1. Pakistan school siege survivors tell of terror: ‘I saw death so close’
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 00:21:49

Seven men wearing bomb vests climbed over an undefended wall and began a pitiless killing spree that left a scene of carnage Continue reading...

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3. Inquiry after Tony Abbott wrongly claims Sydney siege gunman had a licence
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 16:55:06

Australian federal police investigating why prime minister was given erroneous information for public announcementThe Australian federal police is investigating how the prime minister was wrongly briefed that the gunman involved in the Sydney siege of a c...

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4. 220 journalists are now in prison across the world
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 16:55:06

Annual survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists shows China and Iran have most journalists in jailMore journalists are in jail across the world at present than a year ago. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 220 journalists are ...

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5. Dixons Carphone hails ‘barnstorming’ performance at UK and Ireland stores
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 16:55:06

Newly created retail group says like-for-like sales up 11% in latest quarter, while half-year profits rose 30% to £78mThe company behind retail brands Carphone Warehouse and Currys/PC World has hailed what it described as a “barnstorming” performance...

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6. Iran Standard Time: a day in the bread line
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 16:55:06

Queuing for bread offers a good opportunity for Iranians to vent political frustrations and exchange rumors with strangersAli, a 60 year-old man wearing a navy blue coat and a neatly trimmed beard, stands in a bread line near north Tehran’s Tajrish squa...

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7. ‘There are two legal ways to kill prisoners’ – life in North Korea’s Yodok prison camp
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 16:55:06

In the late 1990s Jeong Kwang-il was accused of spying and sent to the brutal jail for political prisoners. Having fled the country in 2003, he describes his ordeal as part of a series of escapees’ memoirsI was suspected of being a spy and arrested by [...

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8. Safe water and basic sanitation would slash maternal deaths, report says
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-16 at 10:30:09

Health groups press for emphasis on hygiene in next development goals with 289,000 women dying from childbirth complications each year Continue reading...

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13. Estimated 15,000 people join ‘pinstriped Nazis’ on march in Dresden
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-16 at 02:30:00

Far-right group Pegida holds ‘Islamisation’ protest, using slogan from 1989 campaign against East German government‘Pinstripe Nazis’ show the temperature of the immigration debate needs to be reducedGerman town tricks neo-Nazis into raising thousa...

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15. Shock and outrage over Pakistan massacre
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-16 at 19:16:54

The attack sent shockwaves across the world, and has been widely condemned.

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16. ‘A Great Moment’: Rover Finds Clue That Mars May Harbor Life
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-17 at 03:41:58

The presence of methane could be the result of a geological process or the product of microbes.

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17. Norman Bridwell, Creator of ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Books, Dies at 86
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-17 at 06:57:46

Mr. Bridwell’s “Clifford” books, about a dog as big as a house, became an international favorite for parents to read aloud to their children.

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18. Pakistan Taliban: a brutal tactic from a ragtag group feeling the pressure
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 00:53:00

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan may be trying to prove its effectiveness after a series of splits and an army assault Continue reading...

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19. Militants take hostages in attack on bank in southern Afghanistan
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 15:44:00

Officials in Helmand province say suspected Taliban militants detonated bomb at bank branch and engaged security forces in gunfight Continue reading...

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20. I may be the last, says Dalai Lama
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-17 at 09:59:17

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama tells the BBC that he realises he may be the last to hold the title.

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