But this year, the President's New Year message was given by Prime Minister Hwang Kyo Ahn, who took over her executive powers. The 64-year-old met reporters for the first time Sunday since the parliament's December 9 vote to impeach her. Opposition parties rejected this and led a motion to impeach the president by a wide margin, joined by some members of her Saenuri party. Choi is in detention while on trial.
Yesterday morning, Donald Trump announced that he's not pleased with the state of the transition process, blaming President Obama for causing turbulence. Trump later told reporters that Israel is being treated "very, very unfairly", maintaining that countries that are "horrible places" never get reprimanded.
The Taiwanese leader is scheduled to transit through the United States in her January trip to Central America, but Beijing has asked Washington to block Tsai's stopovers in Houston and San Francisco. China suspended contacts with Tsai's administration in June over her refusal to endorse China's claim that Taiwan and the mainland are part of a single Chinese nation.
Politicians, including Sen. Patrick Leahy put out a stern statement based on the report that said, "State-sponsored Russian hacking is a serious threat, and the attempts to penetrate the electric grid through a Vermont utility are the latest example".
However, on Friday, the Reserve Bank of India announced that that it would continue to control how much money people can withdraw from ATMs and banks for now. Modi also said that in the next three months as many as three crore Kisan credit cards will be converted into RUPAY credit cards. Both 500 and 1,000 rupee notes will cease to be legal tenders after December 31, and Modi has scheduled a speech to the nation on that day.
British Olympic gold medal victor Mo Farah has been given a knighthood in the New Year's honours list Mr Farah, 33, described it as a dream come true. Another married sporting couple are getting honours: hockey players Kate Richardson-Walsh and Helen Richardson-Walsh have been recognised following Great Britain's first women's Olympic hockey gold medal in the summer.