While a blizzard blew across New York, Obama flew to meet the new king of Saudi Arabia, an essential ally in the fight against ISIS, while four suspected jihadis were arrested in France as part of French special forces' crackdown on militant networks.
Militant hackers were not responsible for a global Facebook outage, a software glitch was, while poor processes were found to be responsible for a record number of exonerations of innocent U.S. convicts.
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Obama flew to check in with new Saudi King
The President cut short his trip to India to meet with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, who has just taken the throne after the death of King Abdullah last week. Obama has rounded up 30 senior officials for this four-hour charm offensive designed to smooth relations with the new king, including Secretary of State John Kerry, CIA Director John Brennan, John McCain andCondoleezza Rice. The Middle-Eastern kingdom is seen by the West as an essential ally in the fight against Islamic extremists and a great place to sell arms.
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French police arrested four suspected jihadis
Four men were detained by French special forces as part of an operation to break up jihadi networks in the wake of the Paris attacks earlier this month. The suspects were based in the southern town of Lunel, which had attracted attention after reports that 10 locals had planned to travel to Syria to fight with ISIS.
Facebook was responsible for its own service shutdown
No third party hacker was to blame for the one-hour global outage of Facebook and Instagram this morning. Cyber hacker group the Lizard Squad tried to take credit as both services went down but it turned out to have been caused by something far more mundane, an internal software glitch.
Flawed processes meant more wrongly convicted freed
A record number of 125 prisoners were exonerated last year, with the states of New York, Texas and Illinois clearing the most prisoners of crimes they didn't commit.Reasons for the spike include increasing numbers of prosecutors admitting their mistakes and 33 Houston drug cases where defendants had made deals before their drugs tests came up as negative. An Ohio man was released in November after doing 39 years for murder, when the key witness confessed he hadn't seen the murderthe longest-held U.S. prisoner to be exonerated.