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Obama criticises Sony for 'caving in to censorship'

US President Barak Obama has poured scorn on North Korea as the FBI confirmed the dictatorship had hacked Sony pictures after it produced a satire on an assassination attempt on the life of Kim Jong-un.

Mr Obama said the hacking was 'dangerous folly' which threatened America's commercial interests and worse.

ITV News' Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports.

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Man held after police officer's death

A 28-year-old man from Huyton has been arrested on suspicion of murder following an assault in Liverpool in which an off duty policeman died.

Merseyside Police say the man presented himself at a police station this evening and is being interviewed by detectives.

A post mortem to establish the cause of death of Constable Neil Doyle has concluded that he died as a result of a fatal bleed around the brain, caused by damage to major blood vessels supplying the brain, consistent with an assault.

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Sony 'looking for alternative platform to release The Interview'

Sony Pictures Entertainment said it immediately began looking for alternative platforms to release The Interview after it shelved the planned Christmas Day opening when cinema chains bailed on the comedy film.

Seth Rogen and James Franco in The Interview. Credit: Sony Pictures UK

"It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so," Sony said in a statement after President Barack Obama criticized the studio for pulling the comedy at the center of a cyber attack blamed on North Korea.

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Olympics star Michael Phelps avoids jail for drink driving

American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has been given a one-year suspended jail sentence for drink driving.

Phelps was caught driving at 84mph (135kph) in a 45mph zone (72kph) and crossing lanes illegally while nearly twice the legal limit in September. It was his second arrest for drunken driving.

Michael Phelps told reporters he would 'continue to grow from this' after admitting to the judge he had made a 'bad mistake'.

The 18-time Olympic gold medallist also received 18 months of supervised probation after admitting the offence.

Phelps said he underwent a 45-day rehab programme after his arrest and has pledged to continue to receive care while also attending Alcoholics Anonymous.

Woman arrested after eight children killed in Australia

The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police have confirmed.

Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the woman, who was hospitalised on Friday with stab wounds, was lucid and awake and talking to police.

Asnicar said the woman was the mother of seven of the eight children, aged 18 months to 15 years. The eighth child was her niece.

Sony CEO responds to Obama: 'We did not make a mistake'

The head of Sony Pictures has rejected US President Barack Obama's claim the company "made a mistake" by pulling the release of The Interview in the face of terrorist threats.

Michael Lynton said Barack Obama was mistaken in his reading of the film's cancellation. Credit: REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Speaking to CNN, Michael Lynton said Sony did not "give in" to hackers and said Mr Obama, along with the press and public, were "mistaken" over their reading of what prompted them to cancel the film's screenings.

Mr Lynton said Sony "had no alternative" after experiencing "the worst cyber attack in American history".

Record patient admissions increase winter strain on NHS

The unprecedented pressure being put on the NHS in England this winter has grown again with the vast majority of A&E departments feeling the strain.

The latest weekly data showed nearly half a million people arrived at A&E and record numbers were admitted to hospital.

In most, fewer than 90 per cent of patients were seen within the Government's target time of four hours, the lowest proportion on record.

ITV News Reporter Paul Davies spent the day at the Whittington Hospital in north London.

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