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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

Don't blame us: N Korea denies hacking Sony and wants a joint probe. bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: "If North Korea wants to help, it can admit culpability and compensate Sony" - US stands by #hacking allegation bbc.in/1v4cO4r

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: "If North Korea wants to help, it can admit culpability and compensate Sony" - US stands by #hacking allegation bbc.in/1v4cO4r

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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Journalist John Freeman dies at 99

bbc.co.uk — The diplomat and journalist John Freeman has died at the age of 99. In a varied career, Mr Freeman was perhaps best known for his interviews for BBC television series Face to Face. He was also a decorated soldier, editor of the New Statesman magazine, Labour MP, UK high commissioner to India, Britain's ambassador in Washington and chairman of London Weekend Television.
Dec 20, 2014

John Freeman RIP "bored with the New Statesman after just 4 years as ed (he) got the job of hi commissioner to India" m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-305657…

Why was the first German defeat of WW1 in Africa?

bbc.co.uk — Presented by Akwasi Sarpong BBC World Service The first battle between Germany and Britain in World War One took place not on the muddy fields of France but in the scrub land of Togo. Keen to compete with its European rivals, Germany acquired overseas colonies like Togo in the late 1800s.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @SmithInAfrica: "The first battle in World War One took place not on the muddy fields of France but in the scrub land of Togo." BBC: bbc.in/1r9QdYQ

Dec 20, 2014

"The first battle in World War One took place not on the muddy fields of France but in the scrub land of Togo." BBC: bbc.in/1r9QdYQ

Ched Evans: Hartlepool boss wants to sign convicted rapist

bbc.co.uk — Last updated at 18:21 New Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore has confirmed he would like to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans. Evans, 25, was released in October after serving half of a five-year sentence for the rape a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in 2011.
Dec 20, 2014

BBC Sport - Ched Evans: Hartlepool boss wants to sign convicted rapist bbc.co.uk/sport/0/footba…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCSport: New Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore confirms he would like to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans bbc.in/13ogVC5 pic.twitter.com/EdnuJjEXup

Dec 20, 2014

RT @NabilHassan79: Developing story for @BBCSport as Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore announces he wants to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans bbc.co.uk/sport/0/footba…

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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Cheetah cubs settle in at Prague zoo

bbc.co.uk — Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers. The four cubs have survived the most critical period after the birth and their mother, three-year-old Savannah, is taking good care of them, the zoo said.

Cuba 'will not change' communist system, despite thaw with US

bbc.co.uk — Cuban President Raul Castro has hailed a recent US move to normalise bilateral relations, but stressed that Havana will not change its political system. He also warned that Cuba faced a "long and difficult struggle" before the US removed its economic embargo. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced a "new chapter" in US ties with communist-run Cuba.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCWorld: Cuba "will not change" its political system despite deal with US - President Castro bbc.in/1zN2x2V pic.twitter.com/OLWI5S7z9R

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCWorld: Cuba "will not change" its political system despite deal with US - President Castro bbc.in/1zN2x2V pic.twitter.com/OLWI5S7z9R

Voices of grief and determination in Peshawar

bbc.co.uk — Taliban gunmen killed 141 people - most of them children - at a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar earlier this week. There are many emotions among the bereaved and the survivors. You didn't need to see the pools of blood in every corner of the school auditorium to know that a massacre had taken place there.
Dec 20, 2014

BBC - Voices of grief and determination: Grief and resolution after Taliban school massacre tinyurl.com/kl9qhtc

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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Turkmenistan's climate of fear silences its people

bbc.co.uk — With its spacious alleys and white marble buildings, the central part of Ashgabat feels very deserted. The only sound here comes from countless fountains. Occasionally you meet cleaning ladies who sweep and even mop the pavements relentlessly. And yet you cannot shake the feeling that you are being watched.

Alex Salmond calls for English referendum

bbc.co.uk — Alex Salmond has called for England to hold a referendum on its own constitutional future. The former Scottish first minister called for a "peasants' revolt type referendum" to "clean out the stables". He said a "constitutional revolution" could get rid of the House of Lords and see it replaced by a "people's senate".
Dec 20, 2014

It's about time someone told @AlexSalmond where to go ... Oh, they did 55% to 45% NO bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla…

Dec 20, 2014

English followers, do you think @AlexSalmond is right? Or should he mind his own business? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla…

Dec 20, 2014

Alex Salmond calls for England to hold a referendum on its constitutional future bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla…

Why do we still love Christmas number ones?

bbc.co.uk — Music journalist Nicola Meighan Music journalist Nicola Meighan Waiting with bated breath to discover the Christmas number one is as much a British festive tradition as the Queen's Speech, bad jumpers and over-cooked turkey. Even in the era of digital downloads, the Christmas edition of Top of the Pops remains appointment viewing.
Dec 20, 2014

Nice little link to an old DS feature of mine about Christmas number one battles on the BBC :) bbc.co.uk/guides/z2hnsbk #shamelessplug

The Truth and Myth of the Christmas Truce 1914

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCWorld: The truth and myth of the "Christmas Truce" of 1914 - did soldiers really play football? bbc.in/1HfznKj pic.twitter.com/Wo0EcjKmQa

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCNews: The truth and myth of the "Christmas Truce" of 1914 - did soldiers really play football? bbc.in/1zMKgmw pic.twitter.com/ptYWLXfyO7

Cyclist survives being hit by lorry in China

bbc.co.uk — A cyclist in China has avoided serious injury after being knocked off his bike by a truck at a busy junction. CCTV pictures showed the man being struck by and disappearing underneath the lorry. Luckily, all 14 of its wheels missed him.

Gunman kills two New York police officers

bbc.co.uk — A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in New York before killing himself, officials say.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: A gunman has shot dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in New York before killing himself bbc.in/1sTGTJW

Four Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home

Dec 20, 2014

And 4 a few weeks ago taken by UruguaY. Little by little, it's ending: @BBCWorld: Four Guantanamo inmates sent home bbc.in/1sJskmm

Dec 20, 2014

BBC - Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home: Four Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been sent b... tinyurl.com/ndvqd3p

Prince Charles hurt playing polo

news.bbc.co.uk — Prince Charles has been injured while playing in a charity polo match. The prince fell from his horse during the match in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, at about 1600BST on Friday. He was taken to Cirencester Hospital for treatment before being transferred to Cheltenham General Hospital, but is not thought to have been seriously hurt.

Lockerbie bomber's guilt reaffirmed by Lord Advocate

bbc.co.uk — Scotland's top prosecutor has reaffirmed his belief that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is guilty of killing 270 people in the Lockerbie bombing. Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland said no Crown Office investigator or prosecutor had ever raised a concern about the evidence used to convict Megrahi. And he pledged to continue tracking down Megrahi's accomplices.
Dec 20, 2014

BBC News - Lockerbie bombing: 'No evidence' that Megrahi is innocent bbc.in/1wWMYmU

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BBCScotlandNews: Scotland's top prosecutor reaffirms Megrahi's guilt in the killing of 270 people in the #Lockerbie bombing bbc.in/13n7RNu