(CBS News) Too much news about Anders Behring Breivik is frustrating the people of Norway. According to Sky News, most citizens do not believe the continuing coverage - which is increasing this week as Breivik's trial begins - will add important details about the attack that claimed 77 lives last July.
In fact, citizens are so annoyed with the coverage that one newspaper, Dagbladet, has included a "Breivik button" on its website that strips out stories on the accused mass-murderer for a Breivik-free reading experience.Continue »
(CBS News) A stolen penguin is back in captivity after facing a harrowing ordeal during which he was chased by a dog and pursued by another marine animal, possibly a shark, according to reports.
Dirk, a seven-year-old captive-bred fairy penguin from Sea World on Queensland's Gold Coast in Australia, was allegedly stolen by three men Saturday after they broke into the facility and swam in the dolphin enclosure, swiping the bird on their way out, according to Agence France-Presse.
The trio, who were caught after they posted the photos of themselves with the kidnapped penguin on Facebook, allegedly confessed to police they dropped the penguin off into the Broadwater, a water body known to contain sharks. A couple witnessed Dirk being chased out of the water by what was possibly a shark. A dog then chased the penguin back into the water. He was rescued by Sea World workers later after witnesses contacted the park.Continue »
(CBS) Australians were listening when Labour Party member Anthony Albanese had some choice words to say about the opposition leader Tony Abbott to the National Press Club in Canberra.
"In Australia we have serious challenges to solve and we need serious people to solve them. Unfortunately Tony Abbot is not the least bit interested in fixing anything," Albanese said.
"He is only interested in two things, making Australians afraid of it and telling them who is to blame for it."
The words had a rousing magic to them - movie magic, that is.Continue »
The U.S. is considering closing its embassy in Damascus, but no final decision has been made yet.
The U.S. Department of State issued a statement Friday evening saying they were considering the closure of the Damascus embassy. Issues regarding the deteriorating security situation and the safety of embassy personnel amid the brutal crackdown against against anti-government protesters, now in its 11th month, were among the top reasons.
"While no decision has been made, we have serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation in Damascus, including the recent spate of car bombs, and about the safety and security of embassy personnel," it said.
"We have requested that the government of Syria take additional security measures to protect our embassy, and the Syrian government is considering that request," the statement continued. "We have also advised the Syrian government that unless concrete steps are taken in the coming days we may have no choice but to close the mission."
A State Department official added to CBS News they did not expect the decision to come today.
Anti-government protests continue in Syria, as thousands of people hold marches calling for a change in regime. An estimated 5,400 people have died in the past 10 months.
The Arab League sent human rights monitors to Syria last month, but the mission has been widely derided as toothless and ineffective in quelling the ongoing violence. The League's mandate has expired, but it is mulling extending the mission.
Syria is rejecting any notion of Arab troops helping end the bloodshed, and Russia said they would block any U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force on Wednesday.
Thirty-eight year old Sandor Feher, of Budapest, was a violinist performing on the Costa Concordia when it grounded on a rock last Friday, lurching over on its side and creating a scene that passengers likened to the Titanic.
In a video posted last month on what appears his personal YouTube account, Feher is seen performing and is interviewed by someone off-camera in a kind of online video resume. Feher talks about a system for teaching violing to children that he developed and his desire to teach and work with children overseas. He says his father and grandfather played the violin, and he first picked up the instrument at the age of 6 in elementary school.
(Watch the YouTube video below.)
(CBS) Now we can see the impact of the Costa Concordia wreck from space. Digital Globe snapped this satellite picture off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio.
The cruise ship shifted a few inches on Wednesday, forcing divers to stop their search operations. Experts fear that the 1,000 foot vessel may fall off the rock ledge it is currently resting on and slip into the ocean.
The official death toll stands at 11, but there are still 21 people missing. Officials do not expect to find anyone alive on board anymore.Continue »
A group of Israeli hackers who call themselves the IDF-Team took down the websites of the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) on Tuesday, according to U.S. and Israeli media reports.
According to The Atlantic, the hackers wrote on the online forum pastebin.com that the attack was in retaliation for the "lame" hacking attack on Israeli sites. Hackers had shut down the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and El Al airlines websites on Wednesday.
"If the lame attacks from Saudi Arabia will continue, we will move to the next level which will disable these sites longer term may come to weeks or even months," they wrote. "You have been warned."
Both cyber attacks are part of an ongoing battle between Israeli and pro-Palestinian hackers who have been in an online war since early January.
Group-xp, a known Saudi hacking group, released 21,000 credit card accounts online in a period of a few days, claiming on an Israeli sports site that they had access to 400,000 accounts. They claimed the personal information was a "gift to the world for the New Year" created to "hurt the Zionist pocket."
Last week, a pro-Israeli hacker calling himself Hannibal posted information online about hundreds Saudis, Egyptians, Syrians and others in response. Haaretz, an Israeli news organization, reported that 30,000 e-mail addresses and Facebook passwords were exposed.
The hacker claimed to have as many as 30 million e-mail addresses of Arabs. According to Haaretz, Hanibal wrote that if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declares a cyber war he is ready to publish 10 million bank accounts and 4 million Arab credit card numbers.
"Diplomatic jockeying has already begun in Tehran, Moscow, Washington and New York," CBS News foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk said, adding that the new report by the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has strengthened the resolve of the U.S., Israel, and other European nations that sanctions need to be imposed on Iran, perhaps on its Central Bank.
Israel said that the IAEA findings - which Falk notes is the strongest compilation of information that proves Iran is closer to developing its own nuclear weapon - shows that the world must work together to stop Iran's "pursuit" of nuclear power. The Israeli statement stopped short of advocating military force or recommending any other actions, but Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak said on Monday that a military strike against Iran was possible.Continue »