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U.S. weighs response to Sony hacking attack blamed on North Korea
Reuters Canada | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:55 UTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States was considering possible options on Thursday in response to a major cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea, amid calls for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang

FACT CHECK: Putin on the Ruble Collapse, Ukraine
ABC News (US) | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:51 UTC

A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday: ON THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY: PUTIN:

No group was happier with President Obama in 2014 than Latinos
Washington Post | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:49 UTC

But support from young people is also up.

Oil prices not going up soon: IEA director
CNBC | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:38 UTC

The oil market will eventually respond to low prices, but demand remains muted in China and elsewhere, said Maria van der Hoeven.

The Sydney Hostage Incident Was Grassroots Terrorism
Forbes | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:37 UTC

ByScott Stewart Some media outlets are reporting that the Sydney hostage situation was the work of a lone madman rather than an act of terrorism, but an examination of the perpetrator's motives reveals that the case exhibits many of the elements associate

Vladimir Putin: Economy will rebound, ruble will stabilize
CBS News | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:36 UTC

The Russian president hosted his annual press conference in Moscow, with questions ranging from international conflicts to his country's recent financial troubles. Putin puts part of the blame for the fall of the ruble on western sanctions. Norah O'Donnel

Putin claims West wants to turn Russian bear into stuffed animal
Marketwatch.com | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:36 UTC

Why does a Russian bear growl in the woods? Because otherwise, according to Vladimir Putin, it would be turned into a stuffed animal.

Brent Crude Oil Rises To $63 A Barrel As Global Energy Firms Announce More Cuts To 2015 Projects
International Business Times | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:33 UTC

The latest drops in global crude oil prices are forcing more energy firms to slash investment in next years production. Brent benchmark prices jumped slightly Thursday on news of the scale-backs, but investors say they are still skeptical that oil will re

US Officials say North Korea to blame for Sony Attack
Al Jazeera America | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:28 UTC

Jim Walsh is a research associate at MIT's Security Studies Program and he breaks down the tense accusations

Torture program linked to discredited, illegal CIA techniques
Al Jazeera America | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:28 UTC

'Enhanced interrogation' methods used by Mitchell and Jessen drew extensively from notorious MKULTRA training

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What U.S. policy shift means for tourism and trade in Cuba
CBS News | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:58 UTC

President Obama's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba does not affect a long-standing travel ban for American tourists, but that policy is likely to change at some point. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss w

Analysis: New Focus on How Pakistan Will Address Militancy
ABC News (US) | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:51 UTC

Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country's long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy. But Pakistan has had many potential turning points in the war on terror that at the time were

FACT CHECK: Putin on the Ruble Collapse, Ukraine
ABC News (US) | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:51 UTC

A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday: ON THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY: PUTIN:

Referendum Sought in Italy About Use of the Euro
ABC News (US) | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:51 UTC

An opposition party in Italy is conducting a petition drive for a referendum that would ask citizens if they want to keep the euro as the country's currency. The 5-Star Movement, led by comic Beppe Grillo, would need to collect 500,000 signatures that

Parliament OKs German Soldiers for Afghan Mission
ABC News (US) | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:51 UTC

Lawmakers have given the go-ahead for Germany to contribute up to 850 soldiers to the NATO-organized training and advisory mission in Afghanistan that will start work next month. The lower house of Parliament voted 473-102 on Thursday to support the deplo

College football's publicly reported concussions drop 25 percent
Al Jazeera America | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:45 UTC

In a worrying trend, some of the biggest programs in college football didn't acknowledge their concussions in 2014

US-Cuba Rapprochement Complicates LatAm Politics
ABC News (US) | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:40 UTC

The renewing of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana's chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American. While Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and lead

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Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2014
ABC News (US) | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:39 UTC

Among 2014's notable deaths: 2 who reshaped lives after violence, and stars who died too soon

University of Iowa Defends Suing Worker's Transfer
ABC News (US) | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:36 UTC

University of Iowa defends transfer of worker suing over alleged political discrimination

Judge Appoints Board to Sort out Polygamous Homes
ABC News (US) | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:35 UTC

Judge appoints board to sort out who gets houses in Warren Jeffs' polygamous community

Alabama Court: Running Death Case to Continue
ABC News (US) | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:34 UTC

Alabama court rejects woman's request to drop murder charge in granddaughter's running death

Photographer Captures Bear's Encounter With Stuffed Santa
NBC News | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:29 UTC

Photographer's hope of using stuffed Santa to attract a mountain lion lures a bear instead.

