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Journalists Share Indelible Memories, Images From Tsunami – ABC News

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2014

Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa’s east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most: ——— Jerry Harmer, AP’s editor…

Review of 2014: Islamic State’s reign of terror – Irish Times

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2014

Islamic State’s dramatic conquest of Mosul, Iraq’s second city, on June 10th and the brutal beheading of five westerners shocked other countries into recognising the threat posed by the ruthless militarised Sunni cult. Islamic State has thrived on international indifference, widespread Muslim anger against the “crusading” Christian West, the politicomilitary vacuum caused by the conflict in Syria, and the Sunni struggle for rights in Iraq. Little notice had been taken…

Sudden US Thaw Worries Cuban Dissidents – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2014

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10 Years Later: Remembering the Indian Ocean Tsunami – NBCNews.com

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2014

Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people across 14 countries.

In a sea of blue, NYC cops honor slain officer – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2014

The casket of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos is carried into Christ Tabernacle Church prior to his wake in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens in New York City, Dec. 26, 2014.(Photo: Andrew Theodorakis, Getty Images) An overflow crowd of police, family, friends and dignitaries jammed a Queens church Friday night to conclude a day-long tribute to officer Rafael Ramos. who was gunned down with his partner last week….

Hackers Hit Sony, Microsoft Videogame Services – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2014

ENLARGE Sony Corp. is dealing with another hacking incident, this time at its videogame network, and so is its chief gaming rival. Sony’s PlayStation Network remained offline Friday, while Microsoft Corp. managed to restore its core Xbox Live service, following Christmas Day outages that a hacker group claimed were its doing. Neither company provided an explanation for the disruptions, which follow a high-profile breach at Sony Pictures that has been…

Pakistan won’t survive if terrorists not wiped out: PM – The News International

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that God forbid Pakistan would not survive if terrorists were not eliminated from the country.   As per his earlier pronouncement that he would lead the war against terrorism personally, the premier dedicated yet another full day for the execution of the National Action Plan to counter terrorism that was agreed upon and adopted by all the political parties earlier.   Nawaz…

Asia marks 10th anniversary of tsunami – USA TODAY

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

Indian women offer prayers on the Marina Beach at the Bay of Bengal on Dec. 26, 2014.(Photo: Arun Sankar K, AP) People across Southeast Asia gathered along the shores of the Indian Ocean on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the devastating tsunami of 2004. One of the deadliest natural disasters in modern history, it killed 230,000 people and displaced millions in 12 countries. Services were held to remember…

Mourners gather for slain New York policeman – Reuters

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police officers in dress uniform and other mourners lined up quietly for two blocks at a New York City church to pay their respects to one of two officers shot by a man who said he was avenging killings of unarmed black men by police. Targeted for their uniform, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were slain last Saturday afternoon while sitting in their patrol car in…

Russia empties the vault to prop up the ruble – CNNMoney

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

  Russia’s central bank is running down its stash of foreign cash to try to stop its currency from plunging and contain the crisis threatening its economy. So far this year the central bank has burned through more than $110 billion in foreign currency supplies. That’s more than a quarter of what it has in reserves right now. Russia’s total international reserves, which also include gold and other liquid foreign…

Video game networks still spotty after Kim Dotcom offer – USA TODAY

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

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Woman gives birth on Philadelphia subway train: Kids are born in the darndest … – Christian Science Monitor

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

There are few better Christmas gifts than a holiday baby. The parents of one bundle of joy were caught off-guard when their baby boy decided to make his first appearance in the world on an subway train in Philadelphia. By the time two Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officers arrived at the scene shortly after 6 p.m., the baby was well on his way. So Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell…

Amid Remembrances for 2004 Tsunami Victims, Fear Lurks – Voice of America

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

Across Asia on Friday, beachside memorials, moments of silence and religious services marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed at least 220,000 people in 14 countries. Outside of the doleful remembrances, experts warned that despite millions of dollars spent on early warning systems, shortcomings remain in the region’s disaster preparedness. Relatives of the Asian tsunami’s victims comfort each other during a…

PlayStation and Xbox’s networks are still recovering from a Christmas Day outage – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

FILE: A file picture taken on October 29, 2014 in Paris shows visitors standing at a booth for PlayStation 4 as they attend the Paris Games week show. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN Revelers opening brand-new PlayStation 4 or Xbox One video game consoles on Christmas Day were disappointed to find the gaming networks offline, due to an alleged attack. As of Friday morning, the situation has improved, but…

Family, friends prepare to bid farewell to slain NYPD hero – New York Daily News

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

AP A memorial will be held for slain Officer Rafael Ramos, 40, at Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens on Friday. Enlarge AP Wenjian Liu, 32, was killed alongside Ramos. Funeral arrangements for Liu remain incomplete while relatives travel from China. Enlarge A memorial will be held for slain Officer Rafael Ramos (left)at Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens on Friday. Wenjian Liu (right) was killed alongside Ramos, but…

Tsunami Anniversary, Police Shooting, Christmas Movies – New York Times

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

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Mourners to Gather at Wake for Slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos – ABC News

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

A wake will be held today for New York City Police Officer Rafael Ramos, one of two officers shot and killed while sitting in their patrol car in a Saturday ambush. Ramos will be remembered with a wake at Christ Tabernacle Church, in the Glendale section of Queens, where he was a longstanding and deeply committed member, according to family and friends. His funeral is scheduled to be held there…

Alleged hackers tweeted smack talk as PlayStation, Xbox users forced offline – CNN

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

(CNN) — Bummer. Sony’s PlayStation networks were still down; Xbox is still kind of limited, their service websites said early Friday. But the buzz in the online gaming scene is that they could be back up soon, after an iconic gamer claims to have intervened to end a alleged hack that inundated them. Gamers eager to battle online opponents on Xbox and PSN networks tossed their consoles to the ground…

President Barack Obama announces end of war with Afghanistan on Christmas – The Westside Story

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

President, Barack Obama, visited the Marine Corps in Hawaii on Christmas announcing that the country’s military operations in Afghanistan will be ended soon. Better and Safer World Like every year, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Marine Base on December 25. For seven years, Mr. Obama has been spending the vacation with his family in Hawaii and on Christmas, they visited the Bellows Air Force Station. In…