1. 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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2. Indonesian Agency Says Missing AirAsia Jet Probably Sank
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-29 at 07:21:22

The head of the agency searching for Flight 8501 said that he believed the aircraft was “at the bottom of the sea” and warned that the country lacked adequate equipment for an underwater search.

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5. Ferguson officials suspend officer for calling memorial a ‘pile of trash’
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-29 at 09:55:08

City hasn’t identified spokesman, but paper attributes comment to Tim ZollHe has been placed on unpaid leave while ‘disciplinary proceedings’ beginMichael Brown memorial damaged after apparently being run overFerguson protester Joshua Williams charg...

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6. Funeral for eight children killed in Cairns to take place on 10 January
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-29 at 09:55:08

The four boys and four girls, aged between 18 months and 14 years, who were found dead in a home in Manoora on 19 December will be laid to rest togetherA date has been set for the funeral for eight children who were killed in far north Queensland.The four...

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7. Julie Bishop ‘mildly optimistic’ that Peter Greste will be released soon
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-29 at 09:55:08

Greste’s parents visit son in Egyptian jail for Christmas as al-Jazeera three mark one year behind barsJulie Bishop remains “mildly optimistic” that Peter Greste will be released from jail soon, as the Australian al-Jazeera journalist marks a year i...

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8. Women of Timbuktu find their voice again after nightmare of jihadi rule
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-29 at 09:55:08

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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9. Infinite Possibility: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-29 at 09:55:08

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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10. Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro questioned after DR shooting
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-29 at 09:55:08

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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11. Tango revolution sweeps Tbilisi off its feet
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-29 at 09:55:08

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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12. North Korea – a year in threats
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-29 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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13. Malaysia pledges extra flood funds
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-28 at 11:51:47

Malaysian PM Najib Razak announces extra money to help victims of the country's worst floods in decades, which have left at least five dead.

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14. AirAsia flight QZ8501: no distress call, no red flags and no sign of wreckage
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 23:03:19

Plane took off six minutes after sunrise and was meant to arrive two hours later; at sunset the search was suspended Continue reading...

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18. Madrid’s white politicians ‘must stop blacking up’ for Three Kings parade
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-28 at 22:04:45

Online petition of 62,000 signatories demands black man play role of Balthazar in city’s traditional 12th night cavalcade Continue reading...

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19. Al Jazeera staff held for one year in Egypt
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-29 at 07:47:55

December 29 marks one year since Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste were imprisoned on false charges.

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