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

N.Korea hackers win as 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 

Putin says Russia economy will be cured but offers no remedy 6:19am EST

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

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 

Labourers work at a refinery in Jingmen, in central China's Hubei province, December 8, 2006. CHINA OUT REUTERS/Stringer

Energy firms slash investments

LONDON - Oil jumped 2 percent to above $62 a barrel, as some traders bet a six-month price rout could be ending as more energy firms cut investment budgets.  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 

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 that 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.