PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news - Dec 18
Dec 18 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
* Russia's finance ministry said it was prepared to sell as much as $7 billion of its foreign currency reserves to support the rouble, which an official called "extremely undervalued." (nyti.ms/1AJsZIZ)
* The turmoil in the Russian economy appears to be encouraging Moscow to seek compromise in the crisis over Ukraine, although President Vladimir V. Putin has proved so erratic in past months that Western leaders are wary of proclaiming progress, officials and analysts said. (nyti.ms/1DQ2F5C)
* President Obama ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century as he vowed to "cut loose the shackles of the past" and sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War. (nyti.ms/1r1y92X)
* American officials have concluded that North Korea was "centrally involved" in the hacking of Sony Pictures computers, even as the studio canceled the release of a far-fetched comedy about the assassination of the North's leader that is believed to have led to the cyberattack. (nyti.ms/1wjKSyL) Continuación...