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  • North Korea threatens US over Sony
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:39:13 GMT)

    North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber attacks. ... Read


  • New York killer boasted to onlookers
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:09:41 GMT)

    The man who shot dead two New York police officers told members of the public to "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the attack, police say. ... Read



  • IMF cuts blamed for Ebola spread
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:09:33 GMT)

    Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa, UK-based researchers say. ... Read


  • Fifa holds secret talks with Blatter
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:55:08 GMT)

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter holds talks with executives as concerns grow over future direction of football's governing body. ... Read


  • S Korea holds cyber drill after hack
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:03:11 GMT)

    South Korea's nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker. ... Read


  • Pakistan arrests over school attack
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:45:44 GMT)

    Pakistan's interior minister says police have arrested several suspects in connection with last week's massacre at a school in Peshawar. ... Read


  • Tunisia candidate refuses to concede
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:25:47 GMT)

    Caretaker leader Moncef Marzouki refuses to admit defeat in Tunisia's presidential election after exit polls suggest a win for Beji Caid Essebsi. ... Read


  • Abbott: House bill cut helped women
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:27:36 GMT)

    Australian PM Tony Abbott is criticised for saying that women benefitted from his scrapping of a carbon tax, as they were "particularly focused on the household budget". ... Read


  • Cairns murders: Court plea rejected
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:34:46 GMT)

    A woman charged with the murders of eight children in the Australian city of Cairns has failed to have her case transferred to a mental health court. ... Read


  • Delhi fog leads to travel chaos
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:09:48 GMT)

    A dense fog envelops the Indian capital, Delhi, and northern parts of the country, causing travel chaos. ... Read



  • Giant 'El Gordo' lottery grips Spain
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:37:26 GMT)

    Spaniards await the results of the famous "El Gordo" (The Fat One) Christmas lottery, with 2.2bn (1.7bn; $2.7bn) of prizes on offer. ... Read


  • Argentine court grants rights to ape
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:05:08 GMT)

    A court in Argentina rules that a shy orangutan who spent the last 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans. ... Read


  • US mulls putting NK on terror list
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:27:26 GMT)

    The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures. ... Read


  • Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:46:45 GMT)

    Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says. ... Read


  • Argentine town bans beauty contests
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:50:23 GMT)

    A town in Argentina becomes the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions in its traditional festivities, arguing they are sexist. ... Read


  • Cuba 'will stay on' communist path
  • (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:23:11 GMT)

    Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system. ... Read


  • Liberia vote count in Ebola-hit poll
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:01:21 GMT)

    Votes are being counted in Liberia's senate election held on Saturday despite a deadly Ebola outbreak, but many people decided to stay away. ... Read


  • Kenya leader signs tough security law
  • (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:40:03 GMT)

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday. ... Read



  • Jackie Chan's son charged over drugs
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:32:05 GMT)

    The son of Hollywood actor Jackie Chan is charged with a drug offence, Chinese prosecutors say, and could now face three years in jail. ... Read


  • Driver attacks French pedestrians
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:36:20 GMT)

    A driver shouting the Islamic phrase "God is great" in Arabic runs down pedestrians in the French city of Dijon, injuring 11, French media say. ... Read


  • Austrian crooner Udo Juergens dies
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:41:02 GMT)

    Udo Juergens, one of the best-known pop stars in the German-speaking world and winner of Eurovision in 1966, dies at the age of 80. ... Read


  • Kurds 'take' part of Sinjar from IS
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:02 GMT)

    Kurdish authorities say their forces have taken control of a "large area" of the town of Sinjar, which was captured by Islamic State in August. ... Read


  • Oil price fall 'not Opec's fault'
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:54:12 GMT)

    Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices. ... Read


  • Child abuse inquiry overhaul urged
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:52:39 GMT)

    Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body. ... Read



  • South Korea cuts growth forecasts
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:11:50 GMT)

    Asia's fourth largest economy, South Korea, cuts its growth forecast for this year and next as consumer and business sentiment weakens. ... Read


  • B&Q's Kingfisher to sell China stake
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:49:19 GMT)

    Home improvements retailer Kingfisher agrees to sell a controlling stake in B&Q China to Wumei Holdings in a cash deal estimated to be worth 140m ... Read


  • Asian shares climb in thin trade
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:52:02 GMT)

    Asian markets rose on Monday, although trading was thin at the start of a working week shortened by the Christmas break. ... Read


  • Reds can make top four - Rodgers
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:24:22 GMT)

    Boss Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool can finish in the Premier League top four after their 2-2 draw against Arsenal. ... Read


  • Malinga injury recovery going well
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:06:18 GMT)

    Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga to return from injury for the latter stages of the one-day international series against New Zealand. ... Read


  • Ronaldo statue erected in Madeira
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:00:24 GMT)

    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo unveils a statue of himself in his hometown of Funchal on the island of Madeira. ... Read


  • Elton John and David Furnish marry
  • (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:34:33 GMT)

    Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish convert their civil partnership to a marriage - with the musician documenting the day on the Instagram website. ... Read


  • Actress Billie Whitelaw dies aged 82
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:10:27 GMT)

    Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, who starred on stage and screen and worked in close collaboration with Samuel Beckett, dies in London. ... Read


  • Tom Brokaw cancer 'in remission'
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:09:26 GMT)

    Veteran newsman Tom Brokaw reveals that the multiple myeloma he was diagnosed with last year is in remission. ... Read





  • VIDEO: Airbus to deliver first A350 XWBs
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:25:09 GMT)

    Monday marks a big day for Airbus at its main factory headquarters in Toulouse, as Qatar Airways takes the first delivery of the plane makers newest twin-aisle A350 XWB. ... Read



  • VIDEO: How oil prices affect Venezuelans
  • (Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:57:05 GMT)

    Venezuela is one of the countries most affected by the drop in oil prices - it was already in a deep economic crisis when the price per barrel was over $100. ... Read













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