World News Summary 5/19/14

U.S. Charges China With Cyber-Spying on American Firms
              Image: Press materials are displayed on a table of the Justice Department in Washington

The Justice Department filed criminal charges against five hackers in the Chinese military Monday, accusing them of stealing American trade secrets through cyber-espionage.

The efforts were directed at six American victim companies in the nuclear power, metals and solar products industries: Westinghouse Electric, U.S. subsidiaries of SolarWorld AG, U.S. Steel, Allegheny Technologies and Alcoa. The United Steel Workers union was also targeted.

Putin could be a winner in European parliamentary vote if far-right gains ground

When voters across Europe go to the polls this week to elect a new parliament, far-right parties are expected to be among the winners. But one of the election’s biggest beneficiaries could be a man whose name isn’t on the ballot: Vladimir Putin.

Even as mainstream European leaders sputter their condemnation of Russian aggression, voters appear poised to reward parties that make no secret of their fawning admiration for the way the Russian leader has defied the West and dismembered Ukraine.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the media day at the Chelsea Flower Show in London May 19, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ENVIRONMENT)

China violating informal sea code

President Aquino is still counting on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to deal with China’s increasingly aggressive behavior in the West Philippine Sea.

Aquino said Beijing is violating the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) that it has been working on with ASEAN since 2002 by reclaiming and constructing facilities on Mabini Reef.

The Philippines has been pushing for a legally binding code of conduct (COC) as a progression from the non-binding DOC through ASEAN to maintain the status quo and stability in the disputed areas

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