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  • Israel attacks Gaza for first time since summer Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:14 PM ET
    A Palestinian woman takes some of her belongings from her partially destroyed home across the street from where a high rise apartment building in Gaza City was targeted by Israeli airstrikes, Aug. 26, 2014.

    It was Israel's first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The destructive nature of the attack, and threats from the hackers that led the Hollywood studio to pull a comedy movie depicting the assassination of North Korea's leader, set it apart from previous cyber intrusions, the FBI said. "As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. government departments and agencies, the FBI now has...

  • Industry officials said they were stunned when the Senate abruptly decided on Tuesday night to leave Washington without approving a bill to give the program six more years. And lobbyists scrambled to ensure the program would be high on the agenda when Congress re-opens on Jan. 6. "There will not be a member of Congress that doesn't continue to hear the importance...

  • 2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    Even though law enforcement didn't deem the threats of violence credible at the time, theater owners and Sony undoubtedly considered the 2012 massacre of a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater. "President Barack Obama said Friday that it was a mistake for Sony to scrap the film, and he wished executives had consulted with him first. Some Hollywood notables,...

  • FBI: North Korea Gov't behind Sony attack  Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    The FBI have stated that North Korea's government is responsible for the Sony attack. Neil Ashdown, deputy head of Asia analysis at IHS, weighs in, saying that it's difficult to "definitively attribute" a hacking attack to a particular group or state.

  • Putin: Russia military modernization to go ahead Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:44 AM ET

    Speaking at a meeting with Russia's top military brass, Putin said the nation's nuclear forces are a "major factor in maintaining global balance," adding that "they effectively preclude the possibility of a large-scale aggression against Russia." The huge military buildup is continuing despite the country's economic woes, triggered by a combination of...

  • UK PM: Must keep pressure on Russia  Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:10 AM ET

    At the European Union summit, sanctions on Russia is all the talk. U.K. prime minister David Cameron says the pressure must be kept on Russia while President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, stated that EU needs a consistent strategy towards Russia. CNBC's Hadley Gamble reports.

  • It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis' Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. The AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of...

  • Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism. A U.S. cyber-retaliation against North Korea would risk a dangerous...

  • Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:23 PM ET

    It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. Nov. 24: Workers at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City, California log on to their computers to find a screen message saying they had been hacked by a group calling itself Guardians of Peace.

  • FACT CHECK: Putin on the ruble collapse, Ukraine Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    MOSCOW— A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday:. Despite Putin's repeated pledges to steer Russia's economy away from oil and gas, those two industries still account for more than half of government revenues. He acknowledged that...

  • Grybauskaite: Putin looking for 'someone to blame'  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    At the EU Summit, CNBC's Hadley Gamble discusses Vladimir Putin's "swipe" at EU leaders, whilst talking to Finland's prime minister Alexander Stubb and Lithuania's Dalia Grybauskaite about Putin's speech.

  • EU bans investment in Crimea, targets oil sector Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:50 AM ET
    Pro-Russian activists seized the main administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

    The EU banned investment in Crimea on Thursday, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration.

  • Is Russia's bear just a 'stuffed animal'?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:50 AM ET

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says that other countries perceive Russia as a country which should just "sit quietly", rather than try and maintain its sovereignty and independence.

  • Putin: Russia must be 'protected'  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:50 AM ET

    Russia's Vladimir Putin responds to Ukraine Crisis and Russia's stature compared to the rest of the world. CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports the President's remarks.

  • Putin on Ukraine: Game-changing move?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:40 AM ET

    Vladimir Putin spoke about the Ukraine Crisis in his press conference, saying Russia was ready to mediate. Is that a game-changer? Alexander Branis, director at Prosperity Capital, weighs in.

  • Russia to act as mediator?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    Russian President Vladimir Putin discusses the Ukraine Crisis and ongoing military situation, saying that Russia is ready to act as a mediator.

  • Russia positive on the economic year  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Russian President Vladimir Putin talks about the current state of the Russian economy and how he's still positive. CNBC's Geoff Cutmore analyses the remarks.