mcot.net – Phuket airport reopens for normal service after temporary forced closure
Phuket airport has reopened for normal services after temporary forced closure following German Air Berlin flight emergency landing.
bangkokpost.com – Buddhists targetted in the South
With security forces trying to protect schools and teachers, the militants switched their attacks, and burnt an unguarded TAO office to the ground when they couldn’t find and kill the only Buddhist employee.
bangkokpost.com – Soldiers ‘killed teenager’
The Criminal Court ruled that troops in 2010 shot and killed a 14-year-old with mental problems in the back with wild gunfire close to his orphanage.
bangkokpost.com – Thaksin’s Ch11 broadcast not illegal
The live broadcast on Channel 11 featuring former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra at a boxing event in Macau two weeks ago was not legally wrong, a subcommittee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has ruled.
news.com.au – Thailand extradites of Italian mafia boss
A Thai court has ordered the extradition of a former banker and Italian mafia boss accused of laundering money for two Sicilian godfathers.
bangkokpost.com – Referendum rethink
In India for a conference, PM Yingluck rejected opposition to a referendum – but also voiced concern about whether enough citizens would vote.
nationmultimedia.com – PAD leaders fail to show up, warrants sought
Public prosecutors yesterday threatened to seek arrest warrants for yellow-shirt leaders after they failed to turn up to acknowledge charges related to the anti-Thaksin Shinawatra protests in 2008.
mcot.net – Bt600 billion cash in reserve for New Year’s holiday
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has reserved Bt600 billion (US$20 billion) in banknotes of various denominations for this month’s holiday season, it was disclosed.
bbc.co.uk – S Korea faces ‘grave’ North test
South Korea’s President-elect Park Geun-hye highlights a “grave” security challenge from the North, a day after her election win.
news.com.au – Flash floods kill 25 in Sri Lanka
Most of the 25 deaths in Sri Lanka floods were due to landslides engulfing homes, officials say.
bbc.co.uk – Almost 1,000 doomsday cult members arrested in China
Police in China have carried out further arrests of members of a doomsday cult for spreading rumours about the imminent end of the world, state media say.
news.com.au – Britain pays for Iraqi abuses
The British government has paid compensation to 205 Iraqi complainants who were tortured by British troops.
bbc.co.uk – MPs critical of banking reforms
Government plans to separate banks’ retail businesses from their investment arms “fall well short of what is required”, a group of MPs warns.
bbc.co.uk – Afghan campaign a success – PM
British troops in Afghanistan have paid a “high price” but their efforts have been a success, Prime Minister David Cameron has said on a pre-Christmas visit to UK bases in the country.
news.com.au – UK sets out social media prosecution guide
British prosecutors have set out new guidelines to make it harder to bring legal cases against people who send offensive messages on Twitter and Facebook.
bbc.co.uk – UN backs Mali intervention force
The UN Security Council authorises an African-led military force to try to oust Islamists and rebels who have taken over northern Mali.
news.com.au – 55 dead or missing in boat capsize
Fifty-five Somalis and Ethiopians have drowned or are missing after their boat capsized off Somalia in the worst such disaster in the area in almost two years, the United Nations says.
news.com.au – Nigeria gunmen kidnap French national
A group of 30 gunmen who stormed a residence in Nigeria where expatriate workers were staying kidnapped a French citizen after killing two people.
news.com.au – Sudan bus collision kills 33 people
A crash between a full-sized passenger bus and a minibus near the small community of El Kamlien in Sudan has killed 33 people.
bbc.co.uk – Toure wins African Player of Year
Manchester City’s Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has been named the African Player of the Year for the second time.
bbc.co.uk – Greece ‘migrant neglect shameful’
The Greek government faces a “humanitarian crisis” over its systematic mistreatment of migrants and asylum-seekers, Amnesty International says.
news.com.au – Russia recognises need for change in Syria
Vladimir Putin says Moscow stands for a settlement in Syria that would “prevent the country from breakup and an endless civil war”.
bbc.co.uk – EU plans tougher tobacco health warnings
Cigarette packs sold in the EU will have to have bigger health warnings in text and pictures, under new proposals from the EU Commission.
bbc.co.uk – Believers ready for ‘apocalypse’
Hundreds of people to prepare for the end of the world, believing it will coincide with the end date of the long calendar of the ancient Mayans.
news.com.au – Central bank boss quits over fake degree
Ecuador’s central bank president has resigned over revelations he used a bogus university degree to get into a graduate school and study business.
news.com.au – Syrian war now ‘overtly sectarian’: UN
After 21 months of conflict, which has killed more than 43,000, the Syrian conflict has become between openly sectarian between Sunnis and Shi’ites.
bbc.co.uk – Syria crisis: UN appeals for $1.5bn humanitarian aid
The UN is appealing for $1.5bn (£920m) to fund relief efforts for those affected by the conflict in Syria.
news.com.au – Three Palestinians dead from swine flu
Three Palestinians in the West Bank have died in the past week from the H1N1 influenza strain known as swine flu, the Palestinian health ministry said.
bbc.co.uk – Republicans move for fiscal cliff vote
US Republicans cancel a crucial Congress vote on tax rises, aimed at beating a 1 January “fiscal cliff” deadline for budget reform.
bbc.co.uk – Four killed in US winter storm
At least four people die as the first major snowstorm of the season crosses the US Midwest, endangering pre-Christmas travel.
news.com.au – US reaffirms anti-whaling stance
The US has condemned dangerous and unlawful behaviour at sea in support of nations who are concerned about the whaling season.
bbc.co.uk – NYSE being sold to rival for $8bn
The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange is being sold to smaller rival Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) for $8bn (£5bn).