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KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama has marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan. On Christmas Day he paid tribute to America's military, telling troops that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11. While vacationing in Hawaii, the president visited an oceanfront Marine Corps base.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it'll sign a trilateral intelligence-sharing pact with the U.S. and Japan next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats. The U.S. has separate, bilateral intelligence-sharing agreements with South Korea and Japan, both American allies which are hosts to tens of thousands of American troops. But Seoul and Japan have had long-running history disputes stemming from Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.
TOKYO (AP) — There may have been another cyberattack on Sony. Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site experienced disruptions to users on Christmas Day. Some users had trouble logging in. Earlier this month the PlayStation store also experienced spells of inaccessibility. That followed a cyberattack on computer systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment that led to the release of confidential information on the Internet.
BEIJING (AP) — Police in Beijing say a man who recently lost a property dispute in court drove his car through a crowd of pedestrians outside a sports stadium, injuring eight people. The Beijing Times says the man's car had the word "injustice" painted on it as it drove through the crowd Friday morning. The man also was wearing a piece of fabric on his head bearing the same word.
TOKYO (AP) — Big fries are back on the menu in Japan. There had been shortages of frozen, cut french fries because of the labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast, so McDonald's Japan had limited customers to orders of small fries. Now the company says its fry inventory has improved thanks to air shipments and extra sea shipments from the U.S. East Coast.
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