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North Korea seeks join probe with US on Sony hack

bbc.co.uk — North Korea has offered to hold a joint inquiry with the United States into a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, strongly denying US claims that it is behind it. The North's foreign ministry accused the US government of "spreading groundless allegations" and said a probe would refute the allegations.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @nycjim: N. Korea wants to help US in investigating #SonyHack. “We propose a joint investigation.” 1/2 bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-… pic.twitter.com/BblDWG8D34

Dec 20, 2014

RT @nycjim: N. Korea wants to help US in investigating #SonyHack. “We propose a joint investigation.” 1/2 bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-… pic.twitter.com/BblDWG8D34

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Obama vows US response to Sony hack

Dec 19, 2014

RT @nerysinchina: Obama: We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship in the U.S. bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Sony Pictures hopes to release #TheInterview "on a different platform" after hack - statement bbc.in/1ABNhEz pic.twitter.com/7jif36ttuA

Dec 19, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Sony Pictures hopes to release #TheInterview "on a different platform" after hack - statement bbc.in/1ABNhEz pic.twitter.com/7jif36ttuA

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Sony 'will not drop' North Korea film The Interview

bbc.co.uk — Sony Pictures says it is looking at different ways to release the film satire the Interview, after scrapping its opening following a cyber-attack blamed on North Korea. It said it had only cancelled the film's Christmas Day release after cinemas pulled out.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: North Korea calls for "joint investigation" with US into #Sony hack, saying it can prove it has nothing to do with it bbc.in/1vaDGAN

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: North Korea calls for "joint investigation" with US into #Sony hack, saying it can prove it has nothing to do with it bbc.in/1vaDGAN

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: North Korea calls for "joint investigation" with US into #Sony hack, saying it can prove it has nothing to do with it bbc.in/1vaDGAN

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: North Korea calls for "joint investigation" with US into #Sony hack, saying it can prove it has nothing to do with it bbc.in/1vaDGAN

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The Heaviest Coffin

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCFooC: Heartbreaking signs around #Peshawar seen by @Shaimaakhalil: “my boy was my dream and my dream was shot dead”. bbc.in/16A09Sk

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCFooC: A visit to an #Istanbul church once ruined, now restored by #migrant craftsmen stopping there while seeking asylum bbc.in/16A09Sk

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCFooC: Escape from #Anbar: @sommervillebbc on Ayn al Asad airbase, under attack by #IS. #Iraqi forces jittery& near retreat http://t.…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCFooC: Of Celtic gods and French kings–and whisky and biscuits! @SchofieldHugh on illustrious history of the #Bourbon name: bbc.in/16A09Sk

US President Barack Obama holds last news briefing of 2014

Africa in pictures: 12-18 December

bbc.co.uk — A selection of the week's photographs from around the African continent. With less than a week to go to Christmas day, delivery riders for an online retailer in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan dress up as Santa Claus on Thursday.
Dec 20, 2014

Photos of the week from Africa - Santas on motorbikes in Abidjan medals for the Maasai and a long-awaited barbecue bbc.co.uk/news/world-afr…

What is FBI evidence for North Korea hack attack?

bbc.co.uk — The FBI's analysis has concluded North Korea is to blame for the attack on Sony Pictures - but how can it be sure? As well Pyongyang having a motive for taking serious issue with The Interview, there's a couple of pieces of key evidence the US is now using to pin the blame.
Dec 19, 2014

BBC News - What is FBI evidence for North Korea hack attack? Great analysis from @DaveLeeBBC bbc.co.uk/news/technolog…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @DaveLeeBBC: I examine the FBI's evidence that it was North Korea - and find it's not exactly watertight. More: bit.ly/1CdQ5J7

Dec 19, 2014

RT @DaveLeeBBC: I examine the FBI's evidence that it was North Korea - and find it's not exactly watertight. More: bit.ly/1CdQ5J7

Dec 19, 2014

RT @DaveLeeBBC: I examine the FBI's evidence that it was North Korea - and find it's not exactly watertight. More: bit.ly/1CdQ5J7

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Israel launches Gaza air strike on 'Hamas target'

bbc.co.uk — Israel launches air strikes on Gaza targets, the first since an August truce, in response to a rocket attack.
Dec 20, 2014

BBC News - #Israel launches #Gaza air strike on '#Hamas target' following rocket attack. No casualties either side bbc.in/1sHBSOQ

