Bangkok braced for major disruptions Monday as a massive anti-government march fanned out to 13 locations in a growing bid to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Argentine hit-man Sergio Aguero struck at the double to continue his blistering form and pile the pressure on humiliated Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas. Manchester City 6-0 Tottenham.
Australian captain Michael Clarke is set to be charged by the International Cricket Council and fined over the expletive-laden tirade at England tailender James Anderson during the first Test.
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Thai and foreign tourists trapped on Racha Yai island off Phuket after a heavy storm were lifted to safety by the Thai Navy, police said. Marine Police inspector Panya Chaichana said rough weather wrecked 25 personal boats docked along the shores of Phuket. Damage was estimated at more than 10 million baht.
Protesters from Phuket have joined hundreds of thousands of people in Bangkok on the move today as the public outcry to topple the ''Thaksin Shinawatra regime'' grows in scale and intensity. Some estimates say protest leaders achieved the target of a million protesters on Sunday.
The enormous crowd looks set to enable the Democrat Party and its allies to come up with various measures today - starting at 8.30am - to put pressure on the Pheu Thai-led coalition government. One group will march to block access to Government House and Parliament, while the other will pressure government agencies.
Demonstrators on Sunday called for the removal of Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's current premier and sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, in the most significant political protests since bloody rallies in 2010.
Ekkanat Prompan, a spokesman for the Democrat Party-led rally, said more than 400,000 people had joined the protest since Sunday afternoon and the number should increase to one million by the evening.
Across the city, 40,000 to 50,000 pro-government ''red shirts'' rallied in support of Yingluck Shinawatra's administration.
Air travelers to Bangkok have been warned to expect heavy road traffic and a lack of taxis resulting from the political protests in Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport officials said. The airport train, Skytrain or pre arranged transportation may be the best option.
Regarded as a generous and dependable politician, Thailand protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was one of the reasons why former Democrat PM Chuan Leekpai was forced to dissolve the House in 1995 when the Palang Dharma Party withdrew from the then government coalition before a censure debate vote. At that time, Suthep was accused of helping the rich in Phuket obtain Sor Por Kor 4-01 documents for land intended for distribution to the poor. He later resigned from his post.
Thailand risks becoming a failed state as a result of weak state mechanisms, conflicts between the legislative and judicial branches, and the ongoing political protests, which may turn violent, former former deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak said at a conference in Trang province.
Nok Air will resume regular Bangkok-Krabi service in January after a six-year break. Krabi is attracting tourists and airlines as an alternative to overcrowding at Phuket airport.
A historic agreement on Iran's nuclear program was made possible by months of unprecedented secret meetings between US and Iranian officials, in further signs of the accelerating detente between two of the world's most adversarial powers.
The US secretary of state has said the deal reached over Iran's nuclear program will make Israel and the Middle East a safer place.
Tourists say their relaxing Bali holiday has been ruined by drunken Aussie school leavers. Lured by cheap alcohol, a lack of age restrictions at bars and a resort atmosphere, up to 6000 Australian leavers are expected in Bali to celebrate finishing school. [Some will also be on Phuket.]
Bali doctors say they are bracing for a wave of teenagers needing hospital treatment, from ''Bali belly'' to motorbike crash injuries.And doctors on the holiday island have urged youngsters to get travel insurance.
A hundred thousand protestors took to the streets in the ukraine after President Victor Yanukovich pulled out of a historic deal with the EU amid rumors of Russian pressure. The east-west divide is rearing its head again.
Ukraine's shock decision to opt for Vladimir Putin's Russia and pull out of EU talks on the eve of a historic deal is a dramatic upset to the European balance of power. It is the first major defeat for the EU in its eastward march since the fall of Communism.
Mount Sinabung volcano in western Indonesia has erupted eight times in just a few hours, ''raining down rocks'' over a large area and forcing thousands to flee their homes.
