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Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:04:24 GMT)

North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:25:51 GMT)

Turkey's Erdogan 'closely following' legal case against rival cleric
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.
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:40:11 GMT)

Two New York police officers killed, gunman dead: NYT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman fatally shot two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car on Saturday and then killed himself, the New York Times reported, in the first deaths of police officers by gunfire in the city in three years.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:53:11 GMT)

Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system
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.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:29:49 GMT)

Putin says Russia won't be intimidated over Crimea
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.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:29:43 GMT)

North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:11:24 GMT)

Yazidis cheer Kurds on Iraqi mountain for breaking Islamic State siege
SINJAR MOUNTAIN, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish fighters flashed victory signs as they swept across the northern side of Sinjar mountain on Saturday, two days after breaking through to free hundreds of Yazidis trapped there for months by Islamic State fighters.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:06:31 GMT)

Scottish prosecutor says no reason to doubt Lockerbie bomber's guilt
LONDON (Reuters) - No evidence has emerged that casts doubt on the conviction of a late Libyan intelligence officer for the Lockerbie airline bombing 26 years ago, says Scotland's top prosecutor.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:54:56 GMT)

Egypt receives 10 Apache helicopters from U.S.: sources
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt received 10 Apache helicopters from the United States in the past week, security sources said on Saturday, a sign of easing tensions between the long-time allies confronting Islamist extremism across the region.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:46:38 GMT)

China offers $3 billion in aid and loans to neighbors: Xinhua
BANGKOK/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbors Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos to improve infrastructure and production, and to fight poverty, state media reported on Saturday.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:40:58 GMT)

U.S. sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan
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.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:16:01 GMT)

CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:17:12 GMT)

Libya's official government aims to set up new payment system for oil buyers
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's internationally recognized government aims to set up a new payment system to receive oil revenues, bypassing the central bank based in Tripoli, the capital city that is no longer under its control, its top oil official said on Saturday.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:12:28 GMT)

Exclusive: Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:06:37 GMT)

Turkey's Erdogan 'closely following' legal case against rival cleric
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.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:48:46 GMT)

Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO
GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:57:44 GMT)

Russia calls new sanctions on Crimea 'collective punishment'
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday new Western sanctions against Ukraine's Crimea region were a "collective punishment" on residents who voted last March to join Russia, adding it was preparing to retaliate.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:40:07 GMT)

India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party said on Saturday it does not support forceful religious conversions, distancing itself from a sensitive issue that has drawn sharp criticism from opposition parties and hurt the government's reform agenda.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:25:51 GMT)

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Japan's Honshu island: USGS
TOKYO (Reuters) - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan's Honshu island on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, shaking Fukushima where crippled nuclear power plants are located, but local media said there was no tsunami warning.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:09:22 GMT)

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