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North Korea internet services restored after black out

North Korea's internet links have been restored after a total black-out lasting around nine-and-a-half hours, an internet monitoring company has said.

It is not immediately clear if the internet connectivity problems were an act of retribution for a major intrusion at Sony Pictures Entertainment which the FBI last week linked to North Korea.

US internet monitoring company Dyn Research posted this graph to Twitter, highlighting the outage:

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US dismisses joint hacking investigation with North Korea

Washington's UN envoy has dismissed North Korean demands for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats of retaliation.

A South Korean soldier watches a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Credit: PA

It is exactly the kind of behavior we have come to expect from a regime that threatened to take 'merciless counter-measures' against the US over a Hollywood comedy, and has no qualms about holding tens of thousands of people in harrowing gulags. It is incumbent on the Security Council to consider the (UN) Commission of Inquiry's recommendation that the situation in North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court and to consider other appropriate action on accountability.

– Ambassador Samantha Power

Ambassador Samantha Power made the comments in a speech to the UN Security Council.

North Korea internet 'totally down' online experts say

Experts have warned that online access is "totally down" in North Korea as the nation experiences serious internet problems.

It is not immediately clear if the internet connectivity problems were an act of retribution for a major intrusion at Sony Pictures Entertainment which the FBI last week linked to North Korea.

North Korea internet 'totally down' online experts say. Credit: PA

The White House declined to comment on the problems but State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters that of the federal government responses, "some will be seen, some may not be seen".

Tributes pour in for singer Joe Cocker

Some of the biggest names in music and showbusiness have been joining the tributes to singer Joe Cocker, who has died aged 70.

They include musicians such as Bryan Adams and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, along with comedian Ricky Gervais and Hollywood star Val Kilmer.

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, who is also from Sheffield, joined the tributes.

Paul McCartney pays tribute to 'lovely northern lad' Cocker

Sir Paul McCartney joined the tributes to Joe Cocker. Credit: Reuters

Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney has joined the tributes to Joe Cocker, the singer who died today at the age of 70.

Sir Paul said:

It's really sad to hear about Joe's passing. He was a lovely northern lad who I loved a lot and, like many people, I loved his singing I was especially pleased when he decided to cover With A Little Help From My Friends and I remember him and (producer) Denny Cordell coming round to the studio in Savile Row and playing me what they'd recorded and it was just mind-blowing, totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful for him for doing that.

I knew him through the years as a good mate and I was so sad to hear that he had been ill and really sad to hear today that he had passed away. He was a great guy, a lovely guy who brought so much to the world and we'll all miss him.

– Sir Paul McCartney

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Joe Cocker received OBE in 2007

Prince Charles presents Cocker with his OBE. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Joe Cocker, who has died aged 70, was awarded the OBE in 2007 for his services to music.

Joe Cocker with his award. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The award was in recognition of a long musical career that also included a Grammy award in 1983 for 'Up Where We Belong', the duet Cocker performed with Jennifer Warnes.

The track is well known for featuring on the soundtrack for the film 'An Officer and a Gentleman'.

Cocker's agent: 'It will be impossible to fill the space he leaves'

Joe Cocker performing in 2010. Credit: Reuters

Joe Cocker's agent has said it will be "impossible" to fill the space left by the singer's death.

Barrie Marshall told the BBC that Cocker was "simply unique" and "it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts."

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