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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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Independent cinemas start screening The Interview

After pulling the release from major theaters following alleged cyber threats from North Korea, Sony Pictures has reached a deal with several independent theaters to show The Interview on Christmas Day.

Tickets for the film The Interview is seen held up by theater manager Donald Melancon for the media at Crest Theater in Los Angeles. Credit: Reuters

Small movie houses in New York, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles are among those planning to screen the film. The Christmas Day openings follow an online release of the film by Sony on Wednesday.

A cinema displays The Interview. Credit: Reuters

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