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Drivers battle against conditions as snow hits UK

Drivers battled against the wintry conditions in Nottingham last night as heavy snow swept across parts of the UK.

Drivers push stranded cars on a steep hill in Nottingham on Boxing Day night. Credit: SWNS
Wild and wintry weather has hit parts of the UK, causing travel disruption. Credit: SWNS
Many motorists abandoned their vehicles as snow swept across the country. Credit: SWNS

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PlayStation network 'gradually coming back online'

PlayStation network services are gradually coming back online following a suspected attack by hackers on Christmas Day, Sony has said.

Two arrested after pensioners attacked in burglary

Two more people have been arrested following a "vicious attack" on an elderly couple during a break-in.

The elderly couple were seriously injured following an attack by a suspected burglar. Credit: PA Wire

A 90-year-old man suffered throat injuries while his wife, in her 80s, sustained head injuries when they were assaulted in their home in Elm Grove, Scunthorpe, on Tuesday evening.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, while a 27-year-old woman was held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The elderly couple remain in hospital in a stable condition, Humberside Police said.

A 36-year-old man arrested on Christmas Eve has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

N Korea calls Obama 'monkey' amid hacking row

Kim Jong Un in a picture released by North Korea on Christmas Eve. Credit: Reuters/KCNA

North Korea has issued a statement condemning the United States after the release of "dishonest and reactionary" film The Interview.

In a message reported by the country's state news agency KCNA, Barack Obama's administration was accused of "zealous prodding" and warned of a "miserable fate to be faced by it in the future".

The statement from a spokesperson for the National Defence Commission went on to compare Obama to a "monkey in a tropical forest" and blamed the US for the North Korean internet outage last week, accusing its rival of "not knowing shame like children playing a tag".

With no rhetoric can the U.S. justify the screening and distribution of the movie. This is because "The Interview" is an illegal, dishonest and reactionary movie quite contrary to the UN Charter, which regards respect for sovereignty, non-interference in internal affairs and protection of human rights as a legal keynote, and international laws.

– North Korea National Defence Commission spokesman

PlayStation network down for a third day

PlayStation online services are down for a third day amid claims the network was hacked on Christmas Day.

Online gamers were left frustrated as they unwrapped their new consoles. Credit: PA

Microsoft's Xbox service was also affected but was back up and running by last night.

Hacking group, the Lizard Squad, said they had now stopped any attacks on the network but some users were still reporting problems.

Neither Sony nor Microsoft would say what disrupted their networks and experts say it is difficult to trace the source of attacks or confirm claims of responsibility.

Sony Online Entertainment said on Twitter: "We are working to restore full network services for all platforms - thanks, as always, for your patience!"

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Weather: 90% chance of ice or snow until the New Year

It may look picturesque but it could spell trouble for motorists. Credit: PA

More cold weather is on the way as forecasters predict a 90% chance of ice or snow between now and the New Year.

In some areas conditions are so bad people are being urged to travel only if absolutely necessary.

Many areas including Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, the Midlands, East Anglia, the North West and Yorkshire have been put on yellow weather alerts - the second highest warning.

The Met Office said temperatures could drop as low as -10C at the start of next week.

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