Dec 19, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Israel launches air strikes on Gaza targets, the first since an August truce, in response to a rocket attack bbc.in/1z4KSQ8

Dec 19, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Israel launches air strikes on Gaza targets, the first since an August truce, in response to a rocket attack bbc.in/1z4KSQ8

UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850m over oil spill

bbc.co.uk — The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution asking Israel to pay Lebanon more than $850m (£544m) for a major oil spill during Israel's 2006 war with Hezbollah. The UN has asked Israel to compensate Lebanon before but this is the first time a figure has been given.
Dec 20, 2014

UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850m. For an oil spill during 2006 war. Not civilian deaths. goo.gl/ml7jXc

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South Africa v West Indies: Steyn spell completes emphatic victory

bbc.co.uk — Last updated at 11:05 Dale Steyn demolished West Indies to secure a comprehensive victory for South Africa in the first Test. Steyn claimed six wickets in five overs at Centurion to dismiss West Indies for 131 after resuming the day on 76-2.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCSport: Taking six wickets in the space of five overs is an impressive way to win a Test match bbc.in/1AEuBnr pic.twitter.com/dOO3IeGwRR

Portadown: Object under soldier's car was not explosive

bbc.co.uk — A number of houses have been evacuated in Portadown, County Armagh, due to a security alert. It followed the discovery of a suspicious object in Corbracky Road. Bomb disposal officers have been called to scene to examine the object. Part of Corbracky Road has been closed to traffic and diversions are in place.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @BBCNewsNI: A booby trap bomb is found under a soldier's car in Portadown, County Armagh bbc.in/1sGzmZ4 pic.twitter.com/arRcx9iuVf

Dec 19, 2014

RT @BBCNewsNI: A booby trap bomb is found under a soldier's car in Portadown, County Armagh bbc.in/1sGzmZ4 pic.twitter.com/arRcx9iuVf

Dec 19, 2014

A booby trap bomb is found under a soldier's car in Portadown, Co Armagh bbc.in/1sGzmZ4

Dec 19, 2014

RT @JournoClaire: A controlled explosion has been carried out on a device found under a soldier's car in Portadown, County Armagh. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northe…

Thatcher lobbied for Savile knighthood despite warnings

bbc.co.uk — Senior civil servants repeatedly warned Margaret Thatcher about the risks of giving Jimmy Savile a knighthood in the 1980s, one describing the broadcaster as a "strange and complex man". Newly released documents show the ex-prime minister lobbied officials for recognition of Savile's charity work.
Dec 20, 2014

@nthurlbeck It was subject to an FOI by the Sun newspaper: real info here bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Dec 20, 2014

How Thatcher lobbied for Savile Knighthood, how she attended his New Years Eve parties bbc.in/13zNYvg

Pakistan Taliban: Military 'kills five militants'

bbc.co.uk — Pakistani security forces have attacked Taliban positions in two operations near Peshawar, killing five fighters, the military says. The operation comes days after the Taliban stormed a Peshawar school, killing 141 people, mostly children. Pakistan is on alert, with security stepped up at prisons following the execution of jailed militants.
Dec 20, 2014

BBC - Pakistan forces 'kill five Taliban': Pakistan army kills five militants in northwest as security is tigh... tinyurl.com/ov45sgq

Co-op stops offering bank accounts to bankrupts

bbc.co.uk — People recovering from bankruptcy will no longer have a choice over where they can access a bank account as Co-op withdraws from the market. Only the Co-op and Barclays offered accounts to those who are undischarged bankrupts - generally those within a year of a bankruptcy order being made.
Dec 20, 2014

@notapolitician >> Hi Suzanne. It used to but stopped some while ago. We did an item on it on Money Box. bbc.co.uk/news/business-…

Does this 90-year-old photo show the world's first 'selfie stick'?

bbc.co.uk — There's a new gadget to help you with those tricky self-photography angles - but is the "selfie stick" really a modern phenomenon? Earlier BBC Trending told the story of the rise of this year's hot trend - the selfie stick.

Good Morning Scotland, 20/12/2014

Dec 20, 2014

Lovely mention of Daunderlust on Radio Scotland. A grand stocking filler, says Isabel Fraser. On at around 1hr21secs. bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04…

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Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC investigation

bbc.co.uk — Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices. Rules on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were routinely breached, the Panorama programme witnessed.