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Reaction in Malaysia to QPR takeover

Malaysian reaction to local tycoon Tony Fernandes's purchase of newly-promoted Premier League club Queens Park Rangers (QPR) ranged from patriotic support to indifference, to jibes on fan forums.

Thai playboy prince pays £12m to release aircraft

Thailand's controversial crown prince has agreed to pay more than £12m in order to secure the release of an impounded plane that is at the centre of an unlikely diplomatic spat between his nation and the German authorities.

Thai new money set to defeat Old Etonian premier

On the street below, a woman reached up towards Abhisit Vejjajiva and held out a bag of tropical fruit. Thailand's Prime Minister pressed his palms together in a gesture of thanks and respect and quickly reached down to accept the gift.

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The secret side of Sven – gentleman but a man of steel

Manchester City may have the scent of the Champions' League in their nostrils after establishing themselves in the top four under Roberto Mancini but Derek Fazackerley says they would be there already if they had not sacked Sven Goran Eriksson.

Picture of the Day: Candles fit for a king

The world's longest-serving monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, yesterday marked his 83rd birthday with a call for unity in Thailand, a frequent plea during his long reign which has been punctuated by frequent outbursts of political crisis.