1. Egypt bans ‘inaccurate’ Exodus film
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-26 at 20:38:51

Egypt bans a Hollywood film based on the Biblical book of Exodus, citing what it calls "historical inaccuracies".

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2. Two women referred to ‘terror’ court for driving in Saudi Arabia
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 00:29:51

Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Amoudi, 33, thought first female drivers to be referred to specialised court in Riyadh Continue reading...

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3. Sydney New Year’s Eve: extra 3,000 police to patrol city
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 09:55:06

NSW police say additional officers will be out in force to help the expected 1.5 million revellers feel safe in the aftermath of Lindt cafe siege, but that the biggest threat remained alcohol-related violence, rather than terrorismAn extra 3,000 police of...

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5. A vanishing paradise: along Iran’s Khalkhal-Asalem Road
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 09:55:06

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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6. Noma goes to Tokyo: ‘this is a great opportunity to show off what we can do’
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 09:55:06

René Redzepi is taking his staff of 60 to Japan for a six-week residency, and 60,000 people have applied for reservationsMany begin the new year with resolutions to get more early nights or finally start that diet, but staff at the world’s best restaur...

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7. Women of Timbuktu find their voice again after nightmare of jihadi rule
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 09:55:06

Persecuted when the city was occupied by Islamist militants, women are now keen to have a greater say in Malian societyIt was, says Khaira Arby with some pride, her music that swung the election in favour of Timbuktu’s first female MP. Arby had been ask...

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8. North Korea – a year in threats
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 09:55:06

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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9. Kate Gross, head of African Governance Initiative, dies aged 36
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 09:55:06

Gross worked as aide to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown before helping launch charity that provides advice on leadershipThe head of a charity established by former prime minister Tony Blair has died aged 36. Kate Gross, who passed away on Christmas Day, had b...

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10. Latin America in 2014: elections, football and environmental conflict
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 09:55:06

US-Cuba relations dominated the news in December, but elsewhere voters seemed resigned to the status quoThe most dramatic news event from Latin America in 2014 emerged this month. The papally inspired thaw in US-Cuba relations brought economic optimism to...

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11. NYPD shooting: hundreds honor police officer in daylong tribute at church
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 09:55:06

During Friday’s wake for officer Rafael Ramos, friends and colleagues spoke of the aspiring pastor’s selfless, compassionate and heroic nature Family of murdered New York police officer appeals for peace - videoThe wife and two sons of a police office...

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12. Xbox and PlayStation tackle attacks
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-27 at 09:45:12

Xbox and PlayStation continue working to restore online services after suffering technical problems, amid claims a hacking group caused the outage.

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14. Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-27 at 03:36:27

Memorial services are held in Indonesia and other nations for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami on the disaster's 10th anniversary.

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15. Egyptian activist’s ‘Made in Prison’ handbags catch on outside
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 00:59:00

Asmaa Hamdy receives dozens of orders for her woollen bags, scarves and bracelets Continue reading...

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16. Pakistan kills school massacre ‘facilitator’
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-26 at 19:13:30

Security forces kill Taliban commander who allegedly facilitated Peshawar school attack, which left 150 people dead.

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17. Brain-dead pregnant woman’s life support can be switched off, Irish court rules
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-26 at 19:04:31

Ireland’s high court grants family wish that she be allowed to die, in landmark judgment that challenges constitution Continue reading...

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18. A Boy in ISIS. A Suicide Vest. A Hope to Live.
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-26 at 20:25:45

Usaid Barho, a Syrian youth who gave himself up rather than bomb a Shiite mosque, is one of thousands of children recruited by the militant group Islamic State.

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19. Swedish marchers denounce Christmas Day arson attack on mosque
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 03:11:51

Several hundred turn out in town of Eskilstuna to show support after firebomb injures five worshippers Continue reading...

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