Former President Jimmy Carter weighs in on US-Cuba agreement part two
Al Jazeera America | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:28 UTC

The 39th President of the United States discusses the agreement

US Officials say North Korea to blame for Sony Attack
Al Jazeera America | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:28 UTC

Jim Walsh is a research associate at MIT's Security Studies Program and he breaks down the tense accusations

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Colorado Becomes the First State to Fund Medical Marijuana Research
benswann.com | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:51 UTC

On Wednesday, the Colorado Board of Health awarded more than $8 million in research grants to its health officials for studies on

No group was happier with President Obama in 2014 than Latinos
Washington Post | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:49 UTC

But support from young people is also up.

Report: VA official inappropriately steered contracts before moving to Treasury
Washington Post | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:48 UTC

The inspector general's report is the second in recent months to accuse a top-ranking VA acquisitions official of improperly steering contracts.

Jeff Sessions Bows to Enzi as Senate Budget Chair
Newsmax | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:42 UTC

The decision by Alabama's Sen. Jeff Sessions to make way for Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee defuses what could have been a rancorous battle among Republicans, Politico reported.

Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba
NBC | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:39 UTC

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the latest potential presidential candidate to weigh in on policy changes to Cuba and the libertarian leaning Republican's positio...

Virginia lawmaker to resign, then seek seat in special election
Foxnews | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:34 UTC

A Virginia Democratic state lawmaker is resigning from office after recently entering a plea in connection with accusations that he had an improper sexual relationship with a teenager.

Republicans are popular again! Sort of.
Washington Post | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:31 UTC

The GOP brand hits a new high.

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Jimmy Kimmel Starts Campaign To Get Fox News Channel To Air The Interview In Its Entirety Video
Deadline Hollywood | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:32 UTC

Fox News Channel rising star Megyn Kelly was ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's guest last night when the big news was about the Justice Department's upcoming announcement the Sony hack, and movie-theater threat ,were the work of the North Korean governme

Emerson Stone, Long-Time CBS News Radio Executive, Dies At 86
Deadline Hollywood | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:30 UTC

Former CBS News Executive Emerson Stone, a two-time Peabody Award winner, has died at the age of 86, from complications of a fall in his Greenwich, Conn., home on Sunday. He died Monday at Greenwich Hospital. Stone worked for CBS News nearly 35 years, fir

Kris and Bruce Jenner -- Officially Single ... Divorce Final
TMZ | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:27 UTC

Kris and Bruce Jenner are officially divorced ... TMZ has learned.A L.A. County judge has signed the legal docs making the divorce final.It's about as

Sarah Silverman To Star In HBO Pilot From Secret Diary Of a Call Girl Creator
Deadline Hollywood | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:00 UTC

On the heels of Sarah Silverman's Emmy win for writing her HBO special We Are Miracles, the actress-comedian is headlining a half-hour comedy pilotfor the premium cable network. Written by Secret Diary Of A Call Girlcreator Lucy Prebble, the untitled proj

Hulu Inks Streaming Deal For FX Series, Including Tyrant, The Strain & AHS
Deadline Hollywood | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:00 UTC

In one of Hulu's biggest content deals to date, the multi-year licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox TV Distribution will grant the streaming service exclusive SVOD rights to new and upcoming FX and FXX primetime comedy, drama and miniseries produced

Byron Pitts Replacing Dan Abrams As Nightline Anchor
Deadline Hollywood | Thu Dec 18, 2014 16:59 UTC

Byron Pitts is replacing Dan Abrams as Nightline anchor; Abrams will remain ABC News' chief legal analyst, news division chief James Goldston announced this morning. Pitts came to ABC News in 2013, after serving as chief national correspondent for CBS Eve

First look at Lili Taylor on ABC's 'American Crime'
Entertainment Weekly | Thu Dec 18, 2014 16:50 UTC

From True Detective and Fargo to American Horror Story, everybody is getting into the anthology game, and this March, ABC debuts its contribution to the TV trend, American Crime, which is not to be confused with Ryan Murphy's O.J. Simpson series with

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Canada

Fight breaks out in Kenyan parliament over new anti-terror law CTV News | Thu Dec 18, 2014 18:03 UTC
Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya's parliament Thursday as legislators passed a controversial security measure which the government says will help figh....

Wildrose party rejects Danielle Smith's 'reunification proposal' Vancouver Sun | Thu Dec 18, 2014 18:03 UTC
Albertas Wildrose party has unanimously rejected former leader Danielle Smiths reunification proposal and will begin a new leadership selection process in early 201....

Woman who stopped for ducks, caused fatal crash, gets 90 days behind bars CTV News | Thu Dec 18, 2014 18:03 UTC
A woman who caused a fatal traffic accident after stopping her car to help ducks on a busy highway has been sentenced to 90 days in prison.....

Will Russian ruble collapse doom the KHL? Teams reportedly in crisis, many players not getting paid National Post | Thu Dec 18, 2014 18:03 UTC
With oil prices down, the ruble in freefall and the country likely headed for a deeper recession, the KHL may not survive Russia's financial crisis....

Penguins star Sidney Crosby nears return from mumps, goalie Fleury tests negative for virus Vancouver Sun | Thu Dec 18, 2014 18:03 UTC
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby skated with his teammates on Thursday morning and could return to the lineup on Thursday night against Colorado. Crosby ha....

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Europe

Dutch PM Rutte cancels EU summit trip as government teeters Deutsche Welle
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has pulled out of an EU summit to handle a political crisis back home. Rutte's government is in trouble after members of the junior ....

Fights break out in Kenyan parliament over controversial anti-terrorism laws The Guardian
Activists warn that sweeping anti-terrorism laws pose a draconian threat to civil liberties and freedom of speech....

One of two Austrian teens who fled to Syria to fight with IS 'killed' while other 'missing Express
ONE of two Austrian teens who fled to Syria to fight with Islamic State (IS) terrorists has been killed while the other is missing, it has been claimed today.....

Families urge Pope to intervene in cult case The Local
The parents of 'nuns' with a Spanish sect hit whose leader has been hit with sexual abuse charges have called on the Pope to help convince the young women to leave ....

Avon pleads guilty to violating Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in China The Guardian
Company will pay $135m fine for giving cash and gifts to Chinese authorities Avon China was in the door-to-door influence-peddling business....

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Oceania

Hurn named new Eagles captain The West Australian
West Coast's Shannon Hurn was today unveiled as the clubs new captain.....

Home practice for the Force The West Australian
Western Force will host two pre-season trials against the ACT Brumbies on Friday January 23 and the Asia Pacific Dragons eight days later on Saturday January 31 in ....

Key reiterates death penalty opposition Radio New Zealand
New Zealand will reiterate its opposition to the death penalty to Indonesia if a Kiwi caught allegedly smuggling drugs be sentenced to death, Prime Minister John Ke....

Bank shares surge despite Murray Inquiry's call for more capital ABC Australia
Investors appear to have shrugged off concerns about the impact of tougher capital requirements for Australia's biggest banks.....

Man dies after six-metre fall at King Island Airport ABC Australia
A 28-year-old Tasmanian man has died after falling six metres from a platform he was working on at the King Island Airport.....

NBA: LeBron ‘King’ James to play in front of Prince William and wife Kate at game against Brooklyn news.com.au
PRINCE William and his pregnant wife Kate will attend their first NBA game during a three-day US visit when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Brook....

