Sony Pictures Entertainment said it is looking for alternative platforms to release controversial film 'The Interview' after it was criticised by US President Barack Obama for 'caving in' to hackers and cancelling the release of movie.
North Korea have proposed conducting a joint investigation with the US into the cyber attack on Sony's computer systems.
The Korean Central News Agency reports that the nation's government can prove it has nothing to do with the hacking attack.
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has hit Japan's Honshu island.
The earthquake poses no tsunami risk, reports the Japan Meterological Agency.
Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn has died aged 63, the Conservative Party has announced. The West Midlands MEP, who had served in the European Parliament since 1999, was diagnosed with bowel cancer shortly after being re-elected in May and died last night.
Ashley Fox, leader of the Conservative MEPs, said Mr Bradbourn was a "one-off" adding that he was "a much loved character who could always be relied on for a robust intervention and a succinct summary of a political point".
Hollywood actor George Clooney has said the entertainment industry should push for immediate release of The Interview online.
Clooney told the trade site Deadline that Sony should "do whatever you can to get this movie out".
A Centre for Retail Research report for Vouchercodes.co.uk found that delayed online orders, poor weather in some areas and earlier sales were expected to drive 60.9 million shoppers to the high street between today and Christmas Eve - up 14% on last year.
Britain's department stores can expect to double their takings this weekend, with outlets in the north of England set to benefit the most from Panic Saturday, according to data from payment processing company Worldpay.
It said the number of card payments processed by department stores in some parts of the UK just prior to Christmas rose by as much.
High street hops have cut prices for what is expected to one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Among the retailers offering discounts, Debenhams is selling some Christmas gifts at half-price, Boots is offering a 60% discount of selected fragrances, while Marks & Spencer has knocked 50% off the price of some beauty products.
The Centre for Retail Research (CRR) has predicted in-store sales will reach £4.74 billion over the five days before Christmas - a 21% increase on last year.