PHUKET: A daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media.
One of the three suspects wanted in connection with the smuggling of more than 800 Rohingya illegal migrants in Songkhla province this month has surrendered to police. Saroj Kaewmaneechote, 39, from Songkhla, was charged with helping 157 Rohingya migrants enter Thailand illegally, providing them with shelter, and detaining them against their will.
Britons should leave the Libyan city of Benghazi immediately in response to a ''specific, imminent threat'' to Westerners, the Foreign Office says. Germany and the Netherlands have also urged their citizens to leave Benghazi.
The mother of a British man who went missing in Thailand two weeks ago has set up a page on social networking site Facebook hoping he will see it and get in touch. Tom Armstrong, 22, was expected home from Bangkok on January 9 but he never got on the plane.
More than 30 billion pounds was wiped off the value of APPLE today - on fears the iPhone maker could CRUMBLE. Shares in the tech giant plunged 10 percent on Wall Street after record results DISAPPOINTED experts.
Thai police will seek harsh sentences for two Australians who they say shot two German tourists during an attempted hit on a local underworld figure. Adam Lewis Shea, 26, and John Edward Cohen, 33, have been charged with attempted murder and illegally possessing a firearm.
Tensions between Muslims and Christians in Malaysia have quickly escalated in the recent days following the advocacy of a ''Bible-burning festival,'' an idea fueled by a parliament member's recent comments. a small, unknown group has created flyers advocating a ''Bible-burning festival'' in the Penang state of the country for Sunday, January 27.
A new report says children are still recruited and used as soldiers in Burma, despite recent political reforms and calls by the United Nations to end the practice. The report by the London-based Child Soldiers International says, although situation is improving, children continue to be in the ranks of the Burmese army, the border guard, and armed opposition groups.
Novak Djokovic installed himself as red-hot favorite for a third straight Australian Open title with a semi-final demolition of David Ferrer 6-2 6-2 6-1 to race into Sunday's final against Roger Federer or Andy Murray.
Olympic Council of Asia president Ahmad Fahad al-Sabah is to visit Thailand in March to inspect the country's preparations as host for the 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket next year.
January 30-February 2
Bay Regatta, Phuket Phang Nga Krabi
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket