The Interview was scheduled for release on Christmas Day in the US

US still adamant N Korea was behind Sony attack

20 Dec The US stands by its assertion that the North Korean government was behind the massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council has said.

Raul Castro reiterated his willingness for respectful and reciprocal dialogue regarding disagreements with the US

Castro hails 'obstacle' removal in US-Cuba affairs

20 Dec Cuban President Raul Castro has hailed the removal of an "obstacle" in US-Cuba relations, saying he is ready to discuss any topic with the United States after the historic bilateral rapprochement.

The talks in Belfast adjourned late last night and will resume on Monday

Progress made in Northern Ireland talks

20 Dec Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, talked by telephone with British Prime Minister David Cameron earlier today.

The group has said its members were not consulted about the proposals and are not protected by legislation

Former Aer Lingus employees in pension protest

20 Dec Former employees of Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport Authority and SR Technics, who say they stand to lose up to 60% of their pensions under the airline's new pension deal, have protested outside Dublin Airport.

Ban Ki Moon visited an Ebola treatment centre outside Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown

UN chief praises Ebola healthcare workers

20 Dec UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people.