Clearance rates were a mixed bag on the weekend news.com.au
CLEARANCE rates were a mixed bag on the weekend, with the nations two biggest auction markets, Sydney and Melbourne, returning results true to form but other capita....

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BC-Noon Oil AP | Thu Dec 18, 2014 18:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) The spot month contract for light sweet crude was $55.55 per barrel at 12 p.m. Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.....

Intruder shot, killed by 14-year-old protecting grandparents' home UPI | Thu Dec 18, 2014 18:02 UTC
Matt BradwellMECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- One man is dead and another behind bars after the pair attempted to rob an elderly couple, but were stopped ....

U.S. weighs response to Sony hacking attack blamed on North Korea Reuters Canada | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States was considering possible options on Thursday in response to a major cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea, am....

U.N. members want North Korea in international court for rights abuses Reuters | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:39 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Member countries of the United Nations on Thursday urged the Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Crim....

Four new dog breeds added to American Kennel Club Reuters | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:37 UTC
(Reuters) - The American Kennel Club has recognized four more dog breeds, including a Spanish fishing dog and a South African guard dog, in a move allowing them to ....

Investors should increase exposure to India in 2015: Asianomics Group Reuters | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:37 UTC
In an interview with ET NOW, Jim Walker, founder & chief economist at Asianomics Group says he does not expect U.S. Fed to hike rates in the near-term. He recommend....

Scientists befuddled by rock containing 30,000 diamonds UPI | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:34 UTC
Brooks HaysSAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Researchers in Russia and the United States have studied a rock packed with more than 30,000 tiny diamonds and remain bef....

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Christmas countdown: Here's what shoppers want CNBC | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:59 UTC
With an abundance of sales happening early on this holiday season, some retailers may fare better than others.....

Six Ways to Dress Up Sweatpants (Yes, Sweatpants) Bloomberg | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:52 UTC
To me, being comfortable in your clothes means having the confidence that comes with wearing a bespoke suit. I own more tassel loafers than I do rubber-soled shoes,....

Opec takes a big bet by holding output Financial Times | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:49 UTC
Short-term pressures could cause more pain than expected and pave the way for further cuts....

America's Most And Least Obese Jobs Zero Hedge | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:48 UTC
As employers shift to more proactive efforts to help their workforces ....

The Fed & "The Grandest Con Job In The History Of The World" Zero Hedge | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:48 UTC

NFL's Troubles Aren't Expected To Affect Super Bowl Advertising, Pricing Forbes | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:46 UTC
To the joy of Roger Goodell and the NFL, the off-field scandals of September seem behind the league now as it prepares for another Super Bowl extravaganza in Februa....

The Best Super Bowl Ads of All Time Forbes | Thu Dec 18, 2014 17:46 UTC

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US Newspapers: National

Dam breaks, tainted wells prompt new look at coal-ash dumps that escaped EPA review Washington Post
Dam breaks and tainted wells prompt a harder look at coal-ash dumps that escaped EPA oversight for years.....

Pope Francis takes a victory lap after brokering US-Cuba breakthrough Washington Post
Pope Francis welcomed the renewal of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba on Thursday (Dec. 18), saying he was happy to see an end to a half-century stand....

Texas theater schedules showing of Team America Washington Post
If its a comedy featuring a North Korean leader that moviegoers want, thats what theyll get.....

Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014 Washington Post
They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment came when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For....

Dogs, devil babies: Watch what ruled YouTube in 2014 USA Today
See what top videos scared us silly on YouTube this year.....

University of Iowa defends suing workers transfer Washington Post
University of Iowa officials are defending their decision to reassign an employee who is suing over claims that she suffered employment discrimination because of he....

Texas Tribune and Washington Post form partnership USA Today
Texas Tribune and Washington Post form a partnership to share stories and content....

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Hotel magnate tied to Clintons avoids jail time NY Post
A luxury hotel magnate and Clinton family friend avoided jail time Thursday as a Brooklyn federal court judge gave him a slap on the wrist for illegally raising cam....

