China Names Li Keqiang as Premier
China's parliament has elected Li Keqiang as premier, as the country's Communist Party nears the final stages of its once-a-decade transition of power.
As expected, the National People's Congress on Friday nearly unanimously selected the English-speaking Mr. Li to replace Wen Jiabao. The 57-year-old will be in charge of running China's economy and day-to-day leadership of the government.
The parliament, which reflexively endorses the decisions of the Communist Party, named Xi Jinping as president a day earlier, in a formality that completes his rise to China's top leadership position.
Since attaining the top spots in the party at a congress in November, the two men have vowed to revamp China's economy, reduce pollution and crack down on widespread corruption. They are expected to serve in their positions for the next 10 years.
N.Korea Accuses US of Launching Cyber Attacks
North Korea is accusing the United States of launching cyber attacks against it, after several of Pyongyang's state-controlled websites suffered apparent outages this week.
The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Friday blamed the U.S. and its allies for what it called "concentrated and persistent virus attacks" over the past several days.
Internet users say several state-controlled websites, including KCNA, have been inaccessible for unusually prolonged periods this week. The U.S. has not responded to the accusation.
The North Korean article offered few details, but attempted to link the alleged cyber attack to a computer-based joint U.S.-South Korean war simulation that began earlier this week.
Last week, North Korea threatened to wage a "preemptive nuclear attack" on the U.S. if it went ahead with the annual exercise, which proceeded as normal on Monday.