WASHINGTON - President Obama moved to prevent anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was cyber-vandalism. not an act of war. Full Article
MOSCOW - Russia's government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Monday, warning the full effects would be felt next year.
WASHINGTON - When Republicans take full control of Congress, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation. Full Article
TAIPEI/SHANGHAI - Uber Technologies is under fire in Taiwan and the Chinese mainland mega city Chongqing over concerns that the company and its drivers are not appropriately licensed, adding to a string of official complaints aimed at the start-up. Full Article