1. Saudi Antiterrorism Court to Try Women Held for Driving
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-26 at 08:36:07

Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month after they defied edicts that prohibit women from driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases.

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2. Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-26 at 14:49:49

Memorial services are held in Indonesia and other nations for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on the disaster's 10th anniversary.

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3. UK just pips France to fifth place in global economies league table
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 16:55:06

Cebr Global ranking achieved after Britain started including earnings from drugs and prostitution in GDP figuresThere’s definitely good news and bad news for the UK in the latest league tables of global economies drawn up by a leading economic consultan...

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4. North Korea – a year in threats
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 16:55:06

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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5. Outside in: how foreign photographers see the post-Soviet world
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 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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6. $100m fund aims to kickstart next generation of African businesses
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 16:55:06

Africa’s young entrepreneurs are hailed as agents of change, but still struggle to bring ideas to life. An ‘Africapitalism’ funding initiative could change thatDown a scratchy phone line from Nairobi, 21-year-old Joel Mwale says he has spent the pas...

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7. A vanishing paradise: along Iran’s Khalkhal-Asalem Road
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 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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8. NSW Labor leadership: Steve Whan throws his hat in the ring
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 16:55:06

Upper house member says he will re-contest his previously-held seat of Monaro, which he lost in the 2011 state electionSteve Whan, the New South Wales opposition police spokesman, has become the second person to put his hand up for the job of Labor leader...

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9. Barack Obama’s Christmas message to troops: you have made us safer
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 16:55:06

US president, speaking at Marine Corps base in Hawaii, says sacrifices have not been in vain as military leaves AfghanistanBarack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America’s military, telling troops...

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12. Xbox and PlayStation online crash
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-26 at 07:28:06

Xbox and PlayStation online services have been suffering technical problems, amid claims a hacking group has disabled their services.

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15. Soldiers die in attack on Libya oil terminals
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-26 at 15:17:11

Fajr Libya fighters firing rockets from speedboats at al-Sidra port set oil tank on fire, amid clashes in Sirte.

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16. Ebola epidemic death toll passes 7,500 as virus spreads in Sierra Leone
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 02:12:00

On first anniversary of outbreak World Health Organisation reports 315 new cases in former British colony in a week Continue reading...

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17. 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. Chinese university bans Christmas
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 20:52:43

University in Xi’an forces students to watch propaganda films and to pay more attention to Chinese holidays instead Continue reading...

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19. Sony Streams ‘The Interview’ on YouTube, Google Play and Xbox
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-26 at 06:42:08

In getting behind “The Interview,” Google and Microsoft joined what had become more a campaign to defend free speech against foreign intimidation than a business initiative.

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20. Russia again claims Ukraine shot down MH17
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 07:54:15

Russian committee announces anonymous testimony in similar development to photographs released in November that were dismissed as fakes Continue reading...

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