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North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

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

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Scottish prosecutor says no reason to doubt Lockerbie bomber's guilt

LONDON - No evidence has emerged that casts doubt on the conviction of a late Libyan intelligence officer for the Lockerbie airline bombing 26 years ago, says Scotland's top prosecutor.

Egypt's Sisi meets Qatari envoy, signaling possible detente

CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met a special envoy of the emir of Qatar on Saturday, the latest step in a Saudi-brokered effort to repair relations, regional news agencies reported.

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Egypt receives 10 Apache helicopters from U.S.: sources

CAIRO - Egypt received 10 Apache helicopters from the United States in the past week, security sources said on Saturday, a sign of easing tensions between the long-time allies confronting Islamist extremism across the region.

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Ukraine to spend five percent of 2015 budget on defense and security

KIEV - Ukraine plans to spend five percent of its budget or 86 billion hryvnia ($5.5 billion) on the army and on law enforcement in 2015 and to reintroduce compulsory military service, a top security official said on Saturday.

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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.

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