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North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.
News ImageBy Jack Kim and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be "grave consequences" if Washington refused to agree to the joint probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, the official KCNA news agency reported on Saturday. ...
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:14:07 -0500
U.S. sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan
News ImageBy Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. The men were flown to Kabul overnight aboard a U.S. military plane and released to Afghan authorities, the first such transfer of its kind to the war-torn country since 2009. With the repatriation of the four Afghans, Guantanamos detainee population has been whittled down to 132. ...
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:16:01 -0500
Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system
News ImageBy Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - 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. Cubans have treated the end of open U.S. hostility as a triumph, especially the release of three Cuban intelligence agents who served long U.S. ...
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:29:33 -0500
Turkey's Erdogan 'closely following' legal case against rival cleric
Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, PennsylvaniaBy Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - 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. Erdogan spoke a day after an Istanbul court ordered the arrest of Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan has accused of leading a terrorist plot to seize power and whose supporters the president has purged from the judiciary and police. The arrest warrant for Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the U.S. ...
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:48:46 -0500
Putin says Russia won't be intimidated over Crimea
News ImageBy Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - 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. Both the European Union and United States adopted tighter restrictions on investments in Crimea this week, while Canada rachetted up its own sanctions directed at Moscow. ...
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:59:39 -0500
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