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bangkokpost.com Four girls aged 9 and 10 years old drowned in a pond at a paddy field in Khon Buri district of Nakhon Ratchasima. A neighbor called police after spotting four pairs of sandals near the pond but no sign of the girls.
euronews.com Almost half of all flights operated by Lufthansa were grounded on Saturday. Pilots at the German airline staged a fourth straight day of walkouts in a row over cost cuts. The airline wants to cut spending to better compete with budget firms like Ryanair.
afp A Hainan Airlines flight from Shianghai to Beijing completed China's first commercial flight using biofuel, made from waste cooking oil, as the government seeks to promote greater environmental sustainability.
bangkokpost.com A young British tourist was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in an apparent suicide at a shooting range in Thalang district of Phuket on Saturday.
dailyrecord.co.uk Headline: Thailand 'suicide': Scot Liam Colven from Isle of Skye 'hired shooting range gun then killed himself after row on phone.'
dailyrecord.co.uk Jennifer Hyland explored the stunning sights and sensational beaches of Thailand on a two week tour that revealed the many sides of South East Asian hotspot.
bangkokpost.com The body of a foreign man in swimming trunks was found floating about one nautical mile from Pattaya beach, said police. The man, whose nationality is not yet known but believed to European, was found floating face down about 100 metres off Koh Chun. Resorts have been asked to check for missing guests.
news.com.au Odd numbered plates will be the only ones allowed on Paris roads as of Monday. Why? The city is desperately trying to halt pollution, so they decided to make public transport free and stop half the city's vehicles from driving by simply banning them from the road.
nationmultimedia.com The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce has revealed that the burning of corn plantations to clear the fields, covering 5 million rai in the North, is the main cause of the severe haze problem facing the region every year.
scmp.com The foreign ministers of China, South Korea, and Japan met for the first time in three years and agreed to work on resuming summit talks to defuse tensions.
bbc.com The Tunisian government has released footage showing gunmen walking through the Bardo museum during the attack that killed 25 people on Wednesday. At one point it shows the two attackers bumping into another man who is allowed to flee after the brief encounter.
smh.com.au Muhammad Ali, the champion boxer who famously told reporters before winning his first world heavyweight crown in 1964 he was ''the greatest,'' has penned a letter to Prince Charles, also describing him as ''the greatest''.
newsweek.com When Charles and Camilla toured the US capital this week, they ''wowed'' the adoring Americans they encountered, according to Reuters. In the wake of the Revolution, the routines, symbols, rituals and attitudes associated with the Crown proved difficult to sacrifice.
AP Authorities say a machete-wielding man who was shot at New Orleans' international airport after trying to attack passengers and security agents was carrying a bag loaded with six Molotov cocktails. Richard White, hospitalised with gunshot wounds, has had ''mental health'' issues.
scmp.com Floral tributes and cards dedicated to Lee have started to pile up outside the hospital where Lee Kuan Yew was struggling with pneumonia, as the government announced his health condition had worsened.
nytimes.com Editorial: With the election just months away, this is no time for Myanmar (Burma) to retreat on democratic reform.
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news.com.au New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill has obliterated the West Indies - and several records - on his way to notching 237 off 162 deliveries, the highest ever individual score at the World Cup.
theguardian.com The good news for Manchester City is that the gap at the top of the Premier League table has now been cut to three points, at least for a few hours. Slightly less encouraging was that in 90 minutes of target practice against West Brom, City were unable to overtake Chelsea in the goal difference column.
skysports.com Novak Djokovic used his arsenal of weapons to demolish Andy Murray in straight sets at the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals in Indian Wells.
April 11-19 Phuket Bike Week
April 13-15 Songkran Festival
May 4 Additional public holiday scheduled
June 20-21 Baba wedding at Old Phuket Town
July 15-19 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek