1. Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-26 at 06:38:09

A memorial is held in Indonesia for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami - the first in a series of events marking the 10th anniversary of the disaster.

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2. 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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3. Critic’s Notebook: Human Costs of the Forever Wars, Enough to Fill a Bookshelf
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-26 at 06:29:16

Books that have grown out of America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq illuminate the nature of those battles, the people who are fighting them and America itself.

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4. UK just pips France to fifth place in global economies league table
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 09:55:03

Cebr Global ranking achieved after Britain started including earnings from drugs and prostitution in GDP figuresThere’s definitely good news and bad news for the UK in the latest league tables of global economies drawn up by a leading economic consultan...

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5. Briton shot dead in Ethiopia
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 09:55:03

Ethiopian officials portray death as an accident, saying tourist died when AK-47 being carried by another man went offAn Ethiopian official has said a British tourist was shot dead in the northern city of Bahir Dar in what was described as an accident.Shi...

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6. A vanishing paradise: along Iran’s Khalkhal-Asalem Road
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 09:55:03

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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7. North Korea – a year in threats
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 09:55:03

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. Christmas in the time of Ebola: documenting daily life in Liberia
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 09:55:03

The site Ebola Diaries is exploring the impact of the outbreak ‘beyond the hazmat suits and headlines’. Here are some of their Instagram images More than 3,300 people have been killed by Ebola in Liberia this year, with the outbreak affecting every ar...

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9. Outside in: how foreign photographers see the post-Soviet world
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 09:55:03

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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10. GST threshold for online sales under review, says Josh Frydenberg
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 09:55:03

New assistant treasurer calls for a ‘level playing field’ during interview on 2GB radio, saying local retailers are at a disadvantageThe federal government is considering a review of the tax-free threshold for online sales that could see goods and ser...

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11. Politicians wish the masses a Merry Christmas in their own special ways
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 09:55:03

While it’s pretty much obligatory to wish your constituents a Merry Christmas, there were puppies, festive sweaters and babies galoreAfter some missteps at Hanukah, politicians brought their A-game for Christmas, taking to Twitter to share awkward famil...

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12. Xbox and PlayStation online crash
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-26 at 07:28:06

Xbox and PlayStation online services have been suffering technical problems, amid claims a hacking group has disabled their services.

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13. 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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14. Francis, in Christmas Day Message, Focuses on Children in Peril
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-25 at 20:19:07

Vast numbers of children today are victims of violence, objects of trade and trafficking, or forced to become soldiers, he said.

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15. Sony Streams ‘The Interview’ on YouTube, Google Play and Xbox
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-26 at 06:42:07

In getting behind “The Interview,” Google and Microsoft joined what had become more a campaign to defend free speech against foreign intimidation than a business initiative.

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16. Ebola epidemic death toll passes 7,500 as virus spreads in Sierra Leone
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 02:12:00

On first anniversary of outbreak World Health Organisation reports 315 new cases in former British colony in a week Continue reading...

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17. Saudi women drivers in terror trial
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-26 at 01:04:49

Two Saudi women who were detained for defying a ban on female drivers are to be tried in a terrorism court, activists say.

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19. Brazil’s ‘chainsaw queen’ appointed new agriculture minister
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 02:24:13

In a controversial move, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has appointed agribusiness advocate Kátia Abreu as the country’s new agriculture minister Continue reading...

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20. Chinese university bans Christmas
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-25 at 20:52:43

University in Xi’an forces students to watch propaganda films and to pay more attention to Chinese holidays instead Continue reading...

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