1. North Korea Loses Its Link to the Internet
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-23 at 07:33:23

While perhaps a coincidence, the failure began hours after President Obama said that the U.S. would respond to an act of “cybervandalism” against Sony Pictures.

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3. Indian Ocean tsunami: Emotional reunion in Aceh 10 years on
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-22 at 05:31:04

BBC reporter and Indonesian tsunami survivor 10 years on

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4. Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-23 at 03:50:06

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, dies aged 70.

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6. Orangutan in Argentina zoo recognised by court as ‘non-human person’
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-22 at 03:26:08

Sandra, 29, can be freed in Buenos Aires and transferred to a sanctuaryAnimal rights campaigners win after filing habeas corpus petitionTommy the chimp is not a person, New York court decides Continue reading...

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7. Sex slavery pushes Iraq IS victims to suicide: Amnesty
     Published by Yahoo on 2014-12-23 at 08:47:15

Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State jihadist group have committed suicide or tried to, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. IS militants have overrun swathes of Iraq since June, decl...

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8. De Blasio, With Bratton by Side, Seeks Balance After 2 Killings
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-23 at 07:26:12

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the families of the slain officers and called for a break in the protests as he sought to show leadership over a divided New York.

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9. Man rams van into Christmas market in France
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-23 at 05:05:22

NANTES, France (Reuters) - A man ploughed a van into a crowded Christmas market in Nantes in western France on Monday, injuring at least 10 people in the country's third violent attack in as many days.

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10. Labor returns to renewable energy target talks armed with Coalition’s own advice
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 09:55:04

Government insists on an effective cut to clean energy scheme, despite its climate advisory body concluding the oppositeLabor is set to resume talks with the government over the future of the renewable energy target (RET), but insists the Coalition needs ...

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11. De Blasio accuses police unions of divisive tactics in wake of NYPD shooting
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 09:55:04

Says 25,000 protested peacefully recently, and were protected by NYPDMayor vows to ‘keep reaching out to those who serve this city’De Blasio urges New Yorkers to put politics aside in wake of NYPD shootingDe Blasio at centre of police storm after two ...

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13. A vanishing paradise: along Iran’s Khalkhal-Asalem Road
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 09:55:04

New roads are making Iran’s remote and bucolic villages accessible to city folks on the hunt for new sanctuaries, bringing with them the ills of urbanization threatening the paradise they seek On a recent day in Loomavesht, a village up the Asalem-Khalk...

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14. Outside in: how foreign photographers see the post-Soviet world
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 09:55:04

Russia maybe be under perennial scrutiny but it is a challenge to find photography that provides fresh perspective of the country, or its post-Soviet neighbours. Can outsiders offer anything new? The Calvert Journal profiles 25 international photographers...

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15. Do you speak Uglish? How English has evolved in Uganda
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 09:55:04

A book has attempted to an unlock ‘one of the funniest and strangest English varieties in the world’. Are you a Uglish speaker? Or fond of another type of colloquialism? Tell us about it Please don’t dirten my shirt with your muddy hands. Stop cowar...

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16. 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. Monkey saves dying friend at Indian train station – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-22 at 19:51:19

A monkey at Kanpur train station in India saves the life of another monkey who had fallen unconscious on the tracks after being electrocuted by walking on wires above. The first monkey rubs, hits and bites him, then dips him in water. After more than 20 m...

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20. Marine mystery as seal found stranded in field 20 miles from the sea
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 00:50:00

Young grey seal rescued more than four hours after being found in field in Newton-le-Willows near St Helens Continue reading...

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