1. Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-23 at 03:50:06

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, dies aged 70.

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2. North Korea Loses Its Link to the Internet
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-23 at 07:33:23

While perhaps a coincidence, the failure, which lasted about 10 hours, began after President Obama said the U.S. would respond to an act of “cybervandalism” against Sony Pictures.

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5. De Blasio, With Bratton by Side, Seeks Balance After 2 Killings
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-23 at 07:26:12

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the families of two New York City police officers who were killed and called for a break in protests as he sought to show leadership over a divided city.

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6. Monkey saves dying friend at Indian train station – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-22 at 19:51:19

A monkey at Kanpur train station in India saves the life of another monkey who had fallen unconscious on the tracks after being electrocuted by walking on wires above. The first monkey rubs, hits and bites him, then dips him in water. After more than 20 m...

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7. Man rams van into Christmas market in France
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-23 at 05:05:22

NANTES, France (Reuters) - A man ploughed a van into a crowded Christmas market in Nantes in western France on Monday, injuring at least 10 people in the country's third violent attack in as many days.

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8. Outside in: how foreign photographers see the post-Soviet world
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 16:55:06

Russia maybe be under perennial scrutiny but it is a challenge to find photography that provides fresh perspective of the country, or its post-Soviet neighbours. Can outsiders offer anything new? The Calvert Journal profiles 25 international photographers...

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9. Do you speak Uglish? How English has evolved in Uganda
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 16:55:06

A book has attempted to an unlock ‘one of the funniest and strangest English varieties in the world’. Are you a Uglish speaker? Or fond of another type of colloquialism? Tell us about it Please don’t dirten my shirt with your muddy hands. Stop cowar...

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10. Tony Abbott warns terrorism chatter has increased and attack remains ‘likely’
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 16:55:06

Prime minister says Australians should be on alert, but celebrate the festive season as normal There has been an increased level of “terrorist chatter” in the wake of last week’s Sydney cafe siege and a terrorist attack remains likely, Tony Abbott s...

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11. Wildlife poaching has a huge impact on Africa, but our leaders are silent
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 16:55:06

The illegal ivory trade feeds terrorism and drains Africa of some of its greatest assets. Why aren’t politicians more outspoken about protecting elephants? Why are African leaders silent on wildlife crime? Every day in Africa nearly 100 elephants are ki...

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12. Will Self: we are passive consumers of the pornography of violence
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 16:55:06

We are more exposed to images of war than ever before, but instead of being spurred into action, we have become passive viewersThe sand is hot, burning your knees through the stiff synthetic material of the jump suit – the cords around your wrists chafe...

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13. UK growth revised down and current account deficit soars – live
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 16:55:06

Double blow as Britain’s annual growth rate is revised down to 2.6%, and the current account deficit soars to £27bnUK GDP grew by 2.6% over last year, not 3% Growth rates trimmedCurrent account makes gloomy readingHere’s why the current account is a ...

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14. A vanishing paradise: along Iran’s Khalkhal-Asalem Road
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 16:55:06

New roads are making Iran’s remote and bucolic villages accessible to city folks on the hunt for new sanctuaries, bringing with them the ills of urbanization threatening the paradise they seek On a recent day in Loomavesht, a village up the Asalem-Khalk...

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15. Record 17,000 join nationalist march in Germany
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 04:01:38

Many in Berlin shocked by emergence of far-right anti-Islamist group Pegida as growing numbers join weekly Dresden protest ‘Pinstripe Nazis’ show the immigration debate is overheated Continue reading...

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16. Sex slavery pushes Iraq IS victims to suicide: Amnesty
     Published by Yahoo on 2014-12-23 at 15:39:02

Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State jihadist group have committed suicide or tried to, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. IS militants have overrun swathes of Iraq since June, decl...

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17. Marine mystery as seal found stranded in field 20 miles from the sea
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 00:50:00

Young grey seal rescued more than four hours after being found in field in Newton-le-Willows near St Helens Continue reading...

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18. Islamic State: Yazidi women tell of sex-slavery trauma
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-22 at 18:09:08

Sex-slavery trauma of Yazidis seized by Islamic State

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20. Pope Francis criticism stuns Vatican
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-23 at 00:30:39

The Pope tells cardinals there is a need to purge "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "the terrorism of gossip" from the Vatican.

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