1. Iran Standard Time: a day in the bread line
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-16 at 09:55:03

Queing for bread offers a good opportunity for Iranians to vent political frustrations and exchange rumors with strangersAli, a 60 year-old man wearing a navy blue coat and a neatly trimmed beard, stands in a bread line near north Tehran’s Tajrish squar...

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2. The Sudans series: what you said
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-16 at 09:55:03

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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3. Merrill Newman: I didn’t realise North Korea was still at war
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-16 at 09:55:03

The American war veteran went to Pyongyang as a curious tourist and ended up being detained for nearly two months as an enemy operative. This is an extract from the first full account of his ordealThe Last POW is the story of Merrill Newman, an 85-year-ol...

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4. Police storm Sydney cafe to end hostage siege, three dead
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-16 at 05:04:32

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people including the attacker were killed.
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7. Russia ‘ignoring’ anti-gay attacks
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-15 at 18:42:46

Russia's authorities are failing to prevent an increase in homophobic attacks, Human Rights Watch warns.

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10. Canberra bomb squad investigates suspicious package as Dfat evacuated after Sydney siege – rolling report
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-16 at 09:49:30

Reports say police have searched a house connected to Man Haron Monis as tributes pour in for the hostages killed in Martin Place cafe• Hostage taker named as Man Haron Monis • #illridewithyou: hashtag offers solidarity with Sydney’s Muslims • Rea...

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11. More air strikes near eastern Libyan oil port and border to Tunisia
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-16 at 03:50:33

RAS JDIR/BENGHAZI (Reuters) - Libya's recognized government conducted air strikes against rival government forces trying to seize major oil ports in the east and against targets in the west on Monday, witnesses said.

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12. Anti-Islam march in German city
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-16 at 03:56:36

A controversial march against "Islamisation of the West", and a big counter-demonstration, are held in the German city of Dresden.

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13. Russian central bank raises interest rate to 17% to prevent rouble’s collapse
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-16 at 05:07:28

Bank’s decision, sparked by fears plunging global oil price would devastate country’s economy, follows day of market stress Continue reading...

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15. 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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16. Israel seeks U.S. block of Palestinian statehood drive
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-16 at 04:06:53

ROME (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday sought assurances from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Washington would block efforts by Palestinians and Europeans on Palestinian statehood.

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17. Russia hikes key rate after ruble slumps
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-16 at 08:33:13

Dramatic increase in interest rate to 17 percent comes as tensions surge with the US over the Ukraine crisis.

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18. Thai murders: Foreign Office blocking fair trial for Burmese migrants – lawyers
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-15 at 22:17:00

Lawyers representing men accused of murdering two British tourists in Koh Tao say information about case is being withheld Continue reading...

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19. Kevin Yoder MIA After Tucking Wall Street Bailout Into Government Spending Bill
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-16 at 07:15:34

WASHINGTON -- For all the anger among progressives about a Wall Street bailout provision that made its way into the just-passed $1.1 trillion government spending bill, there's been little attention on the person who put it in there.

Meet Congressman Kevi...

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