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North Korea denies hacking Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.

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.

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.

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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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