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US cinemas set to delay screenings of 'The Interview'

Two of the US' major movie theatre chains have announced that they will be delaying screenings of upcoming film The Interview.

Regal Cinemas, which operates 573 US theatres, and Canadian company Cineplex Entertainment, which operates 161 theatres, both said the film would not be immediately available to watch in their venues.

The decision not to show the film on its American release date on December 25 comes in the wake of recent online threats against people who watch it.

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Republicans claim Cuba move shows 'retreat of US values'

Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain. Credit: Reuters

Two of the leading Republican voices on U.S. foreign policy have denounced President Barack Obama's plans to ease U.S. restrictions on Cuba.

Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham claimed the move showed "America and the values it stands for in retreat and decline."

"It is about the appeasement of autocratic dictators, thugs, and adversaries, diminishing America's influence in the world," the pair said in a statement.

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Massive sinkhole opens up in front garden

Massive hole Credit: Sarah Jenkins

A home owner has been left heartbroken after a massive sinkhole opened up in her garden.

The garden has been damaged by the hole Credit: Sarah Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins, who lives in Upper Basildon, near Reading, was shocked when the crater opened up at her home.

Big hole in Berkshire Credit: Sarah Jenkins

An investigation into what caused the 10m wide and 5m deep hole is underway.

Ebola death toll rises to 6,915

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak has risen to 6,915 out of 18,603 recorded cases.

The World Health organisation released the updated figures as house-to-house searches for further possible Ebola patients began in Sierra Leone today in a bid to tackle the spread of the virus.

Freed aid worker Alan Gross 'very happy' at Obama move

Alan Gross speaking after his release today. Credit: Reuters

Freed aid worker Alan Gross said on Wednesday he was "very happy" to hear about the thaw in relations between the US and Cuba.

Speaking to the media after his release from Cuba, he thanked U.S. President Barack Obama for all he had done to secure his release and said he did not blame the Cuban people for his ordeal.

"Two wrongs never make a right. I truly hope that we can all get beyond these mutually belligerent policies and I was very happy to hear what the president had to say today," Gross said.

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Surgeries cancelled as NHS faces winter pressure

Patients' surgeries across the country have been cancelled this week as the NHS struggles with beds not being freed up quickly enough.

Since Monday more than thirty operations have been cancelled at the Royal Shrewsbury hospital, Basildon hospital has been placed on black alert with routine operations cancelled, and a major internal incident has been declared at Gloucestershire Royal leading to it being put on black alert as well.

ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports:

An astonishing shift in US-Cuban relations

President Obama has announced a historic change in relations between the US and Cuba, ending 50 years of virtual separation between the two states.

But the move was met with hostility from some of his Republican opponents, who accused Mr Obama of rewarding a regime that suppresses its own population.

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports.

Pakistan in mourning after Taliban school massacre

Pakistan is in a period of mourning after the brutal massacre of 132 children at a school in Peshawar by Taliban militants.

Pakistan's Prime Minister has said he will crush the organisation and restore capital punishment for those who kill, in its name.

But for the friends and families of the victims that is for another day.

Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, focused on their unimaginable grief: Lives full of promise, cut short.

ITV News' International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar reports:

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