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Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever
NEW YORK (AP) -- The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business....

Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo
TOKYO (AP) -- If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. The movie, "The Interview," pushed all of North Korea's buttons....

A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet....

Putin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bear
MOSCOW (AP) -- Vowing never to let the West defang his proud nation, President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover....

Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
MOSCOW (AP) -- From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah....

Russian sailors leaving France without warship
PARIS (AP) -- Russian sailors are leaving a French Atlantic port without the controversial French-made warship they were supposed to sail away on....

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal
HAVANA (AP) -- Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being....

European court rules obesity can be a disability
LONDON (AP) -- Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday - a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff....

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Fleeing villagers say Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped earlier this year....

Warehouse holding Ebola supplies in Guinea catches fire
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- A Guinean official says a fire at a warehouse at the Conakry airport has destroyed crucial medicine to help fight Ebola....

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Africa
Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeria

Asia
Rights group decries judges' sacking in Maldives

Europe
Aer Lingus rejects bid by British Airways parent

Latin America/Caribbean
Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce

Middle East
Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet