smh.com.au US President Barack Obama will give a nationally televised address on Sunday US time on the shooting rampage that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, as authorities pursue evidence that the attack was an act of terrorism that may have been inspired by Islamic State.
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cnet.com A Canadian who served as closest advisor to Silk Road founder ''Dread Pirate Roberts'' has been arrested on Koh Chang in Thailand and is awaiting extradition. Roger Thomas Clark, 54, aka ''Variety Jones,'' is linked to the site used by thousands to sell drugs and other contraband and to launder hundreds of millions of dollars. Roberts is serving a life sentence.
reuters Malaysian police said they had arrested five people, including a 44-year-old European employed as a teacher in Penang, on suspicion of links with militant groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
bangkokpost.com Authorities have not detected any movement in Bangkok, Phuket or Pattaya of Syrians linked to Islamic State (IS) but they do admit the leaked document citing a Russian intelligence warning about terrorists entering Thailand was real.
turkishweekly.net Myanmar pledged to the 24 participating countries and organisations at the Bangkok irregular migration summit to take responsibility for its migrant problem, but it did not elaborate on how it would solve concerns directly related to the Rohingya.
bangkokpost.com Thailand has contributed 3.6 million baht to an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) fund to run a regional irregular migration information campaign.
Phuket Update The governor of Phuket and provincial governors all over Thailand led hundreds of thousands of people to make merit in various activities to mark His Majesty the King's 88th birthday on Saturday.
bangkokpost.com The Krabi fisherman who became an inspiration to millions for helping two foreign tourists trapped in river mud says he is deeply touched by a royal decoration awarded by His Majesty the King. Chat Udomchinda said on Saturday that he was immensely grateful to the King who granted him the royal decoration of the Direkkhunabhorn medal for his Good Samaritan act.
nationmultimedia.com More than 40 forest rangers and wildlife sanctuary officials teamed up to cut down rubber trees illegally planted at a wildlife sanctuary. Armed officials, following Article 25 of the National Reserve Forest Act, removed about 400 rubber trees in the Khao Prabangkram Wildlife Sanctuary in Krabi's Klong Thom district.
theguardian.com Negotiators paving the way for a global climate change agreement in Paris have cleared a major hurdle, producing a draft accord in record time and raising hopes that a full week of minister-led talks can now clinch a deal despite many sticking points.
npr.org More than 300 years after it sank during an attack in the Caribbean the wreck of the Spanish treasure ship San Jose has been found, says Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos. The cargo in gold, silver and emeralds is estimated at more than $10 billion.
stardailystandard.com Two bodies found in a burned out van believed to be the remains of missing tourists Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman had gunshot wounds, a Mexican official has said.
reuters Four female suicide bombers attacked the Chadian island of Koulfoua on Lake Chad, killing at least 15 people and injuring 130 in an attack blamed by security sources on militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
time.com Make Bangkok your first stop and see the gilded temples, sprawling palaces, and after-dark markets before heading down to Phuket, Thailand's party-hard hot spot, or further south to Krabi, home to the world's best diving and most postcard-perfect islands.
afp Singapore's Straits Times newspaper named the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as its Asian of the Year for his influence on regional and global affairs.
watoday.com.au England, South Africa and Fiji all went unbeaten on day one of the new World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai - but New Zealand suffered a shock defeat by the US. New Zealand topped Pool C but were stunned 14-12 by the US.
December 10 Constitution Day
December 11 Thailand Ride for Dad
December 11-13 2015 Wake Park World Series on Phuket
December 26 Tsunami memorial ceremonies
January 7-10 Phuket International Boat Show