1. Rectal rehydration and waterboarding: the CIA torture report’s grisliest findings
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-12 at 00:47:42

Parts of the CIA interrogation programme were known, but the catalogue of abuse is nightmarish, especially knowing much more will never be revealedCIA’s brutal and ineffective use of torture revealed in landmark reportTrevor Timm: America tortured more ...

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3. Isis: the inside story
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-11 at 11:30:14

One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. Report by Martin Chulov Continue reading...

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4. Eric Garner’s Daughter Staged A ‘Die-In’ At The Same Spot Where Her Father Died
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-12 at 06:22:47

Erica Garner organized and led a protest in Staten Island on Thursday in memory of her father Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black man who died in July after he was placed in a prohibited chokehold by a white police officer. 

Erica, 24, was joined by a group...

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5. Brazil president weeps as she unveils report on military dictatorship’s abuses
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-11 at 04:54:45

Dilma Rousseff was herself tortured; 191 people killed; 243 ‘disappeared’US and UK trained interrogators in torture during 1964-85 military rule Continue reading...

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6. US agency infiltrated Cuban hip-hop scene to spark youth unrest
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-11 at 06:42:33

Investigation finds USAid recruited musicians ‘to break information blockade’ as part of covert social project Continue reading...

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7. Government Stays Open As Congress Advances Poison-Pill Spending Bill
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-12 at 08:10:42

WASHINGTON -- At least Democrats will have eggnog to wash down the poison pills they swallowed on Thursday as the House narrowly passed a government funding bill that will let Congress go home early for Christmas, and give Wall Street a fresh gift.

The H...

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8. HK police clear main protest camp
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-11 at 22:28:07

Hong Kong police clear the main pro-democracy protest site at Admiralty and arrest more than 200 people, in what could be the end of weeks of unrest.

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9. Tsunami, 10 years on: the sea nomads who survived the devastation
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-11 at 00:36:18

Thailand’s indigenous sea gypsies predicted the waves that swept their villages away in 2004, and most of them escaped unharmed. Now they are facing a new threat to their centuries-old way of life: tourism and the encroaching modern world Continue readi...

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10. Greenpeace sorry for Nazca stunt
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-11 at 07:47:17

Activists apologise for any "moral offence" that Greenpeace has caused, after a publicity stunt on the ancient Nazca lines in Peru.

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11. Guantánamo prisoners released to Uruguay: ‘We are so happy to be here’
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-12 at 00:43:19

Six former US detainees who were never charged with a crime, were flown to Uruguay on Sunday to begin new lives as refugees Continue reading...

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12. Film damage drives out SeaWorld boss
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-12 at 03:57:38

The head of SeaWorld resigns as the amusement park struggles to attract visitors, in the wake of a 2013 film criticising its treatment of killer whales.

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13. Russian Baltic moves ‘unprecedented’
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-11 at 16:29:08

Poland complains of "unprecedented" Russian military activity in the Baltic Sea region, saying Nato is being tested but is not at risk of attack.

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14. EU plans to scrap laws on clean air and waste recycling
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-11 at 23:47:46

Killing draft laws designed to prevent 58,000 premature deaths and increase recycling would be economic suicide, say MEPs Continue reading...

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15. Poll Finds That More Americans Back Gun Rights Than Stronger Controls
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-11 at 23:27:08

A majority of Americans, 52 percent, said it was more important to protect gun ownership than to control access to firearms, Pew said.

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16. Carpetbagger: Golden Globes 2015 Nominations: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Fargo’ Lead the Pack
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-12 at 02:58:51

“Birdman,” “The Imitation Game” and “Boyhood” solidified their positions as movie awards front-runners. “Fargo,” the FX adaptation of the film, was the most-nominated television show.

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18. Architects of C.I.A. Interrogation Drew on Psychology to Induce ‘Helplessness’
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-12 at 00:46:08

Two military psychologists used a dog experiment as the basis for interrogations designed to eliminate detainees’ “sense of control and predictability,” the Senate report said.

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19. CIA chief defends agency, but admits ‘abhorrent’ abuses
     Published by Yahoo on 2014-12-12 at 06:42:12

US spymaster John Brennan admitted Thursday that some CIA interrogators had used unauthorized and "abhorrent" tactics in the past decade and said he believes torture tends to lead to false intelligence. In an extraordinary news conference, broad...

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20. India to build nuclear reactors with Russia
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-11 at 17:24:58

PM Modi says the nation will build at least ten more nuclear reactors following talks with Vladimir Putin in New Dehli.

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