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US imposes new sanctions on North Korea over Sony hacking

The United States has imposed new sanctions on North Korea as part of its first response to the cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

The FBI has blamed North Korea for the attack which leaked confidential data from Sony computers.

North Korea has denied the allegation but expressed fury over Sony's comedy The Interview, which features a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un.

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YouTube 'set to stream The Interview online'

Google's YouTube unit has tentatively agreed to stream the controversial film The Interview, reports suggest.

Sony initially withdrew the film from cinemas over security fears. Credit: Reuters

It will offer online rentals starting on Thursday, CNN reported.

The release comes after Sony agreed to show the controversial movie at around 200 cinemas - less than a week after pulling the film's planned release over security fears following a devastating cyber attack blamed on North Korea.

President Obama welcomed the decision to show the film, having criticised the decision to withdraw it from cinemas as a "mistake".

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