CAN WE HELP? North Korea wants to assist US in hacking probe

Saturday, 20 December 2014 08:25
North Korea says it can prove it is not behind the massive Sony Pictures cyberattack that has led to several e-mail leaks, threats on movie theaters and the cancellation of the release of the movie “The Interview.” The country has also said it proposes a joint investigation with the U.S. on the attack and if the U.S. does not agree, North Korea warns of “grave consequences,” state media says.
Russia calls new sanctions on Crimea 'collective punishment'
Saturday, 20 December 2014 07:26
Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with senior military officials at the Defense Ministry's control room in Moscow in Moscow, December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced new Western sanctions against Ukraine’s Crimea region on Saturday as a “collective punishment” on local residents who voted in a referendum last March to join Russia.
India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions
Saturday, 20 December 2014 07:26
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally at Kathua, south of Jammu December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party said on Saturday it does not support forceful religious conversions, distancing itself from a sensitive issue that has drawn sharp criticism from opposition parties and hurt the government’s reform agenda.
STABBING ARREST Australian mom arrested in deaths of 8 kids
Saturday, 20 December 2014 07:25
An Australian mother was arrested for murder in the stabbing deaths of eight children, seven of whom were believed to be hers, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home, who was suffering from serious stab wounds, inside a northern Australian home Friday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 37-year-old woman, who is recovering in a hospital from stab wounds, was under guard and speaking with police, Queensland Police Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said.
Sony: We didn't back down, theater owners declined to show film
Saturday, 20 December 2014 07:25
Sony Pictures Entertainment defended its decision Friday to shelve the comedy film "The Interview" in the wake of a massive hacking attack and threats against movie theaters, saying it had "no choice" but to cancel the Dec. 25 release. The statement was released hours after President Obama, speaking at an afternoon press conference, said he believed the studio "made a mistake" in not releasing the film, the plot of which centers on a fictional assassination…
N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probe
Saturday, 20 December 2014 07:22
20 December 2014Last updated at 12:13 Share this pageDeliciousDiggFacebookredditStumbleUponTwitterEmailPrint Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Sony Pictures CEO: "We have not given in" Continue reading the main story Related StoriesWhat is the FBI evidence?Sony Pictures hack - whodunnit?A comedy of terrors - in four acts North Korea has offered to hold a joint inquiry with the United States into a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, strongly denying US claims that it is behind…
Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Japan's Honshu island: USGS
Saturday, 20 December 2014 05:23
TOKYO (Reuters) – A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s Honshu island on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, shaking Fukushima where crippled nuclear power plants are located, but local media said there was no tsunami warning. USGS said the quake’s epicenter was located 42 miles (68 km) east-northeast of Iwaki on Honshu. It was measured at a depth of 22.9 miles (37 km). A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power, which owns the nuclear plants, said…
North Korea proposes joint probe with U.S. into Sony cyber attack: KCNA
Saturday, 20 December 2014 05:23
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands on the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the Korean People's Army Naval Unit 167 in this undated photo released June 16, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the United States on the cyber attack against Sony Pictures, calling the charge by the FBI that it was behind the attack “slander”, state media said on Saturday.
Putin urges Russia's secret services to tackle 'modern challenges'
Saturday, 20 December 2014 05:23
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Saturday for improvement of Moscow’s secret services to tackle “modern challenges and threats” amid his country’s standoff with the West over the Ukrainian crisis. The call came in a letter by Putin, himself a former KGB agent, to veterans and current operatives of Russia’s security services on the…
Could ISIS be suffering from low morale?
Saturday, 20 December 2014 05:20
The US military announced this week that air strikes had killed two senior Isis leaders — though there has been no confirmation of the claim by the group — and on Friday Kurdish peshmerga fighters broke the jihadis' five-month siege of Mount Sinjar in Iraq. "Morale isn't falling — it's hit the ground," said an opposition activist from Isis-controlled areas of Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province.

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