1. Two N.Y.P.D. Officers Are Killed in Brooklyn Ambush; Suspect Commits Suicide
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-21 at 11:17:23

Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot at point-blank range in their patrol car Saturday by a man who, officials said, had traveled to the city from Baltimore vowing to kill officers.

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3. #BlackLivesMatter Protesters Shut Down Part Of Mall Of America
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-21 at 02:50:43

What appeared to be hundreds of demonstrators occupied part of the Mall of America on Saturday to protest police killings of unarmed black people.

"While you are on your shopping spree, black people cannot breathe," they chanted. 

"That's why we're angr...

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4. US delivers 10 helicopters to Egypt in sign of improving relations
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 23:48:12

Apache helicopters arrived this week to support counter-terrorismDelivery had been on hold since coup against elected president last year Continue reading...

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5. Ebola kills Sierra Leone’s most senior doctor
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-21 at 16:55:03

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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6. Ukraine forms ‘ministry of truth’ to regulate the media
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-21 at 16:55:03

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. Queensland police charge Cairns mother with murder of eight children
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-21 at 16:55:03

Court hearing held at bedside of accused woman, 37, who remains in hospital after discovery of bodies on FridayQueensland police have charged a Cairns mother with the murder of eight children including her four sons and three daughters.The 37-year-old, wh...

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8. As Obama makes history over Cuba, will the Castros be the real winners?
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-21 at 16:55:03

After 50 years of fractious hostility, America has thrown a dramatic lifeline to the island’s bankrupt economyTo the astonishment of even the most seasoned and wired-in of Cuba hands, the half century-long cold (and hot) war between the US and Cuba is o...

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9. Senior cleric: Iran has knowledge to build a nuclear bomb
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-21 at 16:55:03

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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10. South Korea cancels illuminated Christmas tree near border with North
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-21 at 16:55:03

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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12. Jordan hangs 11 after lifting execution ban
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-21 at 14:12:34

Execution at dawn of eleven convicted criminals ends Jordan's informal eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.

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14. Why the Russian oil crash could threaten Putin with a palace coup
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-21 at 05:35:00

With a growing economic crisis and less money to share among the oligarchs, there is talk of splits in the Kremlin elite that could undermine the president’s power ■ How other oil exporting countries are being affected Continue reading...

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17. Castro Thanks U.S. in Speech But Reaffirms Communism
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-21 at 01:58:20

In a speech on Saturday, President Raúl Castro thanked President Obama for “a new chapter” while also reaffirming that restored relations did not mean the end of Communist rule in Cuba.

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18. Tests confirm Cambodia HIV mass infection
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-20 at 18:43:45

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

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