bangkokpost.com – Severe flooding ravages 13,000
More than 13,000 people in Narathiwat have been ravaged by severe flooding in the far South province over the past two days, with Sungai Padi and Sungai Kolok districts particularly hard hit.
news.com.au – Thai court jails trader over royal rumour
A former Thai equities trader has been jailed for four years for posting false internet messages about the king’s health.
nationmultimedia.com – Warning towers “useless”
Crippled by robberies and inadequate maintenance, tsunami warning towers in some provinces in the South may not be able to send out an alarm when needed.
bangkokpost.com – Charter change or bust
An honest statement from the prime minister: If voters say “no” at a referendum, the government will amend the 2007 constitution anyway.
nationmultimedia.com – Opposition to pressure govt on graft claims, performance
The government should, without delay, look into alleged irregularities raised during last month’s censure debate, senator Thaweesak Khidbanjong said yesterday.
bangkokpost.com – 3-month migrant amnesty
The Labour Ministry is seeking a three-month arrest reprieve for unverified migrant workers.
Foreign workers who failed to register with the government’s nationality verification scheme by Dec 14 are being threatened with arrest and deportation.
bangkokpost.com – Democrat desperation
With the Bangkok governor election just 53 days away, the Democrats hope to ease out MR Sukhumbhand so Korn Chatikavanij will run.
nationmultimedia.com – New court case over airport expansion
Dark clouds hang over plans to boost the capacity of Suvarnabhumi Airport, as residents’ complaints against noise and pollution could pose a major stumbling block to the second-phase and possibly the third-phase expansion projects.
mcot.net – New Year spending expected to reach several billion baht, highest in 7 years
Thailand’s spending during the New Year period is expected to reach several billions of baht, which will be the highest amount in seven years, according to the Thai Chamber of Commerce University’s Economic and Business Forecasting Center.
bangkokpost.com – Investors buy B1.17bn worth of funds
Thai employees and retail investors flocked to buy over one billion baht worth of investment units in Long-term Equity Funds (LTF) and Retirement Mutual Funds (RMF) at the last minute in order to get a tax benefit before the end of the year.
mcot.net – Thai automotive manufacturers jubilant as car sales break record
Thailand made another historic record with skyrocketing sales of 1.3 million cars in the first 11 months of this year, an automotive industrialist said today.
news.com.au – Seven die as fires burn in Manila
Riots have broken out in Manila after two fires left several people dead and thousands homeless.
bangkokpost.com – Two dead, 11 hurt in Myanmar plane crash
A Myanmar passenger jet packed with foreign tourists crash-landed and burst into flames on Tuesday in a field in eastern Shan state, killing two people and injuring 11 others, officials said.
news.com.au – Storm threatens typhoon-hit Philippines
Tropical storm Wukong is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the Philippines but no evacuations have been ordered.
bbc.co.uk – Kazakhstan plane crash ‘kills 27’
A military plane said to be carrying the acting head of Kazakhstan’s border security service crashes, killing all 27 people on board, reports say.
news.com.au – Fukushima kids getting fatter
Children in Fukushima are getting fatter as outdoor activities have been cut in the area due to radiation fears after last year’s nuclear disaster, a Japanese government report said.
bbc.co.uk – China opens longest bullet route
China officially opens the world’s longest high-speed rail route, linking the capital Beijing with the southern commercial hub of Guangzhou.
bbc.co.uk – UK medics ‘to help in disasters’
UK doctors, nurses and surgeons will now be able to pre-register their availability to help in the event of an overseas disaster, the government says.
news.com.au – Queen calls for togetherness at Christmas
Looking past the scandal which has at times shaken the royal family in 2012, a humble Queen has sent out a global thanks to those who helped celebrate her 60-year reign.
bbc.co.uk – Africa image ‘harming aid effort’
A negative image of Africa in the UK is harming efforts to raise food aid in the continent, and “obscures” progress being made, says Oxfam.
bbc.co.uk – Minister plays down hunt ban vote
A bid to lift the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, a minister suggests, as 300 hunts hold traditional Boxing Day meets.
news.com.au – Zimbabwe truck crash kills 18
A truck has plunged into a ravine in Zimbabwe, killing 18 passengers and injuring 46 as they headed home for Christmas.
bbc.co.uk – Gunmen kill Nigerian Christians
Gunmen in north Nigeria kill at least six Christians in Yobe state, the army and local officials say, following similar violence last Christmas.
news.com.au – Central African Republic rebels seize town
Rebels have seized another major town in the Central African Republic, military sources say.
bbc.co.uk – Voters back Egyptian constitution
Nearly two-thirds of voters in an Egyptian referendum held in two stages support a proposed new constitution, the election commission announces.
bbc.co.uk – Sick Mandela ‘in good spirits’
Nelson Mandela is in good spirits and doctors are happy with his progress, says President Zuma after visiting the former leader in hospital.
news.com.au – Russia’s brutal winter claims 123 lives
Russian authorities say cold weather has claimed 123 lives in the past 10 days as temperatures plunge to around minus 30 degrees Celsius in Moscow.
bbc.co.uk – Pope in Christmas plea on Syria
The Pope calls for a political solution to the conflict in Syria during his Christmas message, delivered to thousands of pilgrims at the Vatican.
bbc.co.uk – Five die in Ukraine chopper crash
A Ukrainian helicopter belonging to the interior ministry crashes in the centre of the country, killing all five people on board, officials say.
news.com.au – Netanyahu launches Israeli re-election bid
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says halting Tehran’s nuclear programme would be his first priority as premier.
news.com.au – Syria peace envoy meets opposition
Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met internal opposition groups Tuesday as he pushed a new initiative to end Syria’s conflict.
news.com.au – 17 killed as Yemen army, tribesmen clash
Seventeen people are dead after Yemen’s army has launched an offensive against tribesmen suspected of sabotaging an oil pipeline.
news.com.au – Iran denies any new cyber attack
An Iranian official has denied an earlier account about a fresh cyber attack on industrial targets.
news.com.au – Body found in home of US killer of firies
US police have found human remains in the burnt-out home of the ex-convict who killed two firefighters and believe the victim is the gunman’s sister.