• >Israel launches Gaza air strikes
    Israel launches air strikes on Gaza targets, the first since an August truce, in response to a rocket attack.
    - 19 mins ago, 20 Dec 14, 3:03am -
  • >Obama vows response to Sony hack
    President Obama vows to respond to an alleged North Korean cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, but says cancelling a film release was "a mistake".
    - 29 mins ago, 20 Dec 14, 2:53am -
  • >Obama orders ban on Crimea trade
    President Barack Obama orders a trade ban with Crimea, to show the US "will not accept Russia's occupation" of the Ukrainian region.
    - 38 mins ago, 20 Dec 14, 2:44am -
  • >Cairns children's mother arrested
    Police arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia.
    - 50 mins ago, 20 Dec 14, 2:32am -
  • >1. FSV Mainz 05 1-2 Bayern Munich
    Arjen Robben's last-minute winner ensures German leaders Bayern Munich end a successful 2014 with a dramatic win at Mainz.
    - 1 hour ago, 20 Dec 14, 1:54am -
  • >Michael Phelps admits drink-driving
    US swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, gets a one-year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drink-driving.
    - 1 hour ago, 20 Dec 14, 1:54am -
  • >French defender Abidal retires
    Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal announces his retirement from football.
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 1:41am -
  • >Blackberry in revenue slide
    Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry reports a larger than expected drop in revenue, as it struggles to convince consumers to buy its phones.
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 12:57am -
  • >Turkey issues warrant for Gulen
    Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 12:17am -
  • >VIDEO: Anger replaces fear over Taliban attack
    The BBC's Shahzeb Jillani speaks to residents in Peshawar where 'courage is replacing fear' as more people demand government action against the Taliban.
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 12:02am -


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  • >WorldViews: North Korea’s legacy of terrorism goes far beyond hacking
    A disastrous hack of Sony Pictures and the subsequent cancellation of "The Interview" has rightly been taken as a sign of the growing threat of cyberwarfare in the modern age. Many observers now wonder whether North Korea's actions (assuming it r…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 1:29am -
  • >WorldViews: Vladimir Putin just invited Kim Jong Un to visit Russia. Really.
    Officials in Moscow confirmed Friday that North Korean despot Kim Jong Un may attend ceremonies next year commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It would be Kim's first public foreign visit since coming to power in December 2…
    - 4 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 11:42pm -
  • >U.S. attributes Sony attack to North Korea
    Federal investigators on Friday accused North Korea of carrying out a computer attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, blaming the Stalinist government for an intrusion that exposed corporate e-mails, wiped out computer data and underlined the cy…
    - 4 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 11:13pm -
  • >In expanding offensives, Pakistan military kills at least 119 suspected militants
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A series of airstrikes and ground offensives killed at least 119 suspected militants in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas, officials said Friday, in a sign of intensified military action after this week’s Taliban school…
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 10:05pm -
  • >For North Korea, ‘The Interview’ latest episode in perceived U.S. conspiracies
    TOKYO — The scene that may have clinched the hack-driven demise of “The Interview” shows a missile plowing into a helicopter as the actor playing Kim Jong Un meets a fiery end in slow-mo.All the while, an acoustic version of Katy Perry’s “F…
    - 6 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 9:40pm -
  • >Mandy Rice-Davies, figure in Profumo sex scandal, dies at 70
    Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the “Profumo Affair,” a scandal of sex and politics that rocked Cold War Britain, died Dec. 18 at 70.Her PR firm, Hackford Jones, said the cause was cancer but did not disclose other details.Read full article >>
    - 6 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 9:17pm -
  • >Alleged Israeli agent said to have thwarted Hezbollah operations
    BEIRUT — An agent of Israel’s Mossad spy agency infiltrated the upper echelons of Hezbollah’s security apparatus and leaked information about the Lebanese-Shiite group for several years before being discovered and arrested recently, according t…
    - 7 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 8:38pm -
  • >WorldViews: Egyptian jihadists thank U.S. State Department for ‘terrorist’ designation
    On Thursday, the U.S. State Department designated Ajnad Misr, a Salafist militant group in Egypt, as a terrorist organization. Not long thereafter, the jihadists responded on the group's official Twitter account, thanking the U.S. for this "blessin…
    - 7 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 8:32pm -
  • >As Obama opens to Cuba, China experts remember benefits from U.S. engagement
    BEIJING — Liu Yawei vividly remembers his shock when, as a college freshman, he first heard from morning television news that China had established diplomatic relations with the United States, on Dec. 15, 1978.Read full article >>
    - 9 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 6:33pm -
  • >WorldViews: Watch: Indian official’s tirade goes viral
    An amateur video showing a district magistrate in India lashing out at municipal workers and engineers for using substandard materials in road construction has become an instant online phenomenon.The video, which was posted on Facebook, shows B. Chan…
    - 9 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 6:25pm -


  • >EU widens trade row with new Boeing subsidy claim
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The European Union opened a new front in a decade-old dispute over aircraft subsidies on Friday, launching a complaint at the World Trade Organization alleging illegal tax breaks in Boeing's home state of Washington.
    - 33 mins ago, 20 Dec 14, 2:49am -
  • >Mother arrested for murder after children found dead in Australian home
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns was arrested on Saturday for murder.
    - 47 mins ago, 20 Dec 14, 2:35am -
  • >Exclusive - Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.
    - 49 mins ago, 20 Dec 14, 2:33am -
  • >Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyberattack
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a dictator trying to impose c…
    - 50 mins ago, 20 Dec 14, 2:32am -
  • >Iraqi Kurds claim more territory after breaking siege of Sinjar
    DOHUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish forces claimed to have seized more territory on Friday after breaking the siege of Sinjar mountain in what they called their biggest victory yet in their war against Islamic State.
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 1:06am -
  • >Cook out, Morgan in as England ODI captain - reports
    LONDON (Reuters) - Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the BBC and Sky Sports reported on Friday.
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 12:37am -
  • >EU leaders prepare for long confrontation with Russia
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders warned Moscow they are ready to flex their combined muscle and "stay the course" in a long confrontation with Russia if President Vladimir Putin refuses to pull back from Ukraine.
    - 4 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 11:44pm -
  • >Russia's parliament rushes through bill boosting banking capital
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's lower house of parliament hastily approved a draft law on Friday that would give the banking sector a capital boost of up to 1 trillion roubles (11 billion pounds).
    - 4 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 10:57pm -
  • >Pakistan hangs two militants after Taliban school massacre
    LAHORE (Reuters) - Pakistan executed two prominent militants on Friday, sources said, in a clear response to this week's massacre of more than 130 children at a school.
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 10:19pm -
  • >Civilian deaths in Afghanistan war reach new high in 2014 - U.N.
    KABUL (Reuters) - At least 3,188 Afghan civilians have been killed in the intensifying war with the Taliban in 2014, making it the deadliest year on record for non-combatants, the United Nations said on Friday.
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Dec 14, 10:10pm -