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Tony Zalewski with volunteers from Police Region 8 at the Patong course. Mr Zalewski is in the blue check shirt

Four Get Death for Rape; Phuket Robber's On The Run Spree; Thaksin in Mourning; Twitter Going Public; Voyager I Leaves Solar System

Friday, September 13, 2013
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bbc.co.uk An Indian court has sentenced four men to death for the gang rape and murder of a student in the capital Delhi. The woman, 23, was attacked on a bus in December and died two weeks later. The case led to days of violent protest across India and new laws against rape.

Phuket Update Instead of delivering 1.2 million baht to a bank, messenger Somkid Yukhunthorn, 27, left a Chevrolet dealership in Phuket City and went on a four-day spree with a friend, spending money on drugs and sex and giving large tips at restaurants. When arrested at the Pai resort in Nai Yang he told Phuket City police that snooty colleagues got up his nose.

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bbc.co.uk Twitter has announced it has filed paperwork with US regulators ahead of a planned stock market flotation. Twitter did not say when it plans to make the offering, and gave no further details in its tweet. The stock offering is the most hotly anticipated since Facebook listed its shares last year.

nytimes.com When it left Earth 36 years ago, it was designed as a four-year mission to Saturn. But Voyager I has become the Little Spacecraft That Could. On Thursday, scientists declared that it had become the first man-made object to exit the solar system.

bangkokpost.com Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Thailand, the government said. The invitation was extended to the Pope by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during her visit to the Vatican. It is unclear when the papal visit will take place.

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TONY Zalewski, a former detective sergeant who was for 17 years a member of the Armed Robbery Squad in the Australian state of Victoria, gave a safety and equipment training course to members of the Region 8, Royal Thai Provincial Police Volunteer Program in Patong this week. Mr Zalewski now has his own company in Melbourne, Global Public Safety.

bangkokpost.com Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother Thaksin have sent a combined 500,000 baht to the family of Sayan Sanya, the luk thung star who died of liver cancer and other ailments, on the singer's first day of religious rites. One wreath carries a message: ''Pol Lt Col Thaksin Shinawatra, kon dan klai huang yai prachachon,'' which was translated into English as ''Man from faraway land cares for the people.''

independent.co.uk Colombian authorities have arrested a Canadian woman for attempting to smuggle two kilograms of cocaine concealed under a fake pregnancy stomach.

menafn.com Foreign investors want Thailand's government to make tackling corruption its top priority, according to a study from the Board of Investment. Out of 500 Thailand-based foreign companies surveyed, 95 percent are BoI-promoted operators and about half are Japanese owned.

bangkokpost.com A proposed waiver on import duties on luxury products ran into opposition from Deputy Finance Minister Benja Louichareon, highlighting the problem with turning Bangkok into a duty-free zone for tourists.

nationmultimedia.com Police said an Indian man produced a Thai visa sticker that was among 300 visa labels reported missing from the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. He was trying to board a plane to Chennai from Suvarnabhumi.

scmp.com China has unveiled its first comprehensive plan to fight air pollution, promising significant improvements in air quality in key regions by 2017.

abc.net.au With the move forced upon them, the organisers of the Miss World beauty pageant now say that it is probably not logistically possible to relocate the upcoming segments and September 28 finale to Bali, given the shortage of time.

voanews.com Burma has reached an agreement with Malaysia on the repatriation of hundreds of migrant workers who are facing a crackdown. Migrants can return home wiothout fear of prosecution but will have to find a way to pay for their own trips home.

dw.de The Netherlands has formally apologised for mass killings carried out by its military in Indonesia's war for independence six decades ago. The Dutch government has never prosecuted any soldiers for the killings, even though the UN condemned the attacks as ''deliberate and ruthless'' as early as 1948.

afp French police are investigating an apparent scam involving fake tickets for the Louvre museum in Paris after top-quality counterfeits were found in the hands of Chinese tourists, museum and judicial officials said.

fsrn.org Thailand could soon become the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. A draft law being readied for parliament seeks to offer LGBT couples the same legal rights as opposite-sex couples.

independent.co.uk The controversial American pastor, Terry Jones, is facing a felony charge in Florida after being arrested on his way to a park where he said he was planning to burn nearly 3000 copies of the Koran, the Muslim holy book.

huffingtonpost.com Unless it is a near-perfect experience, don't expect the fingerprint Touch ID to make much of a difference for the half of iPhone owners who don't bother to lock their phones.

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afp Italy and the Netherlands have become the first European nations to clinch qualification for the 2014 World Cup finals. Another of the continent's most famous names, Germany, is also on the brink of qualification, as is Switzerland, while Russia and England ensured that their destinies remained in their own hands.

news.com.au Up-and-coming Australian skateboard star Ben James, 22, hit by a cab in New York, is trying to raise money after being left with a $US200,000 medical bill.

Phuket Coming Events 2013


September 13 IBAP at A2, Bypass Road. Female Entrepreneurship in Thailand. Ms. Ulrike Guelich, Lecturer and Researcher at the School of Entrepreneurship and Management, Bangkok University, Bangkok

September 14 Rayong FC v Phuket FC

September 29 First weekly Sunday walking street, Thalang Road and Soi Romanee, Old Phuket Town, 4pm-10pm

October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

October 12 Phuket Soi Dogs Foundation 10th anniversary party, Andara

October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

October 29-November 3 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, Karon

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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