A pro-Russian rebel displays a captured Ukrainian flag at the destroyed airport in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Kiev's NATO bid dangerous for Europe, says Russia

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine's pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security. and that the West was using Kiev's bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine.  Full Article 

Japan says close to deal with South Korea and U.S. on North Korea defense 4:50am EST

TOKYO - Japan, the United States and South Korea are close to reaching a deal on sharing and safeguarding sensitive information on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, Japan's Defence Ministry said on Friday.

An Acehnese woman cries as she attends a mass prayer for the 2004 tsunami victims at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh, December 25, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Asia remembers 2004 tsunami with prayers

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary of the disaster.  Full Article | Video 

Matt Ornstein, dressed in a Santa Claus costume, holds an American flag as fans line up at the Silent Movie Theatre for a midnight screening of "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

'The Interview' draws sell-out audiences

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES - "The Interview" opened in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expression.  Full Article | Video 

Attendees watch a scene from the game "Sunset Overdrive" during the Xbox E3 Media Briefing at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles, California June 9, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

PlayStation, Xbox hit by delays

Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Networks experienced user connection problems on Christmas Day, for which a hacker group claimed responsibility.  Full Article 

A shopper stands in front of Halloween goods at a luxury department store in Tokyo September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japan inflation slows, output slips

TOKYO - Japanese annual core consumer inflation slowed for a fourth straight month in November due largely to sliding oil prices, highlighting the challenges the central bank faces in achieving its 2 percent inflation target.  Full Article 

Asia marks tsunami 10 years on

Asia remembers the thousands killed by the Indian Ocean tsunami on the tenth anniversary of the disaster. Paul Chapman reports.