More than 50 years on from the JFK assassination, a Hollywood producer has come forward with footage that allegedly proves there was a second shooter on that fateful day in Dallas. He's now trying to sell the footage to the highest bidder.
Four years ago this thanksgiving, Tiger Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, chased him out of the house with a golf club after learning he'd been unfaithful. ''You've ruined our thanksgiving!'' Woods yelled, still running. ''Are you happy now?''
In his first interview since being released from prison, Dr Conrad Murray has said he and Michael Jackson were so close he ''held his penis every night.''
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who turned 70 in July, is about to become a great-grandfather, his daughter confirmed.
Scotland could be independent on 24 March, 2016, if voters back leaving Britain in the independence referendum, Deputy First Minister has announced.
Australian PM Tony Abbott says it was ''more than appropriate" for the Queen's representative, Governor-General Quentin Bryce, to publicly support gay marriage and a push for Australia to become a republic.
An Islamist militant group calling itself the Turkestan Islamic Party said a terror attack in Tiananmen Square on October 28 was a ''jihadist operation'' by holy warriors, the SITE monitoring service said.
I walked into a bit of history this weekend in boarding the last Singapore Airlines nonstop flight to New York, the world's longest commercial route, Scheduled at nearly 19 hours.The skies darkened a bit.
Malaysia is well-loved by wildlife traffickers as one of the top destinations when it comes to plying their lucrative trade. Thailand used to be the number one in South East Asia but has recently come down hard on the trade, estimated to rake in $19 billion a year.
Forget Hotels. The Best Way to See Burma is By Boat.
The EU has allocated an extra three million euros in humanitarian aid to help those affected by conflict and communal violence in Burma (Myanmar). This brings the total humanitarian assistance to 48.6m euros for 2012-2013.
Sarnata Reynolds of Statelessness Refugees International: ''The aid is actually there to a great extent. The problem is that it can't get in because the government of Myanmar whether at the state level or at the central government level or at the local level is just not permitting humanitarians to get in.''
For every Buddhist arrested, jailed and convicted in connection with mob violence across Burma's Rakhine state, roughly four Rohingya went to prison, according to data compiled by AP.
China has blasted developed countries for lacking the ''political will'' to cut carbon emissions and keeping their promises to transfer technology and funds to developing countries as UN climate talks concluded in Warsaw.
As you stroll up the hill from Phuket's Patong Beach, the din of the surf, the motorbikes and the food hawkers fades, and the peace becomes complete when you enter the lush greenery that forms a cocoon around the Amari's Breeze Spa.
Sebastian Vettel finishes the Formula One season in style to win the Brazilian GP ahead of team-mate Mark Webber. The 26-year-old claimed another comprehensive victory at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
England's worst sledger Jimmy Anderson was told to ''get ready for a broken f---ing arm'' by Michael Clarke as the dying moments of the first Test turned nasty. A constant abuser of Australians during England's past three Ashes series victories, Anderson became the target as Australia swept to a crushing 381-run win.
It took the All Blacks until the final minute of a glorious test match to clinch a 24-22 victory over the gallant and desperately unlucky Irish.
Ruedi Wild of Switzerland and Melissa Hauschildt of Austria were the winners of the 20th Laguna Phuket Triathlon.
The storm-battered Philippines celebrates the victory of Manny Pacquiao who beat American Brandon Rios in a comeback fight dedicated to typhoon victims.
THE annual One-Tambon-One-Product (OTOP) market at Saphan Hin park in Phuket City remains open until Saturday. The virtue of the scores of stalls at the market is that they provide plenty of souvenirs and items of furniture and decoration from all corners of Thailand, along with food, making for a great evening out.
Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest, Laguna Phuket
Phuket's honorary consuls meet with officials
French Fair, Jungceylon
HM The King's birthday
Commemoration of 2004 Asian Tsunami
Phuket International Boat Show, Royal Phuket Marina
September 24-October 2
Vegetarian Festival, Phuket
Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket