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NEW YORK (AP) — The manager of a New York City theater that was showing "The Interview" today says the theater was "taking a stand for freedom." Lee Peterson says, "We want to show the world that Americans will not be told what we can or cannot watch." And he said he wasn't afraid, despite a threat of terrorism against theaters showing the movie, a farce about a plot to kill the leader of North Korea. Major theater chains dropped plans to show it today, but hundreds of theaters made special arrangements to add it to their Christmas Day schedules. A New York man who saw it says it's not exactly "a serious commentary on politics" -- but it's "fun."

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Falling oil prices are taking their toll on the finances of a major oil producer. Saudi Arabia's Cabinet today endorsed a budget that projects a slight increase in spending -- and a significant drop in revenues -- for next year. The significantly lower oil prices mean a deficit of nearly $39 billion for the Saudis.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military is trying to find the attacker who threw a firebomb at a car carrying a young Israeli girl and her father today. The girl suffered severe burns and her father was less seriously hurt. The attack took place near Palestinian villages in the West Bank.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia could soon be hosting peace talks between Syria's government and the opposition. The country's Foreign Ministry says the talks could be held in Moscow next month. Russia has staunchly backed Syrian President Bashar Assad throughout Syria's civil war. It recently offered to host peace talks between the government and mainstream opposition groups.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Protesters in Mexico City today have been voicing their anger outside the Germany embassy. They say Germans arms manufacturers exported rifles to a corrupt local police department in Mexico that has been implicated in the disappearance of 43 students. The police are accused of detaining the students and turning them over to a drug gang, which apparently killed them.

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