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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack? Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean spoof movie "The Interview." Federal investigators believe there is a connection between the Sony hack and the isolated communist nation, according to an official who spoke on condition of...

  • Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    MOSCOW— President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying away from its heavy reliance on oil and gas and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover. Speaking with strong emotion during a live news conference that lasted more than three hours, Putin displayed his traditional defiant...

  • BRASILIA, Dec 17- Latin American leaders who for years have pressured the United States to drop its economic embargo against Cuba praised President Barack Obama for moving on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations with its communist-run Cold War foe. U.S. policy toward Cuba has soured its reputation across much of Latin America, especially in recent years...

  • AP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:28 PM ET

    The unidentified hackers had demanded that Sony cancel its release of the movie "The Interview," a comedy that included a gruesome scene depicting the assassination of North Korea's leader. Sony on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 release, citing the threats of violence at movie theaters that planned to show the movie, and later said there were no further plans to...

  • Another stunner: Colombian rebels lay down arms Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:46 PM ET
    Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) lead negotiator Ivan Marquez speaks during a press conference in Havana, May 27, 2014.

    During peace talks in Havana, FARC rebels agreed to a cease-fire in Colombia—given that the military does not attack them.

  • BOGOTA, Dec 17- Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels have declared an indefinite unilateral ceasefire beginning on Dec. 20 which they have promised to end if they come under attack by government forces, the group said on its website on Wednesday. The government has refused the FARC's demand for a two-way truce since the sides began peace talks in Cuba in late 2012 which...

  • Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 3:38 PM ET

    HAVANA— Colombia's largest rebel group announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, saying guerrillas will refrain from staging attacks so long as they aren't targeted by the U.S.-backed military. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia made the announcement in Cuba at the end of another round of peace talks aimed at ending Latin...

  • Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 3:28 PM ET

    A U.S. official said Wednesday that federal investigators have now connected the Sony hacking to North Korea and may make an announcement in the near future. Sony said it was cancelling "The Interview" release "in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film. Seemingly putting to rest any hope of a delayed theatrical release or a...

  • Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, Cuba Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:21 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments. The surprise moves come as President Barack Obama is turning his attention to legacy issues, and Raul Castro is trying to boost his nation's economic fortunes in the face of stalled reforms and falling oil prices that have hit...