January 3, 2019

Protests rock parts of India after two women enter Hindu temple and break longstanding ban

ajijchan/iStock(KOCHI, India) -- The entry of two women into a temple shrine in India has sparked violent protests and clashes across the state of Kerala and led to hundreds of arrests. India’s Supreme Court lifted a ban on women of menstruating age in the Sabarimala temple in September. Women between the ages of 10 and 50 had traditionally been banned because Lord Ayyappa, the revered Hindu god who is worshipped in the temple, is a celibate bachelor. More generally, Hinduism forbids women who a..
January 3, 2019

North Korean ambassador goes missing, could be hiding out in Italy

belenox/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North Korea’s acting ambassador to Italy has been missing since last November and could be seeking political asylum in a "western" nation, South Korea's local media reported. Jo Song Gil and his wife left the North Korean embassy in Rome in early November and went into hiding, according to reports. Italy had not received a request for political asylum from Jo, a spokesperson for the Italian foreign minister in Rome confirmed to ABC News. “If Jo is prote..
January 3, 2019

China’s lunar probe makes history with first-ever landing on far side of the moon

zhuyufang/iStock(HONG KONG) -- China’s ambitious space program made history on Thursday when its Chang’e-4 lunar probe made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon -- the side perpetually facing away from Earth -- and sent back the first images of the previously unexplored region. The pioneering achievement is another demonstration of China’s ambitions to be a space power. The country aims to land a crewed flight on the moon in the coming decade. China’s CCTV confirmed the news in a b..
January 3, 2019

Inside ‘Hackerville’: Romanian city with reputation as criminal hacker hotbed

gorodenkoff/iStock(BUCHAREST, Romania) -- Three hours north of Romania's capital city of Bucharest, into the mountains and rural towns of the eastern European country, lies the city of Ramnicu Valcea. It looks like an idyllic mountain oasis, but around the world it has a troubling nickname: “Hackerville.” “This is a town that had many different organized groups of hackers," Peter Traven, an FBI assistant legal attache at the U.S. embassy in Bucharest. "And then, also, potentially organized ..