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.

Current president Moncef Marzouki took 33% of ballots in the first round of voting in November

Polls open in Tunisian presidential election

21 Dec Polls have opened in Tunisia for a presidential run-off election that completes the country's transition to full democracy nearly four years after an uprising which ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

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.

RTÉ has learned that the matter has come to the attention of the council within the past three weeks

Probe over alleged misuse of council materials

19 Dec An investigation is under way at Cavan County Council after allegations were made that one of its employees used council vehicles and materials to have some work done on their own private property.

Kim Jong-un observes he North Korean military's winter training at an unknown location

North Korea to snub UN Security Council meeting

19 Dec North Korea has said it will not send a representative to a UN Security Council meeting next week to discuss the country's human rights record and calls to refer Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court.

Theresa Villiers and Charlie Flanagan are chairing the talks

Signs of progress at Stormont political talks

19 Dec Stormont's five main political parties have resumed their negotiations, chaired by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan.

The SIPO report has now been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions

SIPO finds councillor breached ethics rules

19 Dec The Standards in Public Office Commission has found that a former Donegal county councillor contravened ethics legislation by submitting claims for travelling and subsistence expenses.

Rob Wright said the budgetary process was overwhelmed by programme for governments and social partnership

Inquiry told of 'startling' lack of written advice

18 Dec Former Canadian deputy finance minister Rob Wright has told the Banking Inquiry it was startling that there was very little consistent written advice in the Department Of Finance other than annual memoranda to Cabinet.

The report calls for a consistent approach to concussion injuries

Call to link sport funding to concussion awareness

17 Dec An Oireachtas report into concussion injuries has recommended that State funding for sporting organisations should be linked to the completion of awareness training by referees, medical professionals and coaches.