Writer and editor on the Los Angeles Times foreign desk. Formerly based in Africa and the Middle East.

North Korea loses its Internet connection: Was it hacked?

sun-sentinel.com — North Korea has experienced growing instability in its connection to the Internet and went offline early Tuesday, according to companies that monitor global networks. The loss of service came just days after President Obama warned that the U.S. would respond to the recent computer hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the FBI has blamed on North Korea.

North Korea loses its Internet connection: Was it hacked?

latimes.com — North Korea has experienced growing instability in its connection to the Internet and went offline early Tuesday, according to companies that monitor global networks. The loss of service came just days after President Obama warned that the U.S. would respond to the recent computer hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the FBI has blamed on North Korea.

Sierra Leone bans Christmas celebrations in bid to halt Ebola virus

latimes.com — Authorities in Sierra Leone have banned public Christmas and New Year's celebrations in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola, according to local news reports. Paolo Conteh, who heads the country's national Ebola response, said troops would be deployed to prevent any street parties, and residents should spend the holidays at home, Sierra Leone's Awoko newspaper reported Friday.

London flight delays could continue into weekend after computer glitch

stripes.com — LONDON - A computer failure caused widespread disruptions in airline service around London on Friday, grounding flights and stranding passengers at one of the busiest times of the week. Britain's air traffic control service confirmed a "technical failure" at its Swanwick center in southern England, but said the issue had been resolved.

Computer failure causes widespread disruptions at London airports

latimes.com — A computer failure caused widespread disruptions in airline service around London on Friday, delaying flights and stranding passengers at one of the busiest times of the week. Britain's air traffic control service confirmed a "technical problem" at its Swanwick center in southern England, but said the issue had been resolved.

Evacuation effort credited with minimizing typhoon casualties in Philippines

latimes.com — Government officials and aid workers on Tuesday credited a major evacuation effort for helping to avert more severe casualties as Typhoon Hagupit, now downgraded to a tropical storm, barreled through the Philippines, collapsing houses, uprooting trees and triggering landslides and flash floods.

Philippines typhoon downgraded, but death toll rises to at least 22

latimes.com — Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a tropical storm Monday as it continued its slow march across the Philippines, leaving at least 22 people dead in its wake, according to the Red Cross. The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 53 mph with gusts of 62 mph when it reached the resort town of San Juan on the main island of Luzon, about 60 miles south of the capital, Manila.

Hundreds of thousands flee approaching typhoon in Philippines

staradvertiser.com — MANILA " Hundreds of thousands of people across a wide stretch of the Philippines sought refuge Friday in churches, schools and other makeshift evacuation centers as the island nation braced for another a powerful typhoon. About 50 provinces covering more than half the archipelago could be at risk from Typhoon Hagupit, including many communities that were devastated by last year's deadly Typhoon Haiyan, officials said.

In Philippines, hundreds of thousands flee approaching typhoon

latimes.com — Hundreds of thousands of people across a wide stretch of the Philippines sought refuge Friday in churches, schools and other makeshift evacuation centers as the island nation braced for another a powerful typhoon. About 50 provinces covering more than half the archipelago could be at risk from Typhoon Hagupit, including many communities that were devastated by last year's deadly Typhoon Haiyan, officials said.

A year after Haiyan, Philippines braces for another powerful typhoon

latimes.com — A powerful storm is bearing down on the Philippines, prompting residents to flee their homes in some central coastal regions still recovering from last year's deadly Typhoon Haiyan. Typhoon Hagupit, which was packing winds as high as 149 mph over the Pacifc Ocean on Thursday, is expected to make landfall Saturday, bringing heavy rain and storm surges of up to 13 feet.
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Dec 22, 2014

Was North Korea's Internet outage the result of a cyberattack? Experts weigh in: lat.ms/1xchlt2

Dec 17, 2014

Newly freed U.S. contractor Alan Gross calls Obama's Cuba reset 'a game changer' lat.ms/13cROlc

Dec 17, 2014

U.S.-Cuban relations soured in 1959 as swiftly as they appear to be mending 55 years later lat.ms/1w06DyD via @cjwilliamslat

Dec 17, 2014

Cuban President Raul Castro: "The progress obtained in these exchanges shows it is possible to find solutions to many problems."

Dec 17, 2014

The deal also calls for U.S. to release 3 Cuban spies in exchange for a Cuban who helped put them behind bars lat.ms/13yBPPM

Dec 17, 2014

U.S. to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, encourage increased travel, commerce lat.ms/1qZP06d

Dec 17, 2014

RT @WhiteHouse: "These 50 years have shown that isolation hasn’t worked. It’s time for a new approach." —President Obama #CubaPolicy pic.twitter.com/dppjtoqGWP

Dec 17, 2014

American contractor Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned in Cuba for 5 years, has been sent home lat.ms/1qZP06d

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