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Sony hack is 'US security issue'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:48:12 GMT
The cyber attack on Sony that forced a major film release to be pulled is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says. 
Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:32:37 GMT
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants. 
Carbon mission returns global maps  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:36:20 GMT
Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. 
Israel brands peace plan 'gimmick'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:14:29 GMT
Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick". 
Putin seeks to ease economic fears  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:32:43 GMT
President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise. 
US Congress threat to Cuba thaw  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:31 GMT
Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility. 
'200 villagers' kidnapped in Nigeria  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:47:28 GMT
Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200, a survivor tells the BBC. 
Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:26:29 GMT
Obesity can constitute a disability if the health effects have an impact on people's working lives, the European Court of Justice rules. 
Swiss interest rate to turn negative  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:57:25 GMT
Switzerland's National Bank says it will introduce in a negative interest rate on cash deposits of more than $10m. 
Pakistan bails Mumbai attack suspect  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:12:42 GMT
A man accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, which left 165 people dead. is granted bail by a court in Pakistan. 
Wilders faces charges of incitement  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:51:11 GMT
Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is to be tried on charges of inciting racial hatred against Moroccans in a speech, the authorities say. 
Italian film star Lisi dies aged 78  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:59 GMT
Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, dies at the age of 78. 
VIDEO: CAR: Child soldier numbers 'doubles'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:47:14 GMT
International relief organisations say thousands of children have been recruited as child soldiers in the Central African Republic. 
VIDEO: Sony scraps The Interview worldwide  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:25:28 GMT
A cyber attack on Sony Pictures that forced the cancellation of a major film release is being seen as a serious national security matter, the US says. 
VIDEO: Historic portraits with a modern twist  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:24:18 GMT
Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop tells Focus on Africa why he reinvented some historic paintings with a playful touch of his very own. 
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