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North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it was wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. | Video

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China offers $3 billion in aid and loans to neighbors: Xinhua

BANGKOK/SHANGHAI - China has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbors Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos to improve infrastructure and production, and to fight poverty, state media reported on Saturday.

World, China, Thailand, Myanmar 5:27am EST

Cuba's Raul Castro steps out of brother's shadow with U.S. deal, support surges

HAVANA - Stepping out of his legendary brother's shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States.

19 Dec 2014

India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party said on Saturday it does not support forceful religious conversions, distancing itself from a sensitive issue that has drawn sharp criticism from opposition parties and hurt the government's reform agenda.

7:25am EST

Exclusive: GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen

DETROIT - General Motors Co has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata-made air bag inflators widens, forcing the U.S. automaker to repair millions of vehicles, the company said on Friday.

19 Dec 2014

Staples says security breach may have affected 1.16 million cards

- Office-supply retailer Staples Inc said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October.

19 Dec 2014