1. Senate gives Scott Morrison unchecked control over asylum seekers’ lives
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-05 at 03:19:33

The Senate crossbench has supported the passing of broad new migration and maritime powers – but what exactly do they mean for the minister, asylum seekers and Australia’s obligations under international law? Continue reading...

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2. Big Job Gains and Rising Pay in Labor Data
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-06 at 07:14:23

The gain was the largest monthly jump in payrolls in nearly three years, and average hourly earnings surged 0.4 percent, twice what analysts expected.

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3. British workers suffer biggest real-wage fall of major G20 countries
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-05 at 17:18:21

International Labour Organisation finds in three years to 2013 UK wages fared worse than most of the eurozone’s crisis hit economies Continue reading...

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4. Thousands flee as Hagupit nears Philippines
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-06 at 09:56:08

About 500,000 evacuate coastal areas, already devastated by typhoon Haiyan, as the erratic storm's path widens.

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5. ‘I can’t breathe’: Eric Garner put in chokehold by NYPD officer – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-05 at 01:16:00

Footage filmed by a bystander shows Eric Garner being wrestled to the ground in a chokehold by an NYPD officer before turning limp. The father, 43, can be heard gasping 'I can't breathe'. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Protests have erupted i...

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6. Missouri High School Students Warned They Risk Serious Penalties For Walkout Protests
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-06 at 06:50:55

HAZELWOOD, Missouri -- After high school students across the country walked out of class earlier this week calling for greater police accountability, one school district in the very Missouri county where teenager Michael Brown was killed chose to highligh...

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7. Cosby counter-sues over sex claims
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-05 at 15:52:10

Bill Cosby files a legal action against the woman accusing him of sexual assault when she was 15, claiming she attempted to extort money from him.

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8. Pregnant passerby challenges anti-abortion protesters
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-05 at 21:22:11

YouTube video of confrontation outside London clinic goes viral as activist who filmed it faces threat of legal action Continue reading...

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10. Germany gets first socialist state governor since reunification
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-05 at 19:55:13

Former trade unionist Bodo Ramelow wins post for the Left party amid massive protests against the regional election in Thuringia Continue reading...

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11. Ukraine’s Poroshenko tells army not to give up Donetsk airport
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-06 at 04:08:39

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - The whole of Ukraine will be within reach of the "enemy" if its armed forces lose control of the international airport in the eastern city of Donetsk to separatists, President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday.

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12. Thai king drops birthday appearance
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-05 at 12:14:51

Thailand's ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej cancels a public appearance to mark his 87th birthday, on medical advice.

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13. China arrests ex-security chief Zhou
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-06 at 00:02:24

Chinese ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang is arrested and expelled from the Communist Party for alleged corruption, state media report.

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14. Mixed reactions to ICC decision on Kenyatta
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-06 at 12:03:25

Supporters of Kenyan president celebrate, but victims of 2007 violence complain of justice being denied.

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15. Rich nations ‘fail Syria refugees’
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-05 at 19:21:14

Rights group Amnesty International criticises the world's wealthiest nations for taking in a "pitiful" number of Syria's most vulnerable refugees.

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16. Joy From the World: 5 Diverse Holiday Feasts
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-06 at 03:57:15

From tamales to Persian chicken stew, from shrimp and grits to okonomi-latkes, these feasts are as multicultural as the New Yorkers who made them.

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17. Pakistan raid kills top al-Qaeda leader
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-06 at 16:56:09

Saudi national Adnan Shukrijumah killed along with two other suspected fighters in South Waziristan tribal region.

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19. Drone strikes kill nine in Yemen
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-06 at 13:35:44

Attack targeting al-Qaida militants comes after insurgents released video of American hostage Luke Somers Continue reading...

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20. 4 People Stabbed On Amtrak Train In Michigan
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-06 at 06:52:42

Four people were stabbed on an Amtrak train in Niles, Michigan on Friday night, police confirmed to the Huffington Post. A suspect is in custody.

#BREAKING UPDATE: Police say multiple people stabbed on Amtrak train in Niles; 1 arrested http://t.co/UOUczg...

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