Reports: North Korea knocked offline  

USA Today By : Elizabeth Weise

North Korea has been knocked offline, news reports say. The outages to the secretive nation's four official Internet networks began Sunday and as of Monday all were totally offline, Bloombergreported.

The outage was initially reported by Dyn, a company in Manchester, N.H. that tracks Internet traffic and performance. - Referenced Article


Tragic: 2 cops ambushed, fatally shot in car; gunman kills himself  

Boston Herald By : Staff Reporting

A gunman who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two New York City officers in a patrol car and fatally shot them in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, wrote on an Instagram account: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. - Referenced Article


Why the Russian oil crash could threaten Putin with a palace coup  

The Guardian By : Shaun Walker

When Vladimir Putin was asked at his annual marathon press conference whether he feared the possibility of a “palace revolution” at some point in the future, the Russian president cracked a smile.

“I can assure you that we don’t have palaces, so a palace coup isn’t really possible,” he said.

Immediately photographs of the vast mansions of some of Putin’s inner circle, photographed from the air by anti-corruption campaigners, began doing the rounds online. - Referenced Article


Vladimir Putin just invited Kim Jong Un to visit Russia  

Washington Post By : Ishaan Tharoor

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 2011. "Yes, such an invitation was sent," confirmed Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, speaking to Reuters. - Referenced Article


Castro: Essential Problem of Embargo Must Be Resolved  

BusinessWeek By : Staff Reporting

Cuban President Raul Castro urged the U.S. to end a five-decade economic embargo against the Caribbean island, while welcoming an agreement to restore relations.

“We share the idea that this may open a new era between the United States and Cuba, which starts with the re-establishment of diplomatic relations,” Castro said before the Cuban parliament today. - Reference Article


Putin predicts economy recover in two years  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Russian President Vladimir Putin, under pressure to show how to pull Russia out of its economic crisis, predicted Thursday the country will recover in two years at the most, despite a looming recession, a severely weakened ruble and growing fears about the country’s financial instability.

Speaking at his annual year-end news conference, during which he took questions directly from the national and foreign press, Putin said the Russian central bank and the government were taking adequate measures to support the ruble. - Referenced Article


Alan Gross freed from Cuba prison, returns to U.S., Wiki-Bio  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

American Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison after five years and arrived back in the U.S. Wednesday morning. Hours after Gross' release, the Obama administration announced that the U.S. was taking steps to restore full diplomacy with Cuba.

Both President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro were expected to speak at noon Eastern time. - Referenced Article

Alan Gross Biography Wiki


Key Witness #40 in Ferguson grand jury exposed as a racist, mentally ill felon  

Vox, NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

Vox:

After a grand jury decided not to indict former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch suggested in a press conference that the grand jury's decision was a result of unreliable eyewitness testimony.

The examples McCulloch used in his November 24 announcement focused on those who testified in favor of Brown, with McCulloch saying that the physical evidence rejected some of their descriptions of how the shooting played out. - Referenced Article

NY Daily News:

A grand jury witness who claimed Michael Brown charged at Ferguson, Mo., cop Darren Wilson “like a football player” is a racist, mentally ill woman who likely wasn’t there when the unarmed black teen was killed, according to reports. Convicted felon Sandra McElroy — an outspoken backer of Wilson on Facebook - Referenced Article


What you really Googled in 2014  

GOOGLE By : Staff Reporting

In 2013, people just wanted to know how to twerk. It was a more innocent time. This year, people wantedlike to know if they hadEbola.Google has released its annual round-up of the year's top global searches. 

Apple, Facebook and other companies also do these recaps, but those only show what we bought or posted publicly on social media. - Referenced Article


Taliban Militants Kill 132 at Pakistan School  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

Uniformed militants attacked a school, killing 132 people and taking hostages on Tuesday, according to an official. Ambulances were transporting wounded children from the Army Public School in Peshawar to hospital.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault. - Referenced Article


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