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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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The Interview will be streamed online from today

The film stars James Franco (left) and Seth Rogen (right). Credit: Reuters

Comedy film The Interview will be available for rental and purchase online from later today on YouTube, Google Play, Microsoft Xbox Video and on its own dedicated website, Sony has announced.

The distributor initially withdrew the film from cinemas last week after a cyber-attack that the FBI has blamed on North Korea - the nation whose leader is assassinated in the spoof film.

On Tuesday the film was made available to cinemas for limited release, beginning on Christmas Day.

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