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  • Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. While American journalists have extensively covered the fallout from the unprecedented Sony hacking attack, it hasn't exactly been massive news in Japan. This might all be perplexing to the rest of the world since Sony is one of Japan's most iconic global...

  • *North Korea calls accusations "groundless slander". *Obama says Sony should not have caved in to hackers. SEOUL/ WASHINGTON, Dec 20- 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.

  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing the tools used...

  • But while Obama got laughs in Washington, Oscar winners George Clooney and Sean Penn launched broadsides against Sony and Hollywood studios' response to the hack. Sony has said it could not release the film on its set date of Dec. 25 after cinemas said they would not show it because of fears of unspecified threats from hackers. Clooney, whose past two films for which...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 19- Sony Pictures said on Friday it is looking for alternatives to release "The Interview" after it scrapped the Christmas Day theatrical opening of the screwball comedy at the center of a cyberattack on the studio blamed on North Korea. On Wednesday, Sony canceled the theatrical release of the film depicting the assassination of North Korean...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- The United States has sought help from China, Japan, South Korea and Russia in combating cyber attacks such as the one Washington on Friday accused North Korea of carrying out against Sony Pictures, U.S. officials said. The outreach, which included meetings among U.S. and Chinese officials in both nations' capitals, is a tacit acknowledgement...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- President Barack Obama on Friday said he would ban exports of goods, technology or services to Ukraine's Crimea region, and called on Russia to end its annexation of the region. In a statement, Obama said his order "is intended to provide clarity to U.S. corporations doing business in the region and reaffirm that the United States will not accept...

  • Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama banned new investments in Crimea on Friday, slapping sanctions on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year. Obama signed an executive order Friday that imposes economic restrictions similar to sanctions imposed by the European Union on Thursday. In a letter to the House and Senate, Obama said the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- President Barack Obama on Friday said he would ban exports of goods, technology or services to Ukraine's Crimea region, and called on Russia to end its annexation of the region. Obama also authorized the Treasury Department to impose sanctions on individuals and companies operating in the region. In a statement, Obama said his order "is...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 19- Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive and chairman Michael Lynton said on Friday that the Hollywood studio did not make a mistake in pulling satirical film "The Interview" after a cyberattack blamed on North Korea. Earlier on Friday, Obama said Sony should have released the film and not bowed to pressure from hackers.

  • President Barack Obama said on Friday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would only nominally benefit American consumers and workers in perhaps his strongest comments on the Canada- to-U.S. pipeline to date. His comments come as Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said his party's first...

  • Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice' Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    Obama said during a press conference Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in dropping "The Interview." This was their decision, " Sony said in a statement. Sony insists it has only cancelled the Christmas Day release and that it has been "actively surveying alternatives" to release the film on a different platform.

  • LOS ANGELES— The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has attributed to North Korea. While North Korea forces have frequently been depicted as the adversary in games, such as " Tom...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a dictator trying to impose censorship in the United States. Obama said the cyberattack "caused a lot of damage" to Sony but that the company should...

  • AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:56 PM ET

    GENEVA— Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists. The best-selling author said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press that he was prepared to make himself an...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 19- Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive and chairman Michael Lynton said on Friday that the Hollywood studio did not make a mistake in pulling satirical film "The Interview" after a cyberattack blamed on North Korea.

  • OTTAWA, Dec 19- Canada announced new sanctions against Russia on Friday, including additional restrictions on the export of technology used in the oil and gas industry, saying it was important to speak truth to power. Foreign Minister John Baird also said sanctions were being applied on 11 Russians and nine Ukrainians, due to Russia's actions in Ukraine.

  • Would you rather invest in Cuba, China or Russia?  Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports from Cuba on the hurdles to running a business there. The "Closing Bell" crew discuss whether they'd invest in Cuba.

  • Obama knows Cuba won't change overnight  Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reflects on President Obama's comments at his final news conference of the year, in which he addressed the changes in Cuba policy.

  • President Barack Obama on Friday said Sony Pictures "made a mistake" in pulling the satirical film "The Interview" after suffering a devastating cyberattack blamed on North Korea. Obama made the remarks after the Federal Bureau of Investigation said North Korea was behind the cyberattack over the film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader...