China stresses efforts to stabilize prices as New Year approaches
Chinese authorities have issued an official notice calling for improved supervision of the food market and more assistance to low-income groups and disaster-hit regions.
The circular, issued jointly by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, is calling for a crack down on price speculation and market manipulation.
The notice also states there should be more supervision of the food and medicine market.
It's also making note of areas, including water and heating, on top of stressing that government departments make sure low-income families get the subsidies they need, particularily in areas that have been hit by natural disasters this year.
Asia pays tribute to Boxing Day Tsunami victims
Ceremonies are being held to mark the 6th anniversary of the South Asian tsunami which killed over 230-thosuand in 2004.
In Thailand, Patong beach has been covered in small candles and flowers remembering the victims.
The bustling tourist beach was one of many areas in Thailand devastated by the tsunami.
The 2004 tsunami, which was caused by a massive undersea earthquake off western Sumatra in Indonesia not only killed some 230-thousand people in 14 countries, but also made nearly 2 million homeless.
Ouattara calls on strike
Cote d'Ivoire's internationally-recognized new President, Alassane Ouattara, is now calling the people of his country to go on strike until Laurent Gbagbo steps down.
Cote d'Ivoire has been trapped in a political impasse since the presidential run-off in late November, where both men claimed victory.
Meantime, Gbagbo's government is dismissing the UN's condemnation of the post election violence in the West African nation.
The United Nations has put the death toll from the post-election violence at over 170.
At least one killed in new clashes in central Nigeria: media report
It's being reported that at least one more person has been killed in new religious clashes in Nigeria.
Fighting between Christians and Muslims in the country is now growing, with three explosions ripping through the city of Jos on Christmas-eve.
Meantime, at least 32-people are dead and 74 others have been injured in the northern part of the country.
The violence comes a week after a Nigerian court sentenced fifteen people to ten years in prison for their part in the March killings of 109-people.
Taliban claims responsibility for Pakistan attack
The Taliban in Pakistan is claiming responsibility for Saturday's suicide attack in northwest Pakistan which killed 47 people and injured 70 others.
The attack occurred at a World Food Program food distribution area in the tribal region of Bajaur.
A woman in a full burqa is believed to have carried out the attack... a move which is raising a new set of concerns about how to root-out suicide bombers in the highly-conservative area in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, many of the injured are now in hospitals in Peshawar.
"I was going towards the hospital. As I reached this place (WFP centre), a woman walked up and threw a hand grenade. After that she blew herself up. Then I fell into the drain and lost my senses."
The attack comes a day after a big clash between Pakistani Taliban insurgents and security forces in a neighboring region that left 11 government soldiers and 24 militants dead.
Israel, Turkey exchange war of words on Gaza flotilla
Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is calling Turkey impudent for asking Israel to apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish nationals aboard a protest ship off the coast of Gaza last May.
His Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, says his government wants to repair ties with Israel, but says the Israeli government has to make an apology.
The once-strong ties between Turkey and Israel have been dealt a significant blow because of flotilla raids, even though the floatilla was not connected to the Turkish government.
Israeli army, Palestinians clash in West Bank
A number of Palestinians are being held, after several dozen Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces at a border crossing in the West Bank.
According to a statement released by the Israel Defense Force office, around ninety people were involved in the fighting, after they tried to cross the border.
Six people are believed to have been arrested and taken for questioning, after throwing rocks at soldiers and police officers.
Eight US tourists die in Egypt bus crash
Eight U.S. tourists have been killed and 21 others injured, after their coach hit a truck in southern Egypt.
The coach slammed into the parked truck on a road near the historic site of Abu Simbel.
Reckless driving, lax traffic rules and poor road conditions are the main causes of traffic accidents in Egypt.