US plans response to North Korea's alleged
AM Costa Rica wire services
U.S. officials are treating a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as a
"serious national security matter," with the National Security Council
considering a proportionate response, the White House said Thursday.
Evidence shows the attack against Sony was carried out by a
"sophisticated actor," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. But he
declined to blame North Korea, saying the investigation is still
The nature of a proportionate response was not clear. The two nations
have no diplomatic or trade relations and Pyongyang faces strong
Experts told various news sources Thursday that they did not foresee a
That country is suspected of orchestrating the hack in retaliation for
the Sony film "The Interview," about a fictional plot to assassinate
Pyongyang’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
The company on Wednesday cancelled the film’s scheduled December 25
release after the four largest U.S. theater chains said they would not
A spokesman said Sony "has no further release plans" for the $44
million comedy, The New York Times reported.
According to media reports, U.S. officials speaking on the condition of
anonymity said investigators have connected North Korea to the
It is not clear how investigators made the determination.
The massive breach resulted in the leak of tens of thousands of
documents and has escalated to threats of terrorist attacks over the
A hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace promised a "bitter
fate" to those who attend "The Interview" showings.
The group – invoking the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United
States – warned people to stay away from theaters where the film is
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says "there is no credible
intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters."
President Barack Obama also downplayed the threat, saying his
"recommendation would be that people go to the movies."
Obama could meet
A.M Costa Rica wire services
The seventh Summit of the Americas, set for April 10-11 in
Panama, could give U.S. President Barack Obama his first opportunity to
meet with Cuban President Raul Castro since the two announced
resumption of diplomat relations this week.
Cuba has been shut out of the previous six summits, sponsored by the
Organization of American States, as it was expelled from the OAS in
1962 at the initiative of the United States. The 34-nation bloc invited
Cuba to rejoin in 2009, but Cuba has declined.
"Cuba has confirmed that the highest level of government will attend
the summit," said Luis Martin, a spokesman for Panama's Foreign
Ministry, though he could not say whether Castro would headline the
At the previous summit in Colombia in 2012, Latin American countries
threatened to boycott the next summit if Cuba was excluded, and in
recent months Cuba's participation has become widely expected.
Panama's Foreign Ministry on Friday also listed Chile, Colombia, Costa
Rica and El Salvador among the attendees.
The United States is expected to attend but has not yet announced
whether Obama will lead the U.S. Delegation.
Ruble's fall cutting into Thai tourism
Russia’s plunging currency is creating serious concerns for
Thailand’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry, already suffering for
the past year because of political upheaval that culminated in the May
22 bloodless military coup.
Costa Rica wire services
With the ruble crashing to record lows against the U.S. dollar and
other currencies, Russians are cutting back on spending, including
That cutback is being felt in places like the beach resort city of
Pattaya, on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand. According to the
Thai Hotel Association, the loss of the Russians, who are known as big
spenders, has resulted in a 70 percent drop in hotel reservations from
Russia during the upcoming high season, which runs from December 28
through January 15.
Suladda Sarutilavan, director of the Pattaya office of the Tourism
Association of Thailand, told VOA News the Russians are second to none
for the beach resort known for its licentious nightlife.
“Actually it’s a major or main market for Pattaya.
Russian tourists are number one. Last year, we got around 1.7
million Russian tourists,” said Suladda.
The number of Russian visitors to all of Thailand totaled 1.4 million
through November of this year. But December is shaping up to be a
disaster, and the national hotel operators' association expects a drop
of 50 percent for the total number of Russian tourists for 2014,
compared to last year.
Suladda said popular destinations such as Pattaya, Phuket and Samui -
all heavily reliant on visitors converting Russian rubles into Thai
baht - are expecting things to stay bad for the next six months, at
“We don’t know when it’s going to end. For the tour operators and
hoteliers who are dealing with the Russian market they are quite
worried about it. But they are now trying to shift to other markets to
compensate with the decreasing number of Russian incoming tourists to
Pattaya,” said Suladda.
The Thai resort cities and islands dependent on the Russians are
putting into place urgent marketing initiatives to make up for the
shortfall by luring short-haul visitors from China and ASEAN nations.
In recent years, the Russian market has been the third-largest source
of tourists for Thailand.
As for those still yearning for an affordable warm escape from the
long, cold Russian winter, they are said to be shifting vacation plans
to Vietnam and Myanmar.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters Thursday that the
"unfavorable situation" depreciating the ruble could improve as soon as
the middle of 2015 but might last as long as two years.
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