theaustralian.com.au Australia has rewarded Burma's ''critical reforms'' by lifting more restrictions and will post a defence attache and a trade commissioner there. Violent persecution of ethnic minorities such as the Rohingya and Kachin peoples continued, said Greens spokesman Senator Scott Ludlam.
huffingtonpost.com About 50 members of the Rohingya ethnic community protested peacefully outside Parliament House. Organizer Mohammed Anwar said the violent persecution of his people must end before Australia rebuilds military and other ties. ''The president (Thien Sein) could stop the persecution if he wants. But currently, he isn't doing anything.''
bbc.co.uk Child sexual abuse images are of more concern to internet users in Britain than any other illegal or potentially harmful content, a survey by the Internet Watch Foundation suggests.
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bangkokpost.com Chiang Mai MP Kasem Nimmonrat resigned from his post due to personal health concerns and not to make room for Yaowapa Wongsawat, Thaksin Shinawatra's younger sister, the Pheu Thai Party says. It was earlier reported the ruling party is considering Ms Yaowapa as a candidate for prime minister should the incumbent, her sister Yingluck Shinawatra, be disqualified over a loan transaction probe by the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
bbc.co.uk A British tourist is ''shocked and upset'' after being deported from Sri Lanka for displaying a Buddha tattoo on his arm, he says. Antony Ratcliffe, 42, was turned back at Colombo's main airport for allegedly showing a lack of respect for Buddhism.
bangkokpost.com A lone man armed with a knife robbed a Bangkok Bank branch in Udon Thani municipality and made off with 1.3 million baht in cash. The robber took only 30 seconds to carry out the heist when the bank was full of customers.
nationmultimedia.com A riot broke out briefly at a prison in Samut Sakhon after an inmate was refused emergency treatment for chest pain and died of apparent cardiac arrest. Angered at guards for ignoring their calls for help when Somchai Pheeranuwat collapsed at 2.30am and for leaving him in his cell unattended for four hours.
bangkokpost.com Sai Rung (Rainbow) waterfall, one of Trang province's popular tourist attractions, has reopened for the first time since 2007 when it was hit by mountain torrents and mudslides during the Songkran holiday that killed 38 revellers.
cnn.com President Xi Jinping promised citizens his government will pursue the ''Chinese dream'' in a keynote speech as the National People's Congress came to a close. Xi's speech was followed by the first news conference by Premier Li Keqiang who, like Xi, was confirmed as one of the nation's new leaders during the meeting.
NNT Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is scheduled to visit New Zealand and Papua New Guinea from March 21-25 at the invitations of the Prime Ministers of both nations.
cnn.com Five men have confessed to gang-raping a Swiss tourist in central India, authorities said. Confessions in police custody are not admissible in court, however, and can be retracted.
wsj.com A Singaporean probe into the death of an American engineer is becoming a point of contention between officials from both countries following efforts by two U.S. senators to pressure the city-state's police into sharing all its findings with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
scmp.com The number of pig carcasses recovered from rivers in and near Shanghai since early last week has surpassed 13,000.
Phuket World Sports Wrap
dailymail.co.uk Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hit out at forward Callum McManaman for the dreadful tackle on Massadio Haidara. McManaman's first-half lunge saw the French defender taken to hospital with suspected knee ligament damage and led to Newcastle coach John Carver being sent off at half-time for trying to get to McManaman.
guardian.co.uk Police are investigating coin-throwing by West Ham supporters at Chelsea, with the Football Association expected to launch its own inquiry once the referee's report has been filed.Chelsea's club captain John Terry was struck by coins as he warmed up on the touchline during the first half.
independent.co.uk It had to be Frank Lampard, his 200th goal for Chelsea coming against his boyhood club. Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United.
afp Prayad Marksaeng became only the third Thai to win his country's national championship with a two-stroke victory in the $1 million Thailand Open at the Thana City Golf and Sports Club.
AP The 47-year-old, who was runner-up here in 2011, trailed overnight leader Lucas Lee of Brazil by three strokes at the start of the day but sank nine birdies against just one bogey to beat Scott Strange of Australia by two strokes.
reuters AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis was handed a life ban from all national teams by Greece's football federation EPO after he appeared to give a Nazi salute to supporters during a match.
Phuket Coming Events 2013
March 21-24 Phuket Boat Show (Pimex) Royal Phuket Marina
March 31 Easter Sunday
April 6 Chakri Memorial Day (holiday the following Monday)
April 13-17 Songkran New Year Festival
April 14-21 Phuket Bike Week
April 22-28 Phuket Pride Week, with the theme ''Same Same Not Different.'' Grand Parade 4pm April 27.
April 28 Kata-Karon Mini-Marathon, Karon Park
May 1 National Labor Day
June 9 Laguna Phuket International Marathon
October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival
November 9 Asian Cup Triathlon Sprint, Patong
November 10 ITU Long Distance Series triathlon, Patong
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
November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket