Security guards stand behind bicycle rails at the entrance of United Artists theater during premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California December 11, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

North Korean hackers win; Sony cancels 'The Interview'

LOS ANGELES - Sony Pictures canceled the release of a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader, in what appears to be an unprecedented victory for Pyongyang.   Full Article | Video 

Franc drops as Swiss announce negative rates; stocks jump after Fed 8:20am EST

LONDON - The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday after its central bank announced a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and likely inflows from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Putin talks, but has no real economic remedy

MOSCOW - President Putin said Russia's economy would inevitably rebound after the ruble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy to a deepening financial crisis.  Full Article 

An explosion following an air strike is seen in central Kobani in Syria, November 17, 2014. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

U.S. allies increasingly absent from Syria strikes

WASHINGTON/DUBAI - As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.  Full Article 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (R) greets fracking protesters outside his office in New York December 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

New York bans fracking after health report

ALBANY, NY/NEW YORK - New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks.  Video | Full Article 

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Pakistani student recounts school massacre

Fourteen-year-old Mehran Khan describes his ordeal after surviving a Taliban attack at his school in Peshawar, where more than 130 students were killed. Yiming Woo reports.