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Rescuers talked a man down from the ledge of a Phuket City building yesterday

PhuketWATCH Murdoch, Wife Split; Syria Toll Mounts; Beachfront Battle; Phuket Events

Friday, June 14, 2013
UPDATING All Day, Every Day Union lawmakers have condemned violence against Burma's Rohingya Muslim minority and called on authorities to protect them. Scores of people have been killed in two waves of sectarian unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state last year.

PhuketWATCH Daily Media Wrap

PHUKET: The daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. Beware of inconsistent imitations. News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch, 82, has filed for divorce from Wendi Deng because their 1999 marriage has ''irretrievably broken down,'' his spokesman says. In 2011, Ms Deng famously leapt to her husband's defence to slap a protester who threw a pie at him as British MPs quizzed him over phone-hacking. Mr Murdoch's divorce from his second wife, Anna, cost him $1.7bn in stock and cash, and his decision to remarry caused tension with his older children, who are close in age to the 44-year-old Wendi.

afp A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's main island of Java, the US Geological Survey said, sending people running into the streets in panic, but with no tsunami danger.

Phuket Update European Union ambassadors meet on Phuket today and are expected to continue their conversation about Phuket with Thailand's Tourism Minister and top national police in Bangkok in two weeks. The Burmese government will next week begin a process of screening the nationalities of about 2000 Rohingya migrants now being sheltered in Thailand, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said. A working group, led by Burmese ambassador to Thailand Myo Tint, is to begin examining the nationalities of the Rohingya next week. Malaysia said it would work with Burma (Myanmar) to repatriate thousands of their nationals following clashes in the community that left at least four dead and led to a security sweep. The southern separatist movement agreed to suspend its violent attacks during the holy month of Ramadan, from early July to early August.

afp After nearly a decade of conflict that has left thousands dead, Thailand is considering handing over limited powers to its Muslim-majority south in an effort to persuade rebels to lay down their arms. Malaysia, which is brokering the peace talks in southern Thailand, says Bangkok must focus on bringing development to the people in the troubled south in order for talks to progress. Syria's conflict has now claimed nearly 93,000 lives, the UN human rights commission has said, but it warned that the true death toll after 27 months of violence was likely to be higher.

reuters Apple may launch iPhones with bigger screens, as well as cheaper models in a range of colours, as it takes a cue from rival Samsung, according to sources. Bangkok recently welcomed the arrival of Asia's first Whisgars on Sukhumvit Soi 23, where discerning drinkers and smokers get rare and sumptuous treats of Scotch whiskies and fine cigars. Later this year Whisgars will open on Samui and Phuket.

afp Former senior Singapore civil servant Peter Lim was jailed for six months for receiving oral sex from a female executive of a supplier company in return for business favors. Southeast Asian governments are reaching for new legal tools and raw state powers as the Internet increasingly enables younger citizens to criticize their long-serving political leaders. The battle between Malibu beachfront homeowners and a less privileged public that wants to share the stunning coastline has been fought with padlocks, gates, menacing signs, security guards, lawsuits and bulldozers. There seems little question who is winning: 20 of the 27 miles of Malibu coastline are inaccessible to the public. Scottish oilman Malcolm Primrose, 60, has been released unharmed after being abducted by gunmen in Indonesia's Aceh province. Emirates' first commercial flight to southern Thailand departed Dubai on Monday with the launch of the non-stop, daily service to Phuket. We travelled to Phuket, West Thailand, then took a small river boat to the island of Koh Phi Phi in order to complete our open water diving course. Diving was something I had always greatly anticipated, it was one of the things that initially propelled me to go travelling, but I would be lying if I said I was not originally approaching it with more than a little trepidation.

Phuket World Sports Wrap Australian batsman David Warner has denied he has a drinking problem but said he was consuming alcohol and acted aggressively when he punched England rival Joe Root in the face in a Birmingham nightclub. Phil Mickelson shot 3-under-par 67 at Merion Golf Club and holds an early two-stroke lead as he tries to win what has been an elusive US Open title.

PA Australia supporters will be given gold-coloured safari hats to wear during the three-Test series against the British and Irish Lions. More than 50,000 of the ''lion-hunting pith helmets'' have been produced in a bid to combat inevitable masses of Lions fans at the Test venues in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Phuket Coming Events 2013

June 13-16 World Youth Asia Wrestling titles, Saphan Hin gym, Phuket City

June 14 IBAP meets at the Full Moon Brewwork Microbrewery and Restaurant at JungCeylon to hear from local author and colorful character, Colin Mackay. Mr Mackay will explain why women on Phuket are comparatively so successful and powerful in business, politics and as heads of their households in Phuket and the region. Thailand has a higher percentage of Female CEOs than any other country.

Until June 17 Phuket Prison fair, Saphan Hin, Phuket City: furniture and other Otop items made in 25 prisons across Thailand's south for sale.

June 15 Rugby for children begins at Alan Cooke Ground, each Saturday. E:

June 22-24 Baba style traditional wedding, Old Phuket Town

July 6-7 Phuket Air Show and Family Picnic, Phuket Air Park

July 17-21 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

July 22 Arsarnha Bucha Day

August 12 HM The Queen's Birthday

October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

October 29-November 3 Womens' volleyball, Karon beach

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

January 9-12 Phuket International Boat Show, Royal Phuket Marina

November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket


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