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North Korea's Internet links restored amid U.S. hacking dispute

A hand is silhouetted in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Jack Kim and Lesley Wroughton SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony Pictures, experienced a complete Internet outage for hours before links were restored on Tuesday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. New Hampshire-based Dyn said the reason for the outage 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. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:05:10 -0500
Ex-Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairman sentenced to five years for graft

Former Hong Kong Stock Exchange official Francis Kwan, Former Hong Kong's chief secretary Rafael Hui and others sit in a prison van as they arrive at the High Court in Hong KongHONG KONG (Reuters) - Former co-chairman of Hong Kong-listed developer Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd, Thomas Kwok, was sentenced to five years in jail and a HK$500,000 ($64,440) fine on Tuesday for corruption in the city's highest profile graft case. Billionaire Thomas Kwok, 63, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. His younger brother, Raymond Kwok, also co-chairman of the city's largest developer, was cleared of all charges. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:40:25 -0500
At U.N. council, U.S. calls life in North Korea 'living nightmare'

U.S. Ambassador Power speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Policy Conference in WashingtonBy 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. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:24:08 -0500
Australian court approves record compensation payout to wildfire victims

The remains of a house destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of KinglakeSYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court has approved a record payout of almost A$500 million ($406 million) to survivors and families of some of the 173 people killed in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, the country's worst-ever natural disaster. A class action lawsuit by more than 5,000 people sued electricity provider AusNet Services and asset manager Utility Services Corporation Ltd after a Royal Commission found that the Kinglake fire, the most deadly of the series of wildfires, was caused by an aging AusNet power line. AusNet and Utility Services denied liability. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:41:38 -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. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:16:09 -0500
Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote

Nidaa Tounes supporters wave flags and shout slogans as they celebrate after Essebsi won the country's first free presidential election, in TunisBy Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the country's first free presidential election in the final step of a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Essebsi, a former Ben Ali official, beat rival Moncef Marzouki with 55.68 percent of the vote against 44.32 percent in Sunday's run-off ballot between the two men, according to results released on Monday by electoral authorities. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:03:18 -0500
Argentina jails doctor, midwife for military-era kidnaps

Members of human rights organizations hold signs (reading: Give the Children Back) protesting the kidnapping of babies during the 1976-1983 dictatorship, in Buenos Aires in 2012A court in Argentina on Monday convicted and sentenced a doctor and midwife for their roles in abducting newborns from women during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The court sentenced retired military doctor Norberto Atilio Bianco, 69, to a 13-year term, and midwife Yolanda Arroche, 85, to a seven-year term. It acquitted a third accused, doctor Raul Eugenio Martin , 75. The court also sentenced Santiago Omar Riveros, 91, and former dictator Reynaldo Bignone, 86, to terms of 30 and 16 years, respectively.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:41:37 -0500
Tibetan woman burns herself to death in China: reports

File photo of the main road through Aba county town in Sichuan province, where a Tibetan woman has died December 23, 2014 after setting herself on fire in protest at China's rule of the regionA Tibetan woman died on Tuesday after setting herself on fire in protest at China's rule of the Himalayan region, rights groups and media said. Tsepe Kyi set herself alight in the centre of a town in Aba county, known in Tibetan as Ngaba county, in southwest Sichuan province, Free Tibet and US-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA) said. The 20-year-old set fire to herself in "protest against China’s repressive policies", RFA said in a report Tuesday, citing anonymous local sources. The protest is the second this month in the same town where a father of two set himself alight and died, according to International Campaign for Tibet (ICT).

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:34:03 -0500
Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Key North Korean websites were back online Tuesday after an hours-long shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang. The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible for the shutdown in one of the least-wired countries in the world. Internet access to the North's official Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper were working normally Tuesday after being earlier inaccessible, South Korean officials said. Those sites are the main channels for official North Korea news, with servers located abroad.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:32:29 -0500
Sydney siege victims remembered as floral tributes removed

Volunteers remove a photo showing Katrina Dawson (L) and Tori Johnson outside the Lindt cafe in Sydney, on December 23, 2014, one week after a siege at the cafe which saw two hostages, Dawson and Johnson, along with the gunman, killedMourners paid emotional tributes to victims of the Sydney cafe siege Tuesday as volunteers and workers removed a giant sea of flowers laid in their memory amid plans for a permanent memorial. Iranian-born gunman Man Haron Monis, who had a history of extremism and violence, took 17 hostages in the city's financial heartland last week, unveiling an Islamic flag and demanding to talk to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Two hostages also died - mother-of-three Katrina Dawson, 38, and Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34 -- while several were injured.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:28:16 -0500
North Korea Internet outage in wake of Sony attack over

This undated picture received from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 14, 2010 shows the E-Library at the Kim Il-Sung University in PyongyangWASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping Internet outages for hours before coming back online late Monday. One computer expert said the country's online access was "totally down."

