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  • Phuket Media Watch: Bishop quits; Hybrid sharks; Volcano activity; Face failures

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Catholic bishop in California quits after admitting he fathered two kids Phuket Gazette / News Wires The Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Wednesday announced that one of its Catholic bishops has resigned after acknowledging he fathered two children in the past. Gabino Zavala, 60, resigned under…

  • Phuket Media Watch: Sword master behind Darth Vader dies

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Sword master behind Darth Vader, Bob Anderson, dies at 89 Phuket Gazette / News Wires PHUKET: English actor and fencer Bob Anderson, who portrayed Darth Vader in the original Star Wars saga, died on Sunday, the British Academy of Fencing announced yesterday. He was 89. Anderson,…

  • Phuket Media Watch: North Korea defiant; Fires rage in Los Angeles; Sailor rescued 5 days after ship sinks off Vietnam

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community North Korea warns South Korea on ‘hideous crimes’ Phuket Gazette / News Wires PHUKET: The North Korean military on yesterday said the South “will pay for its hideous crimes” during the mourning period for Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il, and warned it may launch a retaliatory strike…

  • Phuket Media Watch: Asian regional round-up

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Explosions at Myanmar warehouse kill at least 15 Phuket Gazette / News Wires At least 15 people were killed on early yesterday morning when a fire caused a series of explosions at a government-owned warehouse in the former Myanmar (Burma) capital of Yangon, officials said. Dozens…

  • Phuket Media Watch: Hope for Kashmir; Girl Rescue; Virginity tests

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community India, Pakistan consider demilitarizing Kashmir border Phuket Gazette / News Wires The governments of Pakistan and India are considering a proposal to demilitarize the border of the disputed region of Kashmir, according to media reports yesterday. A senior Pakistani foreign ministry official told The Express Tribune…

  • Phuket Media Watch: Man dressed as Santa kills family members

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Man dressed as Santa kills six family members at Texas home Phuket Gazette A man dressed as Santa Claus shot and killed six of his family members at a home in Texas on Christmas Day, police said yesterday. He then turned the gun on himself. The…

  • Phuket Media Watch: Indian court summons Google; Australian jailed

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Indian court summons Google, Facebook and other websites Phuket Gazette / News Wires An Indian court yesterday issued a summons to social networking website Facebook, search giant Google, Yahoo!, video-sharing website YouTube and seventeen other websites to stand trial for allegedly publishing ‘objectionable contents.’ New Delhi…

  • Phuket Media Watch: Student survives 10-day blizzard in car

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Stranded Arizona college student survives 10-day blizzard in car Phuket Gazette / News Wires A college student from Arizona who went missing earlier this month has been found alive after being stranded in her car in the middle of a blizzard for ten days, local media…

  • Phuket Media Watch – Indonesian protests; flash flooding

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Dozens of Indonesians sew mouths shut in deforestation protest Phuket GazetteA group of Indonesian protesters have sewed their mouths shut in a protest against deforestation which took place in front of the parliament building in the capital this week, the Jakarta Globe reported today. Ten more…

  • Phuket Media Watch – Earth-size planets found outside the Milky Way

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Scientists discover first Earth-size planets outside the Milky Way Phuket Gazette U.S. scientists have spotted the first Earth-size planets which are orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system, NASA announced on Tuesday. The planets are unlikely to support life. NASA said its Kepler mission, which…

  • Phuket Media Watch – Russian oil rig sank; Helicopter crashes in Siberia

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community More bodies found after oil rig sinks in southeastern Russia Phuket Gazette Nearly a dozen more bodies were found on Monday after an oil rig sank in southeastern Russia on Sunday, local media reported on Tuesday. Dozens more remain missing and are feared to have been…

  • Phuket Media Watch – Man confesses to setting elderly woman on fire

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Man confesses to setting elderly woman on fire in NYC elevator Phuket GazetteA 47-year-old man has confessed to killing an elderly woman by setting her on fire in a New York City elevator during the weekend, local media reported on Monday. Jerome Issac turned himself in…

  • Update – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies of heart attack

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies of heart attack Phuket Gazette Kim Jong-il, the mysterious Communist leader who ruled North Korea for more than seventeen years, died of a massive heart attack on early Saturday morning, the government announced today. He was 69 or 70 years old.…

  • Phuket Gazette breaking news – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dead

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies during train ride Phuket Gazette The Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-il, died on early Saturday morning, state-run media announced today. He was 69 or 70 years old. The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim died at…