Philly radio host mocks woman with cancer: Probably terminal NY Post
Nothing gets a good chucklelike cancer. Julie Kramer is battling a rare tissue cancer, and after a recent surgery, a video of her dancing appeared on YouTube, which....

Texas theater showing Team America instead of The Interview NY Post
Since moviegoers wont be seeing Kim Jong-un explode on the big screen anytime soon, one theater is offering audiences an alternative. The Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas....

LI Briefs: Village reveals $20M budget plan Newsday.com

The Only Touch Screen Gloves You Need This Winter The Huffington Post
Trying to text and trudge? The struggle is oh so real. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but these comfortably brisk days aren't hangin' around much longer. A....

Cuter than a kitty video: The city of Liberty says happy holidays Kansas City Star
The staff and crew of the various departments with the city of Liberty put together a happy holidays video with a round-robin version of Jingle Bells.....

Kansas State ramping up interest in Duke basketball transfer Semi Ojeleye Kansas City Star
Kansas State has ramped up its interest in Duke transfer Semi Ojeleye, according to his former AAU basketball coach. The Wildcats are one of many schools pursuing O....

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NASA's Kepler back in the planet-hunting game Ars Technica
Its test run had enough data to locate a new exoplanet.....

Microsoft sells MixRadio to messaging service Line Engadget
When Microsoft completed its multi-billion dollar purchase of Nokia, it also acquired a number of apps and services that were surplus to requirements. One of those ....

Cosentry Introduces New Security, Compliance Tools CRN
Cosentry rolls out new managed security and compliance offerings in response to a bevy of data breaches and more stringent regulatory enforcement.....

Everest, The Peter Thiel-Backed App For Achieving Your Dreams, Shuts Down TechCrunch
Everest, a Peter Thiel-backed mobile startup that launched an app last year to help you ....

Future tire concepts from Hankook could take us out of the cart-and-buggy era of wheels Digital Trends
Three concepts designed to change their structures on the fly show the potential future of wheel innovation. The tires each display a speciality in either desert dr....

Europe rubber-stamps IBM Lufthansa outsourcing gig The Register
Nothing to see here, says EU, 'no competition worries' The European Commission has given IBM the green light to splash $1.25bn on Lufthansa's tech infrastructure wi....

TechCrunch Giveaway: Sound Blaster Roar TechCrunch
In order to generate more awareness about their product, the folks at Creative Labs are giving away 4 Sound Blaster Roar wireless Bluetooth speakers to 4......

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Why Does the Floor Feel Cold When the Towel Feels Warm? Scientific American
An activity exploring everyday thermodynamics ....

Blast-Off! India Launches Prototype Crew Capsule | Video Space.com
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its new Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk-III) carrying the Crew Module Atmospheric Re....

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New Mission Space.com
Kepler has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013. The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a "super Earth" a....

'Dinosaur eggs' spotted on Rosettas comet Science Magazine
Spherules seen in pits and cliffs could have clumped together to form 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko....

What was the Worst #ScienceFail of 2014? (Op-Ed) LiveScience.com
This year saw a number of science champions, but there were also many groups that held back science progress the Union of Concerned Scientists has chosen four as t....

Navy's Robot Tuna Goes For A Swim Popular Science
Deploying Nemo…....

Mars Rover Curiosity Stars in Discovery Channel Special Tonight (Exclusive Clip) Space.com
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has made some amazing recent discoveries on the Red Planet. The Discovery Channel documentary 'Red Planet Rover' will chronicle those fi....

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Africa

Texas abortion clinics re-open News24
Numerous Texas abortion clinics are re-opening after US Supreme Court blocks new restrictions, leaving uncertainty and only a few opening their doors.....

German ex-soldier charged with US cocaine conspiracy News24
A German former soldier extradited from Estonia has appeared in court in New York, charged with conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine on board an aircraft, pr....

Six armed men kill Mossel Bay farmer News24
Police in Mossel Bay have appealed to residents to help with information that could lead to the arrest of six men who killed a farmer.....

Spain seizes nearly 1 ton of cocaine News24
Spanish authorities have seized nearly one ton of cocaine from a yacht off the Canary Islands and arrested its three crew.....

