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December 20, 2014 10:23
Kim Jong Un.(Reuters / KCNA)
​North Korea offers US joint investigation of Sony cyberattack
North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the United States into the hack attack against Sony Pictures, according to the state news agency, KCNA.
US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the briefing room of the White House December 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo)
Obama authorizes ‘economic embargo’ on Russia’s Crimea
US President Barack Obama has authorized sanctions against individuals and entities operating in Russia’s Crimean peninsula, according to the White House statement.
Reuters / Antonio Bronic ‘The highest price’: Over 1.7mn children affected by Ukrainian conflict – UN
The conflict in eastern Ukraine is having a horrendous impact on as many as 1.7 million children, and hundreds of schools have been damaged or destroyed, according to the latest report by the UN Children’s Fund.
Reuters / Mark Blinch BlackBerry & Boeing make self-destructing 'black phone'
Boeing has joined forces with BlackBerry to develop a high-security ‘black phone’, running on Android software. Designed for government agencies, it will encrypt calls, as well as destruct all its data if it is tampered with.
Police comfort a distressed woman at the scene where eight children aged between 18 months and 15 years were found dead at a home in the northern Australian city of Cairns, police said on December 19, 2014, reportedly after a gruesome mass stabbing. (AFP Photo) Australian mother arrested for murder in mass killing of 8 children
An Australian mother has been arrested for murder in the mass killing of eight children who were found dead in the city of Cairns, seven of whom were hers. The eighth child was her niece.
Reuters / Rachel French ​Virtual model of Artic to monitor human impact and climate change
Russian scientists are working on a high-tech virtual map of the Arctic in order to keep track of climate change developments and monitor human impact on the area, in what may help pave the way for safer mining of the region’s oil and gas reserves.
APL prosthetist Courtney Moran looks on as Les Baugh tests out the Modular Prosthetic Limbs. (Image Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory) Mind over disability: Double amputee manages prosthetic arms by intuitive thought (VIDEO)
Mind-controlled robotic limbs have become a reality at America's John Hopkins University, after a double amputee Les Baugh managed his new prosthetic arms with completely intuitive thought control.
Screenshot from RT video Cuba won’t give up principles for Washington's promises – Russian deputy PM
Moscow always knew that the economic blockade of Cuba was doomed, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on a visit to Havana.
Kim Jong-un.(Reuters / Jason Lee) US ponders placing North Korea back on terror blacklist
The White House is considering relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism after the FBI formally accused Pyongyang of masterminding the colossal computer hacking on the Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Agafya Lykova, the last surviving member of a Russian Old-Believer family, receiving guests.(RIA Novosti / Dmitry Korobeinikov) Foxy lady: 70yo Russian Old Believer's only fear is hungry Siberian predator
Agafia, who has been living in a Siberian forest her whole life, says she has no plans to move to civilization. When officials delivered supplies to the 70-year-old hermit, she said all she was afraid of was a fox stealing her food and killing her hens.
Oil from the bombed power plant of Jieh contaminating the beaches of Beirut (Photo from Wikipedia.org) UN urges Israel to repay Lebanon $850mn in oil spill damages
The US General Assembly has nearly unanimously approved a resolution urging Israel to pay Lebanon some $850mn compensation to cover the clean-up cost of an oil spill caused in 2006 by the IDF jets attack on oil storage tanks during the war with Hezbollah.
Nurse Nicole Burwood (C) holds the hand of Gullali, 10, who sustained bullets injuries, during a follow-up visit of patients at Emergency hospital in Kabul (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) Afghan civilian casualties, injuries to reach 10,000 in 2014 – UN
Combined civilian casualties in Afghanistan will top 10,000 deaths and injuries this year, the UN has estimated, noting the highest civilian death toll on record and a nearly 20 percent increase compared to previous year.
The 3D printer installed in the Microgravity Science Glovebox on the Internatonal Space Station (Image Credit: NASA) Hardware design emailed to ISS and 3D printed in space
A 3D printer has crafted a part aboard the International Space Station (ISS), for the first time ever using a blueprint sent from Earth via an e-mail instead of an earlier uploaded design.
An Israeli air force F-15 fighter jet (Reuters/Amir Cohen) IDF strikes Gaza in retaliation to rocket fire
The Israeli Defense Forces have launched an attack on Gaza allegedly striking a weapons cache near Khan Yunis in retaliation to a rocket fired from Gaza earlier in the day.

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