Sony Pictures have said they are looking for alternatives to release "The Interview" after pulling the film due to cyberattack threats, thought to be by North Korea. The studio has been criticized for the move.
As Ukraine and separatist rebels prepare for new talks, the US has imposed more sanctions against Russian-controlled Crimea. President Obama has prohibited American exports of goods or services to the annexed area.
In light of recent marches by the controversial PEGIDA movement, Germany's Central Council of Jews (ZdJ) has come to the defense of Muslims in Germany. Chairman Josef Schuster has warned to not underestimate the group.
An Israeli airstrike has hit targets in Gaza, hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave hit the Jewish state. It was the country's first strike since August's truce, following a deadly 50-day war.
The 37-year-old mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's northern city of Cairns has been arrested for murder. The woman had been receiving treatment for stab wounds.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has expressed concern that EU sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine could further destabilize Russia. The minister warned against "turning the screw" any further.
Barack Obama has spoken about a variety of hot topics in his final press conference of 2014. The US president covered a wide range of issues from cyber security to income inequality.
A Turkish court has issued an arrest warrant for the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a major critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Gulen is accused of leading a terrorist plot to seize power.
Pakistan has carried out the first executions since the government ended a six-year moratorium on the death penalty this week. They come as the country steps up efforts to combat an Islamist insurgency.
The European Union has launched yet another dispute at the World Trade Organization over what it considers illegal US subsidies for Boeing. It claimed the state of Washington was offering WTO-incompatible tax breaks.
US investigators have said they are sure North Korea is the agent behind a cyber-attack on entertainment giant Sony. The attack was said to show "significant overlap" with past hacking activity linked to North Korea.
Gay and childless heterosexual German couples seeking to have children by non-traditional means have gained a small victory. If the surrogacy is done abroad, authorities must recognize the couple as the legal parents.
The German Ethics Council says it in principle rejects medically assisted suicide in the case of terminally ill patients. But its recognition of some exceptions to this principle has caused contention.
An Istanbul court has ordered the release of an editor arrested as Ankara cracks down on the "state within a state" Gulenist movement. Prosecutors have asked for an arrest warrant for Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Authorities in Belarus imposed a 30 percent fee at money exchanges to stop the citizens from buying foreign currency. Belarusians reacted with panic at the plummeting of the Russian ruble.
Shareholders have given the green light for the sale of Alstom's energy assets to US giant General Electric. Alstom's management said the move was the best solution for the future of the French company.
Demonstrators gathered in Brussels to rally againist painful austerity measures and the upcoming TTIP trade deal. Protestors managed to shut down one of the European capital's busiest districts.
FIFA's Executive Committee has voted to publish a report into alleged corruption compiled by its former ethics investigator. It also rejected the idea of reopening the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
A Russian activist is facing a total of 10 years in prison on fraud charges. Prosecutors asked a Moscow court to convict Alexei Navalny who had already been handed a suspended sentence on embezzlement charges.
FIFA is reported to have decided to release a report into alleged corruption at soccer's world governing body. This comes two days after the leading investigator resigned.
German consumers may be spending more this month, but they are less likely to order from Amazon. That's because about a fifth of Germans disagree with the company's labor policies, according to a new survey.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon is in West Africa to visit Ebola-hit countries. He arrived in Liberia to start his assessment of global efforts to fight the disease.
Germany's environment minister has called for emerging economies to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She also praised Germany's role at the recent climate conference in Lima.
Barack Obama has signed into law legislation authorizing the sale of up to four guided missile frigates to Taiwan. Selling arms to Taiwan is a 'crude interference ' in Beijing's internal affairs, Chinese officials say.
A Berlin court has ruled that anatomist Gunther von Hagens will be allowed to open a museum displaying preserved human bodies and body parts. The museum is set to open in January 2015.
At least one person is reported missing after a volcano erupted in Indonesia. Several other people were injured when Mount Gamalama spewed hot ash hundreds of feet into the air.
A Hong Kong court has found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty on bribery charges. The court is to hand down the sentences on Monday.
German consumers are in a spending mood this holiday season. And that sentiment will become more pronounced in the new year, market research group GfK has said, as fears over the state of the economy are fading.
US efforts to kill Taliban leaders in Afghanistan have had "limited" results, according to a secret CIA document. Targeted killing can backfire, provoking insurgents to regroup in a way favorable to them, analysts say.
A Pakistani prosecutor has said he will challenge a court decision to grant bail to the main suspect in the Mumbai terror attacks. More than 160 people were killed in 2008 when militants targeted the Indian city.
Pakistan's military says it has killed dozens of militants in the tribal area of the country. Air strikes and ground operations were carried out in the aftermath of this week's Peshawar school massacre.
South Korea's constitutional court has ordered that a leftist political party be dissolved amid claims it has "pro-North Korea" views. A court petition was raised last year to disband the Unified Progressive Party.
Dozens of police are on the scene of a suspected mass stabbing near the northern Australian city of Cairns. Eight children have been found dead and a 34-year-old woman was injured in the attack.
It has been deemed 'the most successful' offensive to date against the "Islamic State." Kurdish forces announced Thursday they have broken the siege on Mount Sinjar and recaptured territory in a two-day assault.
The EU summit in Brussels has ended a day earlier than expected - a sign of the leadership style of new European Council President Donald Tusk. Discussions focused on boosting investment and the crisis in Ukraine.
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