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Internet outage seen in North Korea amid U.S. hacking dispute

A hand is silhouetted in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy 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. ...


Date Posted : 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. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:45:07 -0500
Ukraine peace talks may be held in Minsk on Dec. 24 and 26: Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev attend a news conference in KievKIEV (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. ...


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:34:48 -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 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. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:16:09 -0500
Record number at Germany's anti-immigrant rally

Participants of an alternative rally protest against a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA in DresdenBy 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. ...


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:40:51 -0500
Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT
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.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:32:28 -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 19:21:00 -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 19:11:03 -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
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 FranceNew 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.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:49:23 -0500
Chelsea beats Stoke 2-0 in Premier League

Chelsea's John Terry (26) heads the ball to score against Stoke during the English Premier League soccer match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium, in Stoke on Trent, England, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)STOKE, 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.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:42:17 -0500
UN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights

Members listen to a representative of China during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters. An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refused to take part in the groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting where the country's bleak human rights situation was discussed for the first time. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)UNITED 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.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:36:24 -0500
Ten injured in van attack on French Christmas market

Police stand on the site where the driver of a van ploughed into a Christmas market, injuring at least ten people, before stabbing himself, in Nantes on December 22, 2014A 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".


Date Posted : 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.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:33:55 -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.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:31:35 -0500
N.Korea's Internet collapses after Sony hack

Workers remove a poster-banner for "The Interview" from a billboard in Hollywood, California, December 18, 2014 a day after Sony announced it had no choice but to cancel the movie's Christmas release and pull it from theaters due to a credible threatNorth 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.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:31:09 -0500
BMW to replace air bags nationwide, joining other automakers
NEW YORK (AP) — BMW has agreed to demands from the government to replace driver's-side air bags across the entire U.S.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:24:26 -0500
Mystery of Freeman's missing bodysuit likely solved
SYDNEY (AP) — The bodysuit worn by Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman when she lit the flame at the opening of the 2000 Sydney Olympics may have been recovered 14 years after it disappeared from her dressing room.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:16:30 -0500
UN Security Council debates North Korea rights abuse

US envoy to the United Nations Samantha Power talks during a Security Council meeting regarding human rights violations in North Korea on December 22, 2014 in New YorkThe United States on Monday slammed North Korea as a "living nightmare" for its citizens at the first-ever UN Security Council meeting on Pyongyang's dismal rights record, held despite opposition from China. The unprecedented talks at the 15-member council opened after China, Pyongyang's ally, failed to block the meeting, which convened even as North Korea faces US accusations of staging a cyber attack on a Hollywood Studio.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:16:24 -0500
US fines Israeli bank $270 mn in tax evasion case

People stand in front of a branch of Israeli Bank "Bank Leumi" on February 18, 2014 in the Mediterranean coastal city of NetanyaIsrael's Bank Leumi Group has admitted to helping US taxpayers hide assets and agreed to pay a $270 million fine to settle a criminal probe, the Department of Justice announced Monday. From at least 2000 until early 2011, Leumi sent private bankers from Israel and elsewhere to meet with US taxpayers and help them conceal assets at Leumi locations in Israel, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Leumi, a unit of Bank Leumi le-Israel, also helped US taxpayers prepare and present false tax returns, prosecutors said. "The Bank Leumi Group recognized that the writing is on the wall for offshore banking, and cooperating with the government's investigation was the only way to proceed," said Deputy Attorney General James Cole.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:11:43 -0500
North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

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 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.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:54:58 -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 17:52:42 -0500
Chelsea sink Stoke to secure top spot at Christmas

Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring a goal during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Chelsea in Stoke-on-Trent, England, on December 22, 2014Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Chelsea ensured they will spend Christmas Day on top of the Premier League as goals from John Terry and Cesc Fabregas gave the leaders a gritty 2-0 victory at Stoke on Monday. It was not the most fluent performance from Jose Mourinho's side but, at a venue where Arsenal recently lost 3-2, it was the result and not the performance which mattered most and the Blues now sit three points clear of second placed Manchester City heading into the hectic festive programme. City's win over Crystal Palace on Saturday had drawn them level on points with Chelsea, but this was an emphatic response from the west Londoners as they bid to wrestle the title from the Eastlands outfit. The only concern for Chelsea was a late injury to Belgium playmaker Eden, Hazard, who was replaced after getting a kick to his foot following a challenge by Jon Walters.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:40:48 -0500
Embattled New York mayor calls for end to protests

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives to speak at the Police Athletic League Luncheon on December 22, 2014 in New York CityEmbattled Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to put aside politics and protests Monday to mourn two murdered police officers as he sought to fend off furious criticism of his conduct. Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot in the head through the window of their patrol car in broad daylight in Brooklyn on Saturday following weeks of anti-police protests. Police named the shooter as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, whom officers said had a clear anti-police bias, and who shot himself dead on a subway station platform just minutes after the murders. "I think it's a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests and put aside all of those things we'll talk about in due time," de Blasio told a police charity lunch.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:38:42 -0500
British singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

FILE - In this July 20, 2002 file photo, British Rock and Blues legend Joe Cocker performs on stage of the Stravinski hall during the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland. Cocker, best known for the songs, "You Are So Beautiful," and the 1980s duet "Up Where We Belong," with Jennifer Warnes, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 of lung cancer in Colorado. He was 70. (AP Photo/Keystone, Fabrice Coffrini, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and a contorted performing style uncannily parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:37:08 -0500
U.S. at U.N. calls North Korea 'living nightmare;' China overruled

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 over-rule China's objections and add 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 17:35:26 -0500
Dozens injured in 3 separate attacks in France

