North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 458 honored with the title of O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 8, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages

SEOUL - North Korea accused the United States of being responsible for Internet outages it experienced in recent days amid a confrontation between them over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.  Full Article 

Volkswagen's Audi to step up investments in 2015-19 on models, plants 4:59am EST

BERLIN - Volkswagen's flagship Audi division is to increase spending on new models, plants and technology through 2019 to push its goal of surpassing German rival BMW as the world's largest luxury-car manufacturer.

Police officers arrive for the wake for NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens borough of New York, December 26, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Mourners gather for slain New York policeman

NEW YORK - Police officers in dress uniform and other mourners joined a somber, four-block line outside a New York City church for the wake of one of two officers shot by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police.  Full Article 

Members of pro-Russian rebels walk past a Ukrainian serviceman during an exchange of prisoners of war outside Donetsk December 26, 2014.   REUTERS/Igor Tkachenko

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels swap prisoners

KIEV - Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war while Kiev said it would suspend all train and bus service to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region.  Full Article | Video 

A man observes a Tesla Roadster while it charges during an electric car rally from Tallinn to Monte-Carlo in Parnu June 1, 2012.  REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

New Roadster 3.0 to cover 400 miles per charge

U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc will relaunch its Roadster model with a new battery pack that will increase the distance the car can travel on a single charge by nearly two-thirds to more than 400 miles.  Full Article 

People look at Microsoft Surface computers as they shop at a Best Buy in the Manhattan borough of New York, December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Electronics weak, travel strong in holiday sales

Consumers spent on lodging and restaurants during the holiday season, while sales of electronics were flat, reflecting an ongoing shift toward spending on "experiences" rather than goods.  Full Article 

An employee counts Russian ruble banknotes at a small private shop selling home appliances in Krasnoyarsk December 26, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Russia forecasts economic slump

MOSCOW - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said, as authorities scaled up a bailout for the first bank to succumb to this month's ruble crisis.  Full Article 

Four out of five Olympic rings light up during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

The year in 60 seconds: 2014

A multimedia showcase of some of 2014's top stories; spanning the globe from conflicts in Ukraine, the Middle East and Pakistan to the Ebola outbreak and demonstrations across the United States.  Video 

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Thais warned of more flooding

Residents in Thai southern border provinces are warned to brace for flash floods. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

A demonstrator sits in front of a street fire during a demonstration following the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Oakland, California November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

The stories of 2014

Here's a collection of pictures that narrates its own stories - stories of compelling human drama, political upheaval, war and peace.  Full Coverage 

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and coins are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris July 11, 2014. French police dismantled an illegal Bitcoin exchange and seized 388 virtual currency units worth some 200,000 euros ($272,800) in the first such operation in Europe a public prosecutor said on Monday.   REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS)

Bitcoin’s defects will hasten its demise

The leading crypto-currency’s economies of scale in mining and its transaction system’s vulnerability to subversion by a dominant miner make it unsound.  Full Article