afp Geneva remained on high alert as police carried out further searches for several suspected militants believed to have links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.
Phuket Update Popular Phuket Aussie Tim Shaw will be joining Talking Canberra 2CC from January as host of its flagship Breakfast Show. Tim has been on Phuket for three years as a senior journalist for the Seven Network and host of the Asean news hour.
mirror.co.uk Half a million people have signed a petition calling for Donald Trump to be blocked from entering Britain on 'hate speech' principles.
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asiasentinel.com The sudden departure of Thailand's chief human trafficking investigator, Police Major General Paween Pongsirin, for Australia, apparently in fear of his life, raises the question of who and what he was afraid of when he fled.
nytimes.com ''I'm not afraid of the good officials,'' he said by telephone from Australia. ''But there are bad police and bad military officers, and I know they are trying to get me.''
bangkokpost.com His claim of death threats by active human traffickers is certain to set back Thai government claims of success in battling the scourge.
nationmulktimedia.com Speaking before he left the country and visibly shaken, Paween said he was ordered to stop the investigation prematurely and that many more officials were likely involved in the trade. He said Thailand's trafficking investigation was pulled too soon.
fortifyrights.org Amy Smith, executive director of the human rights group Fortify Rights, said in a written statement about the trafficking trial, scheduled for December 24: ''This trial is a test of Thailand's commitment to end human trafficking, and the prognosis isn't looking good.''
globalindinesianvoices.com It seems that Australia, despite a change in leadership in September, is not going to repent anytime soon from its heinous international crime of refusing to accept refugees and asylum seekers.
bangkokpost.com Billions of baht were seen in the home of ex-transport ministry official Supoj Saplom in 2011, and graft-busters now want him to face legal charges.
nationmultimedia.com Amnesty International heavily criticised Thailand's government after police launched an inquiry into the US ambassador's censorious comments against the lese majeste law. The human-rights organisation called on Thailand to stop using the royal-defamation law to curb the freedom of expression.
bangkokpost.com The European Aviation Safety Agency spared Thai-registered airlines a ban, but will ''monitor and assist Thailand'' to upgrade air safety.
thephuketnews.com The Royal Thai Navy is investigating a threat allegedly made by an Army colonel warning a Navy officer to stop a raid on an illegal gambling den in Phuket - or be transferred out of the province by ''powerful friends''. The Army officer reportedly has some connection with a restaurant under investigation for encroaching on public land on Phuket's Laypang beach.
nationmultimedia.com The recently leaked memo warning of Islamic State terrorists being dispatched to Phuket has not affected hotel occupancy numbers, according to the director of the Thai Hotel Association's southern chapter: ''Overall occupancy has stayed at 75 percent, with 35 percent coming from Western arrivals and the rest mostly coming from major Asian markets, such as China, Korea and India.''
nationmultimedia.com Many migrants working as waiters, gardeners and cleaners in Thailand's booming tourism sector discrimination, are paid below minimum wage levels and get no paid leave, according to an investigation of labor abuse in the country. The report named resorts on Phuket and in Khao Lak used by Swedish tour operators.
Phuket Update The overnight death of a 76-year-old German man in the southern Phuket area of Rawai is not being investigated because he suffered chronic health problems, his Thai wife told police.
reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to say his country has developed a hydrogen bomb, a step up from the less powerful atomic bomb, but the United States and outside experts were skeptical.
people.com Australian authorities charged five people, including a 15-year-old boy, with conspiracy to plan a terrorist attack on a government building, according to multiple reports.
ft.com If there was an award for the most polite regional grouping in the world, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) would be a perennial favorite to win. So observant are its 10 members of consensus and non-interference in each other's affairs that critics say the group abides by an unwritten code of NATO (No Action, Talk Only).
Phuket Update With one game left in Division One, Phuket FC faces near-certain relegation and will be playing in Division Two when the new season starts in 2016. Phuket FC's hopes of survival came crashing with a 2-1 away defeat to Songkhla United FC.
TODAY will see more than half a million cyclists in Thailand and 66 cities around the world joining the ''Bike for Dad'' celebration of the 88th birthday of His Majesty the King, the world's longest-reigning monarch.
December 11 Thailand Bike for Dad
December 11-13 2015 Wake Park World Series on Phuket
December 26 Tsunami memorial ceremonies
December 26-January 5 Red Cross Fair, Saphan Hin, Phuket City
January 7-10 Phuket International Boat Show