1. Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-17 at 04:45:12

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen fo...

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2. Edward Snowden sends birthday greeting to ‘extraordinary’ Chelsea Manning
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 09:55:08

On Manning’s 27th birthday, NSA whistleblower praises WikiLeaks source for having ‘inspired an angry public’ with her ‘extraordinary act of service’Dear Chelsea: birthday messages from Snowden, Terry Gilliam and moreFrom one whistleblower in exi...

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3. Jimmy Mubenga’s widow shocked as security guards cleared of manslaughter
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 09:55:08

Trial ends in not-guilty verdicts over death of man who cried out ‘I can’t breathe’ while being restrained on deportation flightThe widow of Jimmy Mubenga, the Angolan man who died after being physically restrained on a deportation flight, said she ...

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4. Sudanese soldiers using rape as weapon of war, says rights group
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 09:55:07

Human Rights Watch says refugees from Blue Nile state have described a pattern of abuses including rapes and tortureGovernment soldiers in Sudan are using sexual violence, including the gang-rape of teenage girls, as a weapon of war against southern rebel...

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5. Hostage John O’Brien speaks about Sydney siege ordeal – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 09:55:08

Speaking to the ABC, siege hostage John O'Brien has paid tribute to Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson and has spoken of the relief he felt at seeing police officers when he escaped the Lindt cafe Continue reading...

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6. ‘There are two legal ways to kill prisoners’ – life in North Korea’s Yodok prison camp
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 09:55:07

In the late 1990s Jeong Kwang-il was accused of spying and sent to the brutal jail for political prisoners. Having fled the country in 2003, he describes his ordeal as part of a series of escapees’ memoirsI was suspected of being a spy and arrested by [...

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7. Iran Standard Time: a day in the bread line
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-17 at 09:55:07

Queuing 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 squa...

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8. Pakistani pupils recall narrow escapes, carnage in Taliban slaughter
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-17 at 04:51:24

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - It began like any other morning in Pakistan's Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Students pored over their books. Teachers ruffled through their notes and gave lectures.

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14. Estimated 15,000 people join ‘pinstriped Nazis’ on march in Dresden
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-16 at 02:30:00

Far-right group Pegida holds ‘Islamisation’ protest, using slogan from 1989 campaign against East German government‘Pinstripe Nazis’ show the temperature of the immigration debate needs to be reducedGerman town tricks neo-Nazis into raising thousa...

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17. Critic’s Notebook: Pete Wells Explores Korean Restaurants in Queens
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-16 at 23:59:23

The Queens kimchi belt has got to be the least explored, discussed and celebrated of the city’s great ethnic-food districts. In and near Flushing, hundreds of restaurants serve classic Korean dishes.

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18. ‘A Great Moment’: Rover Finds Clue That Mars May Harbor Life
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-17 at 03:41:58

The presence of methane could be the result of a geological process or the product of microbes.

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