1. Dogs in Heaven? Pope Francis Leaves Pearly Gates Open
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-12 at 22:39:44

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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3. 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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4. The Sudans series: what you said
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-13 at 16:55:03

As part of our week-long focus on the Sudans we opened up conversation to our readers. Here are some of our highlights of what you told usSudan is hungry for change, but who will take on Omar al-Bashir?All week the Guardian has been looking a life in the ...

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5. More heat at Iran’s bakeries as prices shoot up
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-13 at 16:55:03

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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6. Kim Jong-un back on duty – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-13 at 16:55:03

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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7. 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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8. Korean Air Chairman Strips Daughter’s Titles After Her ‘Foolish’ Behavior
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-13 at 04:35:55

“I failed to raise her properly,” said Cho Yang-ho, chairman of Korean Air Lines, apologizing on live television as a furor over the serving of macadamia nuts continued on Friday.

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9. Thai crown prince’s wife quits
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-13 at 03:00:26

Srirasmi, the wife of Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, resigns her royal position amid a corruption scandal allegedly involving her relatives.

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10. Mothers Of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice Speak Together For The First Time
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-13 at 08:05:27

The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice appeared together for the first time on CNN.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper on Friday, the mothers of the four deceased, unarmed African American males explained that if their...

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11. Funds audit ‘clears Islamic charity’
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-12 at 09:56:35

Britain's biggest Islamic charity says an audit of its activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has shown no evidence accusations it has funded terrorism are accurate.

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12. Many missing in deadly Indonesia landslide
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-13 at 16:49:38

At least 12 people confirmed dead and search under way for hundreds after mudslide buries homes in Java province.

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13. UK flights hit by computer failure
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-13 at 04:56:38

Passengers are facing widespread disruption after a serious computer failure at the UK's air traffic control centre grounded and diverted flights.

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14. Elizabeth Warren Rips Citigroup For Weaseling Wall Street Giveaway Into Government Spending Bill
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-13 at 07:25:21

WASHINGTON - As promised, Elizabeth Warren has left blood and teeth on the floor. 

During the final debate over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010, before Warren was a senator, she was asked about an attempt to defang the unborn agency. "My...

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15. A Cape Cod Mystery: a Surge of Stranded Sea Turtles
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-13 at 01:36:55

Volunteers are waging a rescue effort after finding almost 1,200 turtles washed ashore since mid-November, far more than in the previous record year.

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16. Nonemployed: Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-13 at 04:34:39

The work force participation of American women has declined, as it has for men. But their situation is often quite different.

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17. Climate summit goes into overtime
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-13 at 10:42:51

Talks continue through the night at the key UN climate summit in Peru, with major divisions between rich and poor nations hampering progress.

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18. Pope declines Dalai Lama meeting
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-13 at 02:47:01

Pope Francis declines to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Rome, as the Vatican seeks to improve ties with China.

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19. Stray cat enjoys $1,000 fish feast
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-12 at 16:33:11

Moggie gets its paws on marine delicacies after breaking into a Russian airport's fish counter.

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20. US Senate delays $1.1tn budget vote
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-13 at 12:09:38

The US Senate has pushed back a vote on a $1.1tn (£700bn) budget to Monday, after the bill cleared the House of Representatives in a close and contentious vote.

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