formats

The Grinch is in: Playstation, Xbox hit by outages

PlayStation and Xbox were partially inaccessible to users, as frustrated gift recipients discovered they were unable to connect.

formats

Rocket hits tank at Libya’s biggest oil port

A rocket hit a tank at the eastern Libyan oil port Es Sider, officials said on Thursday.

formats

Russia’s Putin to ministers: No holiday for you!

Russian President Vladimir Putin has scrapped New Year’s holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis.

formats

Queen Elizabeth II praises workers who fight Ebola

Queen Elizabeth II will use her Christmas broadcast to call for international reconciliation and to praise workers fighting Ebola in Africa.

formats

Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

Pope Francis is focusing his attention on refugees, hostages and all those suffering in conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.

formats

Hack threat comedy released in US

The Sony Pictures comedy The Interview opens in some US cinemas and online, after a major cyber-attack and threats over its release.

formats

CDC worker monitored for possible Ebola exposure

A CDC lab technician is under observation for possible Ebola exposure due to an apparent mix-up in lab specimens.

formats

Germans balk at plan for wind power lines

Germans welcomed renewable energy, but enthusiasm may be waning with a plan for high-voltage transmission lines. The New York Times reports.

formats

Putin acts to halt rising vodka cost

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for a cap on rising vodka prices, fearing they are pushing drinkers towards cheap, illegal substitutes.

formats

Italy steps in to save steel plant

The Italian government intervenes in the management of the Ilva steel plant, in an attempt to reform the beleaguered business.