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China condemns cyberattacks, but does not mention North Korea

BEIJING/WASHINGTON - China has said it opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed by Washington for the assault.

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Syria says Israeli drone downed in Quneitra

BEIRUT - Syria said on Sunday that an Israeli drone had been brought down in the province of Quneitra near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

21 Dec 2014

China foreign minister says willing to help Russia

BEIJING - China is willing to help Russia if needed but believes that the country has the ability to overcome its current economic problems, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted as saying in a state newspaper on Monday.

China, Russia 21 Dec 2014

U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led forces attacked Islamic State targets on Sunday with 13 air strikes in Iraq and three in Syria, using fighter, bomber and other aircraft, the U.S. military said.

Aerospace & Defense 21 Dec 2014

Invoking Allah, driver slams car into pedestrians in eastern France

PARIS - French police arrested a man on Sunday evening after he deliberately mowed down a dozen pedestrians in the eastern city of Dijon, badly injuring two of them and shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is the greatest"), authorities said.

21 Dec 2014

China arrests thousands in porn, gambling crackdown: Xinhua

SHANGHAI - China has detained over 30,000 people during a two-month clamp down on pornography and gambling, state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday.

21 Dec 2014

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