This photo provided Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 by local newspaper Le Bien Public shows rescue workers tending at victims after a driver deliberately slammed into passersby in several spots in Dijon, central France, Sunday Dec. 21, 2014. French police are raising security after an attack on officers in central France, and the country’s top security official is arriving in the city where a driver ran down 11 pedestrians. (AP Photo/Christian Guileminot; Le Bien Public)PARIS (AP) — French authorities urged calm after a series of attacks across the country left dozens of people injured, and said there was no evidence the violent acts were connected by any terrorist motive.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:30:18 -0500
Argentina: Court grants orangutan basic rights

The orangutan named Sandra sits in her enclosure at Buenos Aires' Zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. An Argentine court has ruled that Sandra, who has spent 20 years at the zoo, should be recognized as a person with a right to freedom. The ruling would free Sandra from captivity and have her transferred to a sanctuary in Brazil after a court recognized the primate as a "non-human person" which has some basic human rights. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An orangutan that has lived 20 years at the Buenos Aires zoo is entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans, an Argentine court has ruled, a decision the ape's attorney called unprecedented and a ticket to greater freedom.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:21:17 -0500
Prosecutor wants ex-I.Coast president and ally tried together

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo appears at a pre-trial hearing on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on February 19, 2013The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor asked judges Monday to combine the trials of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and his close ally Charles Ble Goude because their cases alleging post-election violence are nearly identical. "They shared a common plan or purpose and acted jointly to implement this plan, which led to the attack against the civilian population," the top prosecutor at The Hague-based court, Fatou Bensouda, wrote in a filing. "It is in the interests of justice and judicial economy to join the cases against Mr Gbagbo and Mr Ble Goude," said Bensouda's petition. Gbagbo is alleged to have fomented a campaign of violence in a vain attempt to stay in power after being defeated in his bid for reelection by Ivory Coast's current President Alassane Ouattara.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:17:21 -0500
NKorea accuses UN of discussing its rights, not US torture
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A North Korean diplomat is accusing Western nations on the United Nations Security Council of "turning a blind eye" to acts of torture and spying by the United States and focusing only on human rights violations in his country.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:14:55 -0500
WHO gets green light to deliver medicine to Aleppo, other areas

Syrians receive food aid from a community kitchen that caters to impoverished families in the Myassar neighbourhood of Aleppo on November 23, 2014Damascus has agreed to allow deliveries of desperately needed medical supplies to opposition-held parts of Aleppo and two other hard-to-reach areas, the World Health Organization said Monday. "We have gotten all of the approval letters, we are ready to deliver," the UN agency's Syria representative Elizabeth Hoff told AFP. The Syrian government and other parties to the conflict had agreed to allow and facilitate deliveries of medicine for chronic diseases, vaccines, intravenous fluids and surgical supplies to opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo governorate, the besieged Damascus district of Muadamiya, and the flashpoint Eastern Ghouta region near the capital. Deliveries would likely first be made to opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo governorate, Hoff said.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:14:52 -0500
French power company to pay $772M to US in bribery case

FILE - This Wednesday, April 30, 2014 file photo shows the company logo of Alstom at the headquarters of the leading global maker of high-speed trains, power plants and grids, in Levallois-Perret, outside Paris, France. U.S Justice Department officials on Monday Dec. 22, 2014 announced French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million in penalties to resolve allegations that it bribed government officials in multiple foreign countries and would plead guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million to resolve allegations that it bribed high-ranking foreign government officials for lucrative projects, the U.S. Justice Department said Monday.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:09:25 -0500
Neureuther wins night slalom; Hirscher only 7th

Felix Neureuther, of Germany, reacts in the finish area after taking the first place of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Felix Neureuther took advantage of soft snow conditions to win a World Cup slalom race Monday night and take the lead in the discipline standings from Austrian rival Marcel Hirscher, who was only seventh. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy (AP) — Felix Neureuther took advantage of soft snow conditions to win a World Cup slalom race Monday night and take the lead in the discipline standings from Austrian rival Marcel Hirscher, who finished only seventh.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:08:39 -0500
Court upholds cutback in California water drawdown to protect fish

An aerial view of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in CaliforniaBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2009 opinion by the National Marine Fisheries Service to force the cutbacks in water use, which have been in effect since then. ...


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:07:55 -0500
Belfast leaders near deal to save power-sharing

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers arrives for a press conference at Stormont House, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday Dec. 22, 2014. Villiers spoke to the media as Northern Ireland leaders say they are close to reaching a new agreement to sustain their Catholic-Protestant government, but face all-night talks to see whether they can seal a deal. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)DUBLIN (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders said Monday they are close to reaching an agreement to sustain their troubled Catholic-Protestant government, but faced all-night negotiations to see whether they can seal a deal.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:53:02 -0500
Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project
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 16:48:40 -0500
Ukraine's Poroshenko to hold peace talks with rebels 'this week'

A Russian humanitarian convoy drives through the eastern Ukrainian city of Makiyivka in the Donetsk region on December 21, 2014Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday a fresh round of peace talks with pro-Russian rebels would take place this week following an international push to revive the stalled negotiations. The talks will be held in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Wednesday and Friday and were announced after the Ukrainian leader spoke by phone with his counterparts from Russia, France and Germany. The talks, meant to enforce a tenuous peace agreement reached at negotiations in Minsk in September, will involve envoys from Kiev, Moscow and the pan-European OSCE security body. Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko hosted the September negotiations and had travelled to the Ukrainian capital on Sunday in a bid to help get the peace process back on track.


Date Posted : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:48:05 -0500
 

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