chiang Mai when it hit several cars before flipping.
afp Tens of thousands flee flooding from two storms in the Philippines, as officials report 45 people have died. Rain is still falling north of Manila.
reuters Just months after opening, Heineken is doing so well it plans to double capacity at its Yangon facility to 50 million liters from 25 million liters, said Lester Tan, managing director at the APB Alliance Brewery Company which produces Heineken.
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nationmultimedia.com Thailand's government has slammed an unnamed foreign news agency for what it described as twisting the facts and causing damage to Thailand for reporting about the use of slave labor, especially in the fishing industry. The government has urged all sides to sympathise with it and understand its plight.
Phuket Update Lufthansa's long-haul budget airline, Eurowings, spearheaded its push into Southeast Asia with its inaugural Cologne-Phuket flight landing at Phuket International Airport. Eurowings will fly Airbus A330s, with a capacity of 380 passengers, on the route twice a week.
nationmultimedia.com A new Thai-developed wildlife forensic science innovation called 'Tusk' is ready to be used in the fight against illegal ivory trading by quickly identifying if a tusk or ivory product came from Asia or Africa.
bangkokpost.com Police chief Chakthip Chaijinda says officers who worked on trafficking investigation with Pol Maj Gen Paween Pongisirin deny receiving death threats.
AP China's tourism authority named and shamed another five tourists for bad behavior and says it is working with airlines on a possible flying ban. Those added to the list of ''uncivilised behaviou\r''' include two women and a man who brawled after one woman's seat was bumped during boarding of a flight from Cambodia to the western city of Chengdu.
dpa Hoverboards and other small vehicles powered by lithium ion batteries are banned on all Malaysian Airlines flights, the carrier said.
afp Spanish model Mireia Lalaguna was crowned Miss World 2015 after beating out 113 contestants from across the globe at a coastal resort city in south China's Hainan province.
AP Sonia Gandhi and her son, Rahul Gandhi, the two top leaders of India's opposition Congress party, appeared in court on Saturday to face corruption accusations.
reuters A medical document shows that Adolf Hitler only had one testicle, German media said , suggesting there is some truth after all to a popular British song that says the dictator had ''only got one ball''.
heraldsun.com.au It's a sad fact that some of the region's worst natural disasters have happened around Christmas - the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and the Brisbane floods in 2011 - so Australians should register travel plans on the Smartraveller website so the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can track you should something go wrong while you're away.
Phuket Update Phuket Orchid Resort and Spa, has raised the bar for value-hospitality experiences for families on the southern Thai island by unveiling a giant water slide in the center of the resort. The huge, 12-metre high water slide, nicknamed the Giant Slippery Slip after the slide in Enid Blyton's The Faraway Tree books, takes pride of place in the middle of the lagoon pool at the resort and nearby the iconic Bayon statue.
trends.ng Ka Yang, 34, was convicted of first-degree murder and assault after putting one-month-old Mirabelle Thao-Lo in a microwave for up to five minutes in 2011. Prosecutors said the child had fatal thermal injuries that would have been severely painful to endure. The radiation would have penetrated her organs. Investigators found the infant's pacifier in the microwave at their home in Sacramento, California.
nst.com.my Philippine authorities have verbally confirmed that a human head found in Southern Philippines belonged to Malaysian hostage Bernard Then, based on DNA tests, said Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
telegraph.co.uk The door remains open. The Manchester United tradition of success is the perfect fit for Jose Mourinho - especially a Mourinho who would return to the Premier League with a point to prove.
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 2004 Tsunami memorial ceremonies
December 26-January 5 Red Cross Fair, Saphan Hin, Phuket City
January 7-10 Phuket International Boat Show