Topic: Jim Gomez
Australia and Asian nations are celebrating the New Year in style, from fireworks in Sydney and Hong Kong to a street party in Indonesia. Around the world, people are greeting 2013 with optimism.
A day after a powerful typhoon killed nearly 300 people in the southern Philippines, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies issued an urgent appeal for money to aid survivors.
Negros earthquake: Philippines President Aquino ordered armed forces to join rescue efforts on Negros Island as the death toll from Monday's 6.9 quake rose to 22.