News Headlines - 31 December 2011

▽North Korea names Kim Jong Un Supreme Commander - CBS News
North Korea said Saturday that it has officially named Kim Jong Un as Supreme Commander, giving formal approval to his control of the country's 1.2 million-strong military and further strengthening his authority in the wake of Kim Jong Il's death.

▽Seventeen dead as Syrians stage mass protests - Reuters
Syrian security forces, undaunted by the presence of Arab League observers, have killed at least 12 protesters as hundreds of thousands demonstrated against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, opposition activists said.

▽Fukushima nuclear cleanup could take 30 years - Deutsche Welle
When the magnitude-9.3 earthquake hit Japan on March 11, it set off a nuclear disaster that will leave Japan suffering for decades from the consequences of meltdowns and radiation exposure.

▽New Year Honours for the great, the good – and the Tory donors - The Independent
A Conservative donor who made millions by short-selling banking shares and a property developer who was jailed for his part in one of Britain's largest stock exchange frauds today both receive awards in the New Year Honours list.

▽iPhone Siri software tells boy, 12, to 'shut up' in Tesco - Telegraph.co.uk
Charlie Le Quesne was trying out the iPhone 4S at a Tesco store in Coventry when it told him: "Shut the f*** up, you ugly t***."
The boy had been using the phone's Siri system – which answers spoken questions – and had asked it: "How many people are there in the world?"







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