1. Contact lost with AirAsia flight
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-28 at 09:56:25

Air Asia flight QZ8501 travelling from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board has gone missing, the company says.

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2. Egypt cuts ‘gay wedding’ sentences
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-27 at 19:36:42

A court in Egypt reduces to one year the three-year jail sentences given to eight men for appearing in a video alleged to show a gay marriage.

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3. Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 02:36:44

Pontiff hopes to inspire action at next year’s UN meeting in Paris in December after visits to Philippines and New York Continue reading...

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4. Tango revolution sweeps Tbilisi off its feet
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 09:55:09

Georgians embrace Argentinian dance with gusto as lessons become more affordable after decade of economic growthHands curl into each other and partners draw close. Glittering shoes scrape across the floor. Short skirts twirl.“It is becoming an addiction...

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5. Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s son to lead Palmer United party in Queensland
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 09:55:09

Former premier’s son John Bjelke-Petersen to replace Alex Douglas, who quit the party earlier in 2014 citing concerns over the selection process for candidatesThe son of former Queensland premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen will lead the Palmer United party...

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6. North Korea – a year in threats
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 09:55:09

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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7. Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro questioned after DR shooting
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 09:55:09

Police in Dominican Republic investigate nightclub shootingSpokesman says people close to MLB star apparently involvedAuthorities in the Dominican Republic said on Saturday they had questioned the Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, after a nightclub s...

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8. Infinite Possibility: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 09:55:09

Portugal’s Serralves Museum offers a retrospective on the work of an Iranian artist feted by New York’s glitterati but whose geometric designs are inspired by Islamic art When a 20-year old Iranian art student moved to New York in 1944 from her hometo...

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9. Women of Timbuktu find their voice again after nightmare of jihadi rule
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 09:55:09

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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10. Learning how to limit tsunami misery
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-28 at 06:35:26

How planning and rapid response can mitigate tsunami effects

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11. Xbox and PlayStation rebuild service
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-27 at 20:56:37

Xbox and PlayStation make progress in restoring their gaming sites after a hacking attack that caused severe problems over Christmas.

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12. Syria ‘ready’ for peace talks with opposition
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-28 at 08:19:59

Government official says regime willing to take part in Russian initiative but opposition expresses caution.

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13. Worse than the dictators: Egypt’s leaders bring pillars of freedom crashing down
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 00:19:16

Adly Mansour and now Abdel Fatah al-Sisi are ruling by decrees, banning protest and severely curbing freedom of speech Continue reading...

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14. Kaley Cuoco Recovers From Surgery
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-28 at 03:14:51

Kaley Cuoco is recovering from sinus surgery, but she's making it look like a sweet sight.

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17. 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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18. Femen activist who stole St Peter’s Square Jesus could face Vatican trial
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 01:26:18

Ukrainian woman who staged protest while half-naked remains in cell in papal state after snatching figurine from nativity scene Continue reading...

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20. The 10 top news stories of 2014 on theguardian.com
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-27 at 01:20:36

Nude photo leak and Sydney siege received most attention as news fought for space with Instagram pics and cat videos Continue reading...

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