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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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Senior Chinese leader to visit Vietnam amid sea tension

BEIJING - A senior Chinese leader will visit Vietnam this month, China's state media said on Monday, amid tension between the neighbors over competing claims in the South China Sea.

China 12:01am EST

U.S. firm finds malware targeting visitors to Afghan government websites

WASHINGTON - Malicious software likely linked to China was used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say.

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

Australian house where eight children killed to be demolished

SYDNEY - The house where an Australian mother allegedly killed eight children, most of them her own, will likely be demolished in keeping with indigenous culture to make way for a memorial, a government official said on Monday.

Australia 12:33am EST

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

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