The family of the student who died after being gang-raped in India have called for her killers to be hanged as they spoke out for the first time. Two days after the woman died from injuries sustained in the horrific attack almost two weeks ago, her brother vowed to seek justice.
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A warder at the high security Khao Bin prison was stabbed to death after being held hostage for three hours by three inmates in a botched escape attempt. Two of the three inmates were later shot dead. Several hundred police officers, including riot police, were deployed.
A total of 452 Rohingya who entered the waters of Langkawi illegally on a 30-metre wooden boat were detained about 1.30pm. A few refugees were seen jumping ashore and asking for water. It is understood the group, including women and children, set sail from Burma 12 days ago and were charged US$300 per person.
Former foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan today ends his five-year term as the Asean chief. On the violence in Rakhine State, he pointed out that the persecuted Rohingya Muslims could be radicalised and the whole region destabilised.
Iran's first shipment of humanitarian aid was delivered to Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims in the state of Rakhine after weeks of delay.
Seventy-seven people were killed and 536 injured in road accidents throughout the country on December 29, adding up the New Year tolls for the first three days to 148 killed and 1362 injured, according to the Interior Ministry's Disaster Relief and Mitigation Department.
The three most popular destinations for the New Year's celebrations are Chiang Mai, Phuket and Chonburi. Half of the respondents said they would spend an average 6000 baht for their holiday travels.
Some of the country's top tourist destinations are reporting an overcrowding problem this year as thousands of New Year revellers pay visits during the long holiday.
A woman who told police she shoved a man to his death off a subway platform into the path of a train because she has hated Muslims since September 11 and thought he was one was charged with murder as a hate crime, prosecutors said.
Singapore said it would cite the ''heart-breaking case'' of the Delhi gang-rape as an example to reject demands for abolition of death penalty in the city state.
A planned nationwide increase in Thailand's minimum daily wage to 300 baht has Taiwanese businesses there worried that it will make it even harder for them to find workers next year in an already tight job market.
The Chinese comedy 'Lost in Thailand' became the highest-grossing domestic film of all time, with over US$143 million in box office sales.The movie tells the story of two rival Chinese businessmen vying to find the company's major shareholder in Thailand and a simple-minded pancake maker.
New Year's Eve in Sydney is old news by the time midnight rolls around. While more than one million people still brave the sweaty harbor crowds steeped in alcohol to glimpse the midnight pyrotechnics, many will already be in bed, teeth brushed, when the clock ticks over into 2013.
Germany's respected news weekly Der Spiegel has mistakenly published an obituary for former US president George Bush senior, hours after a family spokesman said the 88-year-old was recovering from illness.
Luke Allan, 29, lost a finger to a shark on Australia's east coast on Friday but plans to surf again: ''Absolutely, the first chance I get . . . I don't know of anyone that's been attacked twice.''
Striker Luis Suarez sparked life into Liverpool's stuttering Premier League campaign as they thumped Queens Park Rangers 3-0 in a match that highlighted the brilliance of the unpredictable Uruguayan.
Everton's profligacy has haunted them this season and, despite taking an early lead through Steven Pienaar, Lampard's header three minutes before half-time and a close-range finish after 72 minutes secured a fourth successive victory for Benitez on his return to Merseyside.
IN PHUKET CITY, the annual 'Colorful Countdown Phuket' began last night and runs through until January 1, from 6pm each night with stage performances and singing contests. It's at Cha Field, opposite Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City.
INSPIRED by the success and appeal of electronic music festivals globally, TAT with the Department of Intellectual Properties (Ministry of Commerce), and Karon Municipality have once again arranged the Phuket Electronic Music and Dance festival 2012. This exciting free event will take place in conjunction with the Karon Beach New Year 2013 Countdown on December 30 and December 31.
AT SAPHAN HIN park in Phuket City, the Red Cross Fair also runs through until Jauary 5 and is a traditional place to celebrate New Year for many Phuket residents.
AUTHORITIES on Phuket have given Sydictive Element Co permission to host a private all-ticket New Year's Eve beach party on Patong Beach from today through to early Tuesday, provided organisers meet 15 conditions. Alcohol is reported to be banned.
Until January 5
Red Cross Fair, Saphan Hin park, Phuket City
New Year parties all over Phuket
Childrens Day, marked around Phuket
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket