The most brutal form of war is civil war. We in Ireland learned that lesson the hard way - as it appears Egypt is about to. A cycle of brutality has been set in motion that all but assures any stable government in Egypt's future will be built on a foundation of corpses.
People smugglers are concocting a new product to sell to asylum seekers. For between $US15,000-$US25,000 per person - three to five times the average boat fare - they will fly them from Indonesia to Thailand or Malaysia, then to Australia on a genuine but altered passport, probably from Europe.
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Phuket FC lost 0-1 away against Khon Kaen FC last night even with the opposition playing with 10 men for a time. New coach 'Teco' now faces a test of nerve on Wednesday against well-ranked Air Force at home in Phuket City, with Phuket's fans not noted for their patience.
With street fighting even inside a mosque and the death toll above 700 and rising, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra orders roughly 2000 Thais out of Egypt, with the first 900 to be evacuated on Sunday.
Egypt is in turmoil after protest camps in Cairo were cleared with the loss of hundreds of lives. The Muslim Brotherhood, which backs deposed President Mohammed Morsi, has called for a week of daily rallies.
So, open confrontation is finally upon us. The time where political mediation would have been capable of preventing violence is long gone. What we are seeing is the normal result of mutual hatred, extreme polarisation and absolute lack of objectivity.
For those who doubted the power of the country's post-revolutionary and unreformed ''deep state,'' dominated as it is by the army, the judiciary and powerful economic interests backed by a servile state media, the events of the past week have been brutally instructive.
Scotland Yard said last night it was ''scoping'' new information about the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi al-Fayed.
Maikhao Dream Hotels & Resorts is delighted to present Michael Boele as the new General Manager of the luxurious Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, on Natai Beach, in Thailand's tropical destination of Phang Nga, north of Phuket. Michael Boele has a long-standing career and proven track record in managerial and consulting positions within the hospitality industry.
Since leaving Lismore as a keen young hospitality worker 26 years ago Brett Wilson has made his mark in an industry that can be known for its ruthlessness. If you are good you will succeed and Brett's latest position as the general manager of the new Pullman Phuket Acadia reveals that the lad who grew up in the Northern Rivers has earned the highest respect in his chosen profession.
Australian Schapelle Corby, 35, convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia, should go free before the end of this year after a correctional board approved her parole and reduced her sentence, officials said. Corby, 35, was convicted in 2005 of smuggling 4.2 kilograms of marijuana onto Bali and sentenced to 20 years.
Burmese migrant workers in Thailand, many of whom have been working legally in the country for decades, are facing an uncertain future in the coming weeks as their four-year work visas expire. Under a memorandum of understanding signed by both governments in 2009, migrants workers were able to apply for two-year work visas, with the possibility of a two year extension after that. Officials from the Thai Department of Labor reported that they did not have exact figures on the number of four-year visas granted in 2009, but estimated that the number is in the hundred thousands.
A leader of the minority Rohingya Muslim community in western Burma's restive Rakhine state has called for a meeting between representatives of his group, local ethnic Buddhists and the government to put an end to deadly clashes in the region. Abu Tahay, chairman of the Union Nationals Development Party, said the three groups should include an international arbitrator to independently judge on issues that have led to clashes between members of his minority group and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, which last year left nearly 200 dead and 140,000 displaced.
In Phuket's Layan piling work is starting on the new Anantara ultra private residences which will come onto the market later this year. Pricing points look be at some of the highest Phuket has ever seen.
Philippine Span Asia Carrier, whose cargo ship collided with a ferry in the Philippines, leaving 200 passengers dead or missing, confirmed its vessels were involved in four other tragedies that claimed over 5000 lives between them.
More than 17,000 people have been evacuated in Russia's flood-hit Far East, a minister said today, warning this figure could reach 100,000 as floodwaters wreak havoc across the region.
The Australian Federal Police's Sydney Office recently hosted a Royal Thai Police delegation and discussed policing in Australia and ongoing cooperation. A total of 58 Thai police officers spent one week with the AFP in Sydney.
Through internet postings and shortwave radio transmissions from London, Clare Rewcastle Brown has given voice to Malaysian concerns about environmental degradation. She spreads her message on social media, on her Sarawak Report website and by broadcasts on Radio Free Sarawak.
A job advertisement in Singapore calling for part-timers to peel bananas for a daily salary of between S$40 and S$50 has received overwhelming response, reported Sin Chew Daily.
It was with 20 minutes to play that Van Persie stepped inside Ashley Williams and blasted home the left-footed finish which suggested that not that much has changed for the champions. Swansea 1-4 Manchester United.
After a summer in which Arsenal failed to recruit anyone other than a young French striker on a free transfer this was not even the same old, same old. It was worse than that. Arsene Wenger's side were beaten by Aston Villa for only the third time in 30 meetings and many of their supporters in a 60,000 crowd decided that the fault, in a close contest between Wenger and the referee Anthony Taylor was just about equally divided. Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa.
Debutant goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saved a penalty in the 88th minute to ensure Liverpool kept hold of all three points and he was still on a high shortly following the final whistle. Liverpool 1-0 Stoke.
The All Blacks defeat the Wallabies 47 to 27 in the Bledisloe Cup opener.
Usain Bolt wins his seventh World title in 19.66 seconds in the 200m. He was always ahead of the field. Warren Weir takes silver in 19.79 while United States sprinter Curtis Mitchell powers through late to take bronze.
Logos Hope floating ''library'' visiting Phuket
Phuket FC v Airforce
Singtharua Port Lions v Phuket FC
Phuket FC v Ayuthaya FC
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
October 29-November 3
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, Karon
Loy Kratong Day
November 24-December 1
Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest. Laguna Phuket
HM The King's birthday
Phuket International Boat Show, Royal Phuket Marina
Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket