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Mother arrested for murder after eight children found dead

ABC Online - ‎1 hour ago‎
The 37-year-old mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a Cairns home yesterday has been arrested for murder. Cairns Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the mother, who was found yesterday with chest and neck wounds, was lucid and ...
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Obama Vows a Response To Cyberattack on Sony

New York Times - ‎3 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - President Obama said on Friday that the United States “will respond proportionally” against North Korea for its destructive cyberattacks on Sony Pictures, but he criticized the Hollywood studio for giving in to intimidation when it withdrew “The ...
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Off-duty PC Neil Doyle murder suspect arrested

BBC News - ‎12 minutes ago‎
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an off-duty police constable in Liverpool. The suspect, 28, was detained after the death of Neil Doyle, who was attacked while off duty, near the Aloha Club in the city centre early on Friday.
Man Arrested Over Police Constable's Killing
Man held over off-duty Pc's murder
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"TROUBLING FOR US": San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel met protesters outside police headquarters, took a bullhorn and addressed the crowd: "Being a native of San Jose, this is important to me, as a person of color and as a chief. Believe me, this is very troubling for us as an organization." He was addressing their anger over one of his officers sending a tweet that said: "Threaten me or my family and I will use my Go...
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Alastair Cook: England naughty with timing - Steve Harmison

BBC Sport - ‎2 hours ago‎
The timing of Alastair Cook's removal as England one-day captain was "naughty", according to Steve Harmison. Cook, 29, had the role taken away by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Friday, a day before the 15-man squad for the 2015 World Cup is ...
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NHS 'buckling under strain' as Christmas approaches - ‎4 hours ago‎
Fears have been raised about how the NHS will cope over Christmas amid record numbers of emergency admissions and warnings that casualty units are “buckling under the strain”.
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The Armed Forces will open all roles to women - including combat - ‎4 hours ago‎
Our Armed Forces should reflect the society they serve. As Defence Secretary, I and the service chiefs are united in our view that we should maximise the talent that is available.
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Hunt for wanted militants

The News International - ‎22 minutes ago‎
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has conveyed to the Afghan president as well as the Isaf commander that Islamabad's patience is running out after the Peshawar carnage by the militants and it wanted Kabul to move decisively against the wanted Pakistani Taliban ...
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Israel bombs Gaza militant base after rocket hits southern Israel

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
GAZA Dec 20 (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.
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Canada to impose more economic sanctions, travel bans against Russians

The Globe and Mail - ‎1 hour ago‎
Canada is imposing new sanctions on the crumbling Russian economy, and especially its crucial energy sector, as the federal Conservative government applies further pressure on President Vladimir Putin to stop funding military incursions into Ukraine.
Canada Imposes New Sanctions on Russia
Canada Imposes New Sanctions Against Russia: Prime Minister
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Canada to impose more sanctions, travel bans against Russians: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told reporters on Friday that the sanctions are necessary because there is a “militaristic leader in the Kremlin who has single-handedly tried to redraw the borders of Europe”
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Turkish court issues warrant for Erdogan rival Fethullah Gulen - ‎51 minutes ago‎
An Istanbul court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regards as his top enemy, in a controversial case that has strained ties with the European Union.
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Illegal migrants making 100 attempts a day to enter UK

The Independent - ‎7 hours ago‎
Migrants made up to 100 bids a day to illegally enter the UK during summer, officials figures from the Home Office have shown. Their data reveals Border Force staff and French officials recorded 11,920 attempts to enter Britain between April and July.
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Investigating Murder Claims, London Police Bolster Rumors of Pedophile Ring

New York Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
LONDON - Longstanding rumors of a pedophile ring of prominent Britons in the 1970s and 1980s were revived this week as London's Metropolitan Police made a public appeal for information after questioning a man who claims to have been abused as a ...
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Mandy Rice-Davies, Figure In Sex Scandal, Dies at 70

New York Times - ‎32 minutes ago‎
LONDON - Mandy Rice-Davies, a former nightclub dancer and model who achieved notoriety in 1963 in one of Britain's most spectacular Cold War sex scandals, died on Thursday.
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British police arrest ex-RBS trader in currency probe-FT

Reuters UK - ‎4 hours ago‎
(Reuters) - A former trader from Royal Bank of Scotland was arrested east of London on Friday in connection with a criminal investigation into allegations that bank traders tried to manipulate currency markets, according a report in the Financial Times.
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Oil price slump would have left independent Scotland facing unprecedented cuts ...

Herald Scotland - ‎2 hours ago‎
AN independent Scotland in its first year would have faced a £6.4bn "gaping chasm" in its finances, the Treasury has calculated based on the slump in the oil price.
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FTSE 100 enjoys best week in three years - ‎7 hours ago‎
British shares enjoyed their best week for three years after the US Federal Reserve's promise to take a “patient” approach to interest rate rises sparked a global rally that helped the London stock market stage a recovery from its recent rout.
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Retailers enjoy surge in sales

Herald Scotland - ‎2 hours ago‎
UK retail sales grew at their fastest year-on-year pace for more than a quarter-century in the two weeks to December 11, with the Black Friday shopping extravaganza adopted from the US playing a major part, a survey has revealed.
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US Stocks Cap Best Week in Two Months on Fed-Led Rally

Businessweek - ‎4 hours ago‎
U.S. stocks surged the most this week since October as the Federal Reserve sparked a three-day rally that nearly wiped out two weeks of equity market pain.
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Scent of success: Smartphone smellovision tipped for 2015 glory

Full-Time Whistle - ‎4 hours ago‎
The practice of digitally transmitting the scent of perfume, coffee or even nuovelle cuisine via SMS or Instagram will take off next year, Nesta predicted, as part of its annual list of trends it thinks will shape our lives over the coming 12 months.
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BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs

Reuters - ‎2 hours ago‎
WATRERLOO, Ontario (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday.
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Nick Hewer's many faces: a tribute in gifs - ‎8 hours ago‎
For a decade, Nick Hewer has been an essential part of BBC One's business talent show, The Apprentice. His animated eyebrows and unimpressed pout have led to a devoted fanbase, a spoof Twitter account and even a seat at the helm of that bastion of ...

George Clooney in Downton Abbey sketch, ITV, review: charisma at Christmas - ‎3 hours ago‎
With his flawless side-parting and old-school charisma, George Clooney was the perfect special guest as Downton Abbey squeezed into its Christmas corset for Friday night's greatly anticipated Text Santa charity sketch.
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Saracens and Bath face heavy fines and point deductions over alleged breaches ...

Daily Mail - ‎4 hours ago‎
Saracens and Bath are being investigated by Premier Rugby for alleged breaches of the controversial salary cap system which could see them hit with hefty points deductions and fines.
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Louis van Gaal insists performance is as important as results for Manchester ...

Daily Mail - ‎1 hour ago‎
At one point during his regular weekly press conference on Friday, Louis van Gaal was interrupted by a PA system announcement calling for a masseur to be sent to the first-team dressing-room.
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6000-year-old encampment found at Stonehenge

Mashable - ‎5 hours ago‎
LONDON - Archaeologists from the University of Buckingham have discovered an untouched 6,000-year-old encampment near Stonehenge. Lead researcher David Jacques and his colleagues recently had the carbon dating results returned from their ...
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Cow researchers find meanings behind moos

Full-Time Whistle - ‎3 hours ago‎
The ability to communicate between a mother and her offspring isn't just between humans. Scientists in England have found that cows share the same bond with their calves and get their message across through their moos, the BBC reports.
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UN chief visits Ebola-hit nations

Belfast Telegraph - ‎49 minutes ago‎
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola during his second visit since the start of the outbreak that has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa.
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Death not linked to scare dentist

Irish Independent - ‎5 hours ago‎
The death of a 23-year-old woman was not linked to her treatment by a dentist at the centre of a major health scare, an inquiry has found.
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