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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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Libya's official government aims to set up new payment system for oil buyers

TRIPOLI - Libya's internationally recognized government aims to set up a new payment system to receive oil revenues, bypassing the central bank based in Tripoli, the capital city that is no longer under its control, its top oil official said on Saturday.

Libya 10:12am EST

Exclusive: Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop

AMMAN - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.

Syria 10:06am EST

China arrests U.S. missionary near North Korea border

BEIJING - China on Friday arrested Korean American missionary who was being held near the country's border with North Korea, signaling a toughening crackdown on Christian activists in the sensitive region.

China, North Korea 19 Dec 2014

Indian PM Modi's party unlikely to form Jammu & Kashmir government: polls

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party will not win enough seats to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir state, two exit polls showed on Saturday, dampening its hopes of taking control of the state for the first time.

11:08am EST

Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO

GENEVA - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.

Health, Africa 8:57am EST

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