From Russia with no love: Party-pooping Putin cancels holiday vacation

Vladimir Putin delivered a lump of coal in the Kremlin's stocking this year when he announced Thursday that he has canceled holiday vacations for members of the government.

North Korea partially back online after internet collapse

Some internet services have been restored in North Korea after an almost unprecedented internet outage, amid a cyber security row with the US.

Sony hack: North Korea threatens US as row deepens

North Korea has threatened unspecified attacks on the US in an escalation of a war of words following the Sony Pictures cyber-attacks.

Cairns deaths: Eight children found in Australian home

Eight children have been found dead at a house in Cairns in northern Queensland, say Australian police.

The Taliban’s Massacre of Innocents in Pakistan

Like those earlier incidents, this was another security breach for the army and intelligence services. The terrorists knew that attacking the children, many of them from military families, would create greater fear and anguish. “We selected the army’s school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females,” said Taliban spokesman Muhammad Khurasani, according to Reuters. “We want them to feel the pain.”

Pakistan school attack: PM Sharif vows to end 'terrorism'

Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif has vowed to rid his country of terrorism after a Taliban attack at a school in Peshawar killed 141 people, mostly children.

Hostages held in Sydney cafe

A major police operation was under way Monday in Sydney, where hostages are being held in a cafe.CNN affiliate Seven Network said that at least 13 people are being held at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe.

Washington march: Civil rights protest over US police killings

Thousands of people have marched through the US capital, Washington DC, to protest against the recent killings of unarmed black people by police.

Japan election: Voting in Shinzo Abe's snap poll

Millions of Japanese people are voting in a snap election called by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to boost support for his economic reforms.

US Senate backs further defence spending for anti-IS fight

The US Senate has approved a new annual defence bill expanding the military campaign against Islamic State (IS).