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North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages, calls Obama a 'monkey'

SEOUL - North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages that it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.

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After turbulent 2014, next year may be no calmer

NEW YORK - From financial crisis in Russia to cyber warfare with North Korea, 2014 has generated new flashpoints right into its final days, setting 2015 up to be just as turbulent.

Russia, North Korea 10:08am EST

Russia says to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine

MOSCOW/KIEV - Russia has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Russian officials said on Saturday.

Russia 6:56am EST

China, Vietnam to address maritime disputes without using 'megaphone diplomacy:' Xinhua

SHANGHAI - Senior Chinese and Vietnamese officials have agreed to settle their maritime disputes without resorting to "megaphone diplomacy", the official Xinhua news service said on Saturday.

9:53am EST

Swedish centre-left do eight-year deal with opposition to avert snap election

STOCKHOLM - Sweden's three-month-old minority centre-left government announced a deal with the opposition on Saturday to sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament, and avert a fresh election.

11:38am EST

Two dead in Turkey's southeast as Islamists, Kurds clash

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - Two people died and three others were wounded on Saturday in clashes between Islamists and Kurdish youths in Turkey's southeastern town of Cizre, the government said.

Turkey 11:17am EST

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