1. 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 2014 Analysis: Sepp Blatter and the Qatar 2022 World Cup: too little, too late  Continue reading...

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2. The Big Fix: Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-25 at 08:02:51

Driven by a growing environmental movement and mounting pressure from Western consumers, corporate and government leaders are making a new push to slow the cutting of rain forests.

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4. Outside in: how foreign photographers see the post-Soviet world
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 17:00:06

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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5. North Korea – a year in threats
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 17:00:06

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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6. A vanishing paradise: along Iran’s Khalkhal-Asalem Road
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 17:00:06

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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7. Grass fire in central Victoria brought under control
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 17:00:06

Firefighters stop the spread of a grassfire in central Victoria and the CFA downgrades emergency warning to a watch and actFirefighters have stopped the spread of a grassfire in central Victoria.The Country Fire Authority (CFA) downgraded their emergency ...

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8. Christmas in the time of Ebola: documenting daily life in Liberia
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 17:00:06

The site Ebola Diaries is exploring the impact of the outbreak ‘beyond the hazmat suits and headlines’. Here are some of their Instagram images More than 3,300 people have been killed by Ebola in Liberia this year, with the outbreak affecting every ar...

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9. The playlist – the best South African hip-hop of 2014, with Tumi and AKA
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 17:00:06

This was the year that South African hip-hop truly found its voice. Here are five of the best cuts from a momentous 12 monthsOf all the country’s homegrown pop, South Africa’s hip-hop scene has had the hardest time proving its commercial sustainabilit...

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10. Putin acts to halt rising vodka cost
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-25 at 01:31:17

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for a cap on rising vodka prices, fearing they are pushing drinkers towards cheap, illegal substitutes.

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11. 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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12. Letter details ‘extraordinary sights’ of Christmas Day first world war truce
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 05:43:56

Message to mother by British officer reproduced by Royal Mail describes shaking hands with enemy and plan of another truce ‘to see how photos come out’ Continue reading...

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14. Hong Kong crash sparks money grab
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-24 at 20:21:07

Dozens of people pocket millions of Hong Kong dollars after a van crashes on a major road, spreading banknotes across the tarmac.

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15. MH17: Russia claims to have airfield witness who blames Ukrainian pilot
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 07:54:15

Russian investigators announce anonymous testimony of Ukrainian warplane taking off with air-to-air missiles and returning without them on 17 July Continue reading...

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16. Christmas message: Pope Francis makes phone call to refugees fleeing Isis
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 09:47:05

Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night mass and a phone call to Iraqi refugees forced out of their homes by Islamic State militants Continue reading...

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18. Protests erupt in Nicaragua over interoceanic canal
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 02:43:17

Farmers and peasants say they have not offered to sell their land to make way for the new canal, which the Nicaraguan government says will solve the country’s economic problemsProtests as Nicaragua starts work on $50bn interoceanic canal Continue readin...

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19. Russia says NATO turning Ukraine into ‘frontline of confrontation’
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-25 at 00:01:48

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a "frontline of confrontation" and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine's hopes of joining it were realized.

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