1. Report recommends Secret Service ramp up protection of White House
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 17:00:03

Panel’s security review suggests raising height of fence and getting an outside director to solidify president’s safety after Omar Gonzalez breached securityThe White House fence should be raised by up to five feet and new outside management brought i...

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2. Life on the Ebola frontline: ‘I thought of nothing else except my death’
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 17:00:03

In his fifth update, Isaac Bayoh, a quarantine and awareness worker in rural Sierra Leone, hears the story of an ambulance driver who contracted EbolaPart one: ‘Survivors are left alone to carry their pain’Part two: ‘Hope is fading, but we will keep...

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3. ‘There are two legal ways to kill prisoners’ – life in North Korea’s Yodok prison camp
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 17:00:03

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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4. Santa’s real workshop: the town in China that makes the world’s Christmas decorations
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 17:00:03

Inside the ‘Christmas village’ of Yiwu, there’s no snow and no elves, just 600 factories that produce 60% of all the decorations in the worldThere’s red on the ceiling and red on the floor, red dripping from the window sills and red globules splat...

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5. Queensland woman in hospital after children stabbed – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 17:00:03

Queensland police say the mother of seven of eight children found murdered at a house in Cairns is now in hospital. Police were called to the house after reports of a 34-year-old woman with serious injuries. The bodies of eight children, aged between 18 m...

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6. Senior cleric: Iran has knowledge to build a nuclear bomb
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 17:00:03

The Islamic republic has reached the expertise to enrich uranium not just to the 5% and 20% levels required for civilian uses but to higher levels required for a bomb, says Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami An official site belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Gu...

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7. Man finds woman with same name as ex to join him on round-the-world trip
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-18 at 16:15:25

Jordan Axani offered free tickets that could only be used by someone called Elizabeth Gallagher after he split from girlfriend Continue reading...

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8. Chinese passenger opens plane door for fresh air
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-18 at 09:49:21

Man who opened emergency exit as plane was about to take off did not realise the danger, airline staff say Continue reading...

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9. Pope Francis celebrates 78th birthday with mass tango – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-18 at 01:22:25

Thousands of people sang Happy Birthday and performed a mass tango in St Peter’s Square to celebrate the pope’s birthday. The Argentinian pontiff was born in the birthplace of the tango and previously admitted to being a fan of the erotic dance Contin...

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10. The US and Cuba are now on equal terms for the first time in history
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-18 at 02:38:00

Pope and envoys played acknowledged roles in healing breach, focusing on Guantanamo bay and humanitarian issues Continue reading...

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11. ‘Hitler’s tourist resort’ pits German commercialism against dark Nazi past
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-18 at 17:04:27

Ethical questions raised over plans to redevelop unfinished Third Reich seaside complex into luxury holiday apartments Continue reading...

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12. Killing of top Taliban ‘ineffective’
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-19 at 08:03:31

A secret CIA report released by Wikileaks says strikes against Taliban leaders have had little impact on the group.

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13. Iraqi Kurds say siege of Mount Sinjar broken
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-19 at 15:47:36

Peshmerga forces claim breakthrough against ISIL, reaching mountain where hundreds of Yazidis are trapped.

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16. Sony hack is ‘US security issue’
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-19 at 06:19:09

The cyber attack on Sony that forced a major film release to be pulled is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says.

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17. Ukraine forms ‘ministry of truth’ to regulate the media
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 10:30:08

Journalists fear freedom of speech will be curtailed as Kiev follows Moscow in stepping up the propaganda war Зачем Украине «министерство правды»  Continue reading...

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18. Journey to Reconciliation Visited Worlds of Presidents, Popes and Spies
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-19 at 09:32:29

The deal that restored full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba ultimately rested with a spy swap.

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19. Three Isis leaders killed in US-led air strikes in Iraq
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 02:16:01

Group’s military ‘emir’ and deputy to senior commander among deadCoalition commander hails ‘significant progress’ against Isis in IraqThe long read: the race to save Peter Kassig Continue reading...

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20. Developing countries lose $2 for every $1 gained, report says
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-18 at 05:31:11

Cash flowing out of poor countries in illegal activities, debt, lost profits and loans more than they receive through aid, investment and remittances Continue reading...

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