1. Senate gives Scott Morrison unchecked control over asylum seekers’ lives
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-05 at 03:19:33

The Senate crossbench has supported the passing of broad new migration and maritime powers – but what exactly do they mean for the minister, asylum seekers and Australia’s obligations under international law? Continue reading...

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2. Obama picks Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-05 at 22:53:23

Physicist turned weapons expert enjoys support among Republicans who will take control of Senate next month.

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3. New NASA spaceship nails debut test flight
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-06 at 01:53:15

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A U.S. spaceship designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars made a near-bullseye splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, wrapping up a flawless, unmanned debut test flight around Earth.

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4. Rich nations ‘failing to help Syria refugees’
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-06 at 07:45:33

Rights group says "pitiful" number taken in by wealthy countries, with burden placed mainly on ill-equipped neighbours.

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5. Big Job Gains and Rising Pay in Labor Data
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-06 at 07:14:23

The gain was the largest monthly jump in payrolls in nearly three years, and average hourly earnings surged 0.4 percent, twice what analysts expected.

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6. ‘I can’t breathe’: Eric Garner put in chokehold by NYPD officer – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-05 at 01:16:00

Footage filmed by a bystander shows Eric Garner being wrestled to the ground in a chokehold by an NYPD officer before turning limp. The father, 43, can be heard gasping 'I can't breathe'. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Protests have erupted i...

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7. Missouri High School Students Warned They Risk Serious Penalties For Walkout Protests
     Published by Huffington Post on 2014-12-06 at 06:50:55

HAZELWOOD, Missouri -- After high school students across the country walked out of class earlier this week calling for greater police accountability, one school district in the very Missouri county where teenager Michael Brown was killed chose to highligh...

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8. British workers suffer biggest real-wage fall of major G20 countries
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-05 at 17:18:21

International Labour Organisation finds in three years to 2013 UK wages fared worse than most of the eurozone’s crisis hit economies Continue reading...

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9. Cosby counter-sues over sex claims
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-05 at 15:52:10

Bill Cosby files a legal action against the woman accusing him of sexual assault when she was 15, claiming she attempted to extort money from him.

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10. Two Sierra Leone Ebola doctors die in one day
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-06 at 08:50:00

Health officials call deaths devastating as Nigerian medics fly in to help in country where virus spreading fastest.

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12. Ukraine’s Poroshenko tells army not to give up Donetsk airport
     Published by Reuters on 2014-12-06 at 04:08:39

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - The whole of Ukraine will be within reach of the "enemy" if its armed forces lose control of the international airport in the eastern city of Donetsk to separatists, President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday.

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13. Thai king drops birthday appearance
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-05 at 12:14:51

Thailand's ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej cancels a public appearance to mark his 87th birthday, on medical advice.

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15. Pregnant passerby challenges anti-abortion protesters
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-05 at 21:22:11

YouTube video of confrontation outside London clinic goes viral as activist who filmed it faces threat of legal action Continue reading...

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16. British Royal Couple’s New York Visit Is Set to Start This Weekend
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-06 at 01:29:13

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — Prince William and Kate Middleton — are expected to arrive on Sunday, with stops planned at a children’s center in Harlem and a Nets game in Brooklyn.

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17. Germany gets first socialist state governor since reunification
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-05 at 19:55:13

Former trade unionist Bodo Ramelow wins post for the Left party amid massive protests against the regional election in Thuringia Continue reading...

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18. Typhoon Hagupit triggers massive evacuation in Philippines
     Published by Yahoo on 2014-12-06 at 07:43:18

By Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (Reuters) - More than half a million people in the Philippines have fled from a powerful typhoon in one of the world's biggest peacetime evacuations as the storm churns towards central provinces that still bear the scars...

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19. Egypt probes Morsi evidence recordings
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2014-12-06 at 09:10:08

Prosecutor's office begins inquiry into what it calls "fabricated" recordings of officials planning to fake evidence.

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20. China arrests ex-security chief Zhou
     Published by BBC on 2014-12-06 at 00:02:24

Chinese ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang is arrested and expelled from the Communist Party for alleged corruption, state media report.

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