North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 458 honored with the title of O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 8, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korea wants joint Sony hack probe with U.S.

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it wanted a joint probe into the incident.  Full Article | Video 

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Scottish prosecutor says no reason to doubt Lockerbie bomber's guilt 20 Dec 2014

LONDON - No evidence has emerged that casts doubt on the conviction of a late Libyan intelligence officer for the Lockerbie airline bombing 26 years ago, says Scotland's top prosecutor.

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Turkey's Erdogan 'closely following' legal case against rival cleric

20 Dec 2014

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he is closely following an inquiry into a U.S.-based Islamic preacher and media outlets close to him and dismissed criticism that the case is politically motivated.

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Libya's official government aims to set up new payment system for oil buyers

20 Dec 2014

TRIPOLI - Libya's internationally recognised government aims to set up a new payment system to receive oil revenues, bypassing the central bank based in Tripoli, the capital city that is no longer under its control, its top oil official said on Saturday.

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ECB's Constancio sees negative inflation rate in months ahead - magazine

20 Dec 2014

BERLIN - European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio said in a magazine interview he expected the euro zone inflation rate to turn negative in the coming months but that if this was just a temporary phenomenon, he did not see a risk of deflation.

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Analysis - Cook dismissal better late than never for England

20 Dec 2014

LONDON - With the World Cup two months away the England and Wales Cricket Board's decision to sack Alastair Cook as one-day captain was very much a case of better late than never.

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U.S. sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan

20 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - Four Afghans held for over a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a gradual push by the Obama administration to close the jail.