US, South Korea begin joint military drills against backdrop of family reunions
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – A year ago, North Korea vowed nuclear attacks to retaliate for U.S.-South Korean war games. But the start Monday of this year's joint military drills comes as Pyongyang allows wrenching reunions of elderly Koreans separated since the Korean War.
As always with the rival Koreas, cold political calculations loom behind the scenes of pure emotion.
Opposition leaders sign deal with president to end crisis in Ukraine
Shots rang out and tension remained high in the streets of Kiev Friday, as Ukrainian protest leaders signed a deal with Ukraine's president to defuse a political crisis that has left scores dead and hundreds injured.
The two sides signed an agreement after hours of European-led negotiations. The deal is a "good compromise for Ukraine. Gives peace a chance. Opens the way for reform and to Europe. Poland and EU support it,'' European Union mediator, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, said in a Twitter post Friday. Two opposition spokeswomen said the deal was signed in the Ukrainian president's office, but had no further details.
Homeland Security alerts airlines to possible shoe-bomb threat
The Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin Wednesday warning airlines of possible attempts to attack passenger jets using explosives packed in shoes, Fox News has confirmed.
The threat is described as unrelated to the Sochi Olympics.
Sources familiar with the bulletin tell Fox News the intelligence was not specific to an airline, or time frame, but it suggested flights from overseas, coming into the U..S, are potentially at risk, not domestic flights within the United States.
UKRAINE PROTESTERS SEIZED 1500 ARMS, OFFICIALS
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's top security agency says that protesters have seized over 1,500 firearms, and is announcing a nationwide "anti-terrorist" operation to restore order.
In a statement Wednesday, Ukraine's Security Service said that such actions by "radical and extremist groups" threaten the lives of millions of Ukrainians.
IRAN AT TALKS: NO SCRAPPING ANY NUCLEAR FACILITY
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran said Tuesday it would not scrap any of its nuclear facilities, drawing a red line in negotiations with six world powers seeking deep cutbacks in Tehran's atomic program in exchange for an end to crippling economic sanctions.
The statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi suggested tough talks ahead, constituting a rejection of a central demand by the six countries.
Indians fight fear of rape with pepper spray, a ‘ladies’ gun’ and self-defense classes
LUCKNOW, India — On the rooftop of a working-class apartment building, 15 young women kicked, punched and tossed each other onto a mattress one recent day, as they role-played being victims of sexual assault.
The self-defense class signaled a remarkable change in a country where women long relied on male relatives accompanying them for safety.
Afghanistan releases 65 prisoners despite strong U.S. objections
(CNN) -- Citing a lack of evidence, Afghan authorities released from prison 65 men Thursday over objections from U.S. officials, who said they pose a threat to security forces and civilians.
"We took this decision according to our law," said Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, the Afghan attorney general.
Abdul Shukor Dadras, head of the Afghan Review Board, said the attorney general ordered the releases from the Parwan Detention Center -- formerly known as Bagram prison -- after a careful review of 88 cases.
NEBRASKA CITY TO KEEP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION RULES
FREMONT, Neb. (AP) -- Residents of a small Nebraska city have reaffirmed their desire to take on illegal immigration.
Nearly 60 percent of Fremont voters decided Tuesday to keep an ordinance that requires all renters to swear they have legal permission to live in the U.S.
DRONE USE HIGHLIGHTS QUESTIONS FOR JOURNALISTS
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage.
The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation of the drone, which was used by an on-call employee for a Connecticut television station. The FAA is developing new rules as the technology makes drones far more versatile, but for now operators can run afoul of regulations by using them for commercial purposes, including journalism.
Experts warn of coming wave of serious cybercrime
The rash of attacks against Target and other top retailers is likely to be the leading edge of a wave of serious cybercrime, as hackers become increasingly skilled at breaching the nation’s antiquated payment systems, experts say.
Traditional defenses such as installing antivirus software and monitoring accounts for unusual activity have offered little resistance against Eastern European criminal gangs whose programmers write malicious code aimed at specific targets or buy inexpensive hacking kits online. Armed with such tools, criminals can check for system weaknesses in wireless networks, computer servers or stores’ card readers.
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