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:19:03 -0500
Japan's emperor turns 81, renews peace commitment
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito says he "ardently" hoped Japan will strive hard as a peaceful country, as he celebrated his 81th birthday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:11:12 -0500
Asian stocks rise on 'Santa rally' after Wall St record

FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stock indexes are opening mostly higher Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, as the market builds on its big gains from last week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after Wall Street closed at record highs in a traditional pre-Christmas advance.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:05:21 -0500
Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project

Residents burn tires at a blockade on the Pan-American highway during the groundbreaking day of the $50 billion transoceanic waterway construction project predicted to rival the Panama Canal, in Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, Dec. 22. 2014. The groundbreaking marked the start of some ancillary projects in Brito, a city about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Nicaragua's Pacific coast where the first port will be built. Officials say the canal will be fully operational by 2019.(AP Photo/La Prensa, Oscar Navarrete)MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company broke ground Monday on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal, but which has been a source of anger and protests from citizens in recent weeks.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:01:11 -0500
2004 tsunami: People rushing choppers to get aid

FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 20, 2005 file photo, displaced Indonesians fight for rice brought in by a U.S. military helicopter at a U.N. refugee camp in Panga, south of Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa’s west coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked several of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the seventh of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:53:37 -0500
Memorial services held for Sydney siege victims

Ken Johnson, center back, carries the coffin of his son Tori during a funeral service in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Tori Johnson was one of three people including the gunman who were killed during a siege in the Lindt cafe coffee shop in Sydney on Tuesday morning Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)SYDNEY (AP) — Two victims of a deadly siege in Sydney were being remembered on Tuesday at private memorial services, one week after a gunman took them hostage inside a downtown cafe.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:47:05 -0500
Six killed as lorry ploughs into Glasgow Christmas shoppers

A rubbish truck mounted the pavement and struck several pedestrians in GlasgowSix people were killed and eight others injured in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday when a bin lorry ploughed into crowds of Christmas shoppers in what appeared to be a tragic accident. "Sadly six people have died as a result of the George Square major road incident," read a tweet on the Scottish police force's official account. Police superintendent Stewart Carle told reporters at the scene that people were killed over "a number of sites".

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:37:44 -0500
Coming soon to US: Cuba Libre, with real Cuban rum

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2009 photo, a bottle of Havana Club rum, center, sits on a shelf for sale at Pantry II Liquors in Miami. U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the potential for making Cuba Libres with Cuban rum, now that Americans visiting the Caribbean island will be allowed to bring home rum distilled there for the first time since the embargo took effect 55 years ago. Meanwhile, industry titan Bacardi, which was driven from the island by the 1959 Castro revolution, says it’s waiting to see what the impacts of thawing U.S.-Cuba relations will be. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)MIAMI (AP) — U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:30:08 -0500
North Korean websites back online after shutdown
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Key North Korean websites were back online Tuesday after an hours-long shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang. The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible for the shutdown in one of the least-wired countries in the world.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:29:31 -0500
Mexico: Local police involved in 2011 migrant massacres
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Local police in the city of San Fernando in northern Mexico were involved in the 2011 massacres of 193 mainly Central American migrants whose bodies were found in mass graves, according to federal prosecutors.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:27:39 -0500
Cuba says it has a right to grant asylum to US fugitives

Cuba’s head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Cuba says it’s open to every one of U.S. President Barack Obama’s moves to improve relations between the two countries and strengthen private enterprise and civil society on the island. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign yet that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America's most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral ties.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:19:16 -0500
Ten injured as attacker rams van into French Christmas market

Police stand on the site where the driver of a van ploughed into a Christmas market, injuring at least 10 people, before stabbing himself, in Nantes on December 22, 2014A driver ploughed into a Christmas market in western France, injuring 10 people before stabbing himself, a day after a similar attack in another French city, as authorities played down fears of a terrorist motive. At least four people were badly hurt, one of whom was critical, after 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. On Sunday a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" drove into pedestrians on the streets of the eastern city of Dijon, injuring 13. He too had yelled "Allahu Akbar".

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:18:12 -0500
Sex slavery pushes Iraq IS victims to suicide: Amnesty

Displaced Iraqi families from the Yazidi community cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on August 13, 2014Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State jihadist group have committed suicide or tried to, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. IS militants have overrun swathes of Iraq since June, declared a cross-border caliphate also encompassing parts of neighbouring Syria, and carried out a litany of abuses in both countries. The group has targeted Yazidis and other minorities in north Iraq in a campaign that rights group Amnesty said amounted to ethnic cleansing, murdering civilians and enslaving others for a fate that some captives consider even worse than death. "Many of those held as sexual slaves are children -- girls aged 14, 15 or even younger," Donatella Rovera, Amnesty's senior crisis response adviser, said in a statement.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:17:15 -0500
Goldman Sachs sells metals business to Swiss firm
NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs says it has sold Metro International Trade Services, a metals storage business that drew lawsuits and congressional scrutiny.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:10:02 -0500
China drafts new law to fight air pollution: Xinhua

