1. Report recommends Secret Service ramp up protection of White House
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 09:55:08

Panel’s security review suggests raising height of fence and getting an outside director to solidify president’s safety after Omar Gonzalez breached securityThe White House fence should be raised by up to five feet and new outside management brought i...

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2. The Sony leak unearthed juicy gossip, but the blackmailers must not win
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 09:55:08

This isn’t about a half-baked Seth Rogen comedy. It’s about the folly of letting bullies have their wayMy heart sinks, to be honest, at the prospect of having to watch The Interview. Judging from the trailers, it’s the kind of crass, ...

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3. Child soldiers in Central African Republic more than doubled, says charity
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 09:55:08

Up to 10,000 boys and girls are now fighting in sectarian conflict, according to Save the ChildrenThe number of child soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) has more than doubled – and possibly quadrupled – since sectarian conflict erupted las...

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4. Texas plumber’s truck spotted in Syria: ‘We have nothing to do with terror at all’
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 09:55:08

Mark Olberholtzer and his family receive hundreds of phone calls with questions and threats after Chechen jihadists tweet photo of Mark-1 Plumbing truck in SyriaMounted with a cannon and leaving a trail of shells in its wake, a black pickup truck in the h...

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5. ‘There are two legal ways to kill prisoners’ – life in North Korea’s Yodok prison camp
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 09:55:08

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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6. Beyond Tetris: a brief history of patriotic video gaming in Russia
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 09:55:08

Retro favourite Tetris might be Russia’s best known games export, but a closer look at the industry finds a creative powerhouse that has mirrored the country’s politics for decades. The Calvert Journal reportsThe Russian gaming industry is best known ...

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7. Senior cleric: Iran has knowledge to build a nuclear bomb
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 09:55:08

The Islamic republic has reached the expertise to enrich uranium not just to the 5% and 20% levels required for civilian uses but to higher levels required for a bomb, says Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami An official site belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Gu...

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8. Eight children stabbed to death in Cairns – rolling report
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 09:55:08

Eight children, reportedly aged between 18 months and 15 years, have been stabbed to death in north Queensland 3.21pm AEST Specialist police officers are travelling from Brisbane to Cairns to help with the investigation. The house where the children’s b...

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9. Man finds woman with same name as ex to join him on round-the-world trip
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-18 at 16:15:25

Jordan Axani offered free tickets that could only be used by someone called Elizabeth Gallagher after he split from girlfriend Continue reading...

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10. Obama and Raúl Castro thank pope for breakthrough in US-Cuba relations
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-18 at 01:27:34

Surprise breakthrough came after 45-minute phone call between President Obama and Raúl Castro finalised the release of US prisoner Alan GrossLive updates: Obama to announce sweeping changes to US-Cuba relationsRaúl Castro hails improved US-Cuba relation...

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11. Pope Francis celebrates 78th birthday with mass tango – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-18 at 01:22:25

Thousands of people sang Happy Birthday and performed a mass tango in St Peter’s Square to celebrate the pope’s birthday. The Argentinian pontiff was born in the birthplace of the tango and previously admitted to being a fan of the erotic dance Contin...

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12. The US and Cuba are now on equal terms for the first time in history
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-18 at 02:38:00

Pope and envoys played acknowledged roles in healing breach, focusing on Guantanamo bay and humanitarian issues Continue reading...

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13. Chinese passenger opens plane door for fresh air
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-18 at 09:49:21

Man who opened emergency exit as plane was about to take off did not realise the danger, airline staff say Continue reading...

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14. ‘Hitler’s tourist resort’ pits German commercialism against dark Nazi past
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-18 at 17:04:27

Ethical questions raised over plans to redevelop unfinished Third Reich seaside complex into luxury holiday apartments Continue reading...

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15. ‘200 villagers’ kidnapped in Nigeria
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-19 at 00:17:28

Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200, a survivor tells the BBC.

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16. Apple ‘failing to protect workers’
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-18 at 23:57:07

Poor treatment of workers in the Chinese factories which make Apple products is discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

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17. Iraqi Kurds say siege of Mount Sinjar broken
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-19 at 09:17:34

Peshmerga forces claim breakthrough against ISIL, reaching mountain where hundreds of Yazidis are trapped.

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19. Sony hack is ‘US security issue’
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-19 at 06:19:09

The cyber attack on Sony that forced a major film release to be pulled is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says.

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20. Journey to Reconciliation Visited Worlds of Presidents, Popes and Spies
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-19 at 09:32:29

The deal that restored full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba ultimately rested with a spy swap.

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