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North Korea threatens US over Sony 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:39:13 GMT 
    North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber attacks.


China investigates ex-leader's aide 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:39:47 GMT 
    China launches an investigation into former President Hu Jintao's top aide, state media report.


Pope Francis deplores Vatican 'ills' 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:46:22 GMT 
    The Pope tells cardinals there is a need to purge "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "the terrorism of gossip" from the Vatican.


Essebsi wins Tunisia president vote 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:48:49 GMT 
    Beji Caid Essebsi is confirmed as winner of Tunisia's first free presidential poll, but critics say this marks the return of the old regime.


New York killer boasted to onlookers 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:09:41 GMT 
    The man who shot dead two New York police officers told members of the public to "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the attack, police say.


Fifa holds secret talks with Blatter 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:55:08 GMT 
    Fifa president Sepp Blatter holds talks with executives as concerns grow over future direction of football's governing body.


NHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:22:04 GMT 
    A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases" including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.


Spanish princess to face fraud trial 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:40:55 GMT 
    The Spanish king's sister, Princess Cristina, is to face a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband's dealings.


S Korea holds cyber drill after hack 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:49:58 GMT 
    South Korea's nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker.


IMF cuts blamed for Ebola spread 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:09:33 GMT 
    Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa, UK-based researchers say.


Abbott: House bill cut helped women 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:27:36 GMT 
    Australian PM Tony Abbott is criticised for saying that women benefitted from his scrapping of a carbon tax, as they were "particularly focused on the household budget".


City workers expect bigger bonuses 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:15:52 GMT 
    Senior workers in London's financial services sector are expecting an average 21% rise in their bonus payouts for this year, a survey found.


VIDEO: The history of Christmas crackers 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:39:19 GMT 
    Christmas crackers are bound to be a feature of Yuletide celebrations this Thursday, but did you know that they actually date back more than 150 years?


VIDEO: Tremors endanger Michelangelo's David 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:40:34 GMT 
    The Italian government is to spend around €200,000 (£156,000) on a new plinth for Michaelangelo's David to protect the statue from earth tremors.


VIDEO: Man who missed out on biggest jackpot 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:43:35 GMT 
    On the day the draw for the world's biggest lottery, El Gordo, takes place in Madrid with total prize pool of €2.5 billion ($3bn) the BBC speaks to the man who missed out.
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