bangkokpost.com – The King’s wish list
His Majesty the King delivered his New Year’s Day message to the nation, saying he hopes for continued unity – while a poll showed that his subjects hope more than anything for the King’s good health.
bangkokpost.com – Warning to media
The foreign minister claims press attention on the deep South will only increase bloodshed – but he called on foreign nations to condemn the violence.
bangkokpost.com – British man killed in countdown party
A 23-year-old British tourist was killed by a stray bullet during a fight involving a group of Thai men in a bar at Koh Phangan’s Haad Rin Beach early in the morning of New Year’s day.
mcot.net – Road accidents kill 254 during New Year holidays
Thailand’s death toll from road accidents nationwide during the first five days of the New Year’s holiday has climbed to 254, while the number of injured has reached 2,454, the national Road Safety Centre reported Tuesday, New Year’s Day.
nationmultimedia.com – Policies threaten economy: Abhisit
Opposition Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has warned the government against continuing its populist policies in the same manner next year, saying the measures risked plunging the country into fiscal deficit and weakening the economy.
nationmultimedia.com – Charter battle, graft worry Thais this year: Poll
Many Thais fear that constitutional amendment and corruption could ignite a new round of political conflict in 2013, a survey by Abac Poll has found.
bangkokpost.com – ‘Respect the ICJ’
A government campaign will focus on an expected verdict by the International Court of Justice on de-militarising the Preah Vihear temple area.
nationmultimedia.com – Chiang Mai: a city of MICE
Chiang Mai’s brand new Conference and Exhibition Centre is all set to open in March, paving the way for the Lanna capital to become a MICE centre.
bangkokpost.com – Cabbies say ‘no’ to service refusal
More than 2,000 taxi drivers in Bangkok have pledged not to refuse service to passengers by choosing who to take or where to go.
bangkokpost.com – Myanmar hears first New Year address
Myanmar President Thein Sein on Tuesday called for “mutual trust” between the ruling regime and the people in his first New Year address since taking power and ushering in sweeping reforms.
bbc.co.uk – Pakistan charity workers killed
Seven charity workers, six of them women, are killed by gunmen in north-west Pakistan, police say.
bbc.co.uk – Mass march over Hong Kong leader
Thousands of people take to the streets of Hong Kong calling for the resignation of the Beijing-backed leader CY Leung.
bbc.co.uk – N Korea’s Kim in rare TV speech
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un makes a rare new year broadcast, calling for an improved economy and a reunified Korea.
bbc.co.uk – India’s Kingfisher Airlines loses licence to fly
India’s troubled Kingfisher Airlines has lost its flying permit after a deadline to renew its suspended licence expired, the aviation regulator said.
bbc.co.uk – Rail travellers hit by fare rises
Above-inflation rail fare increases have come into force in England, Wales and Scotland amid claims that fares are going up three times faster than average earnings.
bbc.co.uk – Neighbours must help elderly more
People should do more to help elderly neighbours and ease the pressure on care homes, the care minister has said.
bbc.co.uk – Digital sales break £1bn barrier
More than a billion pounds was spent in 2012 for the first time on downloaded videos, music and games.
bbc.co.uk – Mourning after Ivory Coast deaths
Three days of mourning are declared in Ivory Coast following a New Year’s Eve stampede that killed at least 61 people in Abidjan.
news.com.au – Fires leave 4000 homeless in Cape Town
Three people are dead and another 4000 are homeless after fires ripped through informal settlements in Cape Town.
bbc.co.uk – DR Congo M23 rebels placed under UN sanctions
The UN Security Council has imposed sanctions on leaders of the M23 rebel movement in DR Congo.
bbc.co.uk – Turkey hits back at EU criticism over membership bid
Turkey has accused the EU of “biased” and “bigoted” attitudes in an EU assessment of its progress towards membership of the 27-nation bloc.
bbc.co.uk – Hollande vows to revive supertax
France’s President Francois Hollande says he still plans to raise the top rate of income tax after his 75% plan was struck down on technical grounds.
news.com.au – Record 40,000 Dutch in New Year’s dip
Arecord 40,000 people have braved icy temperatures to take part in the Netherlands’ traditional New Year’s Day dip.
bbc.co.uk – Air strike ‘kills 13 Farc rebels’
The Colombian Air Force says it has killed 13 Farc rebels in an attack on a camp in Antioquia province, as peace talks are due to resume in Cuba.
bbc.co.uk – Juveniles escape from Peru prison
Police search for prisoners from a juvenile detention centre in Peru who took advantage of a prison riot to make an escape.
bbc.co.uk – Fierce clash near Aleppo airport
Fierce clashes erupt near the international airport in Syria’s second city of Aleppo, with unconfirmed reports it has been temporarily closed.
news.com.au – Iran warning to foreign jets, ships
Iran has used a naval drill to highlight its newly developed weapons systems including a sea-launched anti-ship missile with a range of 200 kilometres.
bangkokpost.com – US House balks at ‘fiscal cliff’ deal
The fate of a deal to avert a US “fiscal cliff” budget calamity looked in increasing peril on Tuesday (Washington time) as Republicans in the House of Representatives balked at endorsing it in a swift vote.
news.com.au – Clinton has blood clot close to her brain
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to make a full recovery after being found to have a blood clot between her brain and her skull.