1. F.D.A. Easing Ban on Gays, to Let Some Give Blood
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-24 at 05:54:19

The agency will end a lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, but it will block donations by men who have had sex with other men in the last 12 months.

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2. Cuba: America’s most wanted woman Assata Shakur will not be extradited
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 21:00:55

Woman also known as Joanne Chesimard accused of killing police officerHavana welcomes ‘entire package’ of measures after US detente Continue reading...

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3. Record 17,000 join ‘Pinstripe Nazi’ anti-Islam march in Germany
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-23 at 18:21:40

Many in Berlin shocked by emergence of far-right anti-Islamist group Pegida as growing numbers join weekly Dresden protest ‘Pinstripe Nazis’ show the immigration debate is overheated Continue reading...

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4. Alan Gross to receive $3.2m from US
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 10:00:04

Payment to contractor who was released after five years in Cuban jail is part of legal settlement Alan Gross, the contractor freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail, will receive $3.2m from the US government as part of a settlement with his emplo...

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5. George HW Bush taken to hospital
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 10:00:04

George Bush senior, the former US president, receives medical attention after becoming short of breathGeorge HW Bush, the former US president, has been taken to hospital in Houston, Texas, after becoming short of breath, according to a report.The Reuters ...

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6. Carlie Sinclair: remains of missing Darwin woman found, say police
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 10:00:04

Bush grave holds body of 36-year-old, say Northern Territory police, as former partner appears in court accused of her murderHuman remains found in a bush grave are those of the missing Darwin woman Carlie Sinclair, Northern Territory police have said.The...

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7. Boxing Day tsunami: asbestos used in rebuilding effort funded by AusAid
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 10:00:04

Schools, midwifery academy and more than 90 village halls were built with cancer-causing material despite contract explicitly banning its useDozens of buildings – including schools and local government offices – constructed in Indonesia after the Indi...

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8. A vanishing paradise: along Iran’s Khalkhal-Asalem Road
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 10:00:05

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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9. China to send 700 combat troops to South Sudan
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 10:00:05

Deployment marks shift in Africa policy and will be first Chinese infantry battalion to take part in a UN peacekeeping missionChina is to send 700 combat troops to South Sudan in what analysts describe as a significant shift from its stated policy of non-...

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10. Outside in: how foreign photographers see the post-Soviet world
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 10:00:05

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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11. North Korea – a year in threats
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 10:00:05

As Pyongyang vows retaliation against America over the Sony film The Interview, we look at who else has been in the line of fire in 2014 In the ongoing debacle about The Interview – a film in which Seth Rogen is sent to assassinate Kim Jong-un – North...

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12. Sepp Blatter and the Qatar 2022 World Cup: too little, too late
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 10:00:04

The Fifa president’s guarantee that the tournament is Qatar’s to keep surrendered one of the last levers to force real change   Death toll among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup workers revealedOfficials from world football’s governing body gathered in Marr...

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13. Northern Ireland parties agree £2bn deal to secure power-sharing
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 10:00:04

First minister calls deal ‘monumental’ with cash to ease welfare reforms that could create 60,000 jobs and save peace processAgreement has been reached on a range of disputes that had undermined power-sharing in Northern Ireland, following 11 weeks of...

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14. Sony Pictures moves to release ‘The Interview’ in about-face
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-24 at 05:16:38

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sony Pictures will allow "The Interview" to play in some U.S. theaters on Christmas Day, reversing its decision to pull the film, after coming under criticism from President Barack Obama and others for caving into pressu...

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16. Economic Vital Signs in 3rd Quarter Were Strongest in a Decade
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-23 at 23:27:29

The Commerce Department revised its summer growth figures to 5 percent, bolstered by robust spending by businesses and consumers.

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19. Chow down: Italian circus in trouble for disguising dogs as show pandas
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 00:08:37

Travelling circus owner charged in Brescia with using false documents after two chow chow puppies dyed black and white Continue reading...

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