North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attends a photo session with the participants of a meeting of Korean People's Army (KPA) battalion commanders and political instructors in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 5, 2014.  REUTERS/KCNA

Sony hacking an act of cyber-vandalism: Obama

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.  Full Article 

U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria 10:48am EST

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led forces attacked Islamic State targets on Sunday with 13 air strikes in Iraq and three in Syria, using fighter, bomber and other aircraft, the U.S. military said.

An ambulance carrying one of the two New York Police officers who were shot dead passes by a New York Fire Department honor guard along Broadway in the Brooklyn borough of New York, December 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

NYC police officers killed 'execution style'

NEW YORK - A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers in what officials called an "assassination", hours after warning on social media that he planned an attack in retribution for recent U.S. police killings of unarmed black men.  Full Article | Video 

Cast member Matt Damon poses with Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. and Chairman of SPE's Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, at the world premiere of 'Elysium' in Los Angeles, California August 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Hollywood’s bitter civil war

Of all the revelations in the hacked Sony emails, the biggest may be the apparently fraught relationship between movie executives and the stars they promote.  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 

Staff member Maria Regla, 60, smokes a hand-rolled cigar at a hotel in Havana December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Cuba's cigars get a foot in door of U.S. market

HAVANA - Americans have been filing into the cigar shop at the Hotel Nacional in Havana ever since U.S. President Barack Obama announced he would restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and start dismantling economic sanctions,   Full Article 

Old blocks are seen at a residential district as the Grand Lisboa casino (L) is seen in the background in Macau in this October 11, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

China tightens grip on Macau as dissent rises

MACAU - Macau's gambling take, which makes up 80 percent of its revenues, has suffered the biggest decline since the industry was liberalized in 2001. This is partly because Xi's sweeping crackdown on corruption has scared off high-rollers.  Full Article