Sony has decided to pull a film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kin Jong Un after hackers threatened to launch terrorist attacks on cinemas that showed the film.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country's uncertain economic situation has been provoked by "external factors", and believes it may take two years for the country to return to growth.
Making an annual address in Moscow, he said he believes the country's currency, the rouble - which has recently been in freefall - will inevitably recover.
He also said he was confident the Russian central bank and government were taking adequate measure to deal with the uncertainty.
Putin added the Central Bank's current interest rate of 17% will not last throughout the currency's crisis.
Sony's shares closed 4.8 percent higher in Tokyo today - outperforming the 2.3 percent gain on the Nikkei benchmark index.
Investors said it was hoped that pulling The Interview would help to bring an end to the studio's current crisis.
"By not releasing the movie, they won't be hacked again. Investors think that from here on, further damage probably won't be done," said Makoto Kikuchi, CEO of Myojo Asset Management. "Whether that justifies a 5 percent jump in Sony's stock, I'm not so sure."
Before The Interview was cancelled, Sony is estimated to have lost $84.41 million (£54.2 million) from leaks of its other current releases, such as Fury and Annie.
Toys marketed to youngsters based on whether they are a boy or a girl "limit children's aspirations" and damage the economy in the long-term, the equalities minister has said.
Jo Swinson told Good Morning Britain the toys children played with influenced what behaviour they thought suitable for a boy or a girl.
The attack on an army-run school in Peshawar was so severe it "shocked" everyone, not just those with relatives in Pakistan, a Bradford councillor has told Good Morning Britain.
Khadim Hussain said Brits "irrespective of what colour or creed they are" would be sickened by the Taliban attack, which killed 141 people, most of them children.
Lawyers representing 169 of Jimmy Savile's alleged victims have said complaints against the late TV presenter were "routinely ignored" amid his "systematic reign of abuse".
They welcomed an apology from North Yorkshire Police over the force's handling of complaints against the late TV presenter - but urged the government to learn from the past.