A worker unloads fuel products from a truck at a state-owned Pertamina fuel depot in Jakarta in this September 9, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside/Files

Oil field is window into China corruption crackdown

LIMAU, Indonesia - An $85 million deal involving three blocks in southern Sumatra and a Chinese oil giant is under investigation. It’s being probed as part of Xi Jinping’s ant-graft campaign that has already destroyed a powerful political rival.   Full Article 

Asia stocks boast biggest rise in 15 months, BOJ brightens 12:16am EST

SYDNEY - Asian shares enjoyed their best day in 15 months on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to withdraw stimulus from the U.S. economy.

(L-R) Writer Dan Sterling, cast member Seth Rogen, director Evan Goldberg and producer James Weaver pose during the premiere of "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

U.S. tries to tackle hackers behind Sony attack

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, - Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security.  Full Article | Video 

An anti-Castro Cuban exile holds a Cuban flag during a protest after the announcement of restoring diplomatic ties between Cuba and United States, at an area knows as 'Little Havana' in downtown Miami, Florida December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Inside the U.S.-Cuba backchannel

Reuters Diplomatic Editor Warren Strobel breaks down the secret evolution of U.S.-Cuba ties under the Obama administration culminating in Wednesday's prisoner swap.  Video | Full Article 

A man holds a placard as he attends a candlelight vigil in Islamabad across the Red Mosque for students killed in Peshawar School attack, December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Sara Farid

U.S. finds few inroads with Pakistan

WASHINGTON - The United States has tried virtually every strategy available to persuade Pakistan's army to take the threat of militancy more seriously, but 12 years and $28 billion in aid later, all the American approaches are widely viewed as having failed.  Full Article 

An employee counts Russian ruble banknotes at a private company's office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Putin: Ruble crisis? What ruble crisis?

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin assured Russians that the economy would rebound after the ruble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy for a deepening financial crisis.  Full Article | Commentary 

A woman with an umbrella walks along the shoreline of Lanikai Beach during a brief sunrise sunshower in Kailua, Hawaii. REUTERS/Lucy Pemoni

The best places to retire

Reuters has teamed up with Zillow to give you the power to customize a list of your best places to retire. Learn how to use our interactive tool to help you determine the cities and towns that meet your criteria.  Video | Graphic