SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The FBI blames North Korea for the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. Pyongyang denies it and is now proposing a joint investigation to get to the bottom of it. A foreign ministry spokesman says the U.S. will face serious consequences if it rejects the joint probe and pursues countermeasures, as President Barack Obama pledged yesterday. The hacking escalated to terrorist threats that caused Sony to cancel the Christmas release of the movie "The Interview."
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military continues to pursue Taliban militants in the country's northwest, following this week's school massacre. Two security officials say the army got some support from a U.S. drone today, which fired two missiles at a militant hideout in North Waziristan. They say at least five Taliban fighters were killed.
BEIRUT (AP) — A Kurdish official and an activist group say Kurdish fighters have advanced in six neighborhoods of the Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group. A spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Union Party says the Kurdish fighters also have besieged the IS-held Cultural Center east of the town. Kurdish forces have been gradually pushing the extremist group back with the help of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.
MIAMI (AP) — A number of Cuban-American groups are planning a protest this afternoon in Miami against President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the Castro government. More than two dozen groups are signed up, but it's unclear how big the demonstration might be. Only a handful of people protested in Little Havana on Wednesday when the president announced a host of policy changes toward Cuba.
KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's looking forward to "a quiet time-out" over the holidays. He and his family have arrived in Hawaii for their annual winter getaway. Before leaving Washington, Obama said he was feeling energized by the progress of the economic recovery and his recent executive actions on immigration and climate change.