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Sony share price jumps after pulling The Interview

Sony Pictures has cancelled the release of comedy The Interview on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader Credit: Reuters

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.


Bradford councillor: School attack 'shocked' everyone

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.


Savile victims were 'routinely ignored' by police and others

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.

The victims will take some comfort from the apology.

Savile's victims were routinely ignored when they reported the abuse and countless opportunities to investigate him were missed, not just by police but also in other organisations he was involved with.

Hopefully, we are learning the lessons of the past and no one will ever get away with the systematic reign of abuse Savile did.

– Jessica Standley, Slater & Gordon

Policeman killed, two injured in suicide bomb attack

A policeman has been killed and two others injured in a suicide bomb blast on the outskirts of Afghanistan captial Kabul.

Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said a patrol car was sent to a village near the airport after reports a bomber was trying to enter the city in a car laden with explosives.

But they were able to detonate the bombs before the officers could stop them.

Freed Cuban agents given heroes' welcomes as they land

Thee Cuban intelligence agents have been given heroes' welcomes as they landed back in their homeland after 16 years in prison in the US.

The men were given heroes' welcomes as they landed back in Cuba after 16 years Credit: Reuters

The men were released as part of a prisoner swap between the two countries, which heralded the start of a major policy shift to normalise relations after more than 50 years of hostility.

Gerardo Hernandez, aged 49, Antonio Guerrero, 56, and 51-year-old Ramon Labañino were greeted by Cuban President Raul Castro and throngs of family, friends and fans as they disembarked at Jose Marti International Airport.

Gerardo Hernandez greets his wife Adriana Perez O'Connor at the airport Credit: Reuters

The men - together with two others already released - are jointly referred to as the 'Cuban Five', and are celebrated as anti-terrorist heroes for their work spying on extremist Cuban exile groups in Florida.

Supermarket 'big four' slash prices at the pumps

The 'big four' supermarkets are all slashing fuel prices by up to 2p per litre from today.

Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons will all be reducing pries at the pumps by 1p per litre of diesel and 2p per litre of petrol.

Prices were around 16p a litre higher just three months ago Credit: PA

It means that customers at Asda will pay no more than 110.7p for petrol and 117.7p for diesel - down from 126.7p and 133.7p respectively less than three months ago.

It is the latest in a series of fuel price drops in recent weeks, as experts predict motorists could see costs dip below £1 a litre come the new year.

Read: Boost for drivers as petrol set to drop below £1 a litre

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