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Crime

Sony Pictures seeks new platform for The Interview after criticism over cancellation

ImageSony Pictures have said they are looking for alternatives to release "The Interview" after pulling the film due to cyberattack threats, thought to be by North Korea. The studio has been criticized for the move.

Eastern Europe

US follows EU with further Crimea sanctions

ImageAs Ukraine and separatist rebels prepare for new talks, the US has imposed more sanctions against Russian-controlled Crimea. President Obama has prohibited American exports of goods or services to the annexed area.

Israel

Israel launches retaliatory Gaza airstrike

ImageAn Israeli airstrike has hit targets in Gaza, hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave hit the Jewish state. It was the country's first strike since August's truce, following a deadly 50-day war.

Russia

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier urges caution over Russia sanctions

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has expressed concern that EU sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine could further destabilize Russia. The minister warned against "turning the screw" any further.

Armed Conflict

US drone attack in Pakistan kills several militants

A US drone strike in Pakistan has killed several militants in Pakistan's tribal region. This comes just days after the Pakistani Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar, killing almost 150 people.

United States

Obama talks Cuba, North Korea, and Republicans in year-end wrap-up

Barack Obama has spoken about a variety of hot topics in his final press conference of 2014. The US president covered a wide range of issues from cyber security to income inequality.

Crime

Mother arrested over Australia child stabbings

The 37-year-old mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's northern city of Cairns has been arrested for murder. The woman had been receiving treatment for stab wounds.

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Topics

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Birthdays

1893: Charlotte Buehler

Days to remember

1990: Soviet Foreign Secretary resigns