1. Two N.Y.P.D. Officers Are Killed in Brooklyn Ambush; Suspect Commits Suicide
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-21 at 11:17:23

Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot at point-blank range in their patrol car Saturday by a man who, officials said, had traveled to the city from Baltimore vowing to kill officers.

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2. Senior cleric: Iran has knowledge to build a nuclear bomb
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-22 at 09:55:06

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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3. South Korea cancels illuminated Christmas tree near border with North
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-22 at 09:55:06

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. Ukraine forms ‘ministry of truth’ to regulate the media
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-22 at 09:55:06

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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5. NYPD shooting: how a warning from Baltimore police came seconds too late
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-22 at 09:55:06

Police tipped off to Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s location by social-media postsWanted poster arrived via fax to NYPD too late to stop double shootingDe Blasio at centre of police storm after killing of two NYPD officersOpinion: ‘Wartime’ NYPD blames protest...

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6. Ebola kills Sierra Leone’s most senior doctor
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-22 at 09:55:06

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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7. Perth police chase ends in man’s death, sparking internal investigation
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-22 at 09:55:06

Western Australia police internal affairs unit to investigate attempt to stop vehicle that crashed after a short pursuit in the northern suburb of Ballajura A man has died after crashing his car while being chased by police in Perth, sparking an internal ...

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8. In 2008 Mumbai Killings, Piles of Spy Data, but an Uncompleted Puzzle
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-22 at 07:31:56

An investigation into how American, British and Indian agencies failed to pull together intelligence streams, including a plotter’s online activity, before attacks that Indians regard as their 9/11.

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9. Court Rules Orangutan Held In Argentina Zoo Is ‘Non-Human Person’ And Can Be Freed
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-22 at 04:13:43

By Richard Lough

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 21 (Reuters) - An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a "non-human person" unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunda...

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11. Why the Russian oil crash could threaten Putin with a palace coup
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-21 at 05:35:00

With a growing economic crisis and less money to share among the oligarchs, there is talk of splits in the Kremlin elite that could undermine the president’s power ■ How other oil exporting countries are being affected Continue reading...

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12. Driver ploughs into crowd in France’s second ‘Allahu Akbar’ attack
     Published by Yahoo on 2014-12-22 at 08:52:56

A driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") ploughed into pedestrians in eastern France Sunday, injuring 11 of them, just a day after a man yelling the same words was killed in an attack on police officers. Two of the people i...

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13. ‘I felt like a piece of trash’ – Life inside America’s food processing plants
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-21 at 05:34:00

A new book offers a damning insight into conditions for low-paid, non-union, immigrant workers helping to feed our huge appetite for cheap meat Continue reading...

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14. Tony Abbott says repealing carbon tax his biggest achievement as minister for women
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-22 at 04:59:01

‘Women are particularly focused on the household budget and the repeal of the carbon tax means a $550 a year benefit for the average family,’ the PM said Continue reading...

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18. Eyewitness: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-21 at 21:12:02

Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series Continue reading...

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19. Spain’s new security law sparks protests across country
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-21 at 01:54:01

Human rights groups say law is parliament’s attempt to ‘gag’ public and muzzle protests over its handling of country’s financial crisis Continue reading...

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20. Kurdish fighters move on ISIL’s Mosul hub
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-21 at 16:07:20

Peshmerga forces expand a major offensive against ISIL while also delivering aid to Yazidi refugees on Mount Sinjar.

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