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HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.
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The United States has dismissed a call by North Korea for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures and wants China to help block cyber attacks from Pyongyang. Washington blames North Korea for a breach of cyber security at Sony which led to the release of embarrassing emails and prompted executives to halt the release of "The Interview". Pyongyang has repeatedly denied that it was behind last month's crippling attack, which also led to the leaking of scripts, and called Saturday for a joint probe with the US.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.
The United States stands by its assertion that the North Korean government was behind the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council said on Saturday.
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Australian Woman Charged With Murder of 8 Children
(CAIRNS, Australia) — A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court. Mersane Warria, charged under her full name of Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, is facing eight counts of murder in the deaths of seven…
(CAIRNS, Australia) — A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court.
Mersane Warria, charged under her full name of Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, is facing eight counts of murder in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her northern Australia home last week.
Police were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When they got to the house, they found the bodies, along with Warria, who was suffering from stab wounds to the chest.
Warria, 37, did not attend a brief hearing at Cairns Magistrates Court on Monday as she is recovering from her injuries in a hospital.
Magistrate Alan Comans rejected a request from Warria’s lawyer, Steve MacFarlane, to hold the case’s next hearing in a mental health court. Criminal cases are sometimes referred to such courts if the defendant is believed to be mentally ill or has an intellectual disability. The court then decides what the defendant’s mental state was when they committed the offense.
Outside court, MacFarlane said his client was expected to be examined by psychiatrists and that the case could still be heard in mental health court after that assessment was completed.
“I think she probably knows what happened but doesn’t realize it and it hasn’t sunk in,” he said. “I’ve spoken to her and she’s coping the best that she can at the moment.”
The case has been adjourned until Jan. 30.
Police haven’t said how the children died, but Queensland Police Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said that they’re examining several knives in the home that may have been the weapon used to kill them. Suffocation was also a possible cause of death, he said.
“We are considering that and that’s why it’s taking a bit of time,” he said on Sunday. “It could be a range of things, from suffocation to a thousand other things.”
Officials were still trying to determine exactly what happened inside the house, and had collected more than 100 witness statements, he said. A coroner was conducting autopsies, but police would not be releasing the results as the case was now a matter for the courts, he said.
The children, four girls and four boys, ranged in age from 2 to 14. Warria is the mother of seven of them; the eighth is her niece.
Police were not looking for any other suspects, Asnicar said.
“This is very raw and it is a very emotive time for everybody,” he said. “The family is deeply upset but the community is pulling together.”
Asked how the children’s five fathers were coping with the tragedy, Ascinar replied: “I don’t think we need much imagination to understand how they are feeling.”
Dozens of weeping mourners visited a makeshift memorial of flowers, stuffed animals and candles set up in a park next to the family’s home. “My babies, my babies,” one man wailed.
The tragedy comes as Australia is still reeling from the shock of a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe. Last week, a gunman burst into the cafe in the heart of the city and took 18 hostages, two of whom were killed along with the gunman after police stormed in 16 hours later to end the standoff. Police had earlier said there were 17 hostages in the cafe, but revised the number after a new count.