1. Antonio Martin, Black Teenager, Fatally Shot By Police 2 Miles From Ferguson: Report
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-24 at 13:37:59

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story included an interview with a man claiming to have been at the scene of the shooting and friends with the deceased. As police have released statements saying the second person involved in the incident has fled t...

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2. F.D.A. Easing Ban on Gays, to Let Some Give Blood
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-24 at 05:54:19

The Food and Drug Administration will end a lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, but it will block donations by men who have had sex with other men in the last 12 months.

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4. Cuba: America’s most wanted woman Assata Shakur will not be extradited
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 21:00:55

Woman also known as Joanne Chesimard accused of killing police officerHavana welcomes ‘entire package’ of measures after US detente Continue reading...

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5. Record 17,000 join ‘Pinstripe Nazi’ anti-Islam march in Germany
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 18:21:40

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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6. Alan Gross to receive $3.2m from US
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 16:55:03

Payment to contractor who was released after five years in Cuban jail is part of legal settlement Alan Gross, the contractor freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail, will receive $3.2m from the US government as part of a settlement with his emplo...

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7. Carlie Sinclair: remains of missing Darwin woman found, say police
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 16:55:03

Bush grave holds body of 36-year-old, say Northern Territory police, as former partner appears in court accused of her murderHuman remains found in a bush grave are those of the missing Darwin woman Carlie Sinclair, Northern Territory police have said.The...

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8. Russia on the verge of junk rating over weak economy – business live
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 16:55:03

Rating agency S&P sees 50% chance it will cut Russia’s credit rating within 90 days over weakening economy. 11.16am GMT Holger Zschaepitz, a senior editor at Die Welt, points out that many investors already see Russian bonds as junk.#Russia bond mar...

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9. Outside in: how foreign photographers see the post-Soviet world
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 16:55:03

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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10. China to send 700 combat troops to South Sudan
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 16:55:03

Deployment marks shift in Africa policy and will be first Chinese infantry battalion to take part in a UN peacekeeping missionChina is to send 700 combat troops to South Sudan in what analysts describe as a significant shift from its stated policy of non-...

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11. North Korea – a year in threats
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 16:55:03

As Pyongyang vows retaliation against America over the Sony film The Interview, we look at who else has been in the line of fire in 2014 In the ongoing debacle about The Interview – a film in which Seth Rogen is sent to assassinate Kim Jong-un – North...

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12. A vanishing paradise: along Iran’s Khalkhal-Asalem Road
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 16:55:03

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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13. Boxing Day tsunami: asbestos used in rebuilding effort funded by AusAid
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 16:55:03

Schools, midwifery academy and more than 90 village halls were built with cancer-causing material despite contract explicitly banning its useDozens of buildings – including schools and local government offices – constructed in Indonesia after the Indi...

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14. Death toll among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup workers revealed
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 02:24:32

Despite Qatar’s promises to improve conditions, Nepalese migrants have died at a rate of one every two days in 2014Analysis: Sepp Blatter and the Qatar 2022 World Cup: too little, too late  Continue reading...

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15. Economic Vital Signs in 3rd Quarter Were Strongest in a Decade
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-23 at 23:27:29

The Commerce Department revised its summer growth figures to 5 percent, bolstered by robust spending by businesses and consumers.

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16. Jesus was not born in a stable, says theologian
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 00:44:36

Rev Ian Paul writes on his blog that birth of Christ story is based on a misreading of the New Testament Continue reading...

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17. Chow down: Italian circus in trouble for disguising dogs as show pandas
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 00:08:37

Travelling circus owner charged in Brescia with using false documents after two chow chow puppies dyed black and white Continue reading...

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18. In About-Face, Sony Will Screen ‘The Interview’ in a Small Run
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-24 at 07:27:03

Sony also left open the door to video-on-demand availability of the movie, either simultaneously with its debut in theaters, or nearly so.

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20. Orangutan freed from zoo after Argentinian court grants her basic rights – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 17:28:14

An orangutan held in an Argentinian zoo will be transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognises her as a 'non-human person' unlawfully deprived of freedom. In a landmark case, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights argue the ape ha...

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