1. Turkey keeps media executive in custody on terrorism charge
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-19 at 23:31:50

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court kept a media executive and three other people in custody on Friday pending trial on accusations of belonging to a terrorist group, in a case which President Tayyip Erdogan has defended as a response to "dirty operation...

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2. EU leaders prepare for long confrontation with Russia
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-20 at 01:46:13

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders warned Moscow they are ready to flex their combined muscle and "stay the course" in a long confrontation with Russia if President Vladimir Putin refuses to pull back from Ukraine.

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3. South Korea cancels illuminated Christmas tree near border with North
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 09:50:03

Plans to reconstruct the Christmas tower two miles from North Korea have been abandoned due to ‘high military tensions’A South Korean Christian group has scrapped a plan to construct a new Christmas tree-shaped tower near the border with North Korea, ...

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4. Senior cleric: Iran has knowledge to build a nuclear bomb
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 09:50:03

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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5. Ebola kills Sierra Leone’s most senior doctor
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 09:50:03

Victor Willoughby is the 11th of the country’s 120 doctors to die during the outbreak Sierra Leone’s most senior doctor has died of Ebola just hours after an experimental drug to treat him arrived at Freetown’s airport.Dr Victor Willoughby is the 11...

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6. Ukraine forms ‘ministry of truth’ to regulate the media
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 09:50:03

Journalists fear freedom of speech will be curtailed as Kiev follows Moscow in stepping up the propaganda war Зачем Украине «министерство правды» Ukraine has a new government ministry. This month, the parliament voted to cr...

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7. Jetstar computer failure disrupts flights for 70,000 passengers
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 09:50:04

Delays of between one and three hours at Australia’s airports during busy pre-Christmas travel periodJetstar has apologised for a computer problem that has led to major disruption for thousands of passengers in the days before Christmas. The outage caus...

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8. Judge allows Oklahoma to bar press from seeing executions
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-20 at 09:50:04

Court throws out Guardian-backed lawsuit calling for access after botched executionsACLU challenges Oklahoma over first amendment violation in executionA federal judge in Oklahoma has allowed the state to press ahead with its restrictions on press access ...

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9. Kurds ‘break IS mountain siege’
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-19 at 20:07:31

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

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10. Exclusive: Iran’s support for Syria tested by oil price drop
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-20 at 00:04:28

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.

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11. Cuba’s Raul Castro steps out of brother’s shadow with U.S. deal, support surges
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-20 at 04:53:31

HAVANA (Reuters) - Stepping out of his legendary brother's shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States.

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12. Obama vows response to Sony hack
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-20 at 04:23:36

President Obama vows to respond to an alleged North Korean cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, but says cancelling a film release was "a mistake".

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13. Vladimir Putin invites Kim Jong-un to Moscow
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 19:41:06

North Korea’s leader may travel to Russia to mark the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany on 9 May as mark of closer relationsFollow live: FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack Everything’s fine, says Putin in press conference – including my love life...

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14. Israeli plane strikes Gaza after rocket fire
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-20 at 06:41:21

No casualties reported as Israel attacks Hamas targets in Palestinian territory for first time since war this summer.

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15. Peshawar school massacre: ‘This is Pakistan’s 9/11 – now is the time to act’
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-19 at 20:37:10

People in Pakistan describe the mood in their country following the Peshawar school massacre, how their feelings towards extremist groups have changed, and what they think needs to be done to stabilise the nation  Continue reading...

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16. Apple ‘deeply offended’ by BBC story
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-19 at 19:35:38

Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

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