1. Kurds ‘break IS mountain siege’
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-19 at 20:07:31

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

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2. Nasa emails spanner into space
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-19 at 16:26:57

Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.

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3. The 20 photographs of the week
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 16:55:07

A deadly siege in Sydney, outrage in Peshawar over the school massacre, Russia’s economic woes and the ongoing Ebola outbreak – the best photography in news and culture from around the world this weekWarning: some of these photographs contain graphic ...

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4. Ebola kills Sierra Leone’s most senior doctor
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 16:55:07

Victor Willoughby is the 11th of the country’s 120 doctors to die during the outbreak Sierra Leone’s most senior doctor has died of Ebola just hours after an experimental drug to treat him arrived at Freetown’s airport.Dr Victor Willoughby is the 11...

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5. How India proved to be the jewel in the crown for investors in 2014
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 16:55:07

Nine of the 10 top funds were invested in India, while Russia, energy and the FTSE suffered major disappointmentIndia was the best place to put your money in 2014, and Russia the worst, according to an analysis of the thousands of investment funds sold to...

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6. Ukraine forms ‘ministry of truth’ to regulate the media
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 16:55:07

Journalists fear freedom of speech will be curtailed as Kiev follows Moscow in stepping up the propaganda war Зачем Украине «министерство правды» Ukraine has a new government ministry. This month, the parliament voted to cr...

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7. Senior cleric: Iran has knowledge to build a nuclear bomb
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 16:55:07

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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8. South Korea cancels illuminated Christmas tree near border with North
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 16:55:07

Plans to reconstruct the Christmas tower two miles from North Korea have been abandoned due to ‘high military tensions’A South Korean Christian group has scrapped a plan to construct a new Christmas tree-shaped tower near the border with North Korea, ...

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9. Israeli plane strikes Gaza after rocket fire
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-20 at 11:55:16

No casualties reported as Israel attacks Hamas targets in Palestinian territory for first time since war this summer.

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10. Vladimir Putin invites Kim Jong-un to Moscow
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 19:41:06

North Korea’s leader may travel to Russia to mark the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany on 9 May as mark of closer relationsFollow live: FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack Everything’s fine, says Putin in press conference – including my love life...

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11. Cuba’s Raul Castro steps out of brother’s shadow with U.S. deal, support surges
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-20 at 04:53:31

HAVANA (Reuters) - Stepping out of his legendary brother's shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States.

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12. UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850m
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-20 at 13:24:50

General Assembly resolution over 2006 oil spill marks first time a price has been put on damages asked from Israel.

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13. Apple ‘deeply offended’ by BBC story
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-19 at 19:35:38

Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

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14. Tests confirm Cambodia HIV mass infection
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-20 at 13:07:32

UNAIDS to join Health Ministry to conduct full epidemiological investigation in affected community in Battambang.

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15. Peshawar school massacre: ‘This is Pakistan’s 9/11 – now is the time to act’
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 20:37:10

People in Pakistan describe the mood in their country following the Peshawar school massacre, how their feelings towards extremist groups have changed, and what they think needs to be done to stabilise the nation  Continue reading...

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17. Obama Vows a Response to Cyberattack on Sony
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-20 at 07:37:42

President Obama said the U.S. would “respond proportionally” to the attack on Sony Pictures after the F.B.I. said it had extensive evidence that North Korea had organized it.

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20. Anti-Taliban protesters in Islamabad demand action against pro-militant cleric
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 01:38:20

Hundreds of people gather outside police station to protest against refusal of Abdul Aziz, head of the Red Mosque, to condemn killings in Peshawar• Peshawar school massacre: ‘This is Pakistan’s 9/11 – now is the time to act’ Continue reading...

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