Sunday 28 December 2014

North Korean Internet, 3G mobile network 'paralysed'

North Korea's Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralysed again on Saturday evening, China's official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, with the North Korean government blaming the US for systemic instability in the country's networks. Internet connectivity


US, allies intensify air raids on IS bases

The United States and its allies carried out 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, the Combined Joint Task Force said. Six strikes near the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border destroyed Islamic State buildings, fighting positions an


Russia forecasts economic slump as oil falls

Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said, as authorities scaled up a bailout for the first bank to succumb to this month's rouble crisis. The economy is slowing sharply as


Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels swap prisoners

Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists on Friday exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war while Kiev said it would suspend all train and bus service to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region. The agreement to swap 150 Ukrainian s


Quake hits off Panama coast, no damage reported

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck off Panama's Pacific coast on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The USGS said the quake, initially reported as having a magnitude of 6.0, was relatively shallow at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 k


BAE wins $1.2bn US Army deal for military vehicle

BAE Systems has won a contract worth up to $1.2 billion to build a new type of armoured vehicle for the US Army, the company and Army officials said on Tuesday. The British-based defense contractor said in a statement the programme aims to engineer and produce a limited initial n


Gunman kills two New York policemen

A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man. If the killings do turn out to have been mo


Muhammad Ali hospitalised with pneumonia

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalised with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early, a spokesman said on Saturday. Ali, 72, was admitted to a hospital in an undisclosed location on Saturday morning and is being treated by a team of doct


Gold rises above $1,200, shrugs off rising equities

Gold has edged up above $1,200 an ounce as buyers helped the metal hold up against rising equity markets, paring losses fuelled by worries over a looming hike in US interest rates. A surge in gold prices to above $1,230 an ounce last week from around $1,140 a week earlier has spu


Iran urged to show more flexibility in nuclear talks

Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12-year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain said on Thursday. The remarks, at the United Nations, came just after the completion

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