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North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.

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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

Tech, North Korea, World 10:52am EST

U.S. sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON - Four Afghans held for over a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a slow-moving push by the Obama administration to close the facility.

World, Afghanistan, Cuba 10:36am EST

CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT

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WASHINGTON - A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times.

Politics, U.S. 11:17am EST

Cuba sees long struggle ahead before U.S. lifts embargo

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HAVANA - Cuban President Raul Castro told parliament on Saturday the country faces a "long and difficult struggle" before the United States removes its economic embargo, despite the historic agreement this week to restore diplomatic ties.

10:57am EST

Turkey's Erdogan 'closely following' legal case against rival cleric

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ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he is closely following an inquiry into a U.S.-based Islamic preacher and media outlets close to him and dismissed criticism that the case is politically motivated.

9:48am EST

Putin says Russia won't be intimidated over Crimea

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MOSCOW - Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that it was preparing to retaliate against fresh Western sanctions.

World, Russia 10:59am EST

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

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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.

World, Health, Africa 8:57am EST

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

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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.

World, Libya 10:12am EST

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

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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.

World, Syria 10:06am EST

China offers $3 billion in aid and loans to neighbors: Xinhua

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BANGKOK/SHANGHAI - China has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbors Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos to improve infrastructure and production, and to fight poverty, state media reported on Saturday.

World, China, Thailand, Myanmar 5:27am EST
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.