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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Cabinet on Thursday endorsed a 2015 budget that projects a slight increase in spending and a significant drop in revenues due to sliding oil prices, resulting in a nearly $39 billion deficit.
The big tree with the glimmering holiday lights is up but the festive spirit is missing on Lenin Square in the heart of east Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk. Children recited poems on the stage and Russian pop music blared from loudspeakers as an inflatable snowman bobbed in the cold wind. "If I have any sense of a holiday mood then it is buried very deep down," said Svetlana Mashilina, standing next to her husband Vladimir.
Raunchy comedy "The Interview" -- a movie about a fictional plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un which has enraged Pyongyang -- opened in US theaters Thursday, a move its star attributed to public pressure. Its future had been in doubt after entertainment giant Sony said it was canceling the release following an embarrassing cyber attack on its corporate network and threats against moviegoers. Star Seth Rogen and co-director Evan Goldberg made a surprise appearance at one of the first showings in Los Angeles just after midnight, when they thanked moviegoers and theaters for pushing to get the film out. "We thought this might not happen at all," Rogen told a cheering crowd, according to a video posted on YouTube.