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Sat, Dec 20 2014

N.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.

Top News, World, Tech 20 Dec 2014

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.

20 Dec 2014

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.

20 Dec 2014

Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system

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HAVANA - President Raul Castro demanded on Saturday that the United States respect Cuba's communist rule as the two countries work to restore diplomatic ties, and warned that Cuban-American exiles might try to sabotage the rapprochement.U.S. President Barack Obama this week reset Washington's Cold War-era policy on Cuba and the two countries swapped prisoners in a historic deal after 18 months of secret talks.

20 Dec 2014

N.Korea says to boost nuclear power to counter U.S. hostile policy

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SEOUL - North Korea vowed on Saturday to boost its "nuclear power" to counter Washington's hostile policy, saying it had become apparent the United States aimed to invade the North under the guise of human rights abuses.

World, Nuclear Power 20 Dec 2014

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, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a gradual push by the Obama administration to close the jail.

South Asia, World 20 Dec 2014

Saudi forces kill four militants in Awamiya - interior ministry

DOHA - Saudi security forces killed four militants in a clash in Awamiya region on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said.

20 Dec 2014

U.N.'s Ban urges end to discrimination against Ebola workers

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CONAKRY - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged countries affected by the Ebola virus to avoid discriminating against healthcare workers fighting to end the disease.

20 Dec 2014

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 20 Dec 2014

Sudan postpones April elections by 11 days - elections committee

KHARTOUM - Nationwide elections slated for April 2 will now be held on April 13, the head of Sudan's elections committee said on Saturday, in a move seen as preventing legal confusion over a constitutional amendment.

20 Dec 2014