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  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Cheap oil doesn't apply to the US military Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:01 AM ET
    U.S. soldiers with military vehicles during a training mission in the Laghman province of Afghanistan, December 15, 2014.

    The military pays far more than civilians because of operations and safety and transport.

  • US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations— a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement in Washington— seconded by Cuban President Raul...

  • Sony Pictures cancels Dec. 25 release of 'The Interview' Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    DOVER, Del.— NASCAR's Kurt Busch says he told ex-girlfriend to leave the night she claims she was assaulted.

  • NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    The New York premiere of "The Interview" canceled. The Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group, dubbed GOP. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- A decision by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to set aside a terrorism insurance bill until 2015 has killed, for now, a provision requiring that one seat on the Federal Reserve's board be dedicated to a person with community banking experience. Congress moved a step closer last week to mandating a seat on the central bank's seven-person board be given...

  • Republican senator blocks terrorism insurance measure Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 9:09 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Republican senator Tuesday blocked a bill that would have renewed a government program credited with reviving the market for insurance against terrorist strikes after the Sept. 11 attacks. Tom Coburn, who is retiring this year, dimmed chances for any action in the waning hours of the lame-duck session of Congress. It provides a government...

  • TSA chief: Travelers from some nations targeted Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Transportation Security Administration needed an exemption from new Obama administration rules restricting racial profiling by the government so the TSA could target travelers for extra scrutiny based on their nationality and gender, the head of the agency said Tuesday. The TSA more closely scrutinizes travelers from Syria, Yemen and...

  • The Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group, dubbed GOP. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security. Carmike Cinemas, which operates 247 theaters across the...

  • Pakistani security officials in Peshawar, Pakistan during February 2014

    At least 130 people, most of them children, were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

  • Court settles California undersea border dispute Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:58 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the Pacific Ocean to settle a long-running dispute Monday over where California ends and federal offshore lands begin. Both sides have been trying to reach agreement since the mid-50s after Congress passed the Submerged Lands Act. "It's a huge achievement after all this time," said Sheri Pemberton of the California...

  • Sydney won't be defeated by tragic event  Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 AM ET

    Sydney's Lord Major, Clover Moore says Australia will not be defeated by this hostage event. CNBC's Matt Taylor reports more on how Australia's public has coped.