Metro cops: Riverlea protesters stoning cars News24
A protest by residents in Riverlea, south-west of Johannesburg, is underway on Nasrec Road near the N17. Motorists have been urged to use alternative routes as prot....

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Middle East

Iraq jihadists behead man on sorcery charges The Daily Star
BAGHDAD, Dec 18, 2014 (AFP) - The Islamic State group on Thursday beheaded a man publicly on charges that he was a "sorcerer", north of their bastion of Tikrit, the....

HH the Emir Receives Verbal Message From Emir of Kuwait Qatar News Agency
Doha, December 18 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani received Thursday a verbal message from Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah....

Right groups petition High Court against new amendment to anti-infiltration law Haaretz Daily
The court struck down the previous amendment ruling it unconstitutional.....

Advisory Council Speaker Commends National Parade Qatar News Agency
Doha, December 18 (QNA) - HE Speaker of the Advisory Council Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khulaifi expressed his pride at watching the national parade, which was held th....

Suicide attackers set off car bombs in Yemen city: Houthi sources The Daily Star
Suicide attackers set off two car bombs in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeida, killing themselves and causing a number of other casualties, Houthi sources told Re....

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East Asia

JCCT in Chicago China Daily
US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang; and US Trade Representative Michael Froman pose for a photo on Thursday morning before the ....

Tourists get incentive to save water by not having hotel room sheets cleaned Formosa News

Civic organizations press for comprehensive political reform Formosa News

Taitung promoting 24-hour New Year's Day tour package with hot air balloon ride Formosa News

Kaohsiung prosecutors indict 12 people for lethal underground gas explosions Formosa News

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South East Asia

Hollywood slams Sony, movie theatres for cancelling The Interview Today Online
LOS ANGELES - Hollywood filmmakers and actors have voiced outrage after Sony Pictures pulled the release of North Korea parody The Interview, following threats from....

Cuddles Cat Cafe closes but staff volunteer to care for cats Today Online
SINGAPORE - Operations at Cuddles Cat Cafe ceased today (Dec 18) and its staff were told they would no longer be employed there, after the authorities did not renew....

UN General Assembly calls for North Korea to be referred to ICC Channel NewsAsia
The resolution asks the Security Council to refer North Korea to the ICC and to consider targeted sanctions against the Pyongyang leadership for the repression of i....

European court rules obesity can be disability Today Online
LONDON - The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent. The court ruled t....

Mercedes-Benz and its ambition to win Vietnam customers Saigon Times
Pulished by SaiGon Times GroupWith the opening of the new Autohaus in Khanh Hoa Province, Mercedes-Benz Vietnam (MBV) has become the only premium automaker to open ....

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South Asia

Odisha nursing students allege misbehaviour by CDMOOdisha nursing students allege misbehaviour by CDMO Odisha Sun Times
Odisha Sun Times Bureau Sambalpur, Dec 18: Nursing students of ANM College in Odishas Sambalpur city have accused the district CDMO of misbehaviour and intimidation....

Odisha's Biswa Ranjan Sarangi to umpire at Scindia Gold CupOdisha's Biswa Ranjan Sarangi to umpire at Scindia Gold Cup Odisha Sun Times
Odisha Sun Times Bureau Bhubaneswar, Dec 18: Biswa Ranjan Sarangi, Hockey Odishas State and National Umpire, has been selected as an umpire in the prestigious 78th ....

Uber Driver in Boston Charged With Kidnapping, Rape NDTV
A driver for ride-sharing company Uber in Boston was charged with the kidnapping and rape of a woman who used the service earlier this month.....

Sonia Gandhi hospitalised, stableSonia Gandhi hospitalised, stable Odisha Sun Times
New Delhi, Dec 18: Congress president Sonia Gandhi was Thursday admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here for an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Her con....

Saina, Srikanth boost semifinal chances with second win The Hindu
Saina extended her domination over South Koreas Sung Ji Hyun while Srikanth had his first victory over Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia....

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