1. Rectal rehydration and waterboarding: the CIA torture report’s grisliest findings
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-12 at 00:47:42

Parts of the CIA interrogation programme were known, but the catalogue of abuse is nightmarish, especially knowing much more will never be revealedCIA’s brutal and ineffective use of torture revealed in landmark reportTrevor Timm: America tortured more ...

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2. Kim Jong-un back on duty – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-12 at 16:55:07

North Korean leader has been making up for lost time since emerging from an unexplained absence in October. Here he is on a selection of outings in undated photographs released by the official news agency KCNA Continue reading...

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3. More heat at Iran’s bakeries as prices shoot up
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-12 at 16:55:07

Tensions in Tehran as a bread price hike takes effect “Not only have they increased the price, they’ve reduced the weight, though don’t tell anyone I told you,” laughs a young baker, no more than 25, who speaks quickly and works even faster in a b...

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5. Isis: the inside story
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-11 at 11:30:14

One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. Report by Martin ChulovIn the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles...

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6. Dogs in Heaven? Pope Leaves Pearly Gate Open
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-12 at 07:44:01

Pope Francis’ remarks to a distraught little boy whose dog had died have caused a new debate on whether animals have souls, suffer and go to heaven.

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8. Government Stays Open As Congress Advances Poison-Pill Spending Bill
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-12 at 08:10:42

WASHINGTON -- At least Democrats will have eggnog to wash down the poison pills they swallowed on Thursday as the House narrowly passed a government funding bill that will let Congress go home early for Christmas, and give Wall Street a fresh gift.

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9. Film damage drives out SeaWorld boss
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-12 at 03:57:38

The head of SeaWorld resigns as the amusement park struggles to attract visitors, in the wake of a 2013 film criticising its treatment of killer whales.

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10. Tsunami, 10 years on: the sea nomads who survived the devastation
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-11 at 00:36:18

Thailand’s indigenous sea gypsies predicted the waves that swept their villages away in 2004, and most of them escaped unharmed. Now they are facing a new threat to their centuries-old way of life: tourism and the encroaching modern world Continue readi...

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11. Guantánamo prisoners released to Uruguay: ‘We are so happy to be here’
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-12 at 00:43:19

Six former US detainees who were never charged with a crime, were flown to Uruguay on Sunday to begin new lives as refugees Continue reading...

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13. Lima climate talks agree on just one paragraph of deal with 24 hours left
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-12 at 00:44:31

As crucial UN climate summit in Peru enters final hours, negotiators have made little progress on draft text Continue reading...

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14. EU plans to scrap laws on clean air and waste recycling
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-11 at 23:47:46

Killing draft laws designed to prevent 58,000 premature deaths and increase recycling would be economic suicide, say MEPs Continue reading...

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15. Nonemployed: The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-12 at 07:15:29

Many men aged 25 to 54 have decided that low-wage jobs will not improve their lives. Their absence from the work force has consequences for the nation.

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16. Former Guantánamo captive David Hicks heckles George Brandis at awards ceremony – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-11 at 04:29:21

David Hicks, who was detained at Guantánamo Bay from 2001 until 2007, has heckled the attorney general George Brandis at the 2014 Human Rights Awards ceremony in Sydney. Hicks demanded to know what Brandis had to say about a damning CIA report into the t...

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17. Falling oil, rising cucumber prices: how much trouble is Russia in?
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-11 at 16:38:27

With plunging oil and a tumbling rouble on the one hand, and rocketing bond yields and inflation on the other, Moscow is clearly worried, but is a perfect storm gathering over Putin? Continue reading...

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18. Hong Kong Protesters Lose a Last Bastion, but Vow to Go On
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-12 at 05:17:04

Even in their defeat, the protesters, mostly college students, left with a new sense of political identity and a willingness to challenge the power holders in Beijing.

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19. US House passes $1.1tn budget bill
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-12 at 13:01:22

The US House of Representatives has passed a $1.1tn budget, hours before government was due to shut down at midnight on Thursday.

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20. Donkey protest in central Nairobi
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-11 at 21:02:02

Activists dump herd in the Kenyan capital's business district, in an apparent protest over insecurity.

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