A building under construction is seen amidst smog on a polluted day in ShenyangBEIJING (Reuters) - China plans tougher pollution limits and heavier penalties in a revision of its air pollution law, state-run news agency Xinhua said, as the government battles to reduce smog that takes hundreds of thousands of lives each year. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress is this week considering a draft that would impose fines of up to 1 million yuan ($160,000) or even shut down factories that exceed emission limits, Xinhua reported late Monday. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:46:21 -0500
Some North Korea Internet services including KCNA news site back up
SEOUL (Reuters) - Some North Korean Internet services including the websites for the country's official KCNA news agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper were back up and operating on Tuesday. But the recovery of service appears to be partial and unstable, with other websites that are run by the secretive state remaining down. (Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Choonsik Yoo)
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:46:17 -0500
China calls for avoiding escalating tensions on Korean peninsula
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's permanent representative to the United Nations has called for all sides to avoid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula. China's UN representative Liu Jieyi also called for calm and restraint on the peninsula, according to a statement posted on China's Foreign Ministry's website on Tuesday. The remarks came after the U.N. Security Council decided on Monday to override China's objections and formally add allegations of grave North Korean human rights abuses to the council's agenda. (Reporting By Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Paul Tait)
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:23:51 -0500
Gitmo envoy at State Department returning to law firm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department official responsible for diplomatic efforts to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees is returning to his law firm.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:15:25 -0500
Thai farm workers may not get any of $8.7M award
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a California-based labor contractor must pay $8.7 million in damages to Thai workers who were exploited while working at Hawaii farms, but it's not clear whether any of them will get the money.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:03:49 -0500
Nick Cummins to return to Western Force in 2015
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Nick Cummins will rejoin the Western Force for next season's Super Rugby competition on a loan deal which will make him eligible for Australia for the 2015 World Cup.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:58:20 -0500
Mourinho ecstatic at players attitude in win over Stoke

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring a goal during their English Premier League match against Stoke City, in Stoke-on-Trent, England, on December 22, 2014Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hailed his side’s 2-0 Premier League victory at Stoke City as one of their most significant yet this season. A second minute header from John Terry and Cesc Fabregas’ finish in the second half gave the Londoners a three point lead at the top of thew table over over Manchester City at Christmas.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:37:30 -0500
Death of Joe Cocker, 'greatest soul voice of Britain'

British singer Joe Cocker performs on stage during the "Fire it up tour" concert, on April 6, 2013 in Nice, southeastern FranceLegendary 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. Cocker, who started off playing to small audiences in pubs in his native England, gained fame when he jolted the 1969 Woodstock festival with his high-powered version of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" -- one of rock's most successful covers. Cocker -- who on stage would flail his arms so wildly that uninitiated crowds wondered if he had neurological problems -- said in a 1971 movie about him, "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," that music served as his release and mused that he could have been a murderer if he had not been a singer. "He was without doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain," his agent, Barrie Marshall, said in a statement announcing his death on Sunday evening.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:32:53 -0500
Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

Pope Francis meets with Cardinals and Bishops of the Vatican Curia on the occasion of the exchange of Christmas greetings in the Clementine hall at Vatican, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Andreas Solaro, Pool)VATICAN CITY (AP) — To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia."

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:59:49 -0500
Wife of Cuban agent freed from US expecting baby

Gerardo Hernandez, right, member of "The Cuban Five," and his wife Adriana Perez, raise in their arms a little girl during a concert of singer Silvio Rodriguez in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Hernandez flew back to their homeland on Wednesday in a quiet exchange of imprisoned spies, part of a historic agreement to restore relations between the two long-hostile countries. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is celebrating the return of three intelligence agents imprisoned in the United States for more than a decade, and the joyful but puzzling news that one of their wives is expecting just two weeks from now.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:45:12 -0500
Iraqi Yazidi girls abducted by IS endured horror
BAGHDAD (AP) — Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi minority endured horrors at the hands of Islamic State group extremists after they were taken as slaves when last summer, leaving them deeply traumatized, an international watchdog group said in a report issued on Tuesday.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:43:44 -0500
Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers invoke McVeigh

In this still images from aerial video provided by WHDH-TV in Boston, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center wearing an orange jumpsuit, is transferred between vehicles in Devins, Mass., following his hearing in federal court Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/WHDH-TV Boston) NO ONLINE, PRINT OR BROADCAST USE MASSACHUSETTS. MANDATORY CREDIT.BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seeking to have his trial moved out of Massachusetts again drew parallels Monday between the media coverage of their client's case to the coverage received by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:35:31 -0500
Vantage Energy fined nearly $1 million for environmental violations
(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection(DEP) on Monday said it imposed a $999,900 fine on U.S. oil and natural gas company Vantage Energy Inc, one of the largest given to a driller by DEP this year, for several environmental regulations violations. The company is indicted with charges of violating waste disposal regulations, which has impacted streams, wetlands, soils, surface water and groundwater around the company's Porter Street shale oil well pad in Franklin Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, the DEP said in a statement. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:05:31 -0500
London man charged in Indiana child porn case
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 35-year-old London man wanted in Indiana since 2011 on child pornography charges made his initial court appearance Monday after being extradited.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:03:18 -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. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:52:27 -0500

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