Heavy security surrounds the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California December 11, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

U.S. blames North Korea for Sony attack, studio pulls film

LOS ANGELES - Investigators in the U.S. said North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as the studio pulled all plans to release its comedy, "The Interview," about an assassination attempt on the North Korean leader.  Full Article | Video 

Asia relieved by Wall Street bounce, upbeat Fed 1:08am EST

SYDNEY - Asian share markets rallied on Thursday after U.S. stocks enjoyed their strongest session this year when the Federal Reserve sounded upbeat on the economy and promised to be patient in removing policy stimulus.

Anti-Castro activists protest in Little Havana in Miami, Florida December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Javier Galeano

Joy, outrage in little Havana

MIAMI - News that Washington will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba divided America's 1.5-million-strong Cuban exile community and threatened to shake up the political landscape in the vital battleground state of Florida.   Full Article 

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen attends a conference of central bankers hosted by the Bank of France in Paris November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Fed opens door wider to rate hike

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, dropping a pledge to keep them near zero for a "considerable time."  Full Article | Video 

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is seen on a screen as he addresses to members of parliament and other top officials in the Kremlin, at a retirement home in Stavropol, December 4, 2014.REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko

Will the real Russia please stand up?

Years of cyclical relations, engagement and disappointment, confrontation and compromise have spawned many “Russias” for the West. Each image lends itself to a different set of policy prescriptions.  Commentary 

A mother mourns her son Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at her house in Peshawar, Pakistan, Dec. 16, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Will Pakistan cut ties with Islamic militants?

If Pakistan's reciprocation against extremists is to represent a genuine turning point in the nation's long battle with violence, military and civilian leaders must take a couple of decisive steps.  Commentary 

A man smokes a cigar while standing next to a window in Havana, January 20, 2005. Cuba.

Cigar connoisseurs rejoice over Cuba shift

New York cigar connoisseurs rejoice over the idea of enjoying a Cuban Cohiba, following the announcement of U.S. and Cuba will work to strengthen ties.   Video