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 

Franc falls as Swiss go sub-zero; stocks jump after Fed 4:40am EST

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

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 

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 

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 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 

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.