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  • Sydney siege: videos show gunman's wife a risk to public, say prosecutors

    21 December 2014, 8:10 pm by: Michael Safi

    Amirah Droudis faces a bid to revoke her bail pending her trial over the killing of Man Haron Monis’s former wifeProsecutors will rely on a series of videos recorded by Amirah Droudis to argue the partner of the Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis should…
  • Runoff presidential election completes Tunisia’s transition to full democracy

    21 December 2014, 7:37 pm by: Reuters

    Unofficial exit polls say former Ben Ali official Beji Caid Essebsi will replace the incumbent, Moncef Marzouki, with 55.5% of vote Continue reading...
  • Greek PM offers early elections in return for support for candidate

    21 December 2014, 7:20 pm by: Helena Smith in Athens

    Antonis Samaras tries to avert country being ‘swamped in electoral battle’ by pleading with MPs to back Stavros Dimas as head of state Continue reading...
  • Pakistan hangs four more prisoners as execution campaign widens

    21 December 2014, 6:39 pm by: Jon Boone in Islamabad

    Men’s deaths follow abandonment of six year moratorium on executions amid anger over attack on school in Peshawar Continue reading...
  • Tony Abbott says repealing carbon tax his biggest achievement as minister for women

    21 December 2014, 6:29 pm by: Michael Safi

    ‘Women are particularly focused on the household budget and the repeal of the carbon tax means a $550 a year benefit for the average family,’ the PM said Continue reading...
  • Driver attacks pedestrians in Dijon

    21 December 2014, 6:05 pm by: Agence France-Presse

    Police arrest man who shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ during incidents that left at least 11 people injured in French city Continue reading...
  • Belarus blocks online sites and closes shops to stem currency panic

    21 December 2014, 5:59 pm by: Agence France Presse

    Country’s government imposes draconian measures after currency is dragged down by Russian ruble slide Continue reading...
  • Boxing Day tsunami remembered: community born out of disaster - video

    21 December 2014, 5:02 pm by: Guardian Staff

    Ten years on, Australians living in Phuket, Thailand, speak about the impact the disaster had on tourism and the community. Australian expat Jason Beaven saw bodies floating up out of a submerged shopping mall and resort director director Anthony Lark…
  • Orangutan in Argentina zoo recognised by court as 'non-human person'

    21 December 2014, 4:56 pm by: Reuters in Buenos Aires

    Sandra, 29, can be freed in Buenos Aires and transferred to a sanctuaryAnimal rights campaigners win after filing habeas corpus petitionTommy the chimp is not a person, New York court decidesContinue reading...
  • Peshmerga forces heave Isis away from Mount Sinjar

    21 December 2014, 4:55 pm by: Fazel Hawramy on Mount Sinjar

    As many as 300 militants are believed killed as US-led airstrikes assist the Kurdistan regional government in northern Iraq Continue reading...
  • Cuba’s dissidents caution against assumptions and complacency

    21 December 2014, 4:23 pm by: Jonathan Watts

    There is a widely held view among the political opposition that they’ve been betrayed by Obama, who sits with their oppressor Continue reading...
  • Turkish TV show fined over ‘dance with a stranger’ stunt

    21 December 2014, 2:44 pm by: Agence France Presse

    Gameshow ‘I Don’t Know, My Spouse Knows’ fined 410,000 Turkish lira for showing husbands dancing with other women Continue reading...
  • Restrictions lifted on moving poultry in UK after bird flu cull

    21 December 2014, 2:34 pm by: Press Association

    Government ends ban after 6,000 ducks are culled at Yorkshire farm following outbreak of ‘highly pathogenic’ H5N8 strain Continue reading...
  • US may put North Korea back on state terror list after Sony 'cybervandalism'

    21 December 2014, 2:16 pm by: Rory Carroll in Los Angeles

    Obama says North Korea’s Sony Pictures hack was not an act of warNorth Korea warns ‘toughest counteraction will be boldly taken’US seeks China help on North Korea cyber-attacksSony considers YouTube release for The InterviewContinue reading...
  • The Taliban’s ‘alarmingly efficient’ war on education

    21 December 2014, 1:00 pm by: Jon Henley

    The attack in Peshawar that killed more than 100 children last week was just one of hundreds of Taliban attacks against schools, says a new report. And the violence is working, with millions of Pakistani children now out of school Continue reading...
  • Force-fed foie gras loses favour in France

    21 December 2014, 12:34 pm by: Anne Penketh in Paris

    The process of pumping corn mash into the gullets of geese and ducks to enlarge their livers is increasingly unpopular Continue reading...
  • Mexico is not covering up on disappearances

    21 December 2014, 12:22 pm by: Guardian Staff

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  • Spain crosses its fingers for El Gordo lottery’s €2.24bn prize money

    21 December 2014, 12:01 pm by: James Badcock in Madrid

    ‘World’s unluckiest man’ to release documentary about small Spanish village of Sodeto where all but one shared in jackpot Continue reading...
  • Obama: North Korea Sony hack 'not an act of war' - video

    21 December 2014, 11:09 am by: Guardian Staff

    The US president says North Korea's cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a 'very costly, very expensive' act but denied that it constitutes an act of war. Speaking to CNN, Barack Obama says the US must not be bullied into censorship by a dictator. The country's…
  • The primary school letter written in Lancashire that went around the world

    21 December 2014, 11:00 am by: Helen Pidd, northern editor

    An inspiring message from a headteacher to year 6 pupils was meant to be read by a just few dozen parents but touched the hearts of thousands. Then, inevitably, came the backlash Continue reading...

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