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A worker removes poster for the movie "The Interview" from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater in Atlanta. The Alamo Drafthouse in Texas and Atlanta's Plaza Theater on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 said they will begin showing "The Interview" on Christmas Day, seemingly putting the comedy back in theaters after Sony Pictures Entertainment canceled its release. The Plaza is independently owned and not part of the Carmike chain. [Associated Press]

Sony says 'The Interview' will be shown in some theaters Thursday

NEW YORK — The Interview, the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its canceled release, will open in a limited Christmas Day theatrical release, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Tuesday. Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said Seth Rogen's North Korea farce "will …


  1. Father of Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS pleads for release


    AMMAN, Jordan — The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, reminding militants that his son shared the same faith as the ultraconservative group.

    Relatives and friends of the Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group, 1st Lt. Mu'ath Safi al-Kaseasbeh, gather in the Kaseasbeh tribe chamber in the town of Aey near Al Karak, in southern Jordan, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Islamic State militants captured a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed in Syria while conducting airstrikes Wednesday, the first foreign military member to fall into the extremists' hands since an international coalition launched its bombing campaign against the group months ago. [Associated Press]
  2. Pope Francis wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast


    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis focused his concern on those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out refugees, hostages and others suffering in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine as he prayed for hope and peace Thursday.

    Pope Francis, center, delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and to the world) blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Tens of thousands of Romans and tourists in St. Peter's Square listened as the pontiff delivered the Catholic church's traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (Latin for "to the city and to the world) Christmas message from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Francis said: "truly there are so many tears this Christmas." [Associated Press]
  3. ISIS extremists capture Jordanian pilot


    BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Jordanian pilot was captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria after his warplane crashed Wednesday while on a bombing run over Syria, the first such incident since a U.S.-led coalition began airstrikes against the militant group in the summer.

    This image posted by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State shows members of ISIS with a captured pilot, center, in Raqqa, Syria, on Wednesday. The image is authenticated based on its contents and other reporting by the Associated Press.
  4. Report: Ebola survival improving in Sierra Leone


    One year into the world's worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra Leone now survive.

    Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden promised last summer to improve the CDC's safety procedures.
"I'm working on it until the issue is resolved," he said in July. [Associated Press]
  5. Interrogation program mismanaged, Senate, CIA agree


    WASHINGTON — While the Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program and the spy agency's official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation, both reports largely agree the agency mismanaged the now-shuttered program.