ENGLAND

Report: UK spies on webcams

Britain’s Guardian newspaper says that the U.K.’s signals intelligence branch is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of Yahoo users’ webcam videos, including a massive haul of intimate photographs. The newspaper said GCHQ has been scooping up the sensitive data by intercepting video chats such as the kind offered by Yahoo Messenger, an effort codenamed OPTIC NERVE. The total number of Yahoo users spied on in this way isn’t made clear in the Guardian’s report, but the paper said that in one six-month period in 2008 GCHQ hacked the video communications of nearly 2 million users.

UNITED NATIONS

Rwanda genocide recalled

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that 20 years after the Rwanda genocide the international community’s collective failure to prevent atrocities in Syria is “a shameful indictment. The U.N. chief also pointed to “grave and blatant” human rights violations in the Central African Republic. Ban spoke at the New York launch of “Kwibuka 20,” a series of events to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide.

CANADA

96 cars pile up in whiteout

Police said blustery snow squalls caused a pileup of nearly 100 vehicles on a busy highway north of Toronto. Ontario provincial police spokesman Sgt. Dave Woodford officers counted 96 vehicles involved the chain-reaction crash Thursday morning on Highway 400’s southbound lanes. No major injuries were reported.

JAPAN

N. Korea talks could resume

Japanese and North Korean Red Cross officials will meet in China on Monday in what could be a first step toward resuming talks between the two nations. The Japanese Foreign Ministry said the two sides will discuss the repatriation of remains of Japanese buried in North Korea and left behind after World War II. Japan colonized Korea from 1910 to 1945. Officials from both foreign ministries will attend the meetings.

Compiled from wire reports.