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Obama condemns killings of NY police 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:47:00 GMT 
    President Obama says "there is no justification" for the shooting dead of two policemen in New York, amid tension over police tactics in the city.


Tunisia holds landmark election 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:05:57 GMT 
    Tunisia, whose 2011 uprising inspired the Arab Spring, holds a presidential run-off with the winner becoming the country's first freely elected leader.


Mother charged with Cairns murders 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:04:03 GMT 
    Australian authorities charge a woman in the northern city of Cairns with the murder of seven of her children and her niece.


US insists North Korea behind hack 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:27:57 GMT 
    The US says North Korea must admit "culpability" for a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures after North Korea suggests a joint inquiry into the attack.


Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:46:45 GMT 
    Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.


'Allahu Akbar' attacker shot in France 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:56:05 GMT 
    Police in central France shoot dead a man who injured three officers at a police station whilst reportedly shouting "God is great!" in Arabic.


Muhammad Ali down with pneumonia 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:19:30 GMT 
    Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.


Jordan ends death penalty moratorium 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:13:36 GMT 
    Jordan executes 11 men convicted of murder, ending a eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.


Cuba 'will stay on' communist path 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:23:11 GMT 
    Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system.


Russians 'will not cave in' to West 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:22:59 GMT 
    Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.


Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:02:12 GMT 
    Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.


Relatives mark Lockerbie anniversary 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:59:21 GMT 
    Relatives of the 270 people who died in the Lockerbie bombing are to attend a memorial service in Washington to mark the 26th anniversary.


VIDEO: What is the winter solstice? 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:26:22 GMT 
    In the United Kingdom the solstice is a little after 11pm on 21 December this year.


VIDEO: Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:44:46 GMT 
    The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year.


VIDEO: The secretive state of Turkmenistan 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:22:02 GMT 
    Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most isolated and secretive states in the world, dissent is not tolerated and suspicion reigns.
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