mcot.net – Government stimulus a blessing to Thailand’s GDP growth
Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP) this year is adjusted upward slightly from 5.5 per cent to 5.7 per cent mainly due to the government stimulus actions in various projects, according to the Finance Ministry.
bangkokpost.com – Jet ski arrests
Police at Koh Samui have arrested four men after a tourist was beaten in the well-known jet-ski scam – and there may finally be a crackdown.
nationmultimedia.com – Govt warns scammers as Thailand is named top destination
Thailand has long been ranked as one of the world’s best tourist destinations, with so many awards under its belt. However, the Kingdom’s tourism industry is not untainted.
bangkokpost.com – Still polling well
A solid majority says Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was the “most constructive” person of the year – and her rice-buying programme is the main reason.
nationmultimedia.com – Single-entry visa for Thailand, Cambodia
From today, tourists from 35 countries need only apply for one visa to visit both Thailand and Cambodia. This is part of Acmecs Single Visa – the first step toward an Asean version of the European Union’s Schengen Visa scheme.
bangkokpost.com – Government dubbed ‘Brother First’ in annual reporters’ awards
Government House reporters have dubbed the Yingluck Shinawatra administration the “Brother First” government, for giving priority to the prime minister’s elder brother and fugitive, former premier Thaksin, a while giving other problems lower priorities.
nationmultimedia.com – PM hopes changes at Govt House will bring luck
At long last, here come the major refurbishments of Government House by the Yingluck Shinawatra administration.
nationmultimedia.com – Princess to leave hospital today
The Nation December 27, 2012 1:00 amHer Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will leave Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn Hospital today after surgery to remove calcium deposits from her chest, the Royal Household Bureau announced yesterday in a second statement on her condition.
nationmultimedia.com – Booze ban loosened in parks
As Thais flocks to national parks to celebrate New Year’s, the ban on alcohol has been partially lifted, allowing visitors to imbibe only at park lodges. However, booze is still prohibited in the campgrounds, the park chief said yesterday.
bbc.co.uk – Japan’s Shinzo Abe names cabinet
Japan’s new prime minister Shinzo Abe unveils his cabinet line-up as he begins the task of economic revitalisation.
bbc.co.uk – North India cold snap kills 25
At least 25 people have died in a cold snap sweeping across northern India, state-run broadcaster All India Radio has said.
news.com.au – Thousands flee Malaysia floods
Floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains in Malaysia forced almost 14,000 people to flee their homes and seek shelter at relief centres
bbc.co.uk – Hospital plan to spot abuse victims
An online system to identify children who may be in danger of abuse or neglect is to be created for use in hospitals across England.
news.com.au – UK minister urges pensioners to donate
Well-off UK pensioners can donate their winter fuel allowance to charity, a British government minister says.
bbc.co.uk – Boxing Day sales: Shoppers flock to stores
Thousands of bargain-hunters queued overnight at shopping centres, as shops began cutting prices and opening as early as 06:00 GMT to tempt customers.
bbc.co.uk – Nelson Mandela leaves hospital
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is discharged from hospital after treatment for a lung infection and gallstones.
bbc.co.uk – Morsi hails Egypt constitution
President Mohammed Morsi congratulates Egyptians for endorsing a new constitution and calls on all parties to take part in a national dialogue.
bbc.co.uk – Fireworks ignite Nigerian blaze
At least one person is killed as an explosion in a warehouse storing fireworks sparks a major fire in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city and commercial capital.
bbc.co.uk – Bangui ‘tense’ as rebels advance
There is a mood of deep anxiety in the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui, as rebels advance towards the city, a UN envoy says.
bbc.co.uk – Spain busts drug-smuggling ringhaul of hashish and marijuana in Madrid
Police in Spain seize more than 11 tonnes of hashish destined for Europe and arrest 35 people in a major drug sting operation, authorities say.
news.com.au – Bakery makes giant pastry in Spain
A Spanish pastry bakery has created a shortbread calculated to be the largest in the world.
bbc.co.uk – Hundreds flee Nicaragua volcano
Nicaraguan authorities order the evacuation of hundreds of people after the San Cristobal volcano starts spewing out hot gases and ash.
news.com.au – Thirteen dead in Ecuador bus accident
A bus has crashed into a ravine in a mountainous part of Ecuador, leaving 13 people dead and 37 others injured.
bbc.co.uk – Syria army police chief defects
Syria’s military police chief defects, saying the army had become “gangs of murder”, as reports emerge of deadly shelling in Raqqa province.
news.com.au – Syria peace envoy looks to Russia
Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is looking to Russia for help in his new bid to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table.
news.com.au – Israel builds new fence along Syria border
An Israeli army official says it is building a new and better fence along its border with Syria to prepare for any future instability in the area.
bbc.co.uk – UAE arrests ‘terror cell’ members
The United Arab Emirates says it has arrested members of what it called a terror cell which was planning attacks, according to an official statement.
bbc.co.uk – George H W Bush in intensive care
Former US President George H W Bush has been in intensive care with a fever since Sunday, his spokesman reveals.
bbc.co.uk – Obama seeks to avoid fiscal cliff
US President Barack Obama cuts short his holidays in Hawaii to try to reach a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff”.
bbc.co.uk – Severe snowstorm moves across US
A severe winter storm that whipped up tornadoes in the southern US has brought heavy snow to the Midwest and threatens disruption in the east.