1. AirAsia flight carrying 162 people goes missing in Southeast Asia: officials
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-28 at 16:40:57

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's air force was searching for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people that went missing on Sunday after the pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.
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5. Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 02:36:44

Pontiff hopes to inspire action at next year’s UN meeting in Paris in December after visits to Philippines and New York Continue reading...

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7. Egypt cuts ‘gay wedding’ sentences
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-27 at 19:36:42

A court in Egypt reduces to one year the three-year jail sentences given to eight men for appearing in a video alleged to show a gay marriage.

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8. Learning how to limit tsunami misery
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-28 at 06:35:26

How planning and rapid response can mitigate tsunami effects

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9. More rain forecast for flood-hit SE Asia
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-28 at 15:18:43

Forecasters say flooding set to worsen in Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka, where 200,000 have been displaced.

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11. North Korea – a year in threats
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 16:55:08

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. Tango revolution sweeps Tbilisi off its feet
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 16:55:08

Georgians embrace Argentinian dance with gusto as lessons become more affordable after decade of economic growthHands curl into each other and partners draw close. Glittering shoes scrape across the floor. Short skirts twirl.“It is becoming an addiction...

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13. Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro questioned after DR shooting
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 16:55:08

Police in Dominican Republic investigate nightclub shootingSpokesman says people close to MLB star apparently involvedAuthorities in the Dominican Republic said on Saturday they had questioned the Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, after a nightclub s...

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14. Road toll: nine people killed in vehicle accidents over holiday break
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 16:55:08

Death of four-week-old baby in Western Australia and fatalities in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria contribute to national road toll Nine people have died on Australian roads so far this festive season, with a baby kille...

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15. Infinite Possibility: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 16:55:08

Portugal’s Serralves Museum offers a retrospective on the work of an Iranian artist feted by New York’s glitterati but whose geometric designs are inspired by Islamic art When a 20-year old Iranian art student moved to New York in 1944 from her hometo...

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16. Women of Timbuktu find their voice again after nightmare of jihadi rule
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 16:55:08

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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17. AirAsia Flight From Indonesia To Singapore Loses Contact With Air Traffic Control
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-28 at 10:24:51

An AirAsia flight traveling from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore with 162 people on board lost contact with air traffic control early Sunday morning, the airline confirmed. Indonesia quickly launched a search to locate the missing plane.

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18. Sinosphere Blog: Facebook Deletes Post on Tibetan Monk’s Self-Immolation
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-28 at 05:22:23

Tsering Woeser, a writer in Sichuan Province and prominent critic of Chinese policies toward Tibetans, said Facebook deleted her post on the self-immolation of the 37-year-old monk Kalsang Yeshi, without explanation.

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19. NATO to hold ceremony closing Afghan mission
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-28 at 14:43:18

Event arranged in secret due to threat of Taliban strikes in Afghan capital, which has been hit by repeated bombings.

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20. Syria ‘ready’ for peace talks with opposition
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-28 at 08:19:59

Government official says regime willing to take part in Russian initiative but opposition expresses caution.

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