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Lynne Spalding, 57, found dead in a US hospital stairwell

Twelve Bodies in Sea; I Am Gay Fuss; Phuket Rihanna Arrest; Bangkok Protest Fears; Mecca Virus Alarm

Monday, October 14, 2013
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watoday.com.au Jetstar has apologised to a passenger who retrieved his luggage from a Perth baggage carousel to find the words ''I am gay'' scrawled in baggage tags across his suitcase. A spokesman said the airline was conducting a ''thorough investigation.''

NNT A resort illegally built in Prachin Buri Province has been demolished by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vichet Kasemthongsri and a team of 250 officials. It encroached on Thap Lan National Park.

express.co.uk A British woman who disappeared from an American hospital more than two weeks ago has been found dead in a stairwell of the building. Lynne Spalding, 57, went missing from her room at San Francisco General Hospital 17 days ago after being admitted with an infection.

dailymail.co.uk British detectives hunting for missing Madeleine McCann are looking for two German-speaking men whose computer-generated images will be broadcast on special TV appeals this week. Scotland Yard says the un-identified men were seen in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz at the time when Madeleine, then aged three, went missing on May 3, 2007.

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wsj.com Police in Ranong Province in Southern Thailand said the bodies of 12 people believed to be migrants from Burma (Myanmar) have been found after a three-day search off the Andaman Sea coast.

huffingtonpost.com Lt. Col. Nirat Chuayjit said that marine police in Ranong had recovered the bodies of 12 men and one woman, whom they believe were on a boat that broke up in bad weather as they sought to travel illegally to Thailand.

Phuket People


NNT The Governor of Phuket has instructed authorities to keep a close watch on entertainment venues during the tourism high season in order to protect the province's image. Phuket Governor Maitri Intusut, the Phuket Provincial Police Commander, and local government officials yesterday visited Soi Bang La at Patong Beach, Kathu District, to follow up measures being taken to ensure the security of tourists ahead of the high season. The officials hope to create confidence among tourists and to suppress illegal activities, such as sex shows and other shows involving animals, which are banned by the CITES Convention.

nationmultimedia.com Police in Bangkok began closing 14 roads around Government House to traffic for fear that anti-government protesters may move their rally to the area. The move came as an anti-government group threatened to hold a large rally and a nationwide strike.

bbc.co.uk Some 89 pilgrims have been killed in a stampede near a Hindu temple in central India, local officials have said.

nationmultimedia.com Thailand has the world's highest ratio of MPs who are heirs or relatives of big political clans and families, a study unveiled by an academic shows. Satithorn Thananithichote, of the King Prajadhipok's Institute, said up to 42 percent of members in the House of Representatives came from big political families.

andrew-drummond.com Charities created by Somaly Mam an attractive Cambodian lady lauded in Time magazine in 2009 as one of the world top 100 most influential women and highly praised by the New York Times, are based on considerable hyping. Just how Hollywood, the New York Times and Time magazine are going to react to this story has yet to be seen.

bangkokpost.com In-flight broadband connectivity is part of the next phase of service offerings being considered by airlines in Thailand and elsewhere in the region.

scmp.com India's strongest storm in 14 years left a trail of destruction along the country's east coast, but the biggest evacuation in the country's history helped minimise casualties.

news.com.au Muslims from across the world poured into a sprawling tent city in the Saudi desert before the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage, but the number of the pilgrims this year has been reduced in part by concerns over a respiratory virus centered in the Arabian peninsula.

theguardian.com Australian PM Tony Abbott has revealed Quentin Bryce offered to resign as governor general in anticipation of Bill Shorten's election as leader of the opposition Labor party. Bryce, who is the mother-in-law of Mr Shorten, wanted to avoid any perception of bias.

ballymenatimes.com Ballymena couple Anna-Marie Portis and Gerard Martin will enjoy the honeymoon they have always dreamed of after winning a week long holiday at the Outrigger Laguna Resort on the beautiful island of Phuket.

Phuket World Sports Wrap


bangkokpost.com Talented teen Busanan Ongbumrungpan convincingly won the women's singles title in the 2013 Yonex Dutch Open in Almere, The Netherlands, beating Gu Juan of Singapore in two sets.

mittot.co.uk Sebastian Vettel won a dramatic Japanese Grand Prix but missed out on his first attempt to win an historic fourth world title. Arch rival Fernando Alonso came home fourth to force the title scrap to the next round in India in a fortnight.

news.com.au Australia's bid to become the world's top-ranked one-day cricketing nation has started with a 72-run upset win over India in the series-opening clash in Pune.

aap Australian triathlon star Mirinda Carfrae stormed to her second Hawaiian Ironman world title with a record performance. The 32-year-old unleashed a trademark phenomenal run to blitz the women's field in a course-record time of eight hours, 52 minutes and 14 seconds.

Phuket Coming Events 2013


October 19 PTT Rayong V Phuket FC

October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

October 26 Phuket Fc V Rayong United

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

October 31 Halloween

November 2 Nakhonrachasima FC V Phuket FC

November 5 Melbourne Cup Day

November 8-9 Islamic New year celebrations, opposite Phuket Provincial Hall

November 17 Loy Kratong Day

November 24-December 1 Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest. Laguna Phuket

December 5 HM The King's birthday

December 26 Commemoration of 2004 Asian Tsunami

Phuket Coming Events 2014


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

September 24-October 2 Vegetarian Festival, Phuket

November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket

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