1. Dogs in Heaven? Pope Francis Leaves Pearly Gates Open
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-12 at 22:39:44

Pope Francis’ remarks to a distraught little boy whose dog had died have caused a new debate on whether animals have souls, suffer and go to heaven.

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3. 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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4. The Sudans series: what you said
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-13 at 09:55:06

As part of our week-long focus on the Sudans we opened up conversation to our readers. Here are some of our highlights of what you told usSudan is hungry for change, but who will take on Omar al-Bashir?All week the Guardian has been looking a life in the ...

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5. More heat at Iran’s bakeries as prices shoot up
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-13 at 09:55:06

Tensions in Tehran as a bread price hike takes effect “Not only have they increased the price, they’ve reduced the weight, though don’t tell anyone I told you,” laughs a young baker, no more than 25, who speaks quickly and works even faster in a b...

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6. Kim Jong-un back on duty – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-13 at 09:55:06

North Korean leader has been making up for lost time since emerging from an unexplained absence in October. Here he is on a selection of outings in undated photographs released by the official news agency KCNA Continue reading...

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7. Air traffic control failure disrupts flights over Britain
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-13 at 01:27:21

LONDON (Reuters) - Hundreds of flights to and from London were disrupted on Friday by a technical failure at England's main air traffic control center, which a senior government minister said was "simply unacceptable".

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8. 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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9. Thai crown prince’s wife quits
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-13 at 03:00:26

Srirasmi, the wife of Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, resigns her royal position amid a corruption scandal allegedly involving her relatives.

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10. Korean Air Chairman Strips Daughter’s Titles After Her ‘Foolish’ Behavior
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-13 at 04:35:55

“I failed to raise her properly,” said Cho Yang-ho, chairman of Korean Air Lines, apologizing on live television as a furor over the serving of macadamia nuts continued on Friday.

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11. Nonemployed: The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-12 at 21:23:04

The share of men aged 25 to 54 who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s, with many having decided that low-wage jobs will not improve their lives.

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12. Funds audit ‘clears Islamic charity’
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-12 at 09:56:35

Britain's biggest Islamic charity says an audit of its activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has shown no evidence accusations it has funded terrorism are accurate.

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14. A Cape Cod Mystery: a Surge of Stranded Sea Turtles
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-13 at 01:36:55

Volunteers are waging a rescue effort after finding almost 1,200 turtles washed ashore since mid-November, far more than in the previous record year.

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15. Stray cat enjoys $1,000 fish feast
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-12 at 16:33:11

Moggie gets its paws on marine delicacies after breaking into a Russian airport's fish counter.

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16. Pope declines Dalai Lama meeting
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-13 at 02:47:01

Pope Francis declines to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Rome, as the Vatican seeks to improve ties with China.

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17. Elizabeth Warren Rips Citigroup For Weaseling Wall Street Giveaway Into Government Spending Bill
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-13 at 07:25:21

WASHINGTON - As promised, Elizabeth Warren has left blood and teeth on the floor. 

During the final debate over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, before Warren was a senator, she was asked about an attempt to defang the unborn agency. "My first c...

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18. US Senate takes up $1.1tn budget
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-12 at 21:29:20

The US Senate is set to vote on a $1.1tn (£700bn) budget a day after it cleared the House of Representatives in a close and contentious vote.

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19. Nonemployed: Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-13 at 04:34:39

The work force participation of American women has declined, as it has for men. But their situation is often quite different.

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20. Polar bears in Alaska – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-12 at 22:17:05

Photographer Steven Kazlowski spends four to six months a year capturing the real life of the region’s polar bears at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in North Slope, Alaska Continue reading...

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