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20 Dec
U.S. 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 foreign dictator imposing censorship in America. Obama said the cyberattack caused a lot of…
20 Dec
The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said. Non-conventional capabilities like cyber-warfare and nuclear technology are the weapons of…
20 Dec
Businessmen wait in front of a ramen restaurant during lunch hour near the headquarters of the Bank of Japan in Tokyo on Friday.
20 Dec
The Pentagon has hailed the deaths of several top leaders of the Islamic State group, but experts say this is far from enough to cripple what has proven to be a resilient organization. US officials say air strikes have killed several senior and mid-level jihadists including Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, the…
20 Dec
When the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba had their first phone conversation in more than 50 years, they were not at a loss for words. As President Barack Obama told the story at his news conference Friday, he opened his call with Cuban President Raul Castro — brother of…
20 Dec
The Ministry of Labor, Health and Welfare and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday that an influenza epidemic is spreading across Japan. According to institute, in the week from Dec 7 to Dec 14,there were about 340,000 cases of influenza treated by hospitals nationwide. The prefectures with the…
20 Dec
An Australian woman was arrested for murder in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home. The 37-year-old woman, who is recovering in a hospital from stab wounds, was under guard and…
20 Dec
Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. The move is a major step up from Google's current Android Auto software, which…
20 Dec
People around the world lived on average to a ripe old age of 71.5 in 2013, up from 65.3 in 1990, a study said Thursday, noting the gains came despite big increases in liver cancer and chronic kidney deaths. Global life expectancy rose by 5.8 years in men and 6.6…
20 Dec
After resisting for several weeks, Chrysler is bowing to government demands to expand a recall of driver's side air bag inflators across the entire nation. The company says in a statement Friday that it will recall nearly 2.9 million older cars and trucks across the U.S., as demanded by the…
20 Dec
The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending…
20 Dec
"Irasshai, irasshai, irasshai!" The traditional welcome of merchants rings out around Tokyo's Boroichi flea market, one of Japan's oldest. About 200,000 people flock to the market, which is only open for four mid-winter days a year - two in December and two in January - to buy, browse, or just…
20 Dec
An advisory council of the Miyagi prefectural government has recommended that the remnants of four buildings destroyed by the tsunami on March 11, 2011, be preserved as monuments. The four facilities are the Disaster Measures government building (where only a steel frame remains) in Minamisanriku, Kadonowaki Elementary School in Ishinomaki,…
20 Dec
The head of Sony Computer Entertainment, the Japanese electronic group's video gaming division, said holiday sales of its PlayStation 4 gaming console in Europe were so strong that it was fighting to keep up with demand. "If I look at Europe I think it is potentially, for the second year…
20 Dec
The number of crimes related to the so-called "dangerous drugs" so far this year is five times higher than last year, the National Police Agency said in a report. According to the NPA report, from Jan 1 to Nov 30, the number of cases involving either the use and or…
20 Dec
The Bank of Japan on Friday struck a more upbeat view of the world's number three economy, saying exports were showing signs of picking up while factory output has started to "bottom out". The comments came as policymakers wrapped up a two-day meeting where they held off fresh easing measures,…
20 Dec
Japan and the United States formally postponed Friday an update to their defense cooperation guidelines. The two governments said in a joint statement that they would work toward completing it in the first half of next year. Both sides had hoped to finish by the end of this year, but…
20 Dec
With Angelina Jolie's film "Unbroken", about Japan's brutal treatment of prisoners during World War Two, being released this month, Chinese filmmaker Li Ying figures his 2007 anti-militarist documentary "Yasukuni" has only gained in relevance. The film, which had its British premiere last week, focuses on the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo…
20 Dec
What constitutes a military victory? In the past, vanquishers might have planted a flag after the capture of a battlefield or capital, and held a victory parade. But in the era of insurgencies and the "war on terror", victory is much harder to define, according to academics at the University…
20 Dec
Embattled Japanese auto parts maker Takata has published an open letter in major U.S. and German media, vowing to step up its safety record after an airbag crisis hammered the company's reputation. Chairman Shigehisa Takada said his family company understood public concerns and was "saddened" by the deaths of at…
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