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

Sony hack raises hackles

WASHINGTON - The United States said a cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea was a major national security matter and the White House was considering a proportional response.  Full Article | Related Story 

Wall St. has best second day gain since 2011 on Fed optimism 5:01pm EST

NEW YORK - The S&P 500 closed out its biggest two-day advance since November 2011 on Thursday, extending a Federal Reserve-fueled rally from the previous session, while tech shares jumped after Oracle results.

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