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North Korea 'not ruled out' of nuclear plant hack

South Korea has not ruled out the involvement of North Korea in a cyber-attack on the country's nuclear power plant operator and has requested the United States to help in investigations, an official involved in the proceedings said.

According to Reuters, the official at the joint investigation department of the Seoul prosecutors' office said the hacking bore some similarities to previous cyber-attacks in which North Korea has been involved.

We cannot rule out or confirm North Korea's involvement now, given the similiarity of malignant codes patterns, and its verification will take some time.

We don't (rule out North Korea's involvement). However, we cannot confirm it either.

– North Korean official

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Lunch hour Christmas shoppers in 'last dash'

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Britain's high street retailers are braced for their busiest day as shoppers make their last dashes before Christmas.

Visa Europe expects some £1.3 billion to be spent using its cards today, making it the busiest day on the UK high street in the run-up to Christmas. Some £916,667 will be spent every minute, or £15,278 every second, on Visa cards, the company predicts.

The peak time will be in the lunch hour break from 1pm to 2pm.

Kevin Jenkins, managing director at Visa Europe, said:

Black Friday kick-started Christmas on the high street and online this year but the busiest bricks and mortar day will likely remain in its traditional slot close to Christmas.

– Kevin Jenkins, Visa Europe.

Stormont talks go on into the night

Politicians in Northern Ireland are negotiating through the night in a last ditch bid to secure a deal on a range of disputes de-stabilising power-sharing.

Yesterday was set as the official deadline for the eleven-week process to end, but intensive discussions pushed through past midnight and were anticipated to extend into the early morning.

The parties are trying to hammer out a deal based on a new spending package offered by David Cameron.

North Korea rejects US plans for UN human rights push

A North Korean envoy to the United Nations says the country "totally rejects" the US push to put Pyongyang's humans rights record on the UN Security Council's agenda, Reuters have reported.

Earlier today, members of the UN Security Council voted to override China's objections and formally add the situation in North Korea, including allegations of grave human rights abuses, to the council's agenda.

UN diplomat Kim Song accused the United States of raising the issue as a political weapon to pressure North Korea. He said a decision on how to respond to the council decision would be made in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital.

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Ex-footballer and TV pundit Clarke Carlisle 'seriously injured'

File photo dated 15-09-2012 of Clarke Carlisle. Credit: PA Wire/PA

The world of football has pledged its support and best wishes to former Premier League player and Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle following reports he has been seriously injured in a collision with a lorry.

North Yorkshire Police said a 35-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after a serious incident involving a lorry and a pedestrian on the A64, near York, this morning.

The force would not confirm the injured man's identity, but social media was full of messages from well-wishers, including the FA, hoping Carlisle, 35, makes a quick recovery.

The Football Association tweeted:

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Police investigate offensive Twitter message following Glasgow collision

Northumbria Police is investigating an offensive Twitter message relating to a collision in Glasgow, which happened earlier today.

Just before 9pm today (Monday, 22nd December), police received a report of an offensive message on Twitter relating to the collision.

Northumbria Police is carrying out enquiries into this message and will speak to the person involved, from Sunderland, as part of those enquiries.

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