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Headmaster pays tribute to murdered Brit David Miller

The headmaster of Victoria College has paid tribute to David Miller, one of the British tourists murdered on the Thai island resort of Koh Tao.

David's tragic death, and in such dreadful circumstances, has come as a real shock to those who knew him and worked with him at Victoria College.

He was a student at Victoria College Prep and then here throughout his secondary education, and he was a confident, articulate member of the College community with a good circle of friends.

He was a bright young man and a talented artist, with real potential to forge a worthwhile and fruitful path in his life. It is hard to comprehend how that life can have been brought to such a cruel and abrupt end.

As a school, our thoughts, our prayers and our compassion are with his parents and immediate family at this devastating time."

– Alun Watkins, Headmaster, Victoria College


Hunt for killer of British tourists in Thailand switches focus

The hunt for the killer of two British tourists on the Thai island resort of Koh Tao has switched its focus, as police question three Burmese migrant workers after CCTV footage showed an Asian man "prowling" near the murder-scene.

An initial hunt for a British man has been downplayed by police on the island with all investigations currently focused on the new lead.

The behaviour of the Asian man caught on CCTV near the place where David Miller and Hannah Witheridge were murdered was the cause of this sudden switch in inquiries, a senior police officer said.

The man walked back and forth in the area sometimes quite hurriedly during the period it is estimated the victims died, between 2 am and 4 am.

We are in the process of trying to identify this man.

– Lt.Col Somsak Noorod


Report 'exposes PM's complacency' over passport crisis

Report on passports "exposes David Cameron's complacency" over passport fiasco, shadow immigration minister David Hanson says Credit: PA

A Home Affairs Select Committee report on this summer's passport crisis in which holidaymakers suffered severe delays, exposed David Cameron's complacency over the situation, the shadow immigration minister has said.

"Ultimately ministers have to take responsibility and admit it was their mistakes that led to the crisis, and that their response simply wasn't good enough", Mr Hanson said.

Congress 'to scrutinise' Obama military strategy

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Army General Martin Dempsey have been scheduled to testify before Congress over President Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) speaks next to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey Credit: Reuters

The hearings are the first in a series that will measure the president's ability to rally congressional support.

President Obama announced last week an intensified phase in the US counter-offensive against IS in Iraq, which could entail strikes inside Syria. The president said he had the authority to order the airstrikes without new congressional approval.

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