  • Phuket Media Watch – journalist killed; radioactive metal in Moscow

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Founder of political newspaper shot dead in Russia’s Dagestan Phuket Gazette PHUKET: A leading Russian journalist and the founder of a local political newspaper was killed by a gunman on late Thursday evening, officials said on Friday. Human rights organizations are calling for a full investigation.…

  • Phuket Media Watch – dengue outbreak; alcohol update; New York woman crushed by lift

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Dengue fever outbreak in western Indonesia kills 27 Phuket GazetteAn ongoing outbreak of dengue fever in western Indonesia has killed at least 27 people in the past two months, officials said on Thursday. Hundreds more have been affected. Health officials on Thursday confirmed that two more…

  • Phuket Media Watch – Courts in England and Wales relax reporting rules

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Courts in England and Wales to allow journalists to tweet, text and email Phuket Gazette / Agencies PHUKET: The head of the judiciary and courts in England and Wales yesterday announced his decision to allow journalists to use e-mail, text messaging and social media while inside…

  • Saudi rapist faces 2,080 lashes; Police hunt poisoner; Plane crash kills 4

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Saudi man who raped daughter sentenced to 2,080 lashes Phuket Gazette / News Wires PHUKET: A Saudi man who repeatedly raped his daughter over a seven year period has been sentenced to 13 years in prison and more than 2,000 lashes, a local newspaper reported yesterday.…

  • U.S. FAA chief on leave after drunk driving arrest | Thaiger

    U.S. FAA chief on leave after drunk driving arrest

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Randy Babbitt out of the cockpit for now Phuket Gazette / News Wires PHUKET: U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt took a leave of absence yesterday afternoon after police revealed he was arrested for drunk driving over the weekend, officials said. Babbitt was arrested…

  • Texas gunman shoots woman and 4 children

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Texas gunman shoots woman, 4 children before killing self Phuket Gazette PHUKET: A Texas man opened fire on five people, including four children, on Wednesday afternoon before reportedly killing himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, local authorities said on Thursday. The shooting happened at around 3.20p.m.…

  • Phuket Media Watch – Nigeria passes anti-gay bill

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Nigerian senate passes anti-gay bill Phuket Gazette PHUKET: The Nigerian senate has passed a bill which prohibits same-sex marriages and introduces extreme prison sentences for people involved in homosexuality, local media reported on Wednesday. Under the new bill, anybody convicted of homosexuality risks a jail term…

  • Phuket Media Watch – Herman Cain denies; Bankruptcy for American Airlines

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Woman claims long affair with U.S. presidential hopeful Herman Cain Phuket Gazette PHUKET: An Atlanta woman came forward on Monday evening to claim she had a 13-year-long affair with Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, just weeks after a series of claims regarding sexual harassment. Cain has…

  • Russia launches satellite as part of GPS rival

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Russia launches last Glonass-M navigation satellite of the year Phuket Gazette PHUKET: The Russian Space Forces, which is responsible for military space operations, on Monday announced that the year’s last Glonass-M navigation satellite has been launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket. The Glonass-M launch was carried…

  • Resort island of Bali bans smoking in all public places

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Indonesian resort island of Bali bans smoking in all public places Phuket Gazette PHUKET: The provincial legislature on the Indonesian resort island of Bali has passed a new law which will soon ban smoking in all public places, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday. It is…

  • ‘Single European Sky’ initiative at risk

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community EU says ‘Single European Sky’ initiative is at risk of missing crucial targets Phuket GazettePHUKET: The European Union (EU) warned that its progress reports on the Single European Sky initiative show that the project is ‘at risk’ of missing crucial targets.“There is a genuine risk that we…

  • Wildfire destroys dozens of homes in Reno, Nevada | Thaiger

    Wildfire destroys dozens of homes in Reno, Nevada

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Phuket Gazette PHUKET: A wildfire which broke out near Reno in Nevada this week has destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate, officials say. The fire was more than 80 percent contained as of this morning. The fire broke out in the…

  • Another major quake off Indonesia

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Strong earthquake strikes off eastern Indonesia, causing panic Phuket Gazette PHUKET: A strong earthquake struck the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia yesterday afternoon, causing panic but no damage or casualties. The 6.4-magnitude quake at 1.05pm local time (11:05am Phuket time) was centered about 69 kilometers (42…

  • Three more to be executed in China

    PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community China said to execute thousands annually Phuket Gazette PHUKET: It is unknown how many people are executed in China each year as the government withholds the information as a state secret. But according to an Amnesty International report, the figure is at least “thousands”. Three more…

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