1. St Louis unrest after police killing
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-24 at 23:13:47

US police shoot dead a black teenager in St Louis, near the scene of the killing of another, Michael Brown, which sparked national protests.

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2. Death toll among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup workers revealed
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 02:24:32

Despite Qatar’s promises to improve conditions, Nepalese migrants have died at a rate of one every two days in 2014 Analysis: Sepp Blatter and the Qatar 2022 World Cup: too little, too late  Continue reading...

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3. Putin acts to halt rising vodka cost
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-25 at 01:31:17

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for a cap on rising vodka prices, fearing they are pushing drinkers towards cheap, illegal substitutes.

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4. Grass fire in central Victoria threatens properties
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 09:55:08

Emergency services advise residents to evacuate as fast-moving grass fire travels from Creightons Creek towards RuffyA fast-moving, out-of-control grass fire is threatening properties in central Victoria, with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) advising res...

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5. George HW Bush to remain in hospital after ‘good day’, says spokesman
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 09:55:08

The former US president is to remain in hospital overnight Wednesday after being admitted experiencing shortness of breath on Tuesday nightThe former US president George HW Bush was due to remain in hospital overnight Wednesday after being admitted experi...

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6. Outside in: how foreign photographers see the post-Soviet world
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 09:55:08

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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7. North Korea – a year in threats
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 09:55:08

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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8. A vanishing paradise: along Iran’s Khalkhal-Asalem Road
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 09:55:08

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. The Big Fix: Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-25 at 08:02:51

Driven by a growing environmental movement and mounting pressure from Western consumers, corporate and government leaders are making a new push to slow the cutting of rain forests.

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11. Jesus was not born in a stable, says theologian
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 00:44:36

Rev Ian Paul writes on his blog that birth of Christ story is based on a misreading of the New Testament Continue reading...

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13. Letter details ‘extraordinary sights’ of Christmas Day first world war truce
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 05:43:56

Message to mother by British officer reproduced by Royal Mail describes shaking hands with enemy and plan of another truce ‘to see how photos come out’ Continue reading...

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14. 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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15. Pope urges ‘tenderness’ as millions celebrate Christmas
     Published by Yahoo on 2014-12-25 at 08:54:51

Pope Francis led Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican calling for "tenderness" and "warmth" after a violence-plagued year as millions of Christians began marking the holiday. The Argentine pontiff's brief homily was replete with Gosp...

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17. Russia says NATO turning Ukraine into ‘frontline of confrontation’
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-25 at 00:01:48

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a "frontline of confrontation" and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine's hopes of joining it were realized.

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18. ISIL captures pilot of plane downed in Syria
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-25 at 05:44:36

Jordan confirms that one of its pilots has been taken hostage after plane was reportedly shot down during a mission.

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19. Israel police reveal huge political corruption investigation
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 18:07:47

Police announce ongoing covert operation involving 30 unnamed public figures over suspected nepotism and transfer of funds Continue reading...

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20. Irish nun in Sierra Leone brings joy to children affected by Ebola
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-24 at 12:30:00

Sister Mary Sweeney organised the distribution of gifts collected in the UK to children in Sierra Leone traumatised by the sickness and grief around them Continue reading...

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