After facing a five-hour Internet outage Saturday, North Korea's third major outage in the past week, Pyongyang blamed it on U.S. President Barack Obama, and also accused him of forcing Sony Pictures to premiere the movie "The Interview" on Christmas Day.
"Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest," an anonymous spokesman for the North's ruling body National Defence Commission said in a statement that appeared in the official KCNA news agency Saturday.
The Internet went out in the North for five hours, according to ABC News, which quoted Dyn Research, an Internet management performance company that measures global Internet traffic, as its source. more >>
Low-cost airline AirAsia confirmed late Saturday that it has lost contact with one of its flights travelling from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people, including 17 children, aboard.
The Malaysian based company, which is heralded as a pioneer in the explosion of low cost air travel in Asia, said a search and rescue operation is currently underway.
"AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24hrs this morning," the company noted in a statement on Facebook. more >>
The United States, South Korea and Japan have decided to share their military intelligence about North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, and plan to sign a pact to formalize the plan Monday.
"The three nations have agreed to sign the trilateral deal on Monday to share their intelligence on North Korea's nuclear and missile threats," South Korea's Yonhap News Agency quoted an anonymous official from Seoul's defense ministry as saying.
While the U.S. has had bilateral intelligence-sharing agreements with both South Korea and Japan, the three countries are now coming together at the trilateral level for the first time. more >>
The alleged Taliban mastermind behind the Pakistani school massacre that killed 148 people in Peshawar last week has been killed, officials said. American drones have, meanwhile, struck two compounds in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least seven militants.
CBS News reported that Pakistani security forces carried out a raid in the Bara area late on Thursday night. The suspected planner responsible for the school massacre, which left over 130 children dead, has been identified only by the name "Saddam."
Shahab Ali Shah, head of police administration in Khyber, said that the target was killed following a gun battle, while his six accomplices were injured and arrested. more >>
Taxi drivers working in the small Filipino tourist island city of Tagbilaran are required by law to have a Bible verse painted on the back of their three-wheeled motorcycle cabs, and any driver that is caught without a scripture is liable to be fined or have their license revoked.
CBN News reports that in an attempt to reduce crime rate in the island of Bohol's provincial capital city, the Bohol provincial government passed into law, over 22 years ago, the requirement for drivers of the city's most efficient mode of public transportation, three-wheeled motorized tricycle taxis that seat as many as four to seven riders, to have scripture verses on the back.
Although the Tagbilaran City Hall only gives out 3,000 commercial tricycle licenses every year, the government requires each driver to have a scripture verse that is completely their own and one that is not being used by any other tricycles operating in the city. more >>
A disabled North Korean defector has established a rescue ministry that is currently helping defectors who are being abused in China find undetectable paths into the democratic haven of South Korea.
Ji Seong-ho, who founded the organization Now, Action, Unity, Human Rights (NAUH) in April of 2010, told The Christians Post in a Monday phone interview that his group consists mostly of prayer-sharing Christians who have already helped 76 North Korean defectors living as unrecognized refugees in China make their way through Underground Railroad-like excursions, spanning across several countries, so that they can ultimately resettle with the liberty offered in South Korea.
Ji, who claims to have once been tortured by North Korean police, said that defectors in China are still treated horribly even after successfully fleeing from the numerous atrocious human rights abuses carried out by the North Korean government. Many of the defected women, according to Ji, are sexually trafficked and abused in China, while defected men in China are forced to work for no wages. Defectors have no human rights in China, he stated. more >>