USA: ‘ FBI INVESTIGATION INTO SONY FINDS NORTH KOREA WITH POSSIBLE CHINESE LINK MAYBE RESPONSIBLE ‘


#AceWorldNews – UPDATE – USA:Dec.19 – A US investigation into the hack of Sony’s computer system has determined that North Korea was behind the operation with a possible Chinese link, Reuters quoted a US official as saying Friday.

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USA: ‘ FBI INVESTIGATION INTO SONY FINDS NORTH KOREA WITH POSSIBLE CHINESE LINK MAYBE RESPONSIBLE ‘

The conclusion is announced later by federal authorities Today. 

The probe showed that there may be a Chinese link“either through collaboration with Chinese actors or by using Chinese servers to mask the origination of the hack,” the official said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation will for the first time on Friday officially weigh in on the colossal computer hack suffered by Sony Pictures that in recent days has been elevated to an issue of national security.

According to Reuters, the FBI will say that North Korea was responsible for the major breach, but did it by way of Chinese computer networks.

The intrusion into the Hollywood studio’s internal networks last month has since caused a trove of stolen files, including stolen company emails, records and unreleased films, to surface on the web.

Earlier this week, Sony announced that it would be cancelling plans to release “The Interview” next week, a comedy in which North Korea President Kim Jong Un is assassinated, following threats perpetrated by the purported hackers.

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PHILIPPINES: ‘ US MARINE ACCUSED OF KILLING TRANSGENDER FILIPINO APPEARS IN COURT ‘


#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES:Dec.19 – A US Marine accused of killing a transgender Filipino appeared in a Philippines court for the first time on Friday, Reuters said.

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‘ US MARINE ACCUSED OF KILLING TRANSGENDER FILIPINO APPEARS IN COURT ‘

Lawyers for Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton sought the suspension of the trial.

Attorneys for relatives of Jennifer Laude say they will seek Pemberton’s detention in a local jail during the trial, AP reported.

However, the US Embassy has already rejected a request by the Philippines government to take custody of Pemberton.

The Marine was brought from the camp to Olongapo early Friday under heavy guard.

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SYRIA: ‘ CIVIL WAR CASUALTIES REACH ONE MILLION AS PESTILENCE SPREADS & MEDICINE FAIL TO REACH PATIENTS ‘


#AceWorldNews – SYRIA:Dec.19 – One million people have been wounded during Syria’s civil war, according to the World Health Organization.

WHO’s Syria representative also said that diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine are failing to reach patients, Reuters reported.

A plunge in vaccination rates from 90 percent before the war to 52 percent this year, and an increase in contaminated water have added to the woes, Elizabeth Hoff said.

Over half of public hospitals are out of service, and treatments for diseases and injuries are irregular, she said.

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PAKISTAN:’ JETS & GROUND FORCES KILL 59 MILITANTS IN TIT FOR TAT REPRISALS ‘


#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN:Dec.19 – Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 59 militants in a north-western tribal region near the Afghan border, AP reported, citing the army.

Three security personnel were wounded in the ensuing shoot out. Air-strikes and ground operations on Thursday and Friday were carried out in the Khyber agency – one of two main areas in the north west where the military has been trying to root out militants in recent months.

The offensive continued after Taliban fighters killed 148 people in a school massacre.

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UKRAINE: POROSHENKO INTRODUCES BILL TO REVOKE NON-BLOC STATUS


#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE:Dec.18 – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has introduced a bill to revoke Ukraine’s non-bloc status, the president’s website says.

At present, the law on exterior and interior policies states the country cannot be a member of any military-political blocs such as NATO.

Such a status cannot guarantee the entity of the country any more, the president said in Warsaw on Wednesday, promising to submit the bill to the Ukrainian parliament.

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‘SOUTH KOREA, US & JAPAN JOIN TOGETHER IN PACT TO SHARE MILITARY INTELLIGENCE ON NORTH KOREA ‘


#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA:Dec.18 – South Korea, the US and Japan have produced significant progress on a pact on sharing their military intelligence, Seoul’s Defence Ministry said.

The information is intended to better deal with threats from North Korea, Yonhap reported.

The three countries have yet to reach a final consensus on the issue.

The ministry denied a report by Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper that the allies will sign the deal by the end of this year.

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ISRAEL: ‘ HOPES PALESTINIANS WILL RETURN TO NEGOTIATING TABLE ‘


#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL:Dec.18 – Israel hopes the Palestinians come back to the negotiating table, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday.

“Only through negotiations is it possible to achieve a comprehensive solution,” Reuters quoted him as saying in Prague.

He earlier described as a gimmick a Palestinian-proposed UN Security Council draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year.

The Palestinians also want an end to the occupied territories by the end of 2017.

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