1. Hostages held in Sydney cafe, forced to hold Islamic flag in window
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-15 at 09:02:28

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An armed assailant was holding an unknown number of hostages inside a central Sydney cafe on Monday, police said, with local television showing some being forced to hold up a black flag with white Arabic writing in the window.

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2. Kim Jong-un back on duty – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-15 at 09:55:05

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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3. More heat at Iran’s bakeries as prices shoot up
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-15 at 09:55:05

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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4. The Sudans series: what you said
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-15 at 09:55:05

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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8. Russian plane has near-miss with passenger aircraft over Sweden
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-14 at 02:20:26

Swedish authorities say military plane turned off transponder to avoid commercial radar and came close to collisionClose military encounters between Russia and the west ‘at cold war levels’ Continue reading...

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9. Turkish journalists detained in police raids
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-15 at 09:32:49

At least 23 people detained in nationwide operation targeting media outlets linked to Erdogan critic.

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10. Vince Cable: air traffic firm skimped on investment
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-14 at 18:08:17

UK business secretary says Nats, 49% government-owned, uses ancient computer systems that are liable to crash Continue reading...

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11. VIDEO: Thousands of nesting penguins gather
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-15 at 00:38:39

Tens of thousands of penguin couples gather in Antarctica for their nesting season.

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12. News Analysis: A Climate Accord Based on Global Peer Pressure
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-15 at 07:33:34

The agreement reached in Lima, Peru, would be a breakthrough in 20 years of efforts to create a global warming accord, but it falls short of what scientists say is needed.

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13. ArtsBeat: Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’ Underwhelms at the Box Office
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-14 at 22:52:54

In its opening weekend, the expensive ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings” brought in only $24.5 million, and will face stronger competition next week.

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15. Civil rights protest in US capital
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-14 at 03:16:28

Thousands of people march through the US capital to protest against recent killings of unarmed black people by police.

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16. Deal reached at UN climate talks
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-15 at 02:02:16

UN member states reach agreement on how countries should tackle climate change, after differences cause talks to overrun by two days.

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17. Crane crashes through roof as marriage proposal goes awry
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-14 at 14:33:27

Would-be fiance jumped to safety as crane lowering him into girlfriend’s garden for marriage proposal fell on house next door Continue reading...

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18. Afghanistan hit by day of violence
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-14 at 04:26:19

At least 20 people - including 12 members of a landmine-clearing team - are killed in a series of attacks blamed on the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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19. Pharaoh’s statue restored 3,200 years after collapse in earthquake
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-15 at 01:04:58

12.9-metre statue of Amenhotep III stands again at northern gate of king’s funerary temple in Luxor Continue reading...

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