1. Egypt bans ‘inaccurate’ Exodus film
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-26 at 20:38:51

Egypt bans a Hollywood film based on the Biblical book of Exodus, citing what it calls "historical inaccuracies".

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2. NYPD shooting: hundreds honor police officer in daylong tribute at church
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 16:55:10

During Friday’s wake for officer Rafael Ramos, friends and colleagues spoke of the aspiring pastor’s selfless, compassionate and heroic nature Family of murdered New York police officer appeals for peace - videoThe wife and two sons of a police office...

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3. A mental tyranny is keeping black writers from greatness
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 16:55:10

We should not be expected to write about slavery, poverty or racial injustice. The greatest literature comes not from the heaviest subjects but from freedom of thoughtLiving as we do in troubling times, we look to writers to reflect the temper of the age....

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4. Latin America in 2014: elections, football and environmental conflict
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 16:55:10

US-Cuba relations dominated the news in December, but elsewhere voters seemed resigned to the status quoThe most dramatic news event from Latin America in 2014 emerged this month. The papally inspired thaw in US-Cuba relations brought economic optimism to...

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5. Women of Timbuktu find their voice again after nightmare of jihadi rule
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 16:55:09

Persecuted when the city was occupied by Islamist militants, women are now keen to have a greater say in Malian societyIt was, says Khaira Arby with some pride, her music that swung the election in favour of Timbuktu’s first female MP. Arby had been ask...

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6. Sydney New Year’s Eve: extra 3,000 police to patrol city
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 16:55:10

NSW police say additional officers will be out in force to help the expected 1.5 million revellers feel safe in the aftermath of Lindt cafe siege, but that the biggest threat remained alcohol-related violence, rather than terrorismAn extra 3,000 police of...

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7. Francis Fukuyama: ‘In recently democratised countries I’m still a rock star’
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 16:55:10

The world-renowned political thinker on what’s left of ‘The End of History’, the crimes of the neocons and having the ear of the Chinese leadershipThe first volume of Francis Fukuyama’s history of political development has been one of only a handf...

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8. North Korea – a year in threats
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 16:55:09

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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9. Egyptian activist’s ‘Made in Prison’ handbags catch on outside
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 00:59:00

Asmaa Hamdy receives dozens of orders for her woollen bags, scarves and bracelets Continue reading...

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10. Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-27 at 03:36:27

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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11. Xbox and PlayStation tackle attacks
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-27 at 15:46:01

Xbox and PlayStation continue working to restore online services after suffering technical problems, amid claims a hacking group caused the outage.

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12. N Korea likens Obama to primate in Sony row
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-27 at 12:11:14

Defence commission spokesman says US president "goes reckless like monkey" after Sony released satirical comedy of Kim.

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13. Human Rights Groups in Egypt Brace for Crackdown Under New Law
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-27 at 06:26:27

Advocates worry about how prosecutors will apply a sweeping law decreed by the new military-backed president as a tool to fight terrorism.

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14. Swedish marchers denounce Christmas Day arson attack on mosque
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 03:11:51

Several hundred turn out in town of Eskilstuna to show support after firebomb injures five worshippers Continue reading...

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15. Brain-dead pregnant woman’s life support can be switched off, Irish court rules
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 19:04:31

Ireland’s high court grants family wish that she be allowed to die, in landmark judgment that challenges constitution Continue reading...

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16. Risks in Using Social Media to Spot Signs of Mental Distress
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-27 at 06:37:39

The ill-fated introduction in Britain of an app to detect predictors of suicide shows what may happen when social media posts are scrutinized for cues about a person’s mental health.

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17. Pakistan kills school massacre ‘facilitator’
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-26 at 19:13:30

Security forces kill Taliban commander who allegedly facilitated Peshawar school attack, which left 150 people dead.

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19. Turkish schoolboy accused of insulting president is released from custody
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 17:57:01

16-year-old apparently denies his words were meant as an insult to the president but could still face trial Continue reading...

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20. Femen activist who stole St Peter’s Square Jesus could face Vatican trial
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 01:26:18

Ukrainian woman who staged protest while half-naked remains in cell in papal state after snatching figurine from nativity scene Continue reading...

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