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    1. December 23, 2014

      North Korea knows film’s mythmaking power

      At his year-end press conference last week, Barack Obama chided North Korea for feeling threatened by a Hollywood comedy....

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      US ‘war’ with Cuba ends with no clear winners

      In a televised response this weekend to Barack Obama’s announcement of sweeping changes in US policy towards Cuba, Raúl...

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    1. December 22, 2014

      N Korea threatens attacks on US after being blamed for Sony hacking

      North Korea has warned of strikes against key sites in the US in retaliation for Washington blaming Pyongyang for the recent...

    2. FT Alphaville

      December 22, 2014

      FirstFT (the new 6am cut)

      Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates blamed non-Opec countries for the oil rout and reiterated that they will not cut...

    3. December 21, 2014

      Ticket to the White House set to cost at least $1bn

      It is set to be one of the toughest US presidential races and certainly its most expensive. With 687 days to go to election...

    4. December 21, 2014

      US struggles to find response to hack attack on Sony

      The Obama administration struggled over the weekend to strike an appropriate public response to the Sony computer hack , as...

    5. December 19, 2014

      President Obama breaks free of domestic shackles

      Just a month ago, Barack Obama’s remaining time in office looked set to be dominated by gridlock at home and wavering...

    6. December 19, 2014

      Obama says Sony ‘made mistake’ in pulling film

      Barack Obama has rebuked Sony Pictures for withdrawing a satirical movie that prompted a cyber attack that US investigators...

    7. The World

      December 18, 2014

      Cuba and US trade: Two-minute guide to what next

      The move by US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, to announce the tentative resumption of...

    8. December 18, 2014

      The most popular stories of 2014

      These were the most popular stories on FT.com this year. Russia, China, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the Scottish...

    9. December 18, 2014

      US left looking powerless after hacked Sony pulls ‘The Interview’

      With its apparent victory over Sony, North Korea has exposed one of the uncomfortable truths about the new era of cyber...

    10. December 18, 2014

      Euphoria grips Cuba amid doubts over detente

      Mariel is a hardscrabble, provincial Cuban town. It has a rundown electricity plant and rusting concrete factory, and sits...

    11. December 18, 2014

      Investors eye gains from US-Cuba detente

      Cargill, the private US commodities trader, was among the first to welcome the announced easing of US trade restrictions on...

    12. FT Photo Diary

      December 18, 2014

      Alan Gross arrives home

      Alan Gross, an American imprisoned in Cuba for five years, arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The US and Cuba agreed...

    13. December 18, 2014

      US Congress raises heat on World Bank over China fears

      The US Congress is putting pressure on the World Bank to preserve its social and environmental rules for projects in...

    14. FT Alphaville

      December 18, 2014

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Thursday, - When the gold standard was really a dollar standard. - “As much as you think of the possibility...

    15. December 18, 2014

      Cuba detente is the latest sign the cold war is over

      The US Constitution gives considerable latitude to the president to make foreign policy and on Wednesday Barack Obama...

    16. The World

      December 18, 2014

      Obama - when a lame duck quacks

      When the Republicans took control of both houses of Congress last month, the conventional wisdom was that the final two...

    17. December 17, 2014

      US-Cuba script written in Papal Library

      When Barack Obama met Pope Francis at the Vatican in March, they exchanged pleasantries for the photographers and swapped...

    18. December 17, 2014

      Timeline: US-Cuba relations

    19. December 17, 2014

      Obama opens door to new relations with Cuba

      The stand-off between the US and Cuba has endured for more than five decades. It has survived the end of the Vietnam war,...

    20. The World

      December 17, 2014

      Cigars all round: the thaw in US-Cuba relations

      It was on February 7 1962 that John F Kennedy signed the US policy now known as the Cuban embargo into law. The day before,...

    21. December 17, 2014

      US moves to restore relations with Cuba

      The US is to open talks with Cuba about establishing full diplomatic relations and reopening an embassy in Havana,...

    22. December 16, 2014

      US risks EU rift on new Russia sanctions

      President Barack Obama is to sign a bill authorising new sanctions on Russia and offering further aid to Ukraine, despite...

    23. December 16, 2014

      US-Europe trade deal stuck on launch pad

      David Cameron has called for “rocket boosters” and Angela Merkel has warned there is “no time to lose”. Across the Atlantic,...

    24. FT Alphaville

      December 16, 2014

      How cheaper oil changes the calculus for Keystone XL

      By James Benton With oil hovering around $57/barrel (for WTI) as of late Monday afternoon, now might be a good time for a...

    25. December 14, 2014

      $1tn cost of longest US war hastens retreat from military intervention

      Afghan slideshow The Afghanistan war, the longest overseas conflict in American history, has cost the US taxpayer nearly...

    26. December 14, 2014

      Afghanistan: ‘This is not over yet’

      Afghan slideshow On September 12 2001, Abdul Rashid went to the house of a Kabul friend whose living room had become popular...

    27. December 14, 2014

      Acrimony in passing US budget foreshadows problems ahead

      The US Senate ended the threat of a government shutdown by passing a $1.1tn spending package at the weekend, but only after...

    28. December 14, 2014

      US Senate deal ends shutdown threat

      The US Senate ended the threat of a government shutdown and put funding on a more stable footing on Saturday by passing a...

    29. December 12, 2014

      US lawmakers in narrow $1tn spending deal

      The House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1tn spending package late on Thursday, capping a day of high drama on...

    30. December 11, 2014

      CIA made serious mistakes, says Brennan

      The director of the CIA admitted that the agency made serious mistakes in how it ran a programme to interrogate terror...

    31. December 11, 2014

      Obama’s immigration policy leaves companies exposed

      Businesses that employ low-skilled immigrants are worried that President Barack Obama’s immigration policy will expose them...

    32. FT Photo Diary

      December 11, 2014

      Santa Obama

      U.S. President Barack Obama, with bags slung over his shoulders, delivers toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the...

    33. December 11, 2014

      US to impose sanctions on Venezuela officials

      The US Congress on Wednesday voted to restrict travel and freeze assets on some Venezuelan government officials it accuses...

    34. beyondbrics

      December 10, 2014

      Venezuela's coming nightmare debt holdout saga?

      Last week, Cleary Gottlieb – the US law firm representing Argentina in its debt negotiations – held a packed closed-door...

    35. December 10, 2014

      CIA shielded from damning report on interrogation methods

      The Central Intelligence Agency has just received the most searing indictment of its activities in a generation but it will...

    36. December 10, 2014

      A tortured legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks

      The most overlooked part of the US Senate’s report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture is its remedies. It...

    37. December 10, 2014

      Shifts and shocks on the soft power scale

      I used to be asked how the US could deploy its soft power in the Middle East more effectively. That was in the days of the...

    38. December 10, 2014

      CIA report is a strike back against America’s deep state

      Two years before he leaves office, Barack Obama is so politically weak he cannot even get his nominee for surgeon-general...

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