Scientists appeared a step closer to conquering the Aids virus after US doctors confirmed they had cured an infant born with HIV through a course of antiretroviral drugs, the first time this has ever been recorded.
PHUKET Governor Maitree Inthusut is scheduled to fly out today to lead the Phuket delegation to ITB Berlin, the travel fair that should establish the number of European tourists that Phuket can expect in future.
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Final figures compiled by the International Air Transport Association showed 2012 had the lowest accident rates in the 98-year history of aviation. The accident rate involving Western-built jets was 0.2, the equivalent of one accident every five million flights.
Low-cost carriers are flocking to Thailand to cash in on the business opportunities from the anticipated Asean Economic Community tourism boom. AirAsia has 118 aircraft in its fleet and a further 357 on order.
Thailand's prime minister promised to end her nation's trade in ivory, delighting conservationists who have long urged Thailand to tackle the rampant smuggling of tusks through its territory.
At least 45 people have been killed by a bomb explosion in the Pakistani city of Karachi, police say.
Bangkok voters re-elected Democrat candidate Sukhumbhand Paribatra as the city's governor. Political observers consider the result an attempt by the capital's residents to counter the Pheu Thai Party's grasp on power on the national stage.
Only well-managed cities will prosper in era of globalisation. Unlike Chiang Mai, Phuket or Pattaya whose responsibility is to city dwellers and tourists, Bangkok is the capital city and the country's main blood veins.
Twitter users erupted in anger after discovering shirts listed on Amazon with a slogan that appeared to promote rape and violence against women. The shirt read ''Keep Calm and Rape On'' and was available on Amazon's UK website. The company also removed a shirt with the slogan ''Keep Calm and Hit Her.''
two Danish men have been bailed until March 12 on charges of raping a 23-year-old Dutch tourist in Chiang Mai. Their passports are being held. Police are looking for a third suspect.
In another sign of political reform and reconciliation in Burma (Myanmar), the country's biggest party led by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will hold its first-ever congress in Yangon, the country's former capital. next week.
Shane Todd was found dead at age 31, in his Singapore apartment last June and his death has become an international controversy that involves local police, the FBI, an independent forensic analysis and, the parents allege, corporate intrigue found on their son's hard drive.
A pathologist hired by the parents in the US after their son's body was flown back said it showed signs of struggle, and ruled the death a homicide. No one knows for sure yet what happened.
A shallow 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China, causing 700 homes to collapse and leaving 30 people injured in Yunnan province, state media said.
In November 2011, the Bandidos gang's sergeant-at-arms Toby Mitchell was near death after he was shot five times outside Doherty's Gym in Melbourne. He was on life support for weeks and lost a kidney and part of his liver. But he seems to have returned to rude health, recently flying to Thailand on business.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was hospitalised after experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis that had already sidelined her weekend plans, Buckingham Palace announced.
Seven people were reported killed, and four hostages taken, as fighting continued in the Malaysian state of Sabah over a historic claim to the area by a religious group from the southern Philippines.
Every Australian carries some part of the guilt for asylum-seeker policies that are inhumane and brutal. The Immigration Department's most recent figures show that about 90 percent of those who arrive by boat, once they are processed, are proved to be genuine refugees.
So many foreigners in Thailand today - visitors and expats - seem incapable of such basic things as looking at a map and working out the best way to get from one place to another! Has there been a dumbing down of people that is perhaps related to the internet, an unwillingness or perhaps lack of confidence on some people's part to actually solve a problem?!
If your hotel room isn't up to standard, if the airline loses your bag, if a cruise operator doesn't deliver on its promises, document their shortcomings. Take photos, get the facts in writing and take down names. If you need to seek compensation, the process will be a whole lot easier if you can back your case.
Australian Natalie Hensby was knocked unconscious and thrown into the water when the boat she was on collided at full speed with another vessel in the dark on the way to Koh Phangan. Three years on, she remains furious at the punishment. One boat operator was charged with negligence, given the equivalent of a $200 fine and suspended from operating for a year.
Tottenham Hotspur leapfrogged Chelsea into third place in the Premier League, a journey that will bring a private smile to Andre Villas-Boas. Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal.
Arsenal football club may be bought out by a Middle East group for $2.3 billion, the sport's biggest takeover, the United Kingdom Telegraph reported, citing an unidentified person in the group.
Rafael Nadal looks back to his best after beating David Ferrer in the final of the Mexican Open. Nadal took just just 65 minutes to defeat his fellow Spaniard 6-0, 6-2. Since returning from a seven-month absence with a knee injury Nadal has won 12 of his 13 matches.
The mission to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was left in tatters by an almost day-long, 294-run partnership between next-generation Indians Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay, who both crafted sublime centuries and were impervious to anything lobbed at them.
ITB Berlin Travel Fair, Germany
Festival of the Heroines, nightly performances marking the victory of sisters Thepkasattri and Srisoonthorn over the Burmese, Thalang. Details, Phuket Culture Office: 076 223-617
Phuket FC v Bangkok FC at Surakul Stadium, Phuket City
Phuket FC v Sriracha Suzuki FC at Surakul Stadium, Phuket City
Phuket Boat Show (Pimex) Royal Phuket Marina
Chakri Memorial Day (holiday the following Monday)
Songkran New Year Festival
Phuket Pride Week, with the theme ''Same Same Not Different.'' Grand Parade 4pm April 27.
Kata-Karon Mini-Marathon, Karon Park
National Labor Day
Laguna Phuket International Marathon
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Long Distance Triathlon, Patong beach
Loy Kratong Day
November 24-December 1
Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest. Laguna Phuket
HM The King's birthday