President Barack Obama visited U.S. troops on Christmas Day at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii, thanking them for their service as the military operations in Afghanistan draw to a close, and honoring the birth of Christ.
"So on a day when we celebrate the Prince of Peace and many of us count our blessings, one of the greatest blessings we have is the extraordinary dedication and sacrifices you all make," Obama told the troops, according to ABC News.
"We could not be more thankful. I know I speak for everyone in the entire country when I say, we salute you." more >>
Some voices in the Cuban-American community have expressed displeasure with Pope Francis due to his involvement in getting the United States to lift its embargo of the Republic of Cuba.
Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff in the Catholic Church's history, was a strong proponent of the United States lifting its restrictions on the Caribbean island nation.
In response to his connection to the U.S. normalizing relations with Cuba, some have vetted their frustration at the pope. more >>
Mike Myers' infamous villain persona took over the set of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, interrupting the opening sketch to bring a message to North Korea and Sony Pictures.
Dr. Evil, the antagonist of the Mike Myers' comedic film franchise "Austin Powers," interrupted the opening sketch of "A Very Somber Christmas With Sam Smith."
After receiving a strong ovation from the live studio audience, Myers as Dr. Evil expressed his protestations against all the parties involved in the recent decision by Sony to pull the film "The Interview" from various theaters over a hacker threat. more >>
China, North Korea's lone major ally, said Monday it condemns any form of cyber attack, but agreed with the North Korean government that there's no evidence to prove Pyongyang's involvement in the hacking of Sony Pictures, which has led the company to cancel the planned release of the film, "The Interview."
"Before making any conclusions there has to be a full [accounting of] the facts and foundation," The Globe and Mail quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying as saying Monday. "China will handle it in accordance with relevant international and Chinese laws according to the facts."
On Saturday, North Korea's official KCNA news agency quoted an anonymous spokesman of North Korea's foreign ministry as saying that there would be "grave consequences" if the United States refuses to conduct a joint probe and continues to accuse Pyongyang. more >>
The North Korean government issued a statement on Sunday threatening the White House, Pentagon and entire U.S. mainland of "bold counteraction" over accusations that the government of Kim Jong Un is responsible for the hack on Sony Pictures that forced the film studio to cancel the release of "The Interview."
"The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the U.S. in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels," read the message by the Policy Department of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK.
"Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism, by far surpassing the 'symmetric counteraction' declared by [President Barack] Obama." more >>
North Korea claimed it was not involved in a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, which led to the cancellation of the release of the movie "The Interview," and also "offered" a joint investigation into it with the United States, warning of "grave consequences" if Washington doesn't agree.
There would be "grave consequences" if the United States refuses to conduct a joint probe and continues to accuse Pyongyang, North Korea's official KCNA news agency quoted an anonymous spokesman of the North's foreign ministry as saying Saturday, according to Reuters.
Sony on Wednesday dropped its plans to release "The Interview," an action comedy about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, on Christmas Day. "Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business," Sony said in a statement. more >>