A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

North Korea denies hacking Sony, wants joint probe

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 investigation into the incident with the United States.  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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Yazidis cheer Kurds on Iraqi mountain for breaking Islamic State siege

20 Dec 2014

SINJAR MOUNTAIN, Iraq - Iraqi Kurdish fighters flashed victory signs as they swept across the northern side of Sinjar mountain on Saturday, two days after breaking through to free hundreds of Yazidis trapped there for months by Islamic State fighters.

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Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system

20 Dec 2014

HAVANA - President Raul Castro demanded on Saturday that the United States respect Cuba's communist rule as the two countries work to restore diplomatic ties, and warned that Cuban-American exiles might try to sabotage the rapprochement. U.S. President Barack Obama this week reset Washington's Cold War-era policy on Cuba and the two countries swapped prisoners in a historic deal after 18 months of secret talks. Cubans have treated the end of open U.S. hostility as a triumph, especia

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Putin says Russia won't be intimidated over Crimea

20 Dec 2014

MOSCOW - Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that it was preparing to retaliate against fresh Western sanctions.

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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.