independent.co.uk Racous celebrations broke out in the centre of Lahore in the early hours of Sunday as Nawaz Sharif appeared certain to secure victory in Pakistan's election and the former prime minister celebrated in front of crowds of his supporters.
smh.com.au Women have voted in record numbers. In many parts of the country they have done so in defiance of familial tradition, political party orders, and the very real threat of Taliban violence.
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afp Substitute Ben Watson scored an injury-time winner to give Wigan Athletic a sensational 1-0 win over Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in the biggest FA Cup final upset in 25 years. With extra time beckoning, Watson met a corner with a near-post header to stun 2011 cup winners City and give Wigan the first major trophy in their 81-year history.
bbc.co.uk At least 40 people have been killed and more than 140 wounded in car bomb attacks in a Turkish town close to the Syrian border, the interior minister has said. The blasts were reported at the city hall and post office in the town of Reyhanli, in Hatay province.
cnn.com More than two years since the revolt against al-Assad began, regional analysts say Syria is in danger of becoming the next Somalia, which collapsed into fiefdoms 20 years ago and has been stalked by anarchy, terrorism and hunger ever since.
bangkokpost.com Police rule out nothing about the attack at the Thai Rath daily building - but the strongest suspicion is some kind of payback for a cartoonist's Facebook comment about the prime minister. Four men on two motorcycles threw two iron petanque balls and firecrackers about 3.20am.
smh.com.au A couple who went overboard from a cruise ship off the Australian coast and presumably died had been fighting before the fatal incident.
nytimes.com A tropical cyclone in the Andaman Sea is headed close to an area in Burma (Myanmar) where tens of thousands of victims of ethnic and religious violence are living in makeshift camps, adding urgency to fears of what the United Nations has termed a looming ''humanitarian catastrophe.''
bangkokpost.com Activists have likened Burma's worsening sectarian violence to the Ku Klux Klan racist movement in the US during the 1960s. If the violence is not halted soon, it will divide the country ahead of general elections in 2015, they told a recent forum in Bangkok.
abc.net.au Burma's authorities are on alert with a cyclone threatening to hit the west of the country where around 140,000 people displaced by communal violence languish in flood-prone camps. Around 140,000 people died when cyclone Nargis devastated Burma's Irrawaddy Delta in May 2008.
cntraveller.com After 50 years of brutal oppression, Burma's doors are finally swinging open, giving the curious traveller a peek into a world virtually untouched by mass tourism. Its highlights - pristine white beaches, serene Buddhist architecture, vibrant South-east Asian cities - have all the glamor of neighboring countries with few of the crowds.
bangkokpost.com The private sector will boost its role in observing the government's two-trillion-baht infrastructure investment in a bid to to detect any corruption.
aap Sir Richard Branson has made good on a bet he lost, enduring a ''manscaping'' ahead of a charity fundraising flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur, on which he'll totter down the aisles in drag. The billionaire entrepreneur dropped his trousers at a bar in the Perth CBD, allowing AirAsia stewardesses to shave his legs. On Sunday - wearing make-up, high heels, stockings and a slightly agonised smile - he'll wait on passengers.
nationmultimedia.com Tune Hotels, has launched a ''Neighbors in Tune'' regional community project to beautify the neighborhoods in which it operates on Phuket and around Thailand.
cnn.com President Park Geun-hye of South Korea has dismissed her press spokesman after concluding that he was involved in an ''unsavory incident'' during a state visit to the United States, her office said. Police in Washington said they were investigating a report of sexual abuse.
NNT An inspection of fish sauces sold nationwide has revealed that only 62.8 percent of the samples from 'real' fish sauce passed the set standard, whereas the passing rate for 'mixed' fish sauce was even much lower.
Phuket Update The Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort in Phuket's Patong is seeking a Russian management trainee.
thejakartaglobe.com If we look at the 10 countries in the region, Indonesia is practically the only one to have reached democratic standards. It is no wonder the international community has rated the country as the third-largest democratic nation after India and the US.
news.com.au Spend a week at the Merlin Beach Resort in Phuket, Thailand, and enjoy eight nights for the price of four from $466 a person. The package includes accommodation in a superior room, American-style breakfast daily, 10 per cent discount for food and beverage at the resort and return airport transfers. Until October 31.
Phuket World Sports Wrap
independent.co.uk With his two goals Frank Lampard did not just secure another Champions' League campaign for Chelsea, but wrote his name in the Stamford Bridge history books as the club's top scorer. Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea.
bbc.co.uk America's Cup boats, such as the one Olympic gold medallist Andrew Simpson was sailing when he died, are experimental boats that represent untrodden waters for sailing, according to the Royal Yachting Association Olympic manager Stephen Park.
Phuket Coming Events 2013
Until May 14 World in Grey exhibition of black and white photos of Phuket, Standard Chartered Bank, corner of Phang Nga and Phuket Roads
May 13 Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day
May 24 Visakha Bucha Day
May 24-26 International Rugby 10s, Thanyapura
June 9 Laguna Phuket International Marathon
July 6-7 Phuket Air Show and Family Picnic, Phuket Air Park
July 17-21 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
July 22 Arsarnha Bucha Day
August 12 HM The Queen's Birthday
October 5-13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival
October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
November 9 Asian Cup Triathlon Sprint, Patong
November 10 ITU Long Distance Series triathlon, Patong
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