Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

December 20th, 2014

In this photo taken on Nov. 21, 2014, a Princess Mary Christmas tin from 1914 on display at the Plugstreet 14-18 Experience museum in Ploegsteert, Belgium. The gift boxes were given to soldiers during Christmas of 1914. The tins contained a package of cigarettes, a Christmas card and a photo of Princess Mary. Soldiers who had been killing each other by the tens of thousands for months climbed out of their soggy trenches to seek a shred of humanity amid the horrors of World War I. Hands reached out across the divide and in Flanders Fields a century ago, a spontaneous Christmas truce ever so briefly lifted the human spirit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) — With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night").


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Sony ‘will not drop’ N Korea film

December 20th, 2014

Sony Pictures says it is looking at alternative ways to release film satire The Interview, cancelled in the wake of a cyber-attack.

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9 films advance in Oscars shortlist for best foreign film

December 20th, 2014

In this image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Erica Rivas in a scene from "Wild Tales," one of nine films in contention for an Oscar nomination for best foreign film. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The list of contenders for best foreign film got a bit smaller Friday as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nine features that will advance to the next round of voting.


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Obama vows response to Sony hack

December 20th, 2014

President Obama vows to respond to an alleged North Korean cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, but says cancelling a film release was “a mistake”.

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US stocks open mostly higher after a two-day rally

December 19th, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening mostly higher in the U.S. as the market comes off a massive two-day rally.

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US Secret Service is too ‘insular’

December 19th, 2014

The agency guarding the US president is too insular and must recruit its next head externally, a review prompted by a White House security breach says.

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Jaguars hold off Titans late, win 21-13 in home finale

December 19th, 2014

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Jordan Todman (30) smiles as he runs 62 yards for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offense. Jordan Todman provided some cushion with a big run. And Sen'Derrick Marks sealed the victory with the most rewarding sack of his career.


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Sony hack is ‘US security issue’

December 19th, 2014

The cyber attack on Sony that forced a major film release to be pulled is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says.

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Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

December 18th, 2014

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.


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Sony cancels The Interview release

December 18th, 2014

Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea’s leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.

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