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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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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.

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Swedish centre-left make deal with opposition, call off snap vote

STOCKHOLM - Sweden's mainstream parties reached a deal on Saturday that will allow the minority centre-left government to remain in office and sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament.

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Belarus' Lukashenko dismisses prime minister and top ministers

MINSK - Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has dismissed the country's prime minister, central bank head and other top ministers, the presidential press service said on Saturday, in the biggest government reshuffle since 2010.

Russia 7:33am EST

Libya asks Italy to help extinguish fire at biggest oil port

BENGHAZI, Libya - Libya has called on Italy to send firefighters to prevent a fire spreading out of control at Es Sider, the country's biggest oil port, officials said on Saturday.

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