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Internet outage seen in North Korea amid U.S. hacking dispute
News ImageBy Lesley Wroughton and Megha Rajagopalan WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. New Hampshire-based Dyn Research said the reason for the disruptions was not known but could range from technological glitches to a hacking attack. Several U.S. officials close to the investigations of the attack on Sony Pictures said the U.S. government was not involved in any cyber action against Pyongyang. U.S. ...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:42:34 -0500
U.S. leads 22 more air strikes against Islamic State: task force
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria on Monday and 10 strikes Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement. In Iraq, the strikes hit near the strategic northern Iraqi town of Sinjar as well as near Asad, Tal Afar, Ramdi, Mosul and Falluja, the Combined Joint Task Force said. They destroyed six units of Islamic State fighters as well as a weapons factory, numerous buildings and several vehicles, it said. ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:45:07 -0500
Ukraine peace talks may be held in Minsk on Dec. 24 and 26: Poroshenko
News ImageKIEV (Reuters) - A fresh round of peace talks involving Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will be held in the Belarussian capital on Dec. 24 and 26, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement on Monday. The dates were discussed in a phone conversation between French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's Vladimir Putin. ...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:34:48 -0500
At U.N. council, U.S. calls life in North Korea 'living nightmare'
News ImageBy Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and other Western members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday slammed North Korea's human rights record after voting to overrule China's objections and add alleged grave abuses by the hermit state to the council's agenda. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power described life in North Korea as a "living nightmare" and dismissed as absurd Pyongyang's demand for a joint U.S.-North Korean investigation of the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats of retaliation if the United States refused. ...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:01:47 -0500
Bombs in north Nigeria bus station, market kill 27
By Isaac Abrak and Lanre Ola ABUJA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two bomb attacks at a bus station and a market in north Nigeria on Monday killed at least 27 people and wounded around 60, officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for either attack. Boko Haram insurgents have repeatedly set off bombs targeting civilians, especially in the northeast where they are trying to carve out an Islamic state. The first one, in the city of Gombe, involved two explosions in quick succession. ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:16:09 -0500
Record number at Germany's anti-immigrant rally
News ImageBy Oliver Ellrodt DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - More than 17,000 people took part in Germany's largest anti-immigrant rally to date on Monday in the eastern city of Dresden, gathering to sing Christmas carols and listen to speakers complain about immigrants and asylum-seekers. The rally by a fast-growing grass-roots movement calling itself PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, was its 10th and largest so far. ...
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:40:51 -0500
Annual 'King Tide' hits West Coast, but no major flooding reported
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. West Coast faced its highest tides of the year on Monday but there were no reports of significant flooding, after a weekend that saw rising tides combine with high waves to cause minor inundations in parts of California, meteorologists said. The King Tide phenomenon is associated with the winter solstice that occurred on Sunday, when the resulting alignment of the sun, moon and Earth causes tides to rise to their highest level of the year, Carol Smith of the National Weather Service said. At Los Angeles-area shores, Monday morning's tide rose to 6. ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:52:27 -0500
Death of Joe Cocker, 'greatest soul voice of Britain'
News ImageNew York (AFP) - Legendary singer Joe Cocker, whose intense, gritty voice won him wide acclaim that spanned both rock and blues, has died at age 70, his agent said Monday.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:49:23 -0500
Chelsea beats Stoke 2-0 in Premier League
News ImageSTOKE, England (AP) John Terry scored his first league goal of the season to help Chelsea beat Stoke 2-0 Monday and restore its three-point lead atop the Premier League.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:42:17 -0500
UN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights
News ImageUNITED NATIONS (AP) The U.N. Security Council took up the issue of North Korea's bleak human rights situation for the first time Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. North Korea quickly denounced the move.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:36:24 -0500
Ten injured in van attack on French Christmas market
News ImageA driver ploughed into a Christmas market in western France Monday, injuring 10 people before stabbing himself, a day after a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" ran down pedestrians in another French city. At least four people were badly hurt in the latest incident in the city of Nantes, the third attack in three days by individuals against civilians or security forces in France, sparking fears of possible copycat action. Authorities were quick to stress there were no apparent terrorist motives in the Christmas market attack. He too had yelled "Allahu Akbar".
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:34:16 -0500
Australia names 23-man squad for Asian Cup
SYDNEY (AP) Coach Ange Postecoglou has included 16 of the 23 players he took to this year's World Cup in his final 23-man squad for next month's Asian Cup. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:33:55 -0500
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WASHINGTON (AP) North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible. President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. government expected to respond to the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., which he described as an expensive act of "cyber vandalism" that he blamed on North Korea. Obama did not say how the U.S. might respond, and it was not immediately clear if the Internet connectivity problems represented the retribution. The U.S. government regards its offensive cyber operations as highly classified. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:32:28 -0500
TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust
MILAN (AP) Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:31:35 -0500
N.Korea's Internet collapses after Sony hack
News ImageNorth Korea's Internet went completely dark Monday after hours of instability, cyber experts said, suggesting the country's network could be under attack following the hacking of Sony Pictures. "North Korea is completely off the Internet," Earl Zmijewski, vice president of data analytics at respected cyber security firm Dyn Research, told AFP. Pyongyang's connection woes came after US President Barack Obama vowed to retaliate for what the FBI said was North Korea's cyber assault on the Hollywood studio. While US officials refused to confirm whether Washington has already taken action against Pyongyang, they did call for compensation for Sony which -- following threats against movie-goers -- pulled the Christmas Day debut of comedy "The Interview," which lampoons North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:31:09 -0500
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