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North Korea proposes joint probe with U.S. into Sony cyber attack: KCNA

SEOUL - North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the United States on the cyber attack against Sony Pictures, calling the charge by the FBI that it was behind the attack "slander", state media said on Saturday.

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Israel bombs Gaza militant base after rocket hits southern Israel

GAZA - Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said. | Video

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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North Korea says to boost nuclear power to counter U.S. hostile policy

SEOUL - North Korea vowed on Saturday to boost its "nuclear power" to counter Washington's hostile policy, saying it had become apparent the United States aimed to invade the North under the guise of human rights abuses.