The United States said on Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a serious national security matter and the Obama administration was considering a proportional response, although the White House stopped short of blaming North Korea.
IRAQ - USA
US-led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq have killed three of the jihadist group’s leaders, the top US military chief said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
UN member nations on Thursday urged the Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court after a UN inquiry released in February alleged Pyongyang was committing widespread human rights abuses.
Former airline boss and famous French author Marc Dugain argued Thursday that there had been a cover-up in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, speculating that the passenger jet could have been hacked and then shot down by the US.
PAKISTAN - INDIA
A Pakistani court granted bail Thursday to the man accused of masterminding the deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai. The ruling comes as Pakistan renewed its vow to fight terrorism after 141 people were killed Tuesday at a Pakistani school.
USA - CUBA
Following Wednesday’s announcement by the Cuban and US presidents that they would restore diplomatic relations, some critics have argued that the rapprochement gives away too much too soon to Havana’s communist government.
Boko Haram killed 32 people and kidnapped at least 185 others, many of them women and children, in the Islamist group's latest mass abduction targeting northeast Nigeria, officials and witnesses said Thursday.
In his year-end news conference on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said measures had been adopted to turn the country’s slowing economy around, while insisting his position on Ukraine had not shifted in the wake of Western sanctions.
Colombia’s FARC rebels have declared an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire beginning on Dec. 20 but promised to call it off if they come under attack by government forces, the Marxist group said Wednesday on its website.
The Palestinians on Wednesday submitted a draft UN resolution paving the way to a final peace deal with Israel, but the Palestinian representative said there could still